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Melbourne to stage the world’s biggest production of Moulin Rouge

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After sitting dark during the world’s longest lockdown, the curtain will finally rise to reveal the globe’s biggest production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical 

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Broadway hit Moulin Rouge will finally can-can into Melbourne after the production went dark due to Melbourne’s lockdowns and rehearsal restrictions.

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The multi-million dollar show triumphed Broadway, which was also batted by the pandemic. Just last month, New York made a covid comeback – Now it’s Melbourne’s turn, the theatre capital of Oz.

A stellar cast is about to dazzle the stage of the world’s biggest production of the musical adapted from the Baz Luhrmann film.

Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza

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The landmark Regent Theatre holds a key part in Melbourne’s history since opening as a grand picture palace in 1929. 

Set designer Derek McLane used the theatre’s rich history to enhance the set that will immerse audiences into the world of Moulin Rouge the moment they enter.

Speaking to The Age, McLane said it was bigger than both the New York and London stages.

Tens of millions of dollars were poured upgrading The Regent Theatre, partially funded by the Victorian State Government.

“It lends itself to becoming the Moulin Rouge, it feels more European, the architecture feels closer to 1899 and it has a lot of opulence to it, which is really useful.”

The set is flanked by two huge scene-setters, a big red windmill and a big blue elephant.

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Moulin Rouge celebrates bohemian life in 19th century Paris but it is a love story at its heart, between Moulin Rouge performer Satine and budding poet/songwriter Christian.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is brought to the stage by a Tony Award-nominated creative team. It’s produced by Global Creatures and is the first Australian-produced musical to originate on Broadway.

Audiences can expect a live performance that will transport them into the lush, energetic and crazy club which is the moulin rouge.

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The musical was on track for an August opening but due to covid the long-awaited Australian opening night will now be on November 12.

Tickets for Moulin Rouge! The Musical are on sale now, with performances through to April 7, 2022

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How Disney beat Netflix at its own game

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When it comes to streaming, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Disney+ has quickly become a major force in the streaming wars, adding over 14 million new subscribers in its latest quarter. That’s a big jump from the 3 million it had just three months prior.

In comparison, Netflix lost nearly 1 million subscribers in the same period.

So what happened? How did Disney+ overtake Netflix so quickly?

There are a few factors at play.

For one, Disney+ has a lot of content that people want to watch. As well as its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the service  has access to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and The Simpsons. That’s a big draw for people who are looking for something to watch.

In addition, Disney+ is much cheaper than Netflix. A subscription to Disney+ costs $6.99 per month, while a Netflix subscription starts at $8.99 per month. For people who are trying to save money, Disney+ is the more appealing option. Though Disney and Netflix have signalled they’re going to push up their prices.

Disney+ has been aggressive in marketing itself as the superior streaming service. The company has run a number of ads that compare its service favorably to Netflix. This has helped convince people to switch to Disney+.

The Disney effect

The Walt Disney Company launched Disney+ on November 12, 2019. The streaming service is available in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Puerto Rico.

As of the second quarter of 2020, Netflix had nearly 221 million subscribers across 190 countries.

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What is the market share of Netflix? In the United States, Netflix has a market share of 37%. That means it is the most popular streaming service in the country.

When was Netflix founded? Netflix was founded on August 29, 1997, in Scotts Valley, California.

What type of company is Netflix? Netflix is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NFLX.

What is the headquarters of Netflix? The headquarters of Netflix is located in Los Gatos, California.

Disney+ facts

Disney is spending $1 billion per year on its streaming service.

What is the market share of Disney+? In the United States, Disney+ has a market share of 24%.

When was Disney+ launched? Disney+ was launched on November 12, 2019.

What type of company is Disney? Disney is a publicly-traded company. Its stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol DIS.

How much does Disney stock cost? As of August 2020, the price of one share of Disney stock is $115.76.

What is the headquarters of Disney? The headquarters of Disney is located in Burbank, California.

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Scientists discover dogs can sniff if you’re stressed

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Russia has begun vaccinating animals against COVID-19

Dog’s truely are our best friends and it turns out they really are in tune to our feelings by experiencing their world through smell

Scientists have discovered that dogs can detect stress, by sniffing our breath and sweat

Four dogs volunteered by their owners – were trained to “choose” one of three scent canisters.

And in more than 650 out of 700 trials, they sniffed a sample of sweat or breath that had been taken from a stressed person.

Dog highly sensitive scent-detection abilities are already used to detect drugs, explosives, and illnesses – so they really are paw-some animals

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Coolio, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ rapper, dies at 59

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U.S. rapper and record producer Coolio has died

The musician was visiting a friend when he suddenly passed away, according to reports from his management.

TMZ reports the musician went to the bathroom and never returned.

Paramedics were sent to the scene after reports he entered cardiac arrest. But his cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

But the father of 10 was pronounced dead a short time after.

Coolio was best known for his hit songs Gangsta’s Paradise, Fantastic Voyage, and It’s All The Way Live.

He was aged 59.

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