We have a big night ahead. If you love musicals like I do, Covid was torture. Given a choice between a Broadway musical in faraway America and a direct flight from Bangalore to Sydney by Qantas, the latter seemed eminently doable.
Sydney’s historic Capitol Theatre is showing Moulin Rouge, created by native Australian director Baz Luhrmann. An exuberant cast of Australian and global actors perform in the contemporised version. Capacious yet cosy because of the dark wood and thick drapes, Capitol Theatre is old-school. After the show, we repair to The Orient hotel where live shows abound. A spirited local crowd is dancing to all the ’80s songs that I know and love.
It is mid-morning when I get to Wildlife Sydney Zoo. I am there to see all of Australia’s endemic animals—the kangaroo, wombat, possum, wallaby, secretary bird, and the koala (calling it a bear, is inaccurate, I learn). The koala, like the kangaroo, is a marsupial that carries its young in a pouch. Australia is where a whole variety of species originated.The zoo is a place to see odd endemic and enigmatic creatures like the Tasmanian Devil that sidles out during feeding time.