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Australia’s cultural cities: Sydney and Melbourne

MELBOURNE — It’s a rainy Thursday evening, unseasonably chilly even for this city notorious for unpredictable weather, and its residents certainly could use some comedy to raise their dampened spirits.

Nearly 2,000 people are squeezed elbow-to-elbow into Her Majesty’s Theatre, a sprawling, late-19th-century show biz palace, for a revival of the musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” starring Geoffrey Rush, Oscar-winning actor (and Melbourne resident).

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