Grease – Curve Leicester

Grease continues at Curve Leicester until 21 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Grease might suggest a loud, eardrum-bursting undertaking, lacking in subtlety, coarse in its wit. But no, it’s none of that, as this brand new, scintillating in-house production of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s hit musical from Curve Leicester – […]

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Licensed to Ill – Southwark Playhouse

Licensed to Ill continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 24 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ If you think you’ve seen every permutation of the musician biography musical, think again. Sunny Afternoon, Jersey Boys, Beautiful – you can get a roughly chronological story of an artist or band anywhere you look […]

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Peter Pan – Olivier Theatre

Peter Pan continues at the Olivier Theatre (National Theatre), London until 4 February 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Not very much of Sally Cookson’s inventive version of JM Barrie’s children’s classic Peter Pan was what I was expecting, but it was still an awesome show and even had my six-year-old […]

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Interview – songwriters Daniel and Laura Curtis on latest album Overture

Award-winning composers and lyricists Daniel and Laura Curtis have assembled 25 leading artists from both the US and UK to record the largest-ever Broadway and West End collaboration album, Overture. Best-known for their debut album Love On 42nd Street, the duo’s work has been performed by leading musical theatre performers including Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess and Ramin […]

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David Sabella – Vivian Reed – Metropolitan Room, New York

David Sabella performed his show Loopin’ the Loop and Vivian Reed appeared in her show Standards and More at the Metropolitan Room, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ At one of the last surviving venues of the Golden Age of New York’s cabaret scene, the legendary Metropolitan Room, two seldom seen seasoned Broadway performers treated […]

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Alex Gaumond joins Robert Lindsay in LMTO A Christmas Carol

Alex Gaumond will join his Dirty Rotten Scoundrels co-star Robert Lindsay in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of the 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Gaumond, who joined Lindsay in the hit West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical from November 2014 until the end of the run […]

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The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 – nominees announced

Nominees have been announced for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 in association with TodayTix. This year, three categories (each with six nominees) are open to the public vote. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 4 January 2017, and winners will be announced live on Resonance FM at 4pm on Friday 6 January 2017. To […]

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Jest End – Waterloo East Theatre

Jest End continues at Waterloo East Theatre, London until 18 December. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Musical parody revue Jest End likes to think of itself as London’s answer to Forbidden Broadway, the perennial New York comedy show which has had several successful excursions over here. And there’s an element of […]

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Another Night Before Christmas – Bridge House Theatre

Another Night Before Christmas continues at the Bridge House Theatre, London until 23 December. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A hidden gem just 20 minutes from London’s Victoria Station, Bridge House Theatre in Penge (SE20) has a proven track record of producing wonderful, magical Christmas productions and the team there has […]

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Sondheim musical The Frogs has UK premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2017

The latest Broadway version of the rarely-performed Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, a send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, is to get its UK premiere in 2017 at Jermyn Street Theatre (press nights are 16 and 17 March). The Frogs is loosely based on a comedy written in […]

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Nominees for 2017 WhatsOnStage Awards revealed

Groundhog Day and Half a Sixpence lead the way in the musical theatre categories featured in the nomination list for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards announced in London today (1 December). Half a Sixpence received eight nominations, while Groundhog Day was recognised in seven categories. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child topped the list with 11 nominations. The […]

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School of Rock the Musical – children’s open auditions to be held in Manchester

The West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical, which opened earlier this month, will hold children’s open casting auditions this coming Sunday, 4 December, at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester. Successful children could then form part of future casts of the show in the West End in 2017. The production is looking to […]

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