What is muscial theatre in a digital age shaped by the pandemic lockdowns? It is a question being considered by Sarah Bay-Cheng, Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University, Canada, in the wake of a notable Grammy win. The 2022 award for best musical theatre album went to a show that originated as a TikTok hit: The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical by Abigail Barlow and Emily Bear. Attention to the diversity of representation and such Grammy recognition for new modes of production are changing musical theatre for the better, argues Bay-Cheng.

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher, of the 90s rock band Oasis, revealed he had arthritis and could require a hip replacement at the age of 49. He is reportedly reluctant to get the surgery, but as Anne Crilly reports, such procedures now afford patients the chance to make remarkable recoveries. Gallagher’s famous swagger could grace stages for many years to come.

Stephen Khan

Executive Editor, The Conversation International

The duo ‘Barlow and Bear,’ made up of singer Abigail Barlow and composer Emily Bear, won the 2022 Grammy Award for best musical theatre album for ‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical,’ shared over TikTok. (Bear and Barlow/Igor Kasyanyuk)

‘The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical’ as TikTok Grammy-winning sensation: Is the future of musical theatre online?

Sarah Bay-Cheng, York University, Canada

Although a Grammy win for a TikTok musical was a first, musical theatre has always circulated through networks of media, popular culture and fandom.

Alamy/Dominic Lipinski

Angela Rayner, porn in parliament and a depressing week for British politics

Lindsey Blumell, City, University of London

Labour’s deputy leader was forced to justify her own response to comments made about her.

Liam Gallagher: hip arthritis doesn’t just affect older adults

Anne Crilly, University of the West of Scotland

Liam Gallagher recently revealed that he needs a double hip replacement.

Harriet Tubman led military raids during the Civil War as well as her better-known slave rescues

Kate Clifford Larson, Brandeis University

Harriet Tubman has long been known as a conductor on the Underground Railroad leading enslaved Black people to freedom. Less known is her role as a Union spy during the Civil War.