Musicals

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Stars in Your Eyes: the 50s musical saluting actors in a crisis
Our series on films about theatre continues with a British comedy in which variety acts face an existential threat when TV steals their audience

Chris Wiegand

16, Feb, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Music review – Sia's tone-deaf treatment of autism
In the singer-songwriter’s simplistic directorial debut, a cartoonish portrayal of autism clashes with a tale of addiction

Simran Hans

14, Feb, 2021 @5:30 AM

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From Oliver! to Golda… new life for long-lost Lionel Bart musical
Songs from the composer’s doomed show about the Israeli stateswoman will make their debut online

Vanessa Thorpe

24, Jan, 2021 @7:15 AM

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Tokyo Dragon Chef review – ramen-themed yakuza musical comedy
Yoshihiro Nishimura throws every ingredient into this overblown, overcooked and oddly endearing underworld romp

Leslie Felperin

21, Jan, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The Wacky Hen review – circus comedy is a flightless flop
Despite a laudable ethical stance on performing animals, this family animation’s zero-to-hero tale fails to engage

Leslie Felperin

20, Jan, 2021 @10:00 AM

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'You should get one with your Covid jab': can musicals save cinema?
They led the fightback against the Great Depression. Now, after a year that left the planet in anguish and movie-going in dire straits, get ready for a joyous, high-kicking year of singing and dancing

Catherine Shoard

30, Dec, 2020 @9:00 AM

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Dune, Bond and Top Gun returns: Films to look out for in 2021
Daniel Craig hands in his licence to kill, Frances McDormand delivers her best ever performance, Carey Mulligan unsettles in a rape-revenge drama and Tom Cruise reaches for the skies … this year’s must-see films

Peter Bradshaw

29, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Soul review – Fantasia meets A Matter of Life or Death
A jazz-loving music teacher ends up in the beforelife in this existential Pixar beauty from the director of Up and Inside Out

Mark Kermode Observer film critic

27, Dec, 2020 @8:00 AM

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'Rum Tum Tugger is the sexiest': one-man Cats show claws through film flop
Bad films can spawn kitschy, cult devotion, as Linus Karp demonstrates in How to Live a Jellicle Life

Arifa Akbar

16, Dec, 2020 @2:28 PM

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Tony-winning Broadway star Ann Reinking dies aged 71
Choreographer and Fosse collaborator starred as Roxie in Chicago and appeared on screen in Annie

Chris Wiegand

15, Dec, 2020 @8:55 AM

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Frozen review – Disney's thrilling but occasionally gluggy stage musical won't let audience go
Capitol Theatre, Sydney
Disney’s powerhouse musical makes its international debut on Australian stages – and becomes the only place in the world that it’s still showing

Cassie Tongue

11, Dec, 2020 @1:22 AM

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James Corden proves why straight actors should think twice before playing gay | Benjamin Lee
The star’s spectacularly misjudged performance as a gay Broadway actor in Ryan Murphy’s equally tone-deaf Netflix musical is a new low for Hollywood

Benjamin Lee

09, Dec, 2020 @2:18 PM

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