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Andrew Lloyd Webber - Sydney Catholic Schools Forced To Apologise Over Gay Couple In Musical ‘School of Rock’ - starobserver.com.au
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Sydney Catholic Schools Forced To Apologise Over Gay Couple In Musical ‘School of Rock’
Sydney Catholic Schools’ production of School of Rock has left parents clutching their pearls at the show’s “adult themes,” forcing the school to apologise. The show, which took place at the Qudos Bank Arena, was billed as “extraordinary” and a “musical extravaganza” by Sydney Catholic Schools. A casting call video from earlier this year, featuring Sydney Catholic Schools Executive Director Tony Farley, teased, “Our School of Rock arena spectacular will be on a size and scale never seen before in our system of schools.“4000 performers from our 150 schools will perform this worldwide hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and be part of one of the largest musicals ever seen in the City of Sydney.”However, the “extravaganza” was overshadowed by an uproar from parents over a brief scene involving a same-sex couple, played by two male students. According to Sydney Morning Herald, Parents also complained about the language, disrespect for authority, and a scene where the children “prayed to the God of Rock.” The brief scene with a same-sex couple, however, was the transgression that really caused a stir. “Concerns have included language used in the show that is clearly unacceptable in a school or family setting, adult themes that are alluded to in the show which are in no way endorsed by Sydney Catholic Schools, and disrespect for authority that caused some concern.“Sydney Catholic Schools sincerely apologises and takes responsibility for any elements which caused offence and are undertaking a full review of all aspects of the production which will ensure that a situation such as this will not occur again.”School of Rock is the first time students from across the Sydney Catholic Schools system put on a show of this magnitude. ©
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Gary Barlow - Elizabeth Ii II (Ii) - Queen Elizabeth Ii - ‘Those little moments' Gary Barlow shares rare insight into his relationship with Queen - express
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‘Those little moments' Gary Barlow shares rare insight into his relationship with Queen
Queen Elizabeth II.The former Take That star paid his respects to her following the monarch’s death last week and ahead of her state funeral today. The singer and TV show judge said he had a “tear in my eye” when he heard the news of the monarch's death. Gary - who first met the Queen in 1993 at the Royal Variety Performance - said she “did such a wonderful job and was such a wonderful example to us all".He said that the pair may have met up with one another as many as 30 times over the last 30 years. Gary spoke to The Sun about his track Sing, which he co-wrote alongside Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, which formed part of an “impromptu concert” for the monarch.The concert, said the hitmaker, was an intimate gathering where he performed Sing for the Queen around the time of her birthday that same year. He said that the track was one of the Queen’s “favourite songs”. Gary told the publication that she had a way of putting people at ease around her, and wasn’t as intimidating as her title would suggest. He said: “She was so good at putting everyone at ease, she never let anyone feel intimidated.”Gary explained her focus during the Platinum Jubilee concert earlier this year was for everyone else to have a good time, rather than the focus being on her alone. Gary was propelled to mainstream success as part of Nineties boy band Take That. He also has previous experience judging music talent contests, having been a judge on The X Factor from 2011 to 2013.However, the Rule The World singer spoke in the past about feeling completely out of his comfort zone when having met the Queen on one occasion. The pop star had been asked to mastermind Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012 which included
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Cameron Mackintosh - ‘The Phantom…’ At The Sydney Opera House Delivers The Magic: Review - starobserver.com.au - Australia
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‘The Phantom…’ At The Sydney Opera House Delivers The Magic: Review
You could have heard a pin drop during the gala opening night of Opera Australia’s production of The Phantom of the Opera August 26 at the Joan Sutherland Theatre at the Sydney Opera House. The audience was packed with celebrity Sydneysiders in bow ties and gowns but the real stars of the evening were Josh Piterman, Amy Manford, and Blake Bowden.This trio of truly gifted performers, surrounded by a stunning supporting cast and orchestra, powerfully delivered the musical’s signature songs, Music of the Night, Think of Me, All I Ask of You, the awesomely beautiful Masquerade, and of course the main title song, with vitality and power.This new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s novel, overseen by producer Cameron Mackintosh, and director Seth Sklar-Heyn is simply superb on every level.While the story of an obsessive and dangerous love in 19th-century Paris is now familiar to many, it’s the exquisite attention to detail which delivers the magic to this new staging.The  27-piece orchestra under the musical supervision of Guy Simpson is phenomenal, and the production is elevated even further by truly glorious stagecraft. The Phantom of the OperaThe lush costuming by Jill Parker, recreating the original designs of the late Tony award-winning Maria Bjornson is stunning, and the hair and wig design by Angela Cobbin is perfection.The lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable and the sound design by Mick Potter is also extraordinary, with some terrific video and projection design by Nina Dunn.There is also a wonderful use of pyrotechnics throughout the show and of course the thrilling and iconic moment when the chandelier falls towards the heads of the audience still inspires
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