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Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo & Juliet' Live in Concert

One of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time becomes a masquerade rock show.
By Sarah Ward
September 19, 2019
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Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo & Juliet' Live in Concert

One of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time becomes a masquerade rock show.
By Sarah Ward
September 19, 2019
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It's been more than two decades since Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet changed the game when it came to screen adaptations of Shakespeare — and delivered a stunning soundtrack along with it. There are many things that make the 1996 movie great, from its stellar casting to the filmmaker's inimitable style. But tracks by everyone from The Cardigans to Radiohead to Everclear to Garbage rank right up there with its biggests strengths.

It's no wonder, then, that The Civic is hosting quite the soiree to celebrate one of the best-ever collections of movie tunes. Across two nights (December 7 and 8), local artists Gin Wigmore, Jon Toogood (Shihad), Laughton Kora, Milan Borich (Pluto), Dave Gibson (Elemeno P) and acclaimed soprano Isabella Moore will take the stage to perform the entire soundtrack.

To recreate the blend of grunge, dance and opera from the 90s romantic tragedy, the soloists will be backed by a 30-piece orchestra, full choir and rock band. Expect to hear The Cardigan's 'Love Fool' and Garbage's '#1 Crush' to the aching gravitas of 'When Doves Cry' and 'O Verona'.

Attendees are encouraged to dress for hedonistic success: masks, wings, chain mail, or anything else that takes you back to a Capulet house party circa 1996. Presale tickets are from Thursday, 19 September at midday with general sale available 9am on Tuesday, 24 September via Ticketmaster.

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