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Michael Ball and Alfie Boe: why we’ll never tire of singing Les Mis

Live, Music, Musicals, News & Commentary, Stage |

In 2007, tenor Alfie Boe and musical theatre star Michael Ball appeared together in an English National Opera production of the classic musical Kismet, now famous for being particularly awful. It might well have been a low point in both of their careers — the London Evening Standard declared “A terrible fate should befall this Kismet” — but it

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Is Melbourne Festival’s queer pop music marathon too expensive to be radical?

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Stage |

Melbourne Festival this week revealed its 2017 program, with one of the most significant works of live performance of the decade at its centre. Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is a 24-hour journey through popular music and the history of America, from 1776 through to today, performed by the legendary New York cabaret artist. The Pulitzer

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George Michael: Praying for Time review (Sydney Opera House)

Live, Music, Reviews |

This year marks 30 years since George Michael made the split from Andrew Ridgeley, his musical partner in the pop band Wham!, and went it alone, releasing his debut solo album, the smash hit Faith. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra was originally planning to celebrate that anniversary in a tribute concert this year, but when Michael unexpectedly died on Christmas

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VIDEO: Sydney Symphony rehearses George Michael tribute with David Campbell & Diesel

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The Sydney Symphony Orchestra tonight opens its tribute to George Michael, Praying for Time, with four concerts in the Sydney Opera House. The event was originally meant to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael’s debut solo album Faith, but following his unexpected death last Christmas, it evolved into a tribute to his career and musical influence. The singers who will be

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Jimmy Barnes returns to his home turf with Working Class Boy

Live, Music, News & Commentary |

Cold Chisel frontman and national treasure Jimmy Barnes’s memoir Working Class Boy has proven somewhat of a sensation, picking up multiple awards and landing consistently on best-sellers lists. It’s now onto its fourth reprint and is the biggest Australian non-fiction debut of the last five years. The book, which tells the story of Barnes’s tumultuous and often violent

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Songwriters should get paid

Live, Music, News & Commentary, Recorded |

Artists, no one needs reminding, scramble to survive financially. Musicians in some ways are luckier than artists working in other disciplines because at least they have a body in place to help them claim royalties. Australian songwriters who play live can submit performance reports to the Australian Performing Rights Association by July 31 to get paid for their work during the previous

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