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Cruel Intentions heralds a return to ’90s fashion at the State Theatre

Cruel Intentions heralds a return to ’90s fashion at the State Theatre

‘Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical’ takes us back to the music and fashion of the last century just as it’s coming back into the spotlight.

  • by Helen Pitt

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Gun-loving gangsters keep us entertained, even if it’s dodgy territory
★★★½
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Gun-loving gangsters keep us entertained, even if it’s dodgy territory

Bonnie & Clyde is a rollicking ride if you can get past the fact it romanticises two infamous and murderous criminals.

  • by John Shand
Mary Poppins is rightly iconic – but we overlook her most defining characteristic

Mary Poppins is rightly iconic – but we overlook her most defining characteristic

Magic or not, Mary Poppins is still lugging enormous lamps around in her handbag and claiming to be able to speak to dogs. That’s why she’s my new role model.

  • by Deirdre Fidge
This raunchy, risque nostalgia cash-in loses the plot of a classic
★★½
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This raunchy, risque nostalgia cash-in loses the plot of a classic

Jukebox musical Cruel Intentions has clumsily shoehorned in too many ’90s hits, making the story underneath rushed and wince-inducing.

  • by Tyson Wray and Jessica Nicholas
Moulin Rouge! musical offers amusing mash-ups with sexiness
★★★★
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Moulin Rouge! musical offers amusing mash-ups with sexiness

The stage musical version of Moulin Rouge! thickens the story and heightens the sexiness.

  • by John Shand
Behind-the-scenes stars transform Moulin Rouge into a musical

Behind-the-scenes stars transform Moulin Rouge into a musical

The creatives behind the film’s iconic costumes and make-up have pivoted to theatre, helping bring Paris to life for the musical version of Moulin Rouge!

  • by Garry Maddox
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The Broadway director who couldn’t refuse turning Moulin Rouge into a live show

The Broadway director who couldn’t refuse turning Moulin Rouge into a live show

Tony winner Alex Timbers was not out to copy the movie when he translated Moulin Rouge to the stage.

  • by Linda Morris
How do you update the Moulin Rouge soundtrack? Say yes to Lady Gaga and no to Taylor Swift

How do you update the Moulin Rouge soundtrack? Say yes to Lady Gaga and no to Taylor Swift

To make it hum for a new audience, Levine looked to modern-day superstars – think Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna – as well as finally giving the Rolling Stones their moment.

  • by Louise Rugendyke
‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

‘I’ve spent a really long time hiding it’: Musical star opens up about hearing loss

Kirby Burgess has had hearing loss her entire life. But she kept it to herself, using subtle strategies to excel in auditions and performances.

  • by Nick Miller
The dangerous liaison that made Buffy sexy ... now with added ’90s bangers

The dangerous liaison that made Buffy sexy ... now with added ’90s bangers

Cruel Intentions: the ’90s Musical is an unashamedly tongue-in-cheek take on the sassy, sexy 1999 film starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.

  • by Stephen A Russell
How they waved a magic wand over Cinderella to embrace diversity

How they waved a magic wand over Cinderella to embrace diversity

In a new, lavish Broadway version of Cinderella, the creative team set out to reshape one of the most famous fairytales.

  • by Catherine Lambert