Can a crack creative team turn Muriel’s Wedding into the great Aussie musical?
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Inside the latest issue…
Muriel’s Musical Wedding
It’s 23 years since Muriel Heslop said goodbye to dead end Porpoise Spit and headed for the bright lights of Sydney with an ABBA song in her heart and the dream of a fairy-tale wedding that would transform her dreary life. Now Muriel is retracing her steps, but this time she’s doing it on stage. Jo Litson goes behind the scenes as PJ Hogan’s iconic Australian film is adapted into a new musical.
Elena Kats-Chernin at 60
Limelight takes tea with one of Australia’s best-loved and most prolific composers as she prepares to celebrate her ‘second 30th’.
Born the year of Shostakovich’s Fifth, Vladimir Ashkenazy talks about a lifetime journeying cheek by jowl with the Russian composer.
Doctors in the House
A celebration of a quarter century of the Australian Doctors Orchestra, an ensemble that really can cope with all emergencies.
When Worlds Collide
As the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choir prepares to mix it with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, look out for some vocal fireworks.
The flautist juggles a gig with the Berlin Philharmonic and a successful solo career. Angus McPherson talks to him about old favourites, borrowing violin works and why music has always been contemporary.
His first stage outing went “very, very badly”, then people said La Bohème wasn’t his opera. So, as the Mexican-born tenor tells Clive Paget, he is grateful and happy to be working here with Opera Australia.
What I’m Listening To Composer Nigel Westlake Five Questions For Composer Paul Stanhope Around The World Pinocchio’s dark makeover thrills La Monnaie Guest Column Soprano Brenda Rae on the joys of French Baroque Guy Noble’s Soapbox What’s with all the road rage and Twitter rants? Opera Column A look back at Nellie Melba’s (nearly) final hurrah Did You Hear About How Brahms acquired a taste for jam tartlets Backstage With Composer and curator Iain Grandage World Premiere James Hullick plumbs the ancient soul-caves Greta Bradman On the importance of wellbeing in the Arts Composer of the Month The other Elgar: the English composer’s dark side Musical Journey Hop a cultural tuk-tuk for a spin around Bangkok Reviews The latest CD reviews plus the Limelight chart Panorama This month’s round-up of everything worth experiencing in dance, theatre, visual art, literature and film What’s On The must-see musical events around Australia this month Broadcast Guide ABC Classic FM & Australia’s independent radio stations My Music Actor and singer Simon Gleeson
Wondering what to listen to this month? Well wonder no more – Limelight’s got your back (and ears) with this specially curated Spotify playlist: a selection of twelve tracks reviewed in this issue.