A love for musical theatre doesn’t just mean shelling out for theatre tickets – for many fans, it means seeing the world anew through song and staging. (The last time I had to run out for late-night groceries, I smiled after pausing to appreciate how an ascending stack of pallets under a streetlamp looked primed for a tap dancer.)

Such imagining through the lens of art has been important for many people during the pandemic. Following pandemic theatre shut downs, artists’ online collaborations have been giving rise to new forms of arts production and engagement.

Today in The Conversation Canada, Sarah Bay-Cheng of York University writes about a historic Grammy Award win for a musical theatre album composed and shared over TikTok. While this is a significant change in how musical theatre is created and signals a historic win, “musical theatre has always circulated through networks of media, popular culture and fandom.”

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All the best.

Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

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.

Until recently, most biomedical studies did not consider sex or gender. (Pexels/Magda Ehlers)

Sex matters in biomedical research: Many conditions affect men and women differently

Monica De Paoli, McMaster University

Biomedical studies have traditionally used male animals and men as research subjects. That is a problem for everyone because for many diseases, there are sex differences in how they affect people.

Degrowth is an opportunity to recentre our economies on what really matters. (Paul Sableman/flickr)

Stories about economic degrowth help fight climate change — and yield a host of other benefits

Jennifer Ellen Good, Brock University

Degrowth offers the world a new story, one that acknowledges the role economic growth has had in climate change and identifies alternatives.

Buddhist monks march through Saigon streets in 1963, during the early stages of a protest demonstration that ended in the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức. (AP Photo/Malcolm Browne)

Understanding self-immolation in Buddhism after Wynn Bruces’s Earth Day action

Chris Goto-Jones, University of Victoria

The self-immolation of Wynn Bruce on Earth Day in Washington, D.C., not only raises questions about climate grief but also about intercultural understanding.

A growing number of businesses across a wide range of industries are successfully selling voyeurism to their audiences. (Shutterstock)

Selling voyeurism: How companies create value from the taboo

Trish Ruebottom, McMaster University; Madeline Toubiana, University of Alberta; Maxim Voronov, York University, Canada; Sean Buchanan, University of Manitoba

Voyeurism provides a glimpse into the private life of another person to give audiences a revealing and entertaining experience.

La Conversation Canada

Les changements climatiques influencent le calendrier des différentes étapes du cycle de vie des plantes, notamment la floraison au printemps et le flétrissement des feuilles à l’automne. (Shutterstock)

Les changements climatiques modifient le rythme saisonnier du cycle de vie des plantes

Roberto Silvestro, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC); Sergio Rossi, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Les changements climatiques modifient le calendrier des événements récurrents du cycle de vie des plantes, engendrant des conséquences critiques sur le plan écologique et économique.

Des enfants ukrainiens s'entraînent aux arts du cirque, à Budapest, en Hongrie, le 22 mars 2022. Une centaine d'entre eux, accompagnés de leurs entraineurs, ont fui les villes assiégées de Kharkiv et de Kyiv au milieu des bombardements russes. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)

L’art au secours des enfants ukrainiens

Albane Buriel, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Des programmes humanitaires intégrant l’art et les pratiques artistiques sont conduits auprès des enfants ukrainiens afin de les aider à surmonter leurs traumatismes.

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