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The moments that changed these dancers’ lives – and brought them here

The moments that changed these dancers’ lives – and brought them here

One of The Australian Ballet’s new recruits fled Russia as the war began, another grew up in the north of England and preferred football to dance.

  • by Catherine Lambert

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The ‘unknown’ who sang for Kylie, warmed up for Queen and backed James Brown

The ‘unknown’ who sang for Kylie, warmed up for Queen and backed James Brown

The singers’ singer, Pat Powell has led an incredible life – a lot of it behind the main act. Now it’s his turn in the spotlight.

  • by Stephen A Russell
Is the world’s biggest library full of stolen content?

Is the world’s biggest library full of stolen content?

A Melbourne actor inadvertently became part of a growing online debate when he discovered his labour-of-love audio drama had been uploaded to an internet archive.

  • by Nick Miller
Four stars for the show that gives us licence to laugh at the big issues
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Four stars for the show that gives us licence to laugh at the big issues

9 to 5 The Musical is much like its creator, Dolly Parton: perky, colourful, amiable, singable and fully renovated – and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

  • by Tony Way and Kate Herbert
How Sofi Tukker built a ‘freak fam’ to help conquer the music world

How Sofi Tukker built a ‘freak fam’ to help conquer the music world

For 400 days, US electronic duo Sofi Tukker streamed daily from their Florida home, building their skills and their fanbase, and tweaking their music.

  • by Andrew Drever
Alibrandi on stage: have they ruined the book, or given it new life?
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Alibrandi on stage: have they ruined the book, or given it new life?

Books are being dramatised all over Melbourne: Dorian Gray at the Arts Centre, Looking for Alibrandi at Malthouse and Jane Eyre at La Mama. But do they work?

  • by Kate Herbert
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At a Yarra Valley cellar door, this Figaro is in hipster moustache heaven

At a Yarra Valley cellar door, this Figaro is in hipster moustache heaven

Opera Australia has transplanted the 19th century opera Barber of Seville from Spain to a town of the same name a lot closer to Melbourne.

  • by Barney Zwartz
Torn in half by war but conductor Vasily Petrenko still inspires hope via music

Torn in half by war but conductor Vasily Petrenko still inspires hope via music

Don’t miss the last chance to see him on stage at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall this Saturday.

  • by Nick Miller
Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

Wedding Singer musical romps home with a swag of Green Room gongs

This year’s Green Room Awards, celebrating the best of Melbourne performance, saw awards for shows by Red Stitch, Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Opera.

  • by Vyshnavee Wijekumar
Meet the ‘unsung heroes’ who save the show for your entertainment

Meet the ‘unsung heroes’ who save the show for your entertainment

They have one of the most gruelling jobs on stage, but these performers are ready to fill any role on shows from Six to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5.

  • by John Bailey
Museums acquire viral Goose game so future generations can have a gander

Museums acquire viral Goose game so future generations can have a gander

Untitled Goose Game, the smash hit Australian video game about a rampaging goose, is to be preserved for posterity by three national institutions.

  • by Nick Miller