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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, New York

Sunset Boulevard continues at the Palace Theatre, New York until 25 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In her latest incarnation, Norma Desmond is totally heart-breaking. The narcissistic ferocity of the queen of silent movies has been softened. Her eccentricities are at times almost endearing rather than frightening. She can be haughty […]

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Prom Kween – The Vaults

Prom Kween continues at The Vaults Theatre, London until 19 February. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Every Fringe festival has its shambolic musicals – those shows where the zero budget aesthetic is fully embraced, which like to project an air of being put together at the very last minute and every […]

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Extra performance of Jersey Boys added before West End production closes

Due to overwhelming public demand, there will be an extra performance of the West End musical Jersey Boys in its final week at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 23 March at 3pm. This week – commencing 13 February 2017 – the show has broken the house record for ticket sales in the history of the Piccadilly […]

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The Girls – 67-year-old understudy makes West End debut in leading role

In spite of intensive medical treatment, Michele Dotrice, who has never missed a performance in her entire career, has been diagnosed with acute bronchitis and is therefore unable to perform for the time being. The part of Jessie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical The Girls will now be played by Judith […]

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Hope Mill Theatre’s Hair transfers to The Vaults

The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre production of the iconic rock musical Hair transfers to London in autumn 2017, celebrating its 50th anniversary year. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the show plays The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December (press night is 10 October). The production of Hair created a huge buzz in Manchester when it opened […]

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Crazy For You tour – Caroline Flack joins Tom Chambers in cast

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

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La Strada – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry and Touring

La Strada continues at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until 18 February before embarking on a national tour (the show receives its London premiere in July as part of the newly announced season at The Other Palace). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Possibly it would be apt treat La Strada, based on one […]

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Interview – Frances Ruffelle invites you to a Wild Party at The Other Palace

FRANCES RUFFELLE has one of the most idiosyncratic voices of any singer in the West End or Broadway. Hers is a husky, sultry sound, with an unmistakeable rawness and vulnerability that is sure to make her the perfect fit for the role of Queenie in composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa’s version of The Wild Party, which opens […]

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Miranda Hart confirmed as Miss Hannigan in West End Annie

Multi award-winning comedy writer, actor and author Miranda Hart, will make her West End Theatre debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie, opening in the West End in May 2017. Previews at the Piccadilly Theatre will begin on 23 May 2017 with opening night on 5 June. The production, directed by Nikolai Foster, will be produced by […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 25 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Michael Ball makes a curious entry into the story of the development of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. In a telephone conversation with director Jonathan Butterell he suggested a meeting with composer Dan Gillespie […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill cast in LMTO concert

After the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair at the Cadogan Hall in November last year and the concert of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), initial casting has been announced for The London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – Ben Forster to continue in title role until September

Ben Forster will extend his run as The Phantom until Saturday 2 September in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.  Now in its 31st year at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, the show also stars Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul. They are joined by […]

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre

Anyone Can Whistle continues at the Union Theatre, London until 11 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Like the asylum inmates that populate the show, Anyone Can Whistle – Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ experimental musical of 1964 – gets let out for a brief spell of fresh air. And just as […]

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Anyone Can Whistle at the Union Theatre – new gallery of images

Details of the full cast and creative team have been revealed for a rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle and Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan has taken a whole new gallery of production images. The show will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 […]

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My Land’s Shore – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

My Land’s Shore continues at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 26 February. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ This new musical by Christopher J Orton (music and lyrics) and Robert Gould (book and lyrics), based on a true story, is well-worth a visit. From the powerful opening number, ‘Burning’, […]

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Singin’ in the Rain at the Grand Palais for Paris Christmas treat

The Theatre du Chatelet’s obsession with bringing the great American musicals to Paris in their original language is stalled for the next two years while the place undergoes a massive refurbishment – but it doesn’t mean the city will be starved of one of its favourite shows. While it is shut, the Chatelet is sending […]

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Fast food, singing staff – Leon Shaftesbury Avenue’s West End venue opens its doors

Shaftesbury Avenue is one of the main arteries of London’s theatreland. It is also one of its borders: as the street curves northeastwards from Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus, theatres from the Lyric and Apollo up to the Palace adorn its northern side while to the south, cafés and restaurants abound, occasional displays of paper […]

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Thriller Live – Lyric Theatre

Thriller Live continues at the Lyric Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ After a whopping 3,358 performances in the West End, Thriller Live celebrated at the gorgeous Lyric Theatre as the show becomes the 15th longest-running musical in West End history. A party was certainly had at the venue. The cast […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four musicals on Broadway

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017). Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) […]

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Ambassadors Theatre

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice at the Ambassadors Theatre, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, based on a poem by Goethe which also inspired Disney’s groundbreaking Fantasia, wielded its magic at the Ambassadors Theatre in a one-night-only concert presentation. In the story an old sorcerer goes out, leaving his apprentice behind […]

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The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin – Theatre Royal Stratford East

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin continues at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, London until 11 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Hopefully one day, we will not have to meet a Viveca. A character, initially, without any sense of self or purpose; shaped by what others want her to […]

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Spotlight on musical theatre in Sweden – winter and spring seasons

Renate Stridh throws the spotlight on musical theatre productions featured in the current and upcoming seasons in Sweden. The winter season in Sweden is well under way. The autumn saw some exciting productions and there are some equally exciting opening nights ahead. The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon opened at the end of January at China […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – Five Questions with actor Charles Dale

Many readers will be familiar with actor CHARLES DALE following his long tenure as Big Mac in BBC1’s Casualty and before that as Dennis Stringer in ITV1’s Coronation Street. Less well known may be his theatre work such as Blue Remembered Hills at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre , or even (for lovers of trivia) that he once fronted an R&B […]

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You Win Again – The Story of The Bee Gees – Leicester Square Theatre and Touring

You Win Again – The Story of The Bee Gees at the Leicester Square Theatre, London before continuing a national tour until 20 April. Star rating: one star ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ You Win Again – The story of The Bees Gees was premiered at Leicester Square Theatre in front of a celebrity audience and Bee Gees fans, ahead […]

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Cautionary Tales For Daughters – Jermyn Street Theatre and Touring

Cautionary Tales For Daughters continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 11 February and tours until 24 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Tanya Holt has a delightful way of packing emotion and accents into song and her voice is like rich cream complete with fresh, sweet strawberries. She resonates in the […]

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Singer-songwriter Anton Stephans on being Brave in new solo show

Coming to Live At Zédel on 8 February actor, singer-songwriter, poet and former X Factor contestant ANTON STEPHANS will present Brave, his own one-man show, drawing on his experience in musical theatre and his working with some of the best musicians in the business. Here is his story so far… You have been involved in musical theatre since […]

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Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards – Groundhog Day comes out on top

The Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical (new or revival) went to the Old Vic production of Groundhog Day at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2016 held today at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Written by Matilda the Musical’s Tim Minchin and directed by Matilda and Ghost director Matthew Warchus, Groundhog Day features a […]

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Murder For Two – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Murder For Two continues at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury until 25 February before transferring to The Other Palace Studio, from 2-18 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Musical parody is hardly a new initiative but in the hands of Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair it provides a quirky new genre of comedy. […]

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Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox – Lyric Hammersmith

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox continues at the Lyric Hammersmith, London until 19 February and then tours until 9 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Most adaptations of Roald Dahl’s spikey, often  subversively uplifting, children’s stories are plays with songs. This entertaining, energy-packed version (a co-production between Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre and Curve Leicester in […]

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Wonderland – Edinburgh Playhouse and Touring

Wonderland continues at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 28 January, before embarking on a UK tour until 19 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ In returning Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the UK, this first touring production of 2011 American musical Wonderland has a lot going for it in terms […]

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Lucie Jones wins chance to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest

RENT star Lucie Jones has come out on top in the battle to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Welsh singer, currently winning rave reviews for her performance in the 2oth anniversary production of Jonathan Larson’s innovative musical, won over the judges and the voting public with her performance of the ballad ‘Never […]

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring

Thoroughly Modern Millie continues at Milton Keynes Theatre until 28 January before touring until 24 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ It’s ironic really that at the core of Thoroughly Modern Millie is a character who lives for being a ‘modern’ and keeping up with current trends, and yet the show is so […]

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The Life at Southwark Playhouse – casting details

Full casting has been revealed for the Broadway musical The Life which makes its long awaited London debut, directed by the show’s original Broadway director Michael Blakemore, at Southwark Playhouse from 25 March to 29 April 2017, with press night on 29 March. The cast includes John Addison (Jojo), David Albury (Fleetwood), Jalisa Andrews (Chichi), Matthew Caputo (Oddjob), Lawrence Carmichael (Snickers), Omari Douglas (Slick), Aisha Jawando (Carmen), Thomas-Lee Kidd (Bobby), Charlotte Reavey (April), Jo Servi (Lacy), Lucinda Shaw (Tracy), Johnathan Tweedie (Theodore), T’Shan Williams (Queen) and Joanna Woodward (Mary). […]

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The Wind in the Willows press launch – London Palladium

The London Palladium will play host to the definitive musical theatre version of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows this summer, according to producer Jamie Hendry. The musical features music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, who are no strangers to adaptations of classic children’s stories from Honk! and Just So […]

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Hamilton West End – initial casting revealed

  Initial casting has been announced for the West End production of Hamilton: Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) will open the […]

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Alain Boublil Masterclass – Montreuil, Paris

To paraphrase the Bible, ‘No one is a prophet in his own land’. Surely this no more true than in France, where Alain Boublil, the man who wrote the book and lyrics for two of the most successful musicals in the world, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, is hardly a well-known name. Boublil held a […]

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Ben Stock – The Land of Make Believe – Live at Zédel

Ben Stock – The Land of Make Believe at Live at Zédel, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ With the cosy, but lavish surrounds of Live at Zédel being perfect for Ben Stock’s style of intimate performance, he wasted little time in making sure his small, but appreciative audience knew exactly […]

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January – Live at Zédel

January continues at Live at Zédel, London until 26 January. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ TS Eliot was three months too late. The cruellest month is not April, but January – when the post-Christmas comedown collides with hard-to-maintain resolutions, topped off by grotty weather. Such is the premise of this nascent […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre

Death Takes a Holiday continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento once again give Maury Yeston the five-star treatment, with the European premiere of the composer/lyricist’s 2011 musical Death Takes a Holiday. Based on Alberto Casella’s play La […]

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The Song is You – Steve Ross – The Pheasantry

The Song is You – Steve Ross at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a brave Sunday evening this was after the first two nights of Steve Ross’ Pheasantry residency had to be cancelled after bronchitis rendered him virtually speechless. Although still clearly underpowered, the Prince of New […]

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Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive images

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, here are exclusive production images of the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday, continuing at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March (press night is on 23 January). Zoë Doano, Chris Peluso and Mark Inscoe head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a […]

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The Wild Party – The Hope Theatre, London

The Wild Party continues at The Hope Theatre, London until 28 January. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ‘The classic Jazz Age tale of sex, sweat and sin’: Mingled Yarn’s revival of The Wild Party bursts into the intimate Hope Theatre with enough punch to shake you out of your January blues […]

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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – full cast and creative team revealed

Full casting has been announced for Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical which premieres in March (10 March to 8 April). Set across a dramatic period in the music legend’s life, this new production written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the story of a man propelled from rising reggae star to global icon. […]

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The Girls dress rehearsal – nurses offered free seats

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to see the dress rehearsal of their new musical comedy The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre in London on Saturday 28 January at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available in person from the theatre box office at 10am on Saturday 28 January on a first-come-first-served basis, […]

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The Girls and Gary Barlow – see behind the scenes

Here’s a first look at rehearsal photos of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls. Based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, The Girls will open in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere […]

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Promises, Promises – Southwark Playhouse

Promises, Promises continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 18 February. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Is Promises, Promises really only three hours long? It feels longer, and not in a good way. Based on Billy Wilder’s film The Apartment, this musical has some serious creative welly behind it, with a book […]

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Something for everybody at Live at Zédel

To launch its spring programme, Piccadilly cabaret room Live at Zédel gave us a taster of seven very different acts, drolly introduced by French comic/compere Marcel Lucont, who is very funny indeed, rather naughty, and will be well worth seeing during Zedel’s French Fest in March. From a musical theatre point of view the highlight […]

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Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse – exclusive images

Thanks to our official photographer Roy Tan, here is a brand new gallery of images showcasing the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere. Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the new production of the multi award-winning show continues at the Southwark Playhouse from until Saturday 18 February. The cast includes: Craig […]

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