The Biggest Day in UAE Performing Arts is … Tuesday?

The Biggest Day in UAE Performing Arts is … Tuesday?

How did this happen? There is a Tuesday – a Tuesday of all days – packed with shows in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Not major concerts either: performance arts – professional and amateur, touring and local, small and large. It seems that the UAE has finally hit maturity in its arts scene. Ok…...

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Behind the Scenes at FAME the Musical in Dubai

Behind the Scenes at FAME the Musical in Dubai

What should you expect from FAME the Musical in Dubai? Here’s what the music director and cast have to say. Have a look at the love-hate onstage relationship between Shaq & Emma. Though Shaq & Emma portray an intense love-hate relationship (here) of a a teacher and a student, there is...

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What’s Coming Up This Week Around the UAE? Feb 27- Mar 5

What’s Coming Up This Week Around the UAE? Feb 27- Mar 5

Best on a Budget: Improv nights Mon – Wed at the Courtyard Playhouse in Dubai Best Afternoon Out: ChoirFest Best Night Out with Friends: Improv Nights at Courtyard Playhouse Best Family Event: Fame or ChoirFest Critic Pick: Trance Forms in Abu Dhabi and Madam Butterfly in Dubai Personal Picks: Phil:...

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West Side Story Cast Says Shut Off Your Phones

West Side Story Cast Says Shut Off Your Phones

Qassab talks about Tinder and audience phones, and Phil tries to keep a real interview going with Jenna & Keely from West Side Story. Jenna (Maria) and Keely (Anita) are the female leads of West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to...

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Tony from West Side Story Just Wants to Skydive & Eat Pancakes

Tony from West Side Story Just Wants to Skydive & Eat Pancakes

Kevin wants to skydive and eat pancakes. Yes, even an amazingly talented showman like him has normal ambitions in life. Follow Kevin: https://www.instagram.com/kyevbudd/ Kevin Jospeh Hack is Tony in West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to get some time with some...

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Interview with Donald Chan – Conductor of West Side Story (Uncut)

Interview with Donald Chan – Conductor of West Side Story (Uncut)

Qassab and Phil meet the conductor of West Side Story. This is the full interview, uncut. Donald Chan is the Musical Supervisor & Conductor for West Side Story happening at the Dubai Opera from February 14-18, 2017. We were fortunate to get some time with some of the cast and...

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A Big+Salty Episode | This Week: Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

A Big+Salty Episode | This Week: Jan 30 – Feb 5, 2017

This is a Short+Sweet inspired episode. To tell you what’s coming up this week in the performing arts around the UAE, our 59-second rundown features the oddest “Big+Salty” and “Long+Sour” challenge. And we’ve tried to give you a better idea of what to expect at each event with some clear...

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Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Dissecting Cats – Where the Media & Dubai Opera Went Wrong

Cats has just finished its run at the Dubai Opera. Emma, Qassab and I (Phil) saw it, we’ve heard other people’s opinions (both expert and pedestrian), and while it’s not all negative, there are common threads between all the reviews. There were obvious technical faults and issues (e.g. the sound levels)....

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Behind the Scenes Disaster | This Week: Jan 16 – 22, 2017

Behind the Scenes Disaster | This Week: Jan 16 – 22, 2017

What was going to be a behind-the-scenes video ended up being our actual video when one thing after another just went off the rails. Originally, Phil was hoping to get Lamya’s and Emma’s reactions to his horrific ideas as part of a script… but it his plans were not meant...

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