Shortlist revealed for Musical Theatre Review’s Best Musical Award at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

The shortlist of ten nominated shows for Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has been announced today. In the 70th anniversary of the Fringe, Musical Theatre Review has launched the award to celebrate the excellence of musical theatre product presented at the world’s largest annual arts event. In the […]

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The Marriage of Kim K – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – C venue

The Marriage of Kim K continues at C venue until 28 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ To begin with, this is a show that already has an ardent band of followers and there are moments of comedic brilliance in this late night delight. The blend of Mozart and contemporary, percussive […]

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CD Review – Dominic Combe Restoration Musical Theatre

DOMINIC COMBE RESTORATION MUSICAL THEATRE (Palaeophonics Record Label) CDs sent for review: Irene (1920); Peggy (1911); Rose Marie (1925); Follow the Crowd (Stop! Look! Listen!) (1916); Watch Your Step (1915); Zig-Zag! (1917) There comes along, once in a blue moon, something that makes you sit back, prick up your ears and feel as if you […]

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CD Review – The Battle of Boat – Original Cast Recording

THE BATTLE OF BOAT – Original Cast Recording (ROCHE Records) The Battle of Boat is a new musical written by Ethan Maltby and Jenna Donnelly and produced on stage by the National Youth Music Theatre. This is the original cast album of that production. The first thing this show has going for it is that […]

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CD Review – Gary Williams at the Movies

GARY WILLIAMS AT THE MOVIES – Gary Williams (BOS Records – BOS6823) I have reviewed a couple of Gary Williams’ CDs in the past, also his book Cabaret Secrets. His style is somewhere between Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra, but with his own inimitable twist. I am no big fan of Sinatra as I always […]

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In Memoriam – Bruce Forsyth (22 February 1928 – 18 August 2017)

Bruce Forsyth, who has died at age 89 following a prolonged illness, was an all-round entertainer who could sing, dance, play various musical instruments and be a funny gameshow host. Over 70 years he entertained with utter professionalism and an abiding rapport with his audience. He toured in variety from the age of 11, until […]

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CD Review – Lost West End Vintage – Various Artists

LOST WEST END VINTAGE – Various Artists (Stage Door Records – STAGE 9051) A double CD album from Stage Door Records follows on from the label’s previous Lost West End releases. This time the two CDs contain lots of treasures from the 1940s onwards up to the 60s. The first CD has tracks taken from […]

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Interview – Josefina Gabrielle on the pleasure of playing her latest Sondheim role in A Little Night Music

JOSEFINA GABRIELLE is playing Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, currently playing at the Watermill Theatre in Bagnor, near Newbury. Josefina is no stranger to Sondheim’s musical style – she has played Gussie Carnagie in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory) and Dot/Marie in Sunday in the Park With George (Leicester Haymarket). Her extensive musical theatre credits also […]

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New cabaret musical Royal Vauxhall offers alternative commemoration of Princess Diana’s death

A rumoured raucous night out on the town provides the subject matter for a new cabaret musical which will begin its first UK tour this week. Dysphoria Arts’ production of Royal Vauxhall turns the oft-repeated story of the night when Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett helped Princess Diana escape the pressures of royal life by […]

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Top Hat – Kilworth House Theatre

Top Hat continues at continues at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire until 17 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This is a revival of the multi Olivier Award-winning 2013 Aldwych Theatre production, based in turn on the iconic 1935 film. The beautiful open-air theatre at Kilworth House is now in its tenth year […]

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Interview – Tyrone Huntley returns to his award-winning role as Judas in Jesus Chris Superstar

Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award-winning actor TYRONE HUNTLEY is reprising his role as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar in Timothy Sheader’s production at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this summer. Fresh from appearing in the original London cast of Dreamgirls, where he played C.C White, he has rejoined the cast of the Andrew Lloyd Webber […]

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Barnum to be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has unveiled plans for the first major London revival of Barnum 36 years after the classic American musical played the West End. Opening on 5 December, with previews from 25 November, the production is due to run until 3 March 2018. The story of P.T. Barnum, the 19th century travelling circus […]

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