Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 04/04/2021
You’ll need spectacles for this spectacle. Because it’s…very underwhelming.
10) Frozen the Musical
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What: From the producers of Aladdin and The Lion King, Disney’s new hit musical Frozen is storming Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Adapted from the Oscar-winning film, Frozen the Musical is expertly brought to the stage by acclaimed Director Michael Grandage, giving life to this beloved story in an all new, unforgettable theatrical experience. An inspiring tale of sisterhood and true love, it features the songs you know and love from the original film plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. With gorgeous sets and costumes as well as sensational special effects, Frozen is everything a Broadway musical should be – moving, spectacular and pure joy.
Why: Just in case you thought Disney was done harvesting every part of this dead horse.
9) ADSR ZINE
What: BackStage Music transforms a World Square shop front into a social and creative hub for playful and challenging musical experiences celebrating women.
Why: Because being ‘woke’ requires constant photographic evidence.
8) Stop Girl
What: Susie’s at the top of her game. She’s devoted the best years of her life to reporting from the dangerous frontlines all over the world. But even the most resilient foreign correspondents need to come home one day. What happened to Australia while she was away? And what happened to her?
Why: See an incredible story of journalistic resilience and passion ruined by the tedious format of experimental theatre.
7) Tom Polo & A Constructed World
What: In Polo’s new work, bodies are submerged within a surface of swirling layers of paint, varied brushstrokes and painting techniques that create a complex surface plane where foreground and background appear to merge, melting from one state into the next. Lingering on a threshold of presence and absence, what is painted in and what is painted out, Polo’s figures, — looming characters — are both revealed and concealed creating a surface tension that draws attention to the spaces in-between.
Why: If you look really closely, into the real subtleties of the piece, you’ll notice how the work as a whole is a…crock of bullshit.
6) Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens
What: Annie Leibovitz is one of the most iconic and influential celebrity photographers of the last few decades. This is an intimate documentary shot by her younger sister and traces her life from childhood, her work for various magazines, her family life and the passing of her lover Susan Sontag.
Why: Another person existing like her is a complete impossibility.
4th April Onwards
What: Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.
Why: If you are at all underwhelmed, for god’s sake keep your damn mouth shut. Of all the ways to die, being lynched by a theatre mob is one of the most pathetic.
4) Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata
What: La Traviata on Sydney Harbour will finally take the harbour stage in 2021. Fireworks light up the sky. A giant chandelier shimmers over the harbour stage. The music sparkles with joy and heartache. Enjoy drinks or dinner at one of the five pop-up bars and restaurants as the setting sun glimmers over the city skyline. Then take your seats to enjoy “a ravishing visual spectacle” (Huffington Post). The story that inspired Moulin Rouge and Pretty Woman is on.
Why: Opera, but tolerable because of the booze, fried stuff and fireworks.
3) Night Owls Film Festival: Kung Fu Panda & My Spy
What: Gather your family and friends for a relaxing night of free cinema under the stars. There will be daring adventures, happily ever afters, heroines in abundance, giggles galore, cinematic classics, top-notch crooning, and a smattering of unlikely idols. This iteration will feature Kung Fu Panda and My Spy.
Why: Because one of the only valid reasons for having children these days is so you have an excuse to enjoy the entire pantheon of Jack Black films without shame.
2) Sydney Royal Easter Show
What: The Show is back! After a challenging year, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) look forward to bringing you a safe event that once again celebrates Aussie heritage – from rural traditions to modern-day lifestyles. The Show promises to deliver 12 days filled with entertainment, rides, competitions, exhibits and good old-fashioned family fun every day.
Why: Make contracting animal-borne diseases fun again.
1) Sydney Family Show
What: Whether it’s a bunny hopping competition, throwing a line in, cuddling a lizard, carnival rides or showbags, this year’s show is packed with entertainment for the whole family. Entry to the Show includes a massive range of free activities including access to the Reptile Show, the bunny hopping competition on Good Friday, a daily stage show, plus 2 hours of free parking. Another free activity is the Shimano Fishing Show, featuring nationally known fishing presenter and enthusiast, Dave “Mossy” Moss. With his giant 10 metre long fishing tank filled with barramundi and bream, Mossy will guide the audience on how to successfully “reel one in” with a range of fantastic tips and advice. Thrill-seekers will flock to adrenaline-fuelled carnival rides such as the Super Sizzler and YoYo while the more sedate Classic Carousel and dodgem cars will also bring delight. Time-honoured show traditions such as carnival games and show bags will again be available, setting the stage for a fantastic and value-filled family day out.
Why: A day to remember why you had kids. Because they’re so loud, noisy and full of puke that you don’t have time to remember how much you resent your partner and how little your life fulfils you.