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Moulin Rouge! The Musical in Melbourne

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Can can can they capture the Absinthe fairy magic as the Luhrmann-inspired jukebox musical returns to Melbourne? As the multiple Tony Award-winning Moulin Rouge! The Musical makes its grand encore at the majestic Regent Theatre, it’s an experience that transcends mere entertainment. Adapted from Baz Luhrmann’s iconic 2001 film, this theatrical extravaganza has once again captured the hearts of audiences, reigniting the magic of maximal musical nostalgia in a way that only the Moulin Rouge can. The visual spectacle is unparalleled, with Derek McLane’s dazzling scenic design creating an immersive world that spills off the stage and through the fourth wall. The already-majestic Regent Theatre radiates the red light district glow of hand-painted bulbs, transporting the audience back in time to the infamous Parisian club’s heyday with a touch of actual Absinthe fairy magic. Returning stars Alinta Chidzey and Des Flanagan shine even brighter in their roles as the rags-to-riches courtesan Satine and her penniless suitor Christian. Their kilowatt chemistry illuminates the show, bringing to life the 70-plus tunes woven into this jam-packed jukebox musical with remarkable grace. Their vocal prowess, combined with the demanding choreography and magnificent costumes, creates a mesmerizing experience for all in attendance. The intricately stitched orchestration, under the command of Australian musical director Matthew Carey, seamlessly weaves iconic songs into the narrative, adding layers of depth and emotion to the performance. From Beyoncé’s ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’ paired with Lorde’s ‘Royals’ to Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ and Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’, the musical tapestry… Read More

Free opera in Melbourne: Opera Australia bringing back Opera For All!

In what promises to be nothing short of spectacular, the concert is set to feature some of the most beloved arias in opera. These pieces will be brought to life by four of Opera Australia’s premier performers, supported by musicians from Orchestra Victoria and under the expert guidance of esteemed opera conductor, Brian Castles-Onion. Fiona Allan, CEO of Opera Australia, has expressed delight in BMW’s continued commitment to the Australian cultural landscape through their Opera for All concerts, stating this partnership helps bring more opera to more people. Equally thrilled is Wolfgang Buechel, CEO of BMW Group Australia, who believes this event will bring joy to the community whilst supporting the arts and culture sector. Fed Square, renowned for its capacity to hold 8,000 people and its reputation as a hub for world-class art and culture, will serve as the perfect backdrop for this event. Mark your calendars for one of the biggest free outdoor opera events in Australia in 2024: the “BMW Opera for All.” An invitation is extended to all for an evening steeped in rich cultural experience and unforgettable opera performances. The anticipation builds as the date draws near. Head to opera.org.au for more

All about Miss Saigon in Melbourne – see it now

9. The Australian production of Miss Saigon Photo by Daniel Boud

Melbourne theatre-goers are in for an absolute treat as Cameron Mackintosh’s latest production of the award-winning musical, Miss Saigon, graces the stage of Her Majesty’s Theatre for a fleeting 7-week stint. The return of this heart-wrenching tale comes after a resoundingly successful Sydney season, and a 16-year hiatus since Miss Saigon last enthralled Melbourne audiences on the very same stage. Boasting a resplendent full 24-piece orchestra and an exceptional cast of 42 representing the length and breadth of the Asia-Pacific, this is a revival that is bound to take your breath away. Leading the standout Australian ensemble with aplomb is the internationally acclaimed Seann Miley Moore, who brings an electrifying performance in the role of The Engineer. Fresh-faced talent Abigail Adriano and Nigel Huckle as Chris make a formidable pair and, together with a supporting cast that includes the likes of Kerrie Anne Greenland, Nick Afoa, and Kimberley Hodgson, infuse new life into this timeless classic. Miss Saigon is a tale of love, loss, and resilience in the backdrop of war, and is set to a captivating score by Boublil and Schönberg that includes classics such as ‘The Heat is On in Saigon’ and ‘The American Dream.’ Since its premiere, this epic production has garnered an impressive 70 major theatre awards and has been performed in 15 languages across 350 cities worldwide. The reception to this rendition has been nothing short of ecstatic, with The Daily Telegraph calling it “thrilling,” and The Daily Mail dubbing it “the greatest musical of all time.” Don’t miss out… Read More

New festival in Melbourne: say ‘hello’ to Now or Never

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Introducing the “Now or Never” festival, a groundbreaking artistic event set to light up Melbourne with large-scale outdoor sculptural installations and projections, a 360° pop-up dome cinema and a menagerie of performances at the intersection of creativity and technology. If you were around in Melbourne almost a decade ago, you might remember White Night Melbourne? It was a city-wide music, art and sound festival that meant retailers and bars were open all night in the CBD. Think that, but for 2023. Running until the 2 September, the event will showcase the talents of over 300 local and international artists, composers, innovators, and change makers, with a line-up featuring 18 Australian premieres and 20 exclusive festival commissions. Anticipation is high, with more than 200,000 visitors expected to attend venues across the city during the 17-day festival. With over 70 innovative music performances, immersive digital art installations and thought-provoking daytime talks, the inaugural “Now or Never” program promises a journey into the convergence of art, ideas, sound, and technology, addressing the pressing questions of our future in light of the present moment. Program highlights include a 1.2-kilometre Art Trail in Docklands curated by Experimenta, immersive films in the Neversphere, a pop-up dome in the Melbourne Museum forecourt, and the return of large-scale live music to the historic Royal Exhibition Building for the first time in 20 years. The festival will also showcase an exclusive world premiere of a new composition, a multi-sensory dining experience in the Neversphere, and a series of talks and panels exploring the creativity… Read More