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London-Paris-Roam! – Tristan Bates Theatre

London-Paris-Roam! was reviewed at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London. The show is currently on a spring tour. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ After spending 20 years living in Paris, Sarah Tullamore, a self-confessed woman of a certain age, is packing her bags, clearing her clutter and moving on. With one hand clasping […]

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War Paint – Nederlander Theatre, New York

War Paint continues at the Nederlander Theatre, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It has a great title, a great concept and two great female stars of Broadway theatre heading a talented company. There’s also a bounty of handsome costumes and sets, but beyond all this, things about War Paint […]

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The Wicker Husband – The Other Palace

A showcase performance of The Wicker Husband took place at The Other Palace, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Wicker Husband, with a book by Rhys Jennings and music and lyrics by Darren Clark, is based on a short story of the same name by Ursula Willis-Jones. It tells the […]

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Southerland’s staging of Titanic The Musical to launch tour in Southampton

Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway musical Titanic The Musical is to sail into the city where the RMS Titanic began its doomed maiden voyage at the start of its first tour. Opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018 in the week of the Titanic’s 106th anniversary, the production which […]

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Young Frankenstein cast – Lesley Joseph, Hadley Fraser and Ross Noble join line-up

Comedian Ross Noble will take a break from his successful stand-up career to play Igor in Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein which will receive its West End premiere at London’s Garrick Theatre in the autumn. Prior to the announcement of his casting, the popular and award-winning comedian revealed on his Twitter feed that his ‘new […]

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The Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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Ghost The Musical – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and Touring

Ghost The Musical continues at the Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury and then tours until 29 April. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Movie-to-stage adaptations work best when members of the creative team take the best qualities of the original and then have a very, very long think about how to bring the material […]

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Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Touring

Tommy was reviewed at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and now tours until 1 July. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I caught up with this rock musical delivered with immense skill by a company of 22 multi-abled artists in Ipswich prior to national tour. The New Wolsey Theatre audiences are used […]

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Whisper House – The Other Palace

Whisper House continues at The Other Palace, London until 27 May. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ For its second major staging in its new rebranded guise as the home for new musical writing, The Other Palace has chosen curiously. Whisper House is a 2009 piece with music and lyrics by Duncan […]

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Jessica Martin cast as lead in Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre

Versatile West End star Jessica Martin will take on the central role in the European premiere of Broadway musical Ballroom at Waterloo East Theatre next month. The actress who has starred in major productions of musical theatre classics including Me and My Girl, Mack and Mabel and South Pacific, will play the lonely widow at the […]

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Fringe hit Paper Hearts to play Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit Paper Hearts will follow its sell-out London debut at Waterloo East Theatre with a run at Upstairs at the Gatehouse next month ahead of a tour of Germany in the summer. A labour of love for its writer and composer, Swindon-based design agency boss Liam O’Rafferty, the story of two lonely […]

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Claybourne Elder to bring new show to Arts Theatre

American comedian and musician Claybourne Elder will take to the stage with his new show at London’s award-winning Arts Theatre for one night only on 30 April. Claybourne Elder: You and Me and Sondheim will feature the Utah-born actor and surprise special guests in a show which will take him on a trip through his […]

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Annie Get Your Gun to be re-imagined at the Union Theatre

Irving Berlin’s classic Annie Get Your Gun will be re-imagined for a strictly limited run at London’s Union Theatre next month. Directed by Kirk Jameson whose previous productions at the theatre include On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and The World Goes Round, the story of the sharp-shooting Annie Oakley and her romance with […]

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Matthew Morrison to play London concerts

Glee favourite and Broadway star Matthew Morrison will play three concerts in the heart of London next month. Presented by Club 11 London and The Hippodrome, the shows on Tuesday 16 May (at 8pm and 11pm) and Wednesday 17 May will feature the multi award-winning actor/singer and a top-flight jazz band. Billed as an ‘intimate […]

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Audra McDonald on Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill in the West End

Following a record-breaking, sold-out Broadway run, six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald will make her West End debut at Wyndham’s Theatre this summer, portraying singer Billie Holiday in the one-woman show Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Musical Theatre Review was invited to a special launch event of the production, where McDonald – recently given five stars from […]

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After You – Live At Zédel

After You continues at Live At Zédel, London until 22 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The first musical commissioned by Piccadilly nightspot Zedel is a little gem of a two-hander, a love story with a sting in the tail, short and sweet at exactly an hour and site-specific too as […]

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At Last: The Etta James Story – Assembly Hall, Leamington Spa

At Last: The Etta James Story was reviewed at the Assembly Hall, Leamington Spa. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Leamington Spa shook the drizzle from its raincoat and stepped tentatively back into the 1950s, safe in the hands of Simon Myers and Moira Bennett’s latest musical revue, a tribute to the […]

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2 Become 1 – King’s Head Theatre

2 Become 1 continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 29 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s the 1990s, when playing snake on your Nokia mobile phone was a form of entertainment and there was (wait for it) no Twitter. No wonder at the start of Swipe Right Theatre’s […]

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I Capture the Castle – Watford Palace Theatre

I Capture the Castle continues at Watford Palace Theatre until 22 April before touring. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ I had fond but distant memories of Dodie Smith’s 1948 novel I Capture the Castle and was very much looking forward to this new musical adaptation at Watford Palace Theatre by composer Steven […]

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Les Choristes – Folies Bergère, Paris

Les Choristes continues at the Folies Bergère, Paris until 18 June, before touring. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ Julie Andrews herself wanted to buy the rights to the French movie 2004 Les Choristes (based itself on the 1945 movie La Cage aux rossignols) for a mere $10,000, but was denied.  So much the […]

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Satirical Trump – The Panto! to debut in December

The team behind the political satire of David Blunkett the Musical will turn its attention to more recent current affairs with Trump – The Panto! this December. Taking aim at the flamboyant new President of the USA and making liberal use of ‘fake news’, Trump – The Panto! will be written and directed by Stuart […]

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Dreamgirls West End cast recording – release details

Newly-crowned Olivier Award winners Amber Riley and Adam J Bernard feature on the highly anticipated Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of Dreamgirls which will be released by Sony Masterworks Broadway next month. Currently available to pre-order now via Amazon, the two CD set will be available via Amazon, iTunes and all […]

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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre

Audra McDonald performed in concert at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald returns to London’s Leicester Square Theatre for a glorious but short, four show residency after two similar cabaret concerts here last summer. Wearing the same outfit she wore last summer […]

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Amélie – A New Musical – Walter Kerr Theatre, New York

Amélie – A New Musical continues at the Walter Kerr Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Whimsy is an elusive quality to capture in the Broadway vernacular of today, with its abundance of ear-blasting power ballads, ironic gags and strenuous jaw-dropping dancing. Amélie, a New Musical is an adaptation of the […]

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Judy! to play West End season

Judy!, Ray Rackham’s play about the tempestuous life of the legendary Judy Garland, will play a five-week season at the London’s Arts Theatre from 16 May. Following on from its world premiere at the London Theatre Workshop in December 2015 and a successful run at the Southwark Playhouse last summer, the show which was previously titled Through […]

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Cast revealed for Miss Saigon touring production

Cameron Mackintosh has announced principal casting and further dates for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer. Award-winning Red Concepcion (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) will take on the role of The Engineer. Taking on the part of Kim will be Sooha […]

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Open Mic Night – 4th Birthday – Live At Zédel

Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Night – 4th Birthday at Live At Zédel, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Open Mic Night in the Crazy Coqs cabaret bar at Live At Zédel is now celebrating its fourth year. Originally a weekly event, this now monthly gig has become a Mecca for […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Wilton’s Music Hall

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying continues at Wilton’s Music Hall, London until 22 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The self-help book may not seem like the likeliest of genres from which to birth a musical comedy. But Shepherd Mead’s 1952 book How to Succeed in Business Without […]

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Carousel – London Coliseum

Carousel continues at the London Coliseum until 13 May. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ When the Michaels Linnit and Grade collaborated with the ENO and brought Sweeney Todd (starring Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel) to the London Coliseum in 2015, they appeared to have come up with a pretty successful formula: pick […]

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Matilda The Musical to tour UK and Ireland in 2018/2019

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s multi award-winning Matilda The Musical will take to the road across the UK and Ireland next year. Launching at the Leicester Curve in March, the 2018-2019 tour of the hit musical version of Roald Dahl’s much-loved book will visit Dublin, Sunderland, Milton Keynes, Birmingham, Manchester and Cardiff. Winner of 85 major […]

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Kiss Me, Kate at Kilworth House Theatre – cast revealed

Matthew McKenna and Caroline Sheen will play the warring couple at the heart of the Kilworth House Theatre’s production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate. The first production of the season at the Leicestershire space in the grounds of the Kilworth Hotel will run from 31 May until 16 July. Joining McKenna (Fred Graham) […]

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Watermill Theatre to stage A Little Night Music

The first actor/musician production of Stephen Sondheim’s haunting A Little Night Music will be part of the Watermill Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. Following on from the success of previous Sondheim productions at the intimate Berkshire venue, A Little Night Music will run from 27 July until 16 September. Directed by Paul Foster, with award-winning Sarah […]

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Musical Marathon charity event to be staged at The Other Palace

The Other Palace will host a star-studded charity concert on Easter Sunday (16 April) to raise funds for male cancer charity Orchid. A host of West End favourites have been enlisted by The Other Palace’s artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills to take part in The Musical Marathon, a week before Taylor-Mills runs the London Marathon. Hosted […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day wins Best New Musical, double acting prizes for Dreamgirls

While the biggest story of the Olivier Awards 2017 was the success of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which collected a record-breaking nine Olivier Awards (overtaking Matilda and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time as the most decorated production in the ceremony’s history), there was still plenty to celebrate in the musical […]

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This Joint is Jumpin’ – The Other Palace

This Joint is Jumpin’ continues at The Other Palace, London until 15 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Tap is definitely back on the London stage, with the glittering revival of 42nd Street opening at Drury Lane, and the world premiere of This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace – a […]

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Broadway musical Ballroom to receive its European debut at Waterloo East Theatre

Broadway musical Ballroom is to receive its European premiere at Waterloo East Theatre 38 years after it was last seen on stage. Developed by the Tony Award-winning co-creator of A Chorus Line Michael Bennett, who directed and choreographed the show’s only production in the late 1970s, Ballroom will play the South London venue from 12 […]

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Olivier Awards – all the essential details for tuning in on Sunday

A glittering line-up of famous faces will take to the stage to present this year’s Olivier Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday (tomorrow). The presenters will include David Baddiel, Alfie Boe, John Boyega, Michaela Coel, Leanne Cope, Julian Clary, Robert Fairchild, Ben Forster, Phoebe Fox, Andrew Garfield, Denise Gough, Matt Henry, Ruthie Henshall, […]

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Interview – Sharon D Clarke on a dream role in The Life and colour-blind casting

Revived at the Southwark Playhouse, The Life at is a revival of a Cy Coleman musical which has not been seen since its original Broadway production 20 years ago. Musical theatre star SHARON D. CLARKE, who was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, plays Sonja, a prostitute in 1980s New York. Musical […]

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Follies at the National Theatre – more cast details

More details have been revealed for the National Theatre’s much-anticipated production of the 1970s Broadway show Follies which is due to begin previewing in August. Starring the multi award-winning trio of Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton, the Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman musical will play the Olivier Theatre from 22 August until 4 November with […]

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Mamma Mia! West End cast changes – Sara Poyzer to play Donna

Sara Poyzer will follow up her success as Donna Sheridan in the first tour of Mamma Mia! by reprising the role as part of the cast at London’s Novello Theatre from 12 June. Poyzer, whose previous West End credits include playing Billy’s Mum in Billy Elliot, will take to the stage alongside fellow Dynamos Kate Graham […]

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Sheik’s ghostly Whisper House to open at The Other Palace

Multi award-winning Duncan Sheik’s musical ghost story Whisper House will play The Other Palace from 6 April until 27 May. Based on the rock singer/songwriter’s 2009 concept album and conceived with 30 Rock actor Keith Powell, Whisper House features a book and lyrics by Obie award winner Kyle Jarrow. Following on from his critically-acclaimed Spring […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – cast revealed for West End run

Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour which will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre next month. Following its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a UK tour and a sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre, the Olivier-nominated show […]

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Cilla The Musical – dates confirmed for open auditions

The producers of Cilla The Musical have confirmed the dates and locations for their search for Cilla Black, with open auditions taking place around the country. The search is on for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool. The dates and locations […]

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Southwark Playhouse’s Working – principal casting revealed

Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June. The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek […]

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42nd Street – Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

42nd Street continues at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It has been 33 years since 42nd Street had its first original London production at the Theatre Royal in 1984, when, in parallel to the production’s book, Catherine Zeta-Jones was plucked from the chorus and placed into the […]

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Opening night for 42nd Street at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane – exclusive gallery of images

Tonight 42nd Street (with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, lyrics by Al Dubin and music by Harry Warren) has its official opening at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Here is an exclusive gallery of images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. The production is directed by Mark Bramble (whose other hit shows include Barnum, Treasure Island, The Three Musketeers, The Grand Tour) and […]

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Take That inspired musical The Band becomes ‘fastest selling theatre tour ever’

The UK tour of new musical The Band, featuring the music of Take That, went on sale at 12 noon today (Monday 3 April) and within the first two hours the box office took £2 million, reportedly making it the fastest-selling theatre tour ever. Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen took to the stage of the Manchester Apollo on Sunday […]

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RSC to stage fourth relaxed Matilda performance

The Royal Shakespeare Company is to present its fourth special relaxed performance of Matilda the Musical on Sunday 11 June at London’s Cambridge Theatre. This year’s performance of the hit show follows on from similar sell-out events last year and in 2015 and 2014, and builds on the RSC programme of relaxed performances started in […]

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Graeae’s Reasons To Be Cheerful back on tour in the autumn

Pioneering theatre company Graeae is to take its acclaimed musical Reasons To Be Cheerful back on the road this autumn. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Ian Dury and the Blockheads’ album ‘New Boots and Panties’, the show which celebrates the music of the legendary punk band will begin its 2017 tour at the Belgrade, […]

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Curtain Up Show hosts Olivier Awards preview special

Resonance FM’s The Curtain Up Show will return to the heart of the West End on Friday 7 April from 3.30pm until 5pm for a live Olivier Awards preview special. Presented in association with innovative app service TodayTix, the show – which will be broadcast just 48 hours before the prestigious ceremony – will feature […]

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