A new artistic director, Stuart Maunder, takes over Victorian Opera next year. Whether he can raise a pulse with their next season remains to be seen. But for now, this company’s road to hell is paved in artless yellow brick. Continue reading Il Mago di Oz: opera debut is old humbug
Every Australian newspaper and website has a Google spreadsheet brimming with the names of clickbait authors. They’re usually over 50, white and distinguishable for being ready and willing to burp out content at a moment’s notice. Continue reading Lazy, lazy, lazy… the clickbait evolution
At some point, it just becomes the responsible thing to do to take an artist’s microphone away. That moment has arrived for Baz Luhrmann with Elvis. Continue reading Elvis vs Predator
Anyone seeking evidence of the AFL’s dangerous need for a culture shift need only examine the Bailey Smith news cycle it rolled out this weekend. Continue reading Holding the man: anything to keep Bailey Smith playing the AFL’s game
The decision to divide Universal’s screen adaptation of Wicked makes it clear the production knows some form of special sauce will be needed to make the blockbuster musical work on the big screen. Continue reading Two Wicked?
Image: Backstage.com Over the past month, I’ve had the thrill of seeing both West Side Stories, director Robert Wise’s 1961 version and Steven Spielberg’s recent remake, within days of each other at a cinema. They’re both, on first glance, very different. And so they should be. Seven decades removed you would hope there’d have been enough positive change for this story to be seen anew. … Continue reading Sixty years on, West Side Story still belongs to Anita (not Spielberg)
As Dune adaptations go, Villeneuve’s new effort is far from a disaster. It just isn’t terribly engaging. Continue reading Villeneuve’s Dune: review
Is ABBA about to change the face of modern music? In London next year, the most co-ordinated salvo yet will be fired in the ongoing assault of the hologram artist. Continue reading ABBA and the Holograms
The Australian music industry’s revenue has surged 37 per cent thanks to a boom in streaming subscriptions since online platforms like Spotify were first introduced in 2012. But streaming platforms risk globalising the local industry in unprecedented new ways. Continue reading Australians are spending more on music, but will the COVID pandemic spell the end of the album?
Tina Arena may be set to star in her next blockbuster musical. The iconic Aussie singer is rumoured to headline a new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster Sunset Boulevard in 2022. Continue reading ‘Sunset’ for Tina Arena?