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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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Blockbuster mentality claims Castlemaine Art Museum

News & Commentary, Visual Arts |

Time and tide have caught up with one of regional Victoria’s finest galleries, Castlemaine Art Museum, which will close on August 11 for an estimated two years. Citing reductions in revenue, maintenance demands, and governance issues, its board has announced an extensive review, supported by Creative Victoria, Mt Alexander Shire council and Regional Development Victoria.

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Daily Review’s new look What’s On invites you to list your event for free

News & Commentary |

Daily Review has re-launched our What’s On page, and streamlined the design to make it easier for readers to learn what’s happening around the country. Users can now search listings by both location and by genre. We’ve always been passionate about ensuring our readers are able to “get amongst it” and experience the best cultural events happening around

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You can now holiday at Darryl Kerrigan’s Bonnie Doon retreat

Film, News & Commentary, Screen |

Last year, Darryl Kerrigan’s home from the beloved 1997 film The Castle came under threat of demolition. The house, currently located in Strathmore, Victoria, the house will now be auctioned off tomorrow. But if your budget doesn’t quite extend to purchasing a piece of Australian cinematic history, you can have your own cinematic experience by renting Darryl’s holiday house

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Helpmann Awards: local vs foreign artists, and the other big talking points


Last night’s Helpmann Awards were thoroughly endured by all in attendance. The ceremony, which recognises live performance in almost every form (from ballet, to contemporary music, to stand-up comedy, to opera, to musical theatre), is typically a marathon event. Thankfully, the ceremony ran pretty much to time (three hours, straight through), and there were some

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Jack Nicholson was on to water skullduggery long before the ABC’s Linton Besser

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News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

As this clip from Roman Polanski’s 1974’s Chinatown shows, Jack Nicholson, playing private detective Jake Gittes in parched and corrupt 1930s California, was a fine role model for ABC reporter Linton Besser (pictured below). While Besser lacked Jack’s tailored suits, classic Ray Bans and sticking plaster across his nose last night on Four Corners‘ Pumped: Who is benefitting from the

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Watch Mariana Bisti’s meditative exploration of Hong Kong by drone

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News & Commentary, Screen |

The Greek architect Mariana Bisti, shot this footage of Kong Kong in February this year while on a 10-week artist residency at the city’s Baptist University’s Academy of Visual Arts. “After my first week there, having spent hours and hours exploring and observing the city’s vastness and density from the ground level with my DSLR camera and notebook,

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