Musicals

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Matilda musical movie starring Emma Thompson to open London film festival
World premiere of the film version of the Roald Dahl-based musical also stars Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham and Andrea Riseborough

Catherine Shoard

30, Jun, 2022 @9:26 AM

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Lady Gaga to play Harley Quinn in Joker sequel
Margot Robbie played the character in the Suicide Squad movies, but Gaga’s version is expected to ‘exist in a different universe’

Andrew Pulver

14, Jun, 2022 @9:40 AM

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Judy Garland’s 20 best films – ranked!
Friday marks 100 years since the former child star’s birth. And, while she was never allowed to properly grow up on screen, her performances show range – and some standout songs

Peter Bradshaw

09, Jun, 2022 @11:45 AM

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‘The trembling is real’: how does it feel to sing a musical showstopper?
From Elsa letting it go in Frozen to Sally Bowles belting out Cabaret, the performers of the most barnstorming numbers in musicals share the thrill of bringing the house down

Miriam Gillinson

11, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Cabaret review – Liza Minnelli musical still divinely decadent and chillingly relevant
Minnelli brings the razzle dazzle to a Berlin determined to ignore the gathering storm in this cinematic masterpiece

Peter Bradshaw

05, May, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Casablanca Beats review – Morocco’s vibrant school of hip-hop
Nabil Ayouch’s grittily authentic tale of a rapper turned teacher helping his students find their creative voices is a class act

Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

01, May, 2022 @7:00 AM

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My Fair Lady has its problems but I still idolise Eliza Doolittle | Vikki Stone
Audrey Hepburn’s performance as the noisy, funny Eliza made this musical a childhood favourite and I’m all for the new revival

Vikki Stone

28, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

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On my radar: Paul Feig’s cultural highlights
The American comedian and director on feeling at home in Claridge’s, being moved by Bob Marley’s wife, and drinking with London’s king of the martini

Kathryn Bromwich

16, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Singin’ in the Rain at 70: Hollywood’s show-stopping musical remains a winner
It might have opened to muted applause, but the Gene Kelly-Stanley Donen dream team turned a 1952 also-ran into a long-living classic

Guy Lodge

11, Apr, 2022 @1:25 PM

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Ariana DeBose makes history as first queer woman of colour to win Oscar
DeBose wins same award as Rita Moreno, her predecessor in the same role in West Side Story

Andrew Pulver and Adrian Horton

28, Mar, 2022 @12:22 AM

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Cyrano review – Peter Dinklage woos to no avail in Joe Wright’s musical romance
O​veregged direction ​and forgettable songs ​leave​ the ever great Dinklage and Sicily’s glorious scenery with ​too much ​work to do

Wendy Ide

26, Feb, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Cyrano review – Peter Dinklage captivates as letter ghostwriter in musical version
Game of Thrones star brings a piercing commitment to the title role in Joe Wright’s solemn screen adaptation of Rostand’s play

Peter Bradshaw

23, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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