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Pippin has razzle dazzle to believe in

Opened April 25 at The Music Box Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. ‘Give ’em the old razzle dazzle’, goes the Fred Ebb lyric in the Bob Fosse-created Chicago, the revival of which is currently bumping and grinding its way through its 17th year on Broadway. And that same razzle dazzle dictum is working […]

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Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. Picture: Chris Bennion

Jekyll & Hyde – prepare for a wall of sound

Opened April 18, at the Marquis Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. Boo! Composer and occasional lyricist Frank Wildhorn, Broadway’s favourite whipping boy, has just landed another musical on Broadway. This one’s a horror story and a revival as well – Jekyll & Hyde – and of course, it has given uppity New York […]

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Jekyll & Hyde – prepare for a wall of sound

Opened April 18, at the Marquis Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. Boo! Composer and occasional lyricist Frank Wildhorn, Broadway’s favourite whipping boy, has just landed another musical on Broadway. This one’s a horror story and a revival as well – Jekyll & Hyde – and of course, it has given uppity New York […]

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Sleeping Arrangements delivers humour and romance in spades

Running at the Landor, London until May 12. It was really only a matter of time before chick-lit, or to perhaps give it its official title of light romantic comedy, began to be considered for adaptation to the stage. Admittedly Helen Fielding’s hugely popular Bridget Jones’ Diary appears to be languishing in development hell at […]

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Geek! A New Musical, predictable but charming

Running at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London until May 18. When a musical’s title fails to deliver once, it can be disappointing. Twice, and it starts to look deliberate. Geek! A New Musical is not really about geeks. And while it’s technically a new musical, it treads such familiar ground that it hardly feels original. […]

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The Three Little Pigs entertain young and old

Reviewed at the Greenwich Theatre, London. Written by the Olivier Award-winning team that bought young audiences Honk! Just So, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Soho Cinders, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s European premiere of the well-known children’s story The Three Little Pigs is a sweet and simple tale, complemented by a sophisticated and appealing score […]

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Liz Robertson Sings Her Favourite Songs

Reviewed at The Crazy Coqs, London. Forty years on from making her showbiz bow as a cabaret dancer at the nearby Savoy Hotel, the ageless Liz Robertson is back in cabaret mode for her one-woman show at The Crazy Coqs, the new go-to Piccadilly nightspot for lovers of the genre which becomes ever more polished […]

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Titanic sails in to Southwark Playhouse

The European premiere of a new chamber version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Titanic will be staged at London’s Southwark Playhouse by the same creative team behind the venue’s productions of Parade, Mack & Mabel and Victor/Victoria. Directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Titanic (music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by […]

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American Psycho set to thrill at the Almeida

Almeida Theatre’s artistic director designate Rupert Goold will stage the world premiere of the musical thriller American Psycho, based on the the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, as part of the the north London’s 2013 festival. The co-production with Headlong Theatre (with which Goold has been associated for eight years) has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa […]

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Motown the Musical proves exhilarating

Opened April 14 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. “You built a legacy of love,” Smokey Robinson tells Berry Gordy, as Motown the Musical, heads toward its big finish. The show recounts the life of Gordy, the celebrated founder and force behind the Motown record company, which broke through seemingly impenetrable […]

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Gary Williams presents a Sinatra Jukebox

Reviewed at The Crazy Coqs, London. This programme from singer Gary Williams and accompanist Harry the Piano was an unusual evening for The Crazy Coqs. Williams gave us a tribute to Frank Sinatra, but instead of an hour of songs and anecdote, halfway through members of the audience were invited fill in request forms, which […]

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New York Musical Theatre Festival latest

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, affectionately known as NYMF (pronounced ‘nymph’ as in ‘nymph errant’) among New York theatre folks, has announced the 11 invited shows that will stage full productions during its tenth annual festival, running July 8-28. The festival acts as a showcase for emerging creative talents in musical theatre, giving them […]

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New York Musical Theatre Festival latest

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, affectionately known as NYMF (pronounced ‘nymph’ as in ‘nymph errant’) among New York theatre folks, has announced the 11 invited shows that will stage full productions during its tenth annual festival, running July 8-28. The festival acts as a showcase for emerging creative talents in musical theatre, giving them […]

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Carnaby Street the Musical is labour of love

Hackney Empire, London, then touring until June 29. Since the back catalogue of The Beatles is already being hurtled through nightly over at the Savoy Theatre for Let it Be, there are no climactic ‘na-na-nah-nahs’ – indeed the Fab Four hardly get a look in here – in Carnaby Street the Musical, a jukebox musical which […]

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Ghost the Musical begins tour

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, then touring until January 2014. Ghost the Musical is a theatrical masterclass in translating emotion, so be prepared to shed a few tears but still have a few laughs. Set in New York, the musical naturally sticks to the same story as the original film – for which the show’s lyricist/librettist […]

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Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Headlining his first season of work as artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse is James Brining’s own production of Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s musical Sweeney Todd, presented by WYP and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for the Quarry stage (26 September–26 October). Brining has challenged himself to revisit his TMA Award-winning production of […]

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Matilda the Musical Arrives on Broadway

Opened April 11 at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. Bless her little heart! And her big brain, too. Matilda the Musical has landed on Broadway in a blaze of glory. This musicalisation of novelist Roald Dahl’s dark depiction of childhood fears – and how gumption, smarts and literacy can […]

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Merrily We Roll Along

Sondheim surprises Merrily We Roll Along cast

Rehearsals have begun for the West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Merrily We Roll Along and we hear a certain Mr Sondheim may have even popped in to surprise the cast yesterday. Directed by triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman, previews begin at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 23 April. Opening night […]

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Once

Opened 9 April at the Phoenix Theatre, London. “Hello,” Girl tentatively whispers to the piano before she starts playing it, as Guy gazes at her sheepishly before picking up his guitar to join in. “You must always say hello to the piano,” she instructs him sternly before they unite to create a wealth of raw, […]

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Kinky Boots

Opened April 4 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. La Cage Aux Folles comes to Northampton, England, a town filled with failing shoe factories, in Broadway’s new dazzler Kinky Boots. Based on a 2005 movie, the show tells how a flamboyant drag queen and her sextet of high-stepping pals of […]

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The Billie Holiday Story

Playing at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 25 May. More than 50 years after Billie Holiday’s tragic death, her life story continues to be a subject of film and theatrical performance. Holiday’s painful life of child prostitution, sexual abuse and violent partners is interpreted by Nina Kristofferson who takes a unique approach to the […]

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Hands On a Hard Body is Broadway casualty

The first casualty of the spring musical theatre season on Broadway is Hands On a Hard Body. This tale of down-on-their-luck folks going through a gruelling competition to win a new truck will be riding into the sunset on April 13 after 28 previews and 28 regular performances. The show may not have had the flash, […]

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