As we bow out Pride Month, much has gone on in the world surrounding LGBTQ issues and rights to reflect upon. But as ever, gay icon Christina Aguilera also reaffirmed her support for the community with her jaw-dropping performance at LA Pride. To commemorate and thank her for said support, here are my top 10 favourite LGBTQ anthems she has put out over the years.
“Legally Blonde” is one of the defining comedies of the naughties. It was funny, camp and pink. But the musical is even funnier, camper and pinker. It’s a delightful peppy show that is sure to raise your spirits – even if the rain tries to dampen them while you’re at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre where I watched it. Read my review of it here.
It seems like 65 million years ago that “Jurassic Park” first wowed and scared us on the big screen, but it was in fact not even 30 years ago. Now, after four subsequent films, this franchise that has had its ups and downs, returns for the final time. But does “Jurassic World Dominion” go out with a bang like the dinosaurs did or crumble to the touch like an unpreserved fossil? Read my full review of it here.
Set in the 1930s and having first debuted during this decade, “Anything Goes” has earned its legacy as one of the oldest, long-running and most classic musicals of all time. I went along to see it and was pleasantry surprised by this feel-good, toe-tapping, horn-blowing and rib-tickling show. Read my full review of it here.
Are you looking for a city break that has plenty to see and do in and around it? With something to see and do for everyone, Copenhagen is definitely a place to check out.
British-Chinese children’s author Maisie Chan’s second children’s novel “Keep Dancing, Lizzie Chu” is a heartwarming and uplifting story about family ties and finding the fun in life again. Read my full review here.
It’s truly a complex and bizarre film with plenty of nuances and emotion, but “Everything Everywhere All at Once” is more than just a multiversal movie made to boggle the mind. It’s another step forward for Asian representation on the big Hollywood screen, exploring as many multi-faceted Asian diaspora identities as it does multiple universes and the concepts behind them and people.
“Sorry, Nenek” is another short story written by myself about a British-born half-Malaysian and half-Chinese gay man returning to Malaysia with his boyfriend. But how will his Malay grandma react to their visit? This short story is the first of two I will be posting here on Tan’s Topics this June for Pride Month.
Cher is a unique, inimitable superstar. And after living through seven decades she has certainly had an interesting life – one that is now being told through a jukebox musical. But does “The Cher Show” bring the icon’s life, career and eccentric personality to the stage faithfully and with sincerity without parodying her? Read my review to find out my thoughts here.
A fitting end to Mental Health Awareness Week was watching “Dear Evan Hansen”, the heart-wrenching yet inspirational and groundbreaking musical that addresses the ups and downs, complexities and the aftermath as well as the road to recovery when it comes to the many areas and layers of mental health. Read my review of it here.