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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Guildford School of Acting

Thoroughly Modern Millie was performed by final-year undergraduate students at Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Any stage production of Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan, and Jeanine Tesori’s Thoroughly Modern Millie inevitably calls to mind the 1967 film on which the theatrical adaptation […]

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American Idiot – Performance Preparation Academy

American Idiot was performed by final-year undergraduate students at Performance Preparation Academy at Bellerby Studio Theatre, Guildford. This review refers to the cast at the Saturday evening performance. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer’s American Idiot lends itself well to theatrical adaptation in ways that differentiate […]

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Make It a Double – Tammy Davies and Pippa Winslow – KOMO, Guildford

Make It a Double was performed at KOMO, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Taking time out from Bill Kenwright’s UK touring production of The Sound of Music, Tammy Davies and Pippa Winslow brought their two-woman cabaret show to the newly renovated KOMO, a high-end cocktail bar and live music venue in […]

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Elaine Paige – Stripped Back – G Live, Guildford and Touring

Elaine Paige – Stripped Back at G Live, Guildford. The show continues to tour England and Wales on selected dates until 18 December 2016, ending in the West End. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Following on from Elaine Paige’s sell-out tour Page by Page by Paige and the associated concert I’m Still Here two years ago, […]

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Mandela Trilogy – Royal Festival Hall and Touring

Mandela Trilogy tours the UK and Ireland until 24 September 2016. This review refers to the performance at the Royal Festival Hall, London on 1 September and its associated cast. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Epic stories warrant recounting through epic works of art. The point is abundantly demonstrated by Michael Williams, […]

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The Dark Tower – Youth Music Theatre UK – CLF Arts Cafe, Peckham

The Dark Tower was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at CLF Arts Café, Bussey Building, Peckham, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ First performed three years ago at Riverside Studios London, composer and librettist Conor Mitchell’s The Dark Tower takes its inspiration from Robert Browning’s 1855 poem ‘Childe Roland to […]

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The Great Gatsby – Youth Music Theatre UK – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

The Great Gatsby was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Lewis Barfoot’s theatrical adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s celebrated American novel The Great Gatsby continues Youth Music Theatre UK’s tradition of presenting new works on literary […]

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You Give Me Fever – The Phaedra Cabaret at Café Mila, Godalming

You Give Me Fever –The Phaedra Cabaret was performed at Café Mila, Godalming. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Presented by LynchPin Production Theatre Company’s ScripTease, You Give Me Fever – The Phaedra Cabaret is the brainchild of local playwright and director Jack Lynch (himself no stranger to ScripTease events), and performed by singer-actress Pippa […]

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London School of Musical Theatre – Jason and the Argonauts – Bridewell Theatre

Jason and the Argonauts was performed by students from the London School of Musical Theatre at the Bridewell Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Jason and the Argonauts started life as a studio album by composer Charles Miller in 1998 before being commissioned by the London School of Musical Theatre […]

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Performance Preparation Academy – Flashdance The Musical

Flashdance The Musical was performed by third-year students from the Performance Preparation Academy at the Electric Theatre, Guildford. This review refers to the performance on 26 February by the ‘Skin’ cast. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Flashdance The Musical, Tom Hedley, Robbie Roth and Robert Cary’s musical theatre adaptation of Adrian […]

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London College of Music – Dracula The Musical

Dracula The Musical was performed by final-year BA Musical Theatre students from the London College of Music in Lawrence Hall, University of West London. This review reflects the casting for the evening performance on 4 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel has been the inspiration for countless […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Ghost the Musical

Ghost the Musical was performed by third year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Ghost the Musical, with book and lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music and lyrics by Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame) and Glen Ballard, has gone […]

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Comrade Rockstar – Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford

Comrade Rockstar was performed in concert at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Having previously been workshopped at drama schools across the UK across a period of some ten years, the complete performance in concert of Julian Woolford and Richard John’s Comrade Rockstar at the Ivy Arts Centre, […]

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Fagin – Youth Music Theatre UK – South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

Fagin was performed by Youth Music Theatre ctt the Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Youth Music Theatre’s packed summer season continued with the premiere production of Fagin, with book and lyrics by Nicholas Scrivens and music by Paul Kessell-Holland, which imagines the infamous […]

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Sweat Factory – A Contemporary Opera – Youth Music Theatre UK

Sweat Factory: A Contemporary Dance Opera was performed by Youth Music Theatre at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ One of the new pieces being presented for Youth Music Theatre’s summer season and its first production at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sweat Factory: A Contemporary […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Pandora

Pandora was composed, directed, and performed by MA students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. The show receives its next performance by the same cast at the Union Theatre, London on 3 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Pandora, a new musical with music and lyrics […]

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Youth Music Theatre Orchestra – Lyric Hammersmith

Youth Music Theatre Orchestra performed at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, with the Youth Music Theatre UK Alumni Choir and special guests Kerry Ellis, Stephen Rahman-Hughes and Chris McGuigan. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is always an honour to be present at the birth of a major initiative with such exciting […]

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The Songs of Maltby and Shire – The Keep, Guildford

The Songs of Maltby and Shire was performed at The Keep, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The third of Fasten Your Seatbelt’s evening cabarets was dedicated to the work of lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr and composer David Shire, the songwriting partnership behind the musical revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever as […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Snoopy: The Musical

Snoopy: The Musical was performed by MA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The world of Charles M. Schulz’s immortal Peanuts newspaper comic strip (and its subsequent iterations on television) presents itself as an obvious candidate for adaptation […]

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The Mandarin’s Dilemma – The Nomad Theatre, East Horsley

The Mandarin’s Dilemma, or Made Knaves by Duty was reviewed at The Nomad Theatre, East Horsley in Surrey. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★★ The sixth full-length stage work by composer and lyricist Joe St. Johanser, The Mandarin’s Dilemma, presents the story of an audacious plan to bring down the UK government coupled to an […]

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The Songs of Kander and Ebb – The Keep, Guildford

The Songs of Kander and Ebb at The Keep, Guildford. Star rating: Four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Fasten Your Seatbelts’ series of cabarets honouring great American musical theatre songwriters continued with a tribute to the work of John Kander and Fred Ebb, whose creative partnership resulted in some 20 shows and a plethora of accolades across […]

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Godspell in Concert – G Live, Guildford and Touring

Godspell in Concert was reviewed at G Live, Guildford, and continues touring until 3 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★★ ★ Following last year’s West End gala concert performance of Stephen Schwartz’s timeless classic Godspell and the 2011 Broadway revival that inspired it, the show is back this year for a three-month UK tour. […]

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The Songs of William Finn – The Keep, Guildford

The Songs of William Finn was presented by Fasten Your Seatbelts at The Keep, Guildford on 5 March. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The opening event in Fasten Your Seatbelts’ new season of musical theatre cabarets was dedicated to award-winning Broadway composer-lyricist William Finn, the creative genius behind shows including The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling […]

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Daniel Koek – The Pheasantry

Daniel Koek performed at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: 4 stars **** Having recently left the cast of Les Misérables as one of the longest serving Valjeans, Daniel Koek’s first live gig of 2015 afforded a rare opportunity to experience, in the intimate setting of The Pheasantry, a performance by an internationally acclaimed star of musical theatre […]

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Sister Act – Guildford School of Acting

Sister Act was performed by third-year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: 5 stars ***** Among the abundance of musicals based on iconic films that have emerged in recent years, the 2006 adaptation of 1992’s classic comedy Sister Act may be the exception that proves […]

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LIFT the Musical – Guildford School of Acting

LIFT the Musical was performed by third-year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Craig Adams and Ian Watson’s LIFT the Musical crystallises around the lives of eight everyday protagonists who chance to ride in the same elevator at Covent Garden tube station. In the 54 […]

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The Addams Family – A New Musical – Guildford School of Acting

The Addams Family – A New Musical was performed by third-year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. The Addams Family has enjoyed several incarnations subsequent to Charles Addams’ original cartoons for The New Yorker: Gomez, Morticia, and their kinsfolk have been the subjects of ABC’s […]

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Sinatra: The Main Event – Cadogan Hall

Sinatra: The Main Event was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Following a nine-week run at The Globe, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Sinatra: The Main Event came to London’s Cadogan Hall on 10 October 2014 – almost exactly 40 years to the day since Frank Sinatra’s The Main Event, the concert that famously epitomised the singer’s dramatic comeback following […]

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The Making of Ali & Nino – Youth Music Theatre UK

The Making of Ali & Nino was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Youth Music Theatre UK’s commitment to the presentation of new shows continues in its tenth anniversary year with The Making of Ali & Nino, an ambitious international collaboration between theatres in the UK, […]

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Revamped! – Nigel Osner – The Pheasantry

Nigel Osner performed his show Revamped! at The Pheasantry, London. Multi-talented Nigel Osner’s cabaret act is as varied as the career that has taken him from practising barrister, to published novelist, to actor in several films and onstage, to performer of his own lyrics and monologues familiar to many London venues. His latest show, Revamped!, encompasses a wide range […]

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Dead in the Water – Guildford Fringe Festival

Dead in the Water was performed at The Back Room of the Star Inn, Guildford from 12-13 July, as part of Guildford Fringe Festival 2014, and will be presented at the Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, Highbury, London on 12-16 and 19-23 August as part of The Camden Fringe. Paul Tibbey and Mark Sims’ Dead in […]

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StreetDreams – Guildford School of Acting

StreetDreams was performed by second-year BA Musical Theatre students (Friday/Saturday evening cast) from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Studio, Guildford. Drawing Guildford School of Acting’s summer 2014 season to a close was the world premiere of StreetDreams, an entertaining yet serious ensemble show with book co-written by Bob Tomson (who also directed this […]

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Lysistrata Jones – Guildford School of Acting

Lysistrata Jones was performed by MA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Following its success both Off and on Broadway in 2011-12, Lysistrata Jones received its European premiere courtesy of Guildford School of Acting, the Ivy Arts Centre being transformed into a basketball court for the purpose. The […]

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Carousel – Arcola Theatre

Carousel continues at the Arcola Theatre, London, until 19 July. Once cited by Richard Rodgers as his favourite of all his musicals, Carousel, his second major collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, tells the dark tale of barker Billy Bigelow, who in the course of the show is fired from his job, hits his wife, turns criminal, […]

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Little Women – Performance Preparation Academy

Little Women: A Broadway Musical was performed by third-year students (Cast One) from the Performance Preparation Academy at the Electric Theatre, Guildford. Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 publication Little Women has attained classic status as a novel as well as being reinvented for screen several times over the years, most recently as the 1994 film starring Winona […]

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Just a Housewife – Guildford and Touring

Just a Housewife was reviewed at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre Mill Studio, Guildford. More tour dates and venues are to follow. Just a Housewife sees singer-actress Pippa Winslow and pianist Andrew Hopkins present a collection of show tunes and other popular songs by Maltby and Shire, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman, Rodgers and […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical – Sydney Lyric Theatre

Strictly Ballroom The Musical premiered on 12 April 2014 and continues at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, Sydney, Australia. Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 classic film Strictly Ballroom lends itself perfectly to reinvention as musical theatre. The first of the so-called Red Curtain Trilogy, it tells the larger-than-life tale of competitive dancer Scott Hastings, whose chances of winning the […]

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John & Jen The Musical – The Star Inn, Guildford

John & Jen The Musical continues at The Back Room of The Star Inn, Guildford until 17 May. Guildford Fringe Theatre Company commenced its 2014 season in style with John & Jen The Musical, a rarely performed two-person show by Andrew Lippa and Tom Greenwald and one of musical theatre’s many hidden gems. Originally playing […]

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Closer Than Ever – Jermyn Street Theatre

Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 7 June. Following the success of its Off-Broadway revival two years ago and the associated cast album, Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire’s 1989 musical revue Closer Than Ever has come to London’s Jermyn Theatre Theatre in revised form. As a revue […]

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Nadim Naaman – The Pheasantry

Nadim Naaman performed at The Pheasantry, London. A singer of extraordinary versatility, West End musical theatre star Nadim Naaman (One Man, Two Guvnors, Titanic, The Phantom of the Opera, The Sound of Music) proved during his gig at PizzaExpress Live’s The Pheasantry that he is equally at home whether performing musical theatre, jazz standards, hard rock, […]

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Sasha Regan’s All Male H.M.S. Pinafore – Hackney and Touring

Sasha Regan’s All Male H.M.S. Pinafore was reviewed at the Hackney Empire, London, before beginning a tour on 3 March. The Savoy opera that secured the international success of Gilbert & Sullivan following its maiden voyage in 1878, H.M.S. Pinafore (or The Lass That Loved a Sailor) tells the story of lowly seaman Ralph Rackstraw, whose mutual […]

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The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange – St James Theatre

The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange – An Evening of Comic Songs was performed at the St James Theatre Studio, London. Following its debut last July, The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange was reprised at St James Theatre Studio with a revised and updated selection of songs, featuring newly-penned numbers alongside established […]

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Rothschild & Sons – The York Theatre Company, New York

Rothschild & Sons continues at The York Theatre Company, New York until 8 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Rothschilds, the 1970 Broadway musical that depicted the origins of the powerful European Rothschild banking firm, scored more than 500 performances and nine Tony Award nominations, winning gongs for two of […]

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