Also Recognised Awards – first winners revealed

The full list of winners has been revealed in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolades set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies. Over a month’s voting, more than 15,000 people took part. Paddock comments: […]

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Michele Brourman – Let’s Order In – Songs about Food, Sex and Other Delicacies – Crazy Coqs

Michele Brourman: Let’s Order In – Songs about Food, Sex and Other Delicacies at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ It wasn’t the greatest start to my evening with Michele Brourman to be informed the train had been cancelled because of a death on the line at the next stop. It […]

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A tribute to legendary cabaret performer Julie Wilson from another great, Steve Ross

An accomplished musician and vocalist, Steve Ross has been in the cabaret business for 54 years. Here the performer, labelled New York’s Crown Prince of Cabaret by The New York Times, pays tribute to ‘The Queen of Cabaret’, JULIE WILSON, who passed away at the age of 90 on 5 April. Julie Wilson has left us […]

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Performance Preparation Academy – The World Goes ’Round

The World Goes ’Round: The Songs of Kander and Ebb performed by Performance Preparation Academy third years at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ You’d have to be seriously allergic to musicals not to enjoy this 32-song trawl through the genius of those Broadway giants John Kander and Fred Ebb, the team famous for Cabaret and Chicago […]

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Elaine Paige judges the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Twelve student finalists from top drama schools across the UK will compete for the title of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY), on Sunday 17 May at 3pm at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. Each student will sing a song by Stephen Sondheim and, at his personal request, […]

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New British musical Duncton Wood to premiere at the Union Theatre

London’s Union Theatre is to produce the premiere of a brand new British musical, Duncton Wood, playing 27 May to 20  June 2015. Written by Mark Carroll (music and lyrics) and James Peries (book), adapted from the bestselling novel by William Horwood, Duncton Wood is an epic musical (the the novel was described by the Washington Post as “a breathtaking achievement”). Magical, lyrical and dramatic this story of […]

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang kicks off UK and Ireland tour at West Yorkshire Playhouse

West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited will present a new production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 2 December, with a national press night on Thursday 10 December, for a nine-week season finishing on 30 January 2016. The UK and Ireland tour will then […]

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The Who’s Tommy has anniversary production at Greenwich Theatre this summer

Almost 20 years after its last UK production, The Who’s Tommy will play a limited run at Greenwich Theatre this summer (29 July to 23 August, press night is 31 July), marking the 40th anniversary of the original film and the 50th anniversary of The Who. Based on the iconic 1969 double-album rock opera, which later […]

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Kinky Boots – Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry lead cast

Casting for the UK premiere of Kinky Boots sees Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry portray the central characters Charlie and Lola at the heart of the story. Joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George). Kinky Boots will open at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015, with previews from 21 August. With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner […]

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Cats returns to the London Palladium in October following Blackpool run

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking Cats will return to the London Palladium for a final ten-week season from 23 October 2015 to 2 January 2016. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End in December last year reuniting the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew […]

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The Visit – Lyceum Theatre, New York

The Visit continues at the Lyceum Theatre, New York. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Standing downstage center in The Visit, the long-brewing Kander and Ebb musical that has finally reached Broadway, Chita Rivera playing Claire Zachanassian, the richest woman in the world, declares: “I’m unkillable.” The applause that greets this declaration is, of course, not […]

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Interview – composer Scott Alan reunites with Cynthia Erivo at the London Festival of Cabaret

New York-based composer Scott Alan (Home; Dreaming Wide Awake) and Broadway-bound actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple; I Can’t Sing!) will join forces for Home Again, three special concerts (4–6 May) at the St James Studio, London as part of the London Festival of Cabaret 2015 (28 April to 11 May). Audiences can expect to hear Erivo […]

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