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



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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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MrBeast’s monumental 100 African wells sparks controversy



Philanthropic YouTuber MrBeast, known for his outlandish and extravagant charity stunts, recently financed the construction of 100 wells in Africa, providing clean drinking water to thousands of people.


While the philanthropic gesture is commendable on the surface, it has ignited a wave of controversy and criticism from various quarters.

Critics argue that MrBeast’s approach, although well-intentioned, might not be the most sustainable solution to Africa’s water crisis.

They question the long-term viability of these wells, raising concerns about maintenance and local ownership. Some have even labelled it as a publicity stunt, arguing that it merely scratches the surface of a much deeper issue.

On the other hand, MrBeast’s supporters laud his efforts in raising awareness and mobilising his enormous following to contribute to a worthy cause. They argue that any effort to alleviate the water crisis is a step in the right direction.

In the end, whether MrBeast’s 100 wells in Africa are a game-changing philanthropic success or a mere spectacle remains a subject of intense social debate.


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