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Sondheim concert at Cadogan Hall – Lucy Schaufer on making a personal connection to the music

On Sunday 4 June, Grammy Award winner, mezzo soprano LUCY SCHAUFER, will be bringing both her operatic and musical theatre talents to London’s Cadogan Hall, where she will perform in Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night. The concert, with direction from Alastair Knights, celebrates the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. The 33-piece Alex Parker […]

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Bring On the Bollywood – Rose Theatre, Kingston, and Touring

Bring On the Bollywood at was reviewed at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, and continues touring until 26 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Sorry, nobody loves a good curry more but Bring On the Bollywood isn’t spicy enough for my taste – more korma than madras, you could say. Fair enough, the costumes […]

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CD Review – Blondel – Original Cast Recording

BLONDEL – Original Cast Recording (Stage Door Records – STAGE 9050) Originally released as a double album in 1983, Stage Door Records has remastered the original cast recording of Tim Rice and Stephen Oliver’s Blondel and issued it on a double CD set with a couple of bonus tracks thrown in for good measure. I remember […]

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Interview – singer Richard Shelton brings his show Sinatra and Me to Live At Zédel

Following his sell-out LA and Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances, RICHARD SHELTON returns to the UK to perform Sinatra and Me at Crazy Coqs, Live At Zédel, early next month. Shelton, who won ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ for portraying Frank Sinatra in West End’s Rat Pack Confidential, will take audiences on a trip through […]

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Annie Get Your Gun – Union Theatre

Annie Get Your Gun continues at the Union Theatre, London, until 17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s only when you work out how many unforgettable Irving Berlin tunes have been packed into one show that the enduring appeal of Annie Get Your Gun can be explained away. At least eight Great […]

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Wayward: A Surreal Musical Cabaret – Brighton Spiegeltent

Wayward: A Surreal Musical Cabaret was performed at the Brighton Spiegeltent as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Making her debut at the Brighton Fringe, Cat Loud performs a cabaret that blends songs with a narrative telling of a seemingly wholesome Scottish lass (think Shirley Temple) seeking her […]

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West End The Girls to close in July before beginning national tour in 2018

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s musical comedy The Girls, based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, will return home to Yorkshire and the Leeds Grand Theatre on 15 August 2018, before touring to 42 theatres across the United Kingdom. The critically acclaimed and award-winning production will […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park – Jacob Maynard takes over the role of Chip

During Monday evening’s performance (22 May) of On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Fred Haig – who plays Chip in the production – sustained an injury to his foot which has now been confirmed as a fracture. A press release announcing the news reads: ‘Sadly, this means that he has had to […]

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Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Mikado – Richmond Theatre

Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Mikado continues at Richmond Theatre until 27 May, then tours until 29 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It must be 60 years since I last saw The Mikado but the traditional D’Oyly Carte version was nothing like this so it was just like stepping into an entirely new […]

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Fiddler On the Roof at Chichester – full casting details

The full company has been announced today for Fiddler On the Roof, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – West End production to close in August

The West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, based on the early life and career of legendary singer songwriter Carole King, will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 5 August 2017. The UK tour of the musical will open in Bradford on 9 September 2017 and continues in Plymouth, Southampton, […]

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The Color Purple in Concert – Cadogan Hall

The Color Purple in Concert was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There are some musicals which grow in stature the more they get stripped back. The Color Purple is one such musical. The recent Broadway revival – a transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2013 […]

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Blondel premiere at the Union Theatre – cast details

The cast has been revealed for a brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel which will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver. The book is by Tom Williams […]

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Crazy For You tour – Charlotte Wakefield to play Polly

Charlotte Wakefield will play Polly in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of classic George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You.  Wakefield joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as Bobby and Caroline Flack as Irene. From the producers of Sister Act and Nativity! The Musical, the national tour of Crazy For […]

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Stevie Songs – Natalie Douglas – The Pheasantry

Stevie Songs: Natalie Douglas at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Larger than life and with a husky warm glow of a voice that defies an audience not to fall in love with her straight away, Natalie Douglas’ Pheasantry debut was a delight. The multi award-winner came across the Atlantic for […]

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Miss Saigon UK tour – final casting

Cameron Mackintosh has announced final casting for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer. Ryan O’Gorman will play John, and Marsha Songcome will play Gigi until 1 August when Na-Young Jeon will take over the role. They join the previously announced award-winning […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was performed at the Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ 27 Saville is a French theatre company created and run by English-born and Guilford School of Acting-trained Jessica Capon. With no less then 30 artists who specialise in musical theatre on board, recent productions […]

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West End Daddy Warbucks Alex Bourne on appearing in ‘dream musical’ Annie

ALEX BOURNE is playing Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie which opens at the Piccadilly Theatre this week, with opening night on 5 June. Bourne knows the role of Warbucks well after touring with the show across the UK during 2015/16. His other theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! and The Rocky Horror Show on tour in the UK, Midsummer Songs at the New […]

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me – Tony Kiser Theatre, New York

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me continues at the Tony Kiser Theatre, New York until 11 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Val Vigoda is virtually a one-woman band in the exhilarating Off-Broadway musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Most of the time, she is furiously bowing away on her electric violin, sometimes beating […]

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Winner of West End Bake Off is 42nd Street

42nd Street was today announced as the winners of the third annual West End Bake Off in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others. The winners, chosen by judges choreographer Arlene Phillips and Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee, were revealed at the event held today at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s  Covent Garden. The show was crowned the winner after competing against 16 other teams, including Kinky Boots, […]

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110 in the Shade – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre

110 in the Shade continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ All Star Productions continues its admirable tradition of dusting off rare and forgotten shows with 110 in the Shade, a musical version of N Richard Nash’s 1954 play The Rainmaker, […]

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Ballroom – Waterloo East Theatre

Ballroom continues at the Waterloo East Theatre, London, until 4 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Waterloo East has dug up this almost-forgotten 1978 Broadway musical and given it a modest UK premiere almost 40 years on at its 100-seater theatre just a short waltz from Waterloo Station. Ballroom’s main claim […]

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Judy! – Arts Theatre

Judy! continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Last year, Southwark Playhouse played host to Through the Mill, a loving warts-and-all tribute to the life of Judy Garland told through re-creations of her life at three crucial points. There are few Fringe productions for […]

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The Addams Family – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

The Addams Family continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 20 May and tours the UK until 4 November 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s gloriously ghoulish musical take on The Addams Family is enjoying its UK professional premiere with a tour that […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Footloose the Musical – Richmond Theatre and Touring

Footloose the Musical continues at the Richmond Theatre until 20 May and then tours until 30 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Inevitably the 2017 national tour of Footloose the Musical will delight audiences throughout the country.  It is without doubt a high energy show and the cast members must be […]

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Paper Hearts – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Paper Hearts continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 20 May. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Paper Hearts from first-time musical theatre writer Liam O’Rafferty, is an incredibly impressive piece of writing indeed. Billed as ‘a high street musical’, he has skilfully and very wonderfully managed to create something contemporary […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ musical to open at Menier Chocolate Factory

A brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical will opens at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in Adrian’s 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s musical of Leicester’s favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in […]

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Obituary – Bill Brohn, American orchestrator and musical arranger

By special arrangement – a tribute to the American orchestrator and musical arranger BILL BROHN (30 March 1933-11 May 2017). William David Brohn (Bill Brohn), the doyen of musical arrangers and orchestrators of musical and dance shows on Broadway and in London’s West End for a period of more than 50 years, has died at the age of […]

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The Golden Apple – Encores! – New York City Center

The Golden Apple, an Encores! production, was performed at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Encores! staged concert series of Broadway musicals from the past has closed out its 2017 season in spectacular fashion, with its mounting of a nonpareil gem from 1954, The Golden Apple. With […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – Duke of York’s Theatre

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London until 2 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Anybody looking for a West End musical involving singing and dancing schoolchildren has a third choice supplementing those of Matilda and School of Rock. But even with a script by […]

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Book Review – For Better, For Worse – Gordon Deighton

In his reminiscences of London and its culture from 1939, Gordon Deighton offers a personal view of how Britain recovered from the devastation of war, got back on its feet and became an influence for him in the arts, design and publishing, the three main areas in which he carved out a fascinating career which he […]

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Original cast recording of The Wind in the Willows soon to be released

The original cast recording of new musical The Wind in the Willows, with book by Julian Fellowes, music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, has been recorded and is now available for pre-order. The cast of the new West End musical, which begins previews on 16 June prior to an official opening on […]

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Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company – I feel a song coming on…

Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company – I feel a song coming on… was performed at the Royal Over-Seas League, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I feel a song coming on… is a cabaret celebrating the work of Dorothy Fields who at the tender age of 24 became a […]

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Caroline, or Change – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Caroline, or Change continues at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 3 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Chichester Festival Theatre has a new artistic director, Daniel Evans, and though his tenure may have started with a bit of a blip in the revival of Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, this inaugural […]

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Blondel is back in Union Theatre revival

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel, which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Rice and music by […]

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CD Review – Dreamgirls – Original London Cast

DREAMGIRLS – Original London Cast (Sony – 889854294922) Having taken London by storm at the Savoy Theatre, Sony has released a double live recording which simply sizzles with electricity and loads of atmosphere. Not only is it recorded live, but it also contains the full score, which is absolutely brilliant for all those Dreamgirls enthusiasts […]

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Room – Theatre Royal Stratford East

Room continues at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London until 3 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Emma Donoghue’s 2010 novel Room tells the harrowing story of a woman who is kept prisoner in a small room, told solely from the perspective of her five-year-old son Jack, fathered by their captor and […]

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The Braille Legacy at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive gallery of images

The world premiere production of new musical The Braille Legacy, based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille, stars Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables). Here is a new gallery of production images from Musical Theatre Review photographer Roy Tan. The production, directed by Thom Southerland, […]

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Interview – Dawn Sievewright reprises her role in Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

DAWN SIEVEWRIGHT is excited to be reprising the role of Fionnula in the Olivier Award-winning Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour which begins its West End debut run at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 15 May (previews began on 9 May). The production started out at the National Theatre of Scotland, going on to the National Theatre in […]

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Birds of Paradise – Drayton Arms Theatre

Birds of Paradise continues at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London until 20 May. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It’s always refreshing to review at a venue you haven’t been to before, and just in case any visitors were unsure that this rather plush gastro pub was indeed home to MKEC Productions’ […]

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Liza sings… Streisand – Liza Pulman – Live At Zédel

Liza sings… Streisand – Liza Pulman at Live At Zédel, London (also shows on 22 May and 12 June). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When adding Barbra Streisand’s first album to the Chapman record collection in 1963 (still have it and it’s still sounding special 54 years later), little did we […]

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tick, tick… BOOM! – Park Theatre

tick, tick… BOOM! continues at the Park Theatre, London until 27 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ That Jonathan Larson created the multi award-winning Broadway musical Rent would be enough to secure his place in musical theatre history. The tragedy of his death, on the last day of rehearsals for the […]

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Casting revealed for Committee… (A New Musical) at the Donmar Warehouse

The Donmar Warehouse has announced full casting for The Public Administration and Constitution Affairs Committee Take Oral Evidence on Whitehall’s Relationship with Kids Company, a new musical with music by Tom Deering, and book and lyrics by Hadley Fraser and Josie Rourke (running from 24 June to 12 August 2017 – press night is 3 […]

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Amélie sets Broadway closing

The fallout from the Tony Awards nominations, announced four days ago, has begun. Amélie, A New Musical, which came up with nary a nod, has announced it will depart Broadway on 21 May. The fan base of the popular French movie on which the musical is based and the marquee value of its star, Phillipa […]

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Pacific Overtures – Classic Stage Company, New York

Pacific Overtures continues at Classic Stage Company, New York until 18 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If there’s such a thing as minimalist grandeur, director John Doyle achieves it with his rendering of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures. Doyle is capping his first season as artistic director of […]

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Pinot! – The Musical – New Wimbledon Theatre Studio

Pinot! – The Musical at the New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, London. The show returns to the venue from 13-17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The joy of Theatre In Education is that, in general, the rules of musical theatre can be put to one side. Dramatic structure, narrative musical numbers […]

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When Harry Met Barry – Above the Stag Theatre

When Harry Met Barry continues at Above the Stag Theatre, London until 11 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Paul Emelion Daly’s musical comedy romance first played at the Above the Stag Theatre in July 2011. In the intervening years, the venue has changed – from a room above a now-demolished […]

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Keepers of the Keys: Eric Yves Garcia – The Pheasantry

Keepers of the Keys: Eric Yves Garcia at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It was a great shame to find so many empty tables for the Pheasantry debut of one of Manhattan cabaret’’s most-admired singer-pianists, and with only a couple of dozen watching, it was difficult for Eric […]

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All Or Nothing – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Touring

All Or Nothing was reviewed at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. The show continues touring until 29 July. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This is a dazzling, electrifying, heart-warming show. With a beautifully crafted, sensitive book by Carol Harrison, it focuses on the rising young Mod foursome the Small Faces, who took […]

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