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Died Pretty's Ron Peno diagnosed with cancer

Died Pretty's Ron Peno diagnosed with cancer

Ron Peno, frontman of Australian band Died Pretty, is undergoing cancer treatment.

  • by Martin Boulton

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Was James Brown murdered? Push to have soul legend's death investigated
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Was James Brown murdered? Push to have soul legend's death investigated

Investigation urged amid doubts that the Godfather of Soul died of natural causes.

  • by Sara Moniuszko
Opera for One means no more lonely nights in front of the TV

Opera for One means no more lonely nights in front of the TV

Opera for One is not "tinder for opera lovers" or a singles' programme, says Opera Australia.

  • by Julie Power
Arts leader (and musical lover) Emily Sexton settles in at Arts House
Performing arts

Arts leader (and musical lover) Emily Sexton settles in at Arts House

The North Melbourne institution's new artistic director has lived and breathed the arts from a young age and is hitting the ground running at the contemporary performance space.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Melbourne Opera soars with Flying Dutchman
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Melbourne Opera soars with Flying Dutchman

It was only four years ago that a bigger company, Victorian Opera, staged this Wagner, but Melbourne Opera's is a far better production.

  • by Bridget Davies
'The most extraordinary story': Iliad retold with an Australian twist
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'The most extraordinary story': Iliad retold with an Australian twist

Homer's epic poem will be read at the Sydney Festival in a similarly epic nine-hour performance that tells the ancient Greek tale in a modern Australian voice.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
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'Ruthless': David Williamson's new play puts showbiz under the microscope
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'Ruthless': David Williamson's new play puts showbiz under the microscope

The prolific playwright uses the brutality of show business to hold a mirror to the "intensely competitive and ruthless" nature of society in his new play.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Carole King shows up to play herself on Broadway

Carole King shows up to play herself on Broadway

Anything can happen in live theatre, and the audience at Beautiful, the life story of Carole King, got a surprise when King appeared on stage to play herself.

All dressed up: Cabaret performer celebrates his musical heroes
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All dressed up: Cabaret performer celebrates his musical heroes

Seven years after his first solo show debuted in Australia cabaret artist Le Gateau Chocolat has returned with renditions from musical legends of the '80s.

  • by Linda Morris
Midsumma puts gender centre stage
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Midsumma puts gender centre stage

Trans and gender-diverse artists take centre stage at this year's Midsumma Festival.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
The Notebook to become a Broadway musical

The Notebook to become a Broadway musical

The meme-worthy romance film starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams is heading to the stage.