Top 10 Sydney Culture On this week 21/03/2021
You’ll need stimulants.
10) Frozen the Musical
21st March onwards
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) Hooked on Classics
What: The best-selling classical music release of all time, Hooked on Classics returns in a live concert setting! George Ellis will conduct a 45 piece Symphony Orchestra, bringing this unique symphonic sound to the magnificent State Theatre. Hooked on Classics made classical music accessible to music lovers around the world. Creating the perfect blend of symphonic classical masterpieces played over a continuous beat. The concept added a new dimension to the work, re-energizing the Classical Classics – Mozart to Bach, Vivaldi to Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky to Strauss.
Why: Earn the disdain fans of real classical music have for you.
8) Water Pail and Quirky Room
What: Water Pail is a sculpture and sound art installation about the artist’s Donna Chang’s intersectional Chinese-Australian identity and her mother’s migrant past and journey to Australia. Music by Daniel Portelli.
Why: Pretend you understand anything that’s happening and get a pass to spend the following three nights getting pissed and watching Final Space in your undies.
7) Evil Twin: Experimental vs Improvised Live Music
What: EVIL TWIN is an afternoon of weird experimental music live in a lounge room. EVIL TWIN (experimental vs improvised live terror within improvised noise), sibling to the long-standing regular EVIL night at MoshPit, is bringing a new kind of nasty-lovely to King Street, with an emphasis on individual voices/instruments doing…things… Experience an afternoon of people doing inhuman things to the vibrations in the air.
Why: You know you’ve been to an ‘experimental’ concert when you find yourself wondering if experiencing the vibratory aftershocks of a real bomb explosion would have been a preferable way to spend a few hours.
6) Your Songs: The Music of Elton John Orchestrated
What: A 24 piece symphony orchestra conducted by George Ellis perform Elton John’s greatest hits. Featuring special guest vocalists Damien Leith, Harrison Craig, Darren Percival and MiG Ayesa. Celebrating the songs of Elton John. One night only!
Why: Damien Leith did not disappear forever in 2006. He’s back to strangle another bunch of songs.
5) I’ve Never Been So Old
What: Sian Lindsay brings to life a novel in verse written by her sister, Kiara Lindsay, using synthesised sounds to tell a confronting story.
Why: Imagination is for suckers.
4) Another Future
What: Ensemble Offspring’s 2020 Noisy Women Composer Eve Klein has created an in depth project inspired by climate change based on the book by Elaine Kelly ‘Dwelling in the Age of Climate Change’ where Elaine argues for an orientation of care as the foundation for an ethical response to the climate change crisis. As part of the project Eve has gathered objects from communities effected by bushfire which will be used as musical instruments in the work.
Why: Experimental art that would not at all be out of place in a parody of experimental art.
21st March 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.
2) Stop Girl
26th March onwards
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.
1) Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: La Traviata
26th March onwards
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.