Musicals

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Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
From live streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

25, Feb, 2021 @7:52 AM

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Young Frankenstein review – Mel Brooks' cult classic gets clever, camp revival
There are plenty of belly laughs and a stellar lead but Alexander Berlage’s take on the original text lacks the nuanced meta-commentary he usually excels at

Cassie Tongue

24, Feb, 2021 @1:02 AM

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The Color Purple review – musical romance rings hollow from a distance
Covid guidelines and clunky camerawork sadly undermine the ebullient performances in this digital adaptation of Alice Walker’s modern classic

Arifa Akbar

18, Feb, 2021 @12:34 PM

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David Cameron, you won't enjoy this: inside the Windrush scandal musical
On Hostile Ground features a singing former PM – and plenty of savagely witty numbers about wrongful detention and deportation. As it prepares to launch, we go behind the scenes

Amelia Gentleman

14, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Eddie Perfect gets introspective: ‘I had some success and some pretty epic public failures’
Broadway critics sneered at Perfect’s ‘Australian-bred’ musicals Beetlejuice and King Kong, but in his new stage show he has the last laugh

Jenny Valentish

11, Feb, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Fangirls review – delightful musical homage to fandoms, screaming very much encouraged
Seymour Centre, Sydney
Witty and agile with a powerhouse cast, Yve Blake’s musical balances serious social reflections with a loving twinkle in its eye

Cassie Tongue

04, Feb, 2021 @2:47 AM

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Sheridan Smith on Pooch Perfect: 'Stanley my cross-breed co-star is a one-take wonder!'
The actor is in ‘doggy and musical heaven’ – hosting a primetime grooming show on TV and returning to the stage for a showtune extravaganza. So who’s got the best topknot: her or the shih tzus?

Chris Wiegand

26, Jan, 2021 @3:56 PM

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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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Tony award-winning Broadway choreographer Bob Avian dies aged 83
The director and choreographer, whose credits include A Chorus Line and Dreamgirls, has died after a cardiac arrest in Florida

Adrian Horton

22, Jan, 2021 @6:11 PM

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Bridgerton: The Musical? Fans of Netflix hit take tunes to TikTok
Adjoa Andoh, who plays Lady Danbury in the show, admires the creativity, zest and collective spirit of tribute songs

Arifa Akbar

22, Jan, 2021 @1:59 PM

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Anthony Head’s teenage obsessions: ‘The Rocky Horror Show ignited something in my core’
The Buffy and Gold Blend actor, who stars in the new film School’s Out Forever, on his love for Judi Dench, Lord of the Flies – and playing Dr Frank-N-Furter

As told to Rich Pelley

21, Jan, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Marisha Wallace: I had to wean myself off the adrenaline of performance
The stage star recovered from Covid to create an album of hope. She talks about role models, belonging – and theatre’s time of change

Interview by Chris Wiegand

15, Jan, 2021 @12:31 PM

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