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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.
As thrilling as they are for audiences, Australia’s musical theatre scene is dominated by productions honed on the West End and Broadway. PAUL MILLER

Where are the new Australian musicals? Waiting in the wings

Musical theatre nominees at the 2017 Helpmann Awards are dominated by overseas productions. Our own productions need way more support to compete on the world stage.

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