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Their (Least) Favourite Thing

On my Austrian husband’s first holiday in the U.S., my whole family was there, and in an annual ritual, we all sat down in front of the TV and put on The Sound of Music. As scenic views of Julie Andrews cavorting through the Alps rolled out before us, my sister exclaimed to her children, […]

Kiss Me, Kate

Kiss Me, Kate

“Triumphant success of the first musical in Austria” announced a shrewd critic, when Kiss Me, Kate had its Austrian premiere at the Volksoper in 1956. The musical quickly became the Volksoper’s greatest box-office attraction in the theatre’s 60-odd-year history. Kate went on to become the highest point of composer Cole Porter’s long and varied career, […]

Black Pearl Heart Break

Black Pearl Heart Break

In the 1930s, America was a grim place of intense poverty and shattered dreams. But out of the dust and desperation a deep, low song arises, rich with history, pain and heart. This is what musicologist Susannah Mullally has been searching for, and it will change her life. In Frank Higgins’ beautiful stage play Black […]

Salute to Cinema Italiano

Fashion is fleeting, but style is eternal, so the idiom goes. One of the timeless beacons of style is undoubtedly the Italy of the post-war years. The clothes, the Vespas, the Alfa Romeos, the sexy decadence and grandiose lifestyles – all set against the backdrop of the gritty, almost heartbreaking poverty of post-war Italy. Well […]

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