After opening in 1943, “Oklahoma!” was an instant hit and had a run of over 2,000 performances.
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The Broadway hit offered an escape from the anxieties of World War II. But the America it portrayed – unified, patriotic and white – rings hollow today.
Hilary Cole, Helen Dallimore and Maggie McKenna in Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures Production of Muriel’s Wedding the Musical.
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Muriel Heslop stole Australia's heart when she debuted on screen in 1994. Now she gets a loving, ABBA-filled musical tribute, that is definitely not terrible.
Ben Hall and Tim Draxl in Only Heaven Knows
Queer life thrived in 1940s Sydney despite policing and prohibition, as a new production of the musical Only Heaven Knows demonstrates. But it was not to last.
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Another article about the politics of La La Land? This time it's personal.
No film could be more perfectly circular, more self-congratulatory and more suited to the time.
We all need a little trip to La La Land.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in La La Land.
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Musicals are back in vogue, with La La Land cleaning up at the Golden Globes. The film is, among other things, an homage to the classic musicals of old. So what are the must see movies of the genre?
A new crowdfunded show about the Cuban revolution prepares to shed new light on the leader.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical.
There's a problematic bias in the way that assisted suicide is portrayed in the media.
Host James Corden performs with all the nominees during the 70th annual Tony Awards.
On the surface – and when compared to the Oscars – the 2016 Tonys looked like a groundbreaking moment for diversity in entertainment. But when it comes to inclusion, Broadway has a long way to go.
The cast of ‘Jersey Boys’ perform onstage at the 2015 Tony Awards.
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Everything you need to know about the Tony Awards.
The Sessions Live
A new show offers viewers the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Beatles recording sessions.
A tasty morsel: Victorian Opera’s Banquet of Secrets
Musical theatre is on the rise in Australia. Still, if more subsidised companies invested in new works, we might yet see the Great Australian Musical.
Young actresses Georgia Taplin, Bella Thomas, Sasha Rose and Molly Barwick share the title role in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda The Musical.
Can you fake innocence? The four professional actresses playing Mathilda are part of a long tradition of idealised childhood.
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Les Mis first opened its doors in London 30 years ago. Its success remains unparalleled.
Bowie performing in Toronto, 1976.
Bowie and the Bible have long been tied together in the work of director Ivo van Hove.
Musicals such as The King and I bring the crowds – but should a state-funded opera company be staging them? Photo: Brian Geach.
Why is Opera Australia staging The King and I? The Rodgers and Hammerstein favourite is currently playing at the Sydney Opera House and has been a remarkably successful choice, commercially speaking. Even…
Worst musical name ever?
No one has ever claimed that the gods of theatre are fair. Musicals have flopped in London for any number of reasons: some were ahead of their times (the first production of Sweeney Todd), some were overpriced…