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Interview – Liam Tamne chats about being challenged in Working at Southwark Playhouse

LIAM TAMNE is currently appearing in Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which is having its European premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse in June. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the new production of the show runs at the south London venue until 8 July. One of the first musicals from Schwartz, the composer of the multi award-winning […]

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West End gala to raise funds for victims of Grenfell Tower fire

Giles Terera and Danielle Tarento are presenting a West End fundraising gala evening of song, dance and comedy for the hundreds of families made homeless and the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire. Songs and Solidarity will take place at Trafalgar Studios 1 on Sunday 25 June at 7.30pm. […]

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Holy Crap! – King’s Head Theatre

Holy Crap! continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 30 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ The Heather Brothers – past masters of pastiche – return to the London stage with Holy Crap! – a ‘satirical’ burlesque that takes a sideways look at two industries ripe for ridicule: televangelism and porn. Think Rocky Horror and […]

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Christine Andreas – Here’s to the Ladies – The Pheasantry

Christine Andreas performs her show Here’s to the Ladies at The Pheasantry, London until 17 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If the divine Christine Andreas felt the pressure of being called “one of the greatest singers in the world, what she can’t do with a song isn’t worth doing” in Ruth Leon’s introduction, it didn’t […]

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Seth Sikes – Judy Garland’s 95th Birthday – Live At Zédel

Seth Sikes performed his show Judy Garland’s 95th Birthday at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Saturday 10 June this year would have been the 95th birthday of the legend that is Judy Garland. How fitting that a small gathering of fans should assemble at Live At Zédel to raise a glass in […]

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Hamilton in the West End – Jamael Westman takes on title role, Michael Jibson plays King George

Producers Jeffrey Seller and Cameron Mackintosh have revealed that Jamael Westman (Alexander Hamilton) and Michael Jibson (King George) will join the previously announced West End cast for Hamilton which will reopen the Victoria Palace Theatre later this year following an extensive multi-million-pound renovation and expansion to the listed building. Westman and Jibson join the previously […]

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Richard Shelton – Sinatra and Me – Live At Zédel

Richard Shelton performed his show Sinatra and Me at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Live At Zédel’s summer programming brought class and nostalgia with Richard Shelton returning to the UK and the heart of London’s Piccadilly from his adopted home in LA, with his show Sinatra and Me. The show has run […]

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Interview – Kerry Michael on bidding farewell to Theatre Royal Stratford East and pioneering new British musical theatre

Chris Grady writes… From early days working with the production of Ken Hill’s Invisible Man in the West End, and directing his first show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, KERRY MICHAEL went on to be the right hand creative of Philip Hedley at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, and for the last 12 years he has […]

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Bella: An American Tall Tale – Playwrights Horizon, New York

Bella: An American Tall Tale continues at Playwrights Horizon, New York until 2 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ In Bella: An American Tall Tale, the multi-talented Kristin Childs has concocted a gloriously overstuffed fantasia. Her work is an unabashed celebration of the full-figured African-American woman, more specifically her large posterior. Or as the play’s heroine, […]

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The Who’s Tommy – Theatre Royal Stratford East and Touring

The Who’s Tommy continues at Theatre Royal Stratford East, London until 17 June, then tours until 1 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This ambitious inclusive take on The Who’s 1969 rock musical is vibrant, energetic and showcases some exciting talent. In fact it’s theatrically so busy that you’d probably need to see it half a dozen […]

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Ordinary Days – London Theatre Workshop

Ordinary Days continues at London Theatre Workshop until 17 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Streetlights, People! Productions brings Adam Gwon’s musical Ordinary Days to London Theatre Workshop. One of the Streetlights, People! goals is to create work that is ‘entertaining, relatable and thought provoking’, and in a time in which […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Kilworth House Theatre

Kiss Me, Kate continues at Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire until 16 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Once again, amongst the trees, under the canopy of the Kilworth House Theatre, another gem of a production delights in the form of Cole Porter’s Kiss Me, Kate. You know the story – amongst the […]

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Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year – Stiles + Drewe Prize – Noel Coward Theatre

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year/Stiles + Drewe Prize at the Noel Coward Theatre, London. There’s no stopping those girls! Scots lass Izuka Hoyle made it four in a row for female contenders by winning the prestigious Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition by following Corrine Priest, Erin Doherty and […]

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Tony Awards 2017 – Dear Evan Hansen tops the field with six – Dolly takes four

Dear Evan Hansen, an emotion-clutching musical about teenage outsiders, grabbed the spotlight at the 2017 Tony Awards. It won a half-dozen trophies, including Best Musical, while its 23-year-old star Ben Platt took home honours for Leading Actor in a Musical. On the distaff side, Bette Midler, as was generally predicted, won Best Actress in a […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – meet the winners

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announced the winners of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize.  The winners were revealed at the West End gala held at the Noёl Coward Theatre which was hosted by Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe. Izuka Hoyle won the Stephen Sondheim Society […]

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Interview – Audrey Brisson on La Strada, hedgehog costumes and being ‘slightly odd’

Actress, singer, and acrobat French-Canadian AUDREY BRISSON is currently playing the wide-eyed Gelsomina in the musical stage adaptation of Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada (‘The Road’). Having spent the early years of her career within the Cirque du Soleil’s embrace, she has carved out a career at the forefront of collaborative theatre, working with […]

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Guildford School of Acting – The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz was performed by Guildford School of Acting musical theatre third years at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Here is a real curio – the European premiere of a show originally written and rejected by the public more than 30 years ago, […]

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Michael Rouse stars in Superhero at the Southwark Playhouse

Michael Rouse will star in the world premiere of the one-man musical Superhero at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 28 June to 22 July 2017 (press night is 30 June). Directed by Adam Lenson and written by Richy Hughes, Joseph Finlay and Michael Conley (based on an original idea by Hughes), Superhero is the first musical […]

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Cover My Tracks – The Old Vic

Cover My Tracks continues at The Old Vic, London until 17 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Cover My Tracks is the first studio album of former Noah and the Whale frontman Charlie Fink. In something of a novel presentation, the album is being staged as a two-hander piece of ‘gig […]

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Working – Southwark Playhouse

Working continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 8 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ We automatically celebrate the powerful and wealthy and often ignore ordinary people – people who do the jobs that others couldn’t bear to do – men and women who could’ve been great but have ‘settled’. This […]

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Annie – Piccadilly Theatre

Annie continues at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This revival of Annie couldn’t have come at a better time. After all the bleak days we have faced recently, and the uncertain future ahead of us, Annie’s ability to stay optimistic and brave even in the darkest times […]

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Roller Diner – Soho Theatre

Roller Diner continues at the Soho Theatre, London until 24 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ The promise of a new, award-winning musical at the Soho Theatre featuring award-winning playwright and composer Stephen Jackson, Brexit, roller skates, and a critically acclaimed cast is enough to make any theatre lover excited. Regrettably, […]

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Blues in the Night – London Hippodrome

Blues in the Night was performed at the London Hippodrome. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It hard to believe it’s 30 years ago since Blues in the Night was first seen in London. Conceived and originally directed by Sheldon Epps, Blues in the Night premiered Off-Broadway in 1980 and two years […]

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Sweetee – Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York

Sweetee continues at the Ford Foundation Studio Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, New York until 18 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ An exuberant quintet of ragtag youthful music-makers makes a lot of Sweetee, a new musical testing the Off-Broadway waters with a very limited engagement, quite a satisfying […]

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Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night – Cadogan Hall

Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Two hours of nothing but Sondheim with an orchestra of 33, eight gifted soloists, 11 backing singers and 24 examples of his finest work – no wonder there were plenty of Smiles of a Summer […]

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Drama Desk Awards – top honours for Dolly, Midler and Come from Away

To no one’s great surprise, Hello, Dolly! and its star Bette Midler walked away with top honours at the Drama Desk Awards. The revival of the Jerry Herman blockbuster classic did share the spotlight, though, with several new musicals, including Come from Away, which was named Outstanding Musical. The awards from the Drama Desk, an […]

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FatBusters the Musical – St Giles-in-the-Fields

FatBusters the Musical continues at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London until 10 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ A weight-loss class or group attracts people disparately. The dynamic as they ‘bond’ has such strong theatrical potential that it’s surprising that (to my knowledge) no one has tapped into this rich field before. Clearly […]

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Liver Birds Flying Home – concert performance – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Liver Birds Flying Home – concert performance – at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s almost half a century since The Liver Birds flew onto the nation’s TV screens in Carla Lane’s long-running sitcom. Now Barb Jungr and Linda McDermott have written a new musical based on […]

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Interview – composer Stephen Flaherty on bringing Anastasia to Broadway – and other adventures

American composer STEPHEN FLAHERTY’s latest Broadway musical, written in collaboration with Lynn Ahrens and Terrence McNally (the same team that gave us Ragtime) is the musical retelling of Anastasia. The Tony-nominated show follows the oft-told Anastasia story about the woman who may have been – but probably wasn’t – the surviving daughter of the massacred […]

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Competition – win a pair of tickets to see The Quentin Dentin Show

We have THREE pairs of tickets to give away for:   THE QUENTIN DENTIN SHOW ★ ★ ★ ★ – Musical Theatre Review ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – ‘This rock musical is a winner’ – The Upcoming   The cult hit rock musical is back. Join the charismatic Quentin Dentin on his mission to make […]

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La Strada – The Other Palace

La Strada continues at The Other Palace, London until 8 July. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Federico Fellini’s 1954 film La Strada (‘The Road’) chronicles the story of Gelsomina, a plaintive young girl who is sold by her poverty-stricken mother into servitude to the brutal strongman Zampanò. Their journey across the […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Billy Elliot the Musical continues at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 17 June. The show’s next dates are at the Theater am Grossmarkt, Hamburg, Germany from 29 June to 23 July. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Milton Keynes Theatre is made for Billy Elliot. With its huge width and deep recesses, […]

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Remembering Fred – New Theatre, Oxford

Remembering Fred was performed at the New Theatre, Oxford as part of a tour. The show begins a new tour in March 2018. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ What director Gareth Walker has designed in Remembering Fred is a faithful re-creation of the most famous routines of the masterful Fred Astaire, but in […]

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New stage show Purple Rain – celebrating the music of Prince – begins tour in 2018

Purple Rain – a new theatrical event celebrating the music of one of the world’s greatest pop artists, Prince – will tour the UK from February 2018 (kicking off from 1 to 10 February 2018 at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley). Directed by Gary Lloyd, director of hit production Thriller Live, the show is billed as […]

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Pippin will be next musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Award-winning musical Pippin will be the next collaboration between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment. The musical will run from Friday 25 August to Saturday 23 September in the acclaimed 150-seater Ancoats venue. The production is the fourth show from Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment, who first joined forces in January 2016 to […]

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Hairspray tour – casting details

Casting has been revealed for the touring production of the hit musical Hairspray which will begin its second major UK and Ireland tour in Cardiff on 16 August 2017. Comedian and actor Norman Pace [pictured left] will play Wilbur Turnblad, while Rebecca Mendoza makes her professional debut playing Tracy Turnblad. Matt Rixon (Edna Turnblad), Brenda Edwards […]

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On the Town – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

On the Town continues at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 1 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ On the Town has its origin in the ballet Fancy Free which had opened in New York in the spring of 1944. With choreography by Jerome Robbins and music by Leonard Bernstein, […]

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Emma Rice will direct new musical as part of her final Shakespeare’s Globe season

Opening the 2017 winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (The Winter Selection) at Shakespeare’s Globe will be Romantics Anonymous, a new musical directed by Emma Rice. The piece also has a book written by Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. This will be […]

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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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