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?
A little less time spent in earnest consideration of what it all meant and a few more rehearsals and this production might have been a fun, camp night out. Continue reading Steady on, it’s just Chess
French Exit is either a racist, narcissistic, consumerist nightmare or a brilliant black comedy. A significant portion of the movie is inevitably spent wondering which. Continue reading French Exit: a movie about toxic, white privilege, or just a toxic, white privileged movie?
Ms Turner, 81, says she decided to talk about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband and former co-star to try and put the trauma of her past abuse behind her. Continue reading Toxic journalism triggered Turner’s PTSD
Through the Black Lives Matter movement, through public lynchings, through a painful, powerful dialogue about cultural representation and racism in the West, people still love Hamilton, blindly, passionately, almost operatically. Continue reading The age of Hamilton is over