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The S&S Award and new musical Here – latest news

After having a week’s development at Curve Leicester in September 2016, the 2015 S&S Award-winning musical Here was presented at an industry showcase this week. Here is a folk-classical musical, inspired by writers Kate Marlais and Alex Young’s fascination with the German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters. The piece is set in a remote town in […]

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Miss Saigon – Broadway Theatre, New York

Miss Saigon continues at the Broadway Theatre, New York until 13 January 2018. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Miss Saigon is back on Broadway in all its breathtaking pop opera glory – and then some. Cameron Mackintosh has transported this revival, which closed in London in February 2016, to the New […]

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An American in Paris – Dominion Theatre

An American in Paris continues at the Dominion Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It was back in December 2014 that our contributor Jeremy Chapman reviewed this reinvention of the wonderful 1951 Oscar-winning Vincente Minnelli/Gene Kelly movie when it opened – rather appropriately – at the Theatre du Chatelet in […]

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Rachel Tucker in Concert – Live At Zédel

Rachel Tucker in Concert continues at Live At Zédel, London until 25 March, then on tour in May and June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Bubbly Belfast songbird Rachel Tucker’s main claim to fame is that she played the role of Elphaba in Wicked longer than any other actress in the […]

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Joan of Arc – Into the Fire – The Public Theater, New York

Joan of Arc – Into the Fire continues at The Public Theater, New York until 16 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Composer/writer David Byrne (along with collaborator Fatboy Slim) and director Alex Timbers scored a massive hit for Off-Broadway’s The Public Theater in 2013 with Here Lies Love, depicting the […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – exclusive gallery of images

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, continues at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre until 8 April. Here’s an exclusive gallery of production images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original […]

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Come from Away – Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York

Come from Away continues at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The folks of Gander, a small town on the rocky island of Newfoundland perched on the north eastern tip of Canada, deserve a lot more than five stars for hospitality, geniality and an all-around human […]

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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Yank! continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 8 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When Joseph and David Zellnik penned Yank! it was something of a labour of love, combining their passion for the musical theatre of the 1940s and 50s with their interest in Second World War history, […]

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The Frogs – Jermyn Street Theatre

The Frogs continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 8 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Stephen Sondheim was on a roll when he wrote the music and lyrics for The Frogs in 1974; his three previous shows, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, coming during his most fertile […]

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Grease – Palace Theatre, Manchester and Touring

Grease continues at the Palace Theatre, Manchester until 25 March and then tours until 31 December. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ There are, of course, two versions of Grease. Firstly there’s Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey’s down and dirty original stage production, a paean to the oily quiffed, leather jacketed rock’n’roll […]

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The Color Purple – all-star cast to perform in one-off concert

An all-star West End cast will perform one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall on Sunday 21 May. The Color Purple tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The […]

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Beauty and the Beast – movie review

Beauty and the Beast – Star rating: three stars ★★★✩✩ There is, let’s face it, a whole lot to live up to in remaking 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. The second masterpiece of the Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, Beauty became the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture at […]

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La Cage Aux Folles – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

La Cage Aux Folles continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 18 March and then tours until 26 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The first-ever UK tour of Jerry Herman’s insanely entertaining 1983 Broadway hit – it picked up six Tonys and ran for four and a half years – is a […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Nathan Lane attends UK premiere

Nathan Lane, whose 2004 Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs has its UK premiere tonight (Thursday 16 March), attended the show last night at Jermyn Street Theatre in London’’s West End. Afterwards, he happily posed for photos with the creative team and cast, including Michael Matus, who plays his central role of Dionysos, and […]

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Inaugural Olivier Awards’ Be Inspired champions are announced

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard have announced its six inaugural ‘Be Inspired Champions’. Nominated by members of the public and theatre industry, these six individuals have motivated and inspired others with their love and commitment to theatre. The six champions will be invited to the ceremony on Sunday 9 April and will be presented with […]

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Melinda Hughes – Live At Zédel

Melinda Hughes continues at Live At Zédel, London until 15 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Melinda Hughes is a classically trained singer who successfully manages to combine an operatic career with contrasting cabaret work. In collaboration with musical director Jeremy Limb, she writes much of her material. Their work encompasses both […]

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The Wedding Singer – Bristol Hippodrome and Touring

The Wedding Singer continues at the Bristol Hippodrome until 18 March and then tours until 7 October. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It may be a while before we see La La Land as a stage musical, especially after the shenanigans at the Oscars, but there is no let up in Hollywood hit films […]

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Interview – Chris Peluso on touring in Funny Girl and loving the UK

After making his West End debut as Chris in Miss Saigon and sailing through his role in Show Boat, New Yorker CHRIS PELUSO is bringing his talents to the UK stage once more, this time alongside Sheridan Smith in the national tour of Funny Girl. The next stop for Funny Girl is Bristol Hippodrome (21-25 March) and […]

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Carousel at the ENO – first rehearsal images

Rehearsal images have been released of the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between The GradeLinnit Company and English National Opera (ENO). The cast features Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan), Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper), Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Brenda Edwards (Nettie Fowler), […]

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Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man begins tour at Churchill Theatre Bromley

Son of a Preacher Man, a new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017. Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas The Musical in Concert – London Palladium

Honeymoon in Vegas was performed at the London Palladium. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) once again proved itself to the most exciting new force on the London theatre scene with a spectacular concert staging of Jason Robert Brown’s playful Honeymoon in Vegas at the Palladium. The event – […]

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Jason Manford will host the Olivier Awards 2017

Comedian and actor Jason Manford will host this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The 2017 awards are set to be the biggest yet, as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Jason Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor. His stage credits include the multi Olivier Award-winning production of […]

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Patti Boulaye – Billie and Me – The Pheasantry

Patti Boulaye performed her show Billie and Me at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This is by way of an interim report as during the second half of her show, Billie and Me, Patti Boulaye told us that she had been awake in hospital the previous night with a leg problem, so […]

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Interview – singer and satirist Melinda Hughes makes her mark on London cabaret

MELINDA HUGHES, daughter of film director Ken Hughes, is a classically trained singer who has appeared in many operas and concerts both in the UK and across Europe. Her album, Smoke and Noise, features tracks by Mischa Spoliansky and she also writes her own cabaret songs with Jeremy Limb on such topical subjects as opera divas, […]

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Joe McElderry celebrates latest album with concert tour

Joe McElderry will follow up his second stint in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with his own concert tour to celebrate the release of his fifth solo album. After hanging up his multicoloured coat in June, the former X Factor winner will prepare to embark on a nationwide concert […]

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Selladoor to launch international tours of Jersey Boys and The Producers

Selladoor Worldwide will tour a brand new production of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys this autumn. The show embarks on an international tour opening at Dubai Opera in October before moving on to China’s Shanghai Daning Theatre, The Jiangsu Centre For The Performing Arts, Guangzhou Opera House and Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts […]

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Junkyard – Bristol Old Vic and Touring

Junkyard continues at Bristol Old Vic until 18 March before touring to Theatr Clwyd in Mold and the Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Headlong is breaking down our carefully built cynicism blow by beautiful blow. And we love the theatre company for it. There’s a playground coming to life […]

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Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury until 11 March and then tours until 11 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Twenty-eight years after its West End debut and 17 years on the road, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story comes to the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. As its name suggests, the show follows […]

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Broadway Melody – the Lerner and Loewe Songbook – Auguste Théâtre, Paris

Broadway Melody – the Lerner and Loewe Songbook was performed at the Auguste Théâtre, Paris. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ As part of the Broadway Melody series at the Auguste Théâtre, artistic director and performer Lauren Van Kempen and musical director pianist Mathieu Serradell chose to introduce the French audience to the masterpieces of […]

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Kid Victory – Vineyard Theatre, New York

Kid Victory continues at the Vineyard Theatre, New York until 19 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Composer John Kander, the music theatre treasure now heading into his 90th year, continues his collaboration with playwright Greg Pierce, some 50 years his junior, with Kid Victory. Their second show together, it’s an […]

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Carole King surprises West End cast of Beautiful as show celebrates second birthday

Music legend Carole King delighted cast and audience last night when she made a second visit to the West End production of Beautiful. She was greeted by a standing ovation when she joined the cast for the curtain call at the end of the performance. And at the same time there was extra cause for […]

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DVD, CD and Book Reviews – Judy Collins, Drake’s Dream, The King and I/Carousel

JUDY COLLINS – A LOVE LETTER TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM DVD (Wildflower – MVD9662D) I have to admit that I love Judy Collins, always have. In fact, it was her who introduced me to Stephen Sondheim’s music in 1973 with her Top 10 hit version of ‘Send in the Clowns’. It made me want to find out […]

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West End Dreamgirls – Original London Cast Recording to be released in April

The Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of musical Dreamgirls will be released on Sony Classical in mid-April and is available to pre-order today via Amazon. This brand new double album was recorded live last month at the Savoy Theatre. It captures the performances of the original London cast of Dreamgirls, the […]

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Performance Preparation Academy – Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along was performed by Performance Preparation Academy at the Bellerby Studio Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s quite a coincidence that the two biggest flops of Stephen Sondheim’s career are being revisited at the same time with Anyone Can Whistle, which lasted nine performances on Broadway […]

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Funny Girl – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring

Funny Girl continues at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 4 March, then tours until 19 August. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Following smash-hit runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and the Savoy, Funny Girl comes to the Milton Keynes Theatre as the second stop on its nationwide tour. The show stars […]

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Lizzie – Greenwich Theatre

Lizzie continues at the Greenwich Theatre, London until 12 March. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Nothing about this show particularly screams out ‘musical theatre.’ It’s more like a live punk rock concert with four lead singers with big voices and even bigger hair. Lizzie is making its UK premiere, following a […]

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Performance Preparation Academy – The Life

The Life was performed by the Performance Preparation Academy at the Bellerby Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The quality of work produced by musical theatre students continues to amaze. In the same week as an outstanding Guys and Dolls by the long-established Guildford School of Acting was wowing audiences […]

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Madalena Alberto – Live At Zédel

Madalena Alberto at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Not even Storm Doris could keep them away from Madalena Alberto’s one-nighter at Piccadilly nightspot Live At Zédel, even if it did leave her percussionist stranded in Manchester. The strong-voiced Portuguese songbird has a growing reputation in musical theatre […]

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Cilla Black musical begins tour at Liverpool Empire in September

Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield will present the Cilla – The Musical, a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the executive producer. Cilla – […]

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Sunday in the Park With George – Hudson Theatre, New York

Sunday in the Park With George continues at the Hudson Theatre, New York until 23 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Has any work of art ever been more imaginatively celebrated by another work of art than in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park With George? In Act I, […]

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre

The Girls continues at the Phoenix Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Musical adaptations of films are nothing new. Nor are adaptations of plays. Adaptations of plays that were themselves based on plays are rarer – but having the film, play and now musical written by the same person is unique. […]

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Lloyd Webber and Ayckbourn musical By Jeeves part of Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical By Jeeves will be the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary season 2017, opening at the venue in Bowness-on-Windermere on 6 October and running until to 4 November (press night is 9 October). By Jeeves will bring back together the original creative team from the […]

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The Sorrows of Satan – Tristan Bates Theatre

The Sorrows of Satan continues at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London until 25 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The souls of Luke Bateman and Michael Conley were bared at the preview of their brand new musical, The Sorrows of Satan at the Tristan Bates Theatre. I am happy to report that […]

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Newsies – The Broadway Musical – UK cinema screening review

Newsies – The Broadway Musical was screened in the UK on 19 February. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ As far as live-action musicals go, Disney’s 1992 film Newsies was a commercial failure. The film, which was released in the UK as The News Boys, applied the song and dance treatment to a unique period […]

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Dreamboats and Petticoats continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury until 25 February and then tours until 2 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ Nostalgia for the ‘good old days’ played a rather influential role in the UK’s decision to tick the yes-to-Brexit box last year. The debate about whether those memories of post-war Britain […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Guys and Dolls

Guys and Dolls, performed by Guildford School of Acting final-year students at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, continues until 25 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s probably sacrilege to say so, but this remarkable student revival of one of the greatest musicals ever written leaves for dead the much-praised Chichester Festival […]

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The Wild Party – The Other Palace

The Wild Party continues at The Other Palace, London until 1 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ So farewell, St James Theatre. Hello, The Other Palace – Victoria’s third theatre being rebranded after its purchase by Andrew Lloyd Webber and repositioned as a home for the nurturing of new musicals. To […]

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Actor-musican version of Honk! – with puppetry – to play the Union Theatre

This Easter, Honk! the musical returns to London in a brand-new, actor-musician adaptation, filled with puppetry, magic and illusions. And water guns… The production will open at the Union Theatre on Wednesday 29 March and runs until Saturday April 22. Press night is Saturday 1 April. Honk!, produced by Paul Virides and Lian Wilkinson for […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards 2017 – Half a Sixpence celebrates triple win

The winners have been announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK’s theatre over the past year. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience. Half a Sixpence was […]

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