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Whether you’re 16 going on 17 or 79 going on 80, singing classics and new numbers virtually with a group brings joy. (Shutterstock)

Puttin’ on the Ritz and improving well-being with older adults through virtual music theatre

I’m happy again: A pandemic-induced move to virtual music theatre presents a paradigm shift for the genre, yet reveals surprising benefits in facilitating new access to music in community.
The duo ‘Barlow and Bear,’ made up of singer Abigail Barlow and composer Emily Bear, won the 2022 Grammy Award for best musical theatre album for ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,’ shared over TikTok. (Bear and Barlow/Igor Kasyanyuk)

‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ as TikTok Grammy-winning sensation: Is the future of musical theatre online?

Although a Grammy win for a TikTok musical was a first, musical theatre has always circulated through networks of media, popular culture and fandom.
Musical theatre great Stephen Sondheim died at the age of 91. Wikimedia

Five of Stephen Sondheim’s best shows

A fierce lyricist and sophisticated composer, Sondheim is responsible for some of musical theatre’s most iconic productions.
After taking a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, Lollapalooza returned to Chicago in summer 2021. Michael Hickey/Getty Images

What’s behind the magic of live music?

Some concertgoers reported being so moved by their first concerts in nearly two years that they wept with joy – a testament to the power of this unique form of human communion and connection.
‘Judy’ depicts the connection between the struggles of diva Judy Garland and the hardships historically faced by white, cisgender gay men. (David Hindley/LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions)

‘Judy’ Grammy nomination: Beyond this film’s rainbow is a wider complexity of queer musical theatre fans

Fans of divas like Judy Garland formed complex social networks and communities around their fandom that were also about joy and celebration.
The musical re-telling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton has been widely praised for its pro-immigrant and anti-colonial sentiments. Disney+

Hamilton – the diverse musical with representation problems

It may have a diverse cast but it erases the Black and Indigenous people who were there in the room and relegates women to the sidelines.
Come what may. Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge was staged on Broadway this year and is headed for Australian stages. Supplied

Hollywood onstage: why are so many musicals adapted from movies?

Stages worldwide seem to have been taken over by musicals made for movie-lovers. While this creative process has a long history, it can limit opportunities for original works.

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