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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – MPAA Broussais, Paris

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was reviewed at MPAA Broussais, Paris, and is playing at Comédie Nation, Paris until 29 June. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Tony Award-winning one-act musical written by Rebessa Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, The 25th Annual Putnam County […]

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Miranda, Soo and Odom Jr leaving Hamilton

It’s like rats leaving a sinking ship, except the ship is hardly sinking. In the past week or so, three of the principal players in the musical mega-hit Hamilton have revealed plans to leave on 9 July. They include the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who portrays the title role of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton. […]

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42nd Street at Theatre du Chatelet – Ria Jones leads the cast

Ria Jones, the supersub who played Norma Desmond to rave reviews and standing ovations when Glenn Close went sick for a number of performances of Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum at the end of April, gets a starring role in her own right in Paris in November. Jones plays Dorothy Brock in the Theatre […]

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Hamilton West End premiere confirmed

Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed recent reports that the multi award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton will have its London premiere in October 2017. Just hours after Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show collected 11 Tony Awards, Mackintosh confirmed he had earmarked Hamilton as the production to launch his multi-million-pound refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre. Revealing details of […]

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Hamilton dominates the Tony Awards (plus win for Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo)

It was, as expected, a landslide, though not a record-breaker, for Hamilton, as the Tony Awards were doled out Sunday night in New York, celebrating the 2015/16 Broadway season. The hip-hop history-lesson blockbuster, centring on Alexander Hamilton and his relationships with the other founding fathers of America, captured 11 of the coveted statuettes, climaxed with […]

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The Total Bent – The Public Theater, New York

The Total Bent continues at The Public Theater, New York until 26 June. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The musical numbers in The Total Bent, the new Off-Broadway offering from singer-composer-musician Stew and his long-time collaborator Heidi Rodewald, are so thunderous they almost seem wasted in the relatively intimate confines of The Public Theater’s […]

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Isabelle Georges – Amour Amor – Théâtre La Bruyère, Paris

Isabelle Georges performs Amour Amor at the Théâtre La Bruyère, Paris until 20 August. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Barely three weeks after her successful London debut at the St James Theatre, Isabelle Georges is back in Paris with her brand new show Amour Amor at the Théâtre La Bruyère for a […]

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Paramour – Lyric Theatre, New York

Paramour continues at the Lyric Theatre, New York. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ You can scoff at the hoary plot, clunky lyrics and preponderance of pulsing music, but Cirque de Soleil’s Paramour delivers a feast of glitzy entertainment that may well be worth the price of a Broadway ticket. Paramour marks the […]

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Tuck Everlasting and American Psycho closing on Broadway

The casualties from the just-ended Broadway season are piling up, with both American Psycho and Tuck Everlasting saying abrupt farewells. Tuck Everlasting posted a 29 May closing notice, while American Psycho will wind things up on 5 June. Tuck, which opened officially on 26 April after 29 previews, will at its closing have chalked up […]

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American Psycho – Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York

American Psycho continues at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Benjamin Walker turns in such a spectacular performance in American Psycho it’s a shame that the character he is playing doesn’t have a modicum of likeability. It would make sitting through this impressive but repellant musical […]

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Disaster! and Neverland to close on Broadway

The fallout from the Tony nominations has begun. Disaster!, the musical spoofing all those 1980 disaster movies, announced it would close 8 May instead of its earlier scheduled closing of 3 July. In the Hamilton-dominated Tony race, the show received only one nomination, for its featured actress Jennifer Simard, portraying a gambling-addicted nun with a […]

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Tuck Everlasting – Broadhurst Theatre, New York

Tuck Everlasting continues at the Broadhurst Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Living forever is no picnic. That’s the philosophic message delivered to mixed effect in the new Broadway musical Tuck Everlasting, which moves through a rather long, pallid stretch to a poignant conclusion. Based on the best-selling 1975 children’s novel […]

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Shuffle Along or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – Music Box Theatre, New York

Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed continues at the Music Box Theatre, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Whether it’s considered a revival or a new musical, Shuffle Along or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That […]

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Waitress – Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

Waitress continues at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ How many songs can one write about pies, making them, eating them, seeing them as a metaphor for life and love? That was undoubtedly the challenge facing singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles when she sat down to create the music and […]

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Broadway musical Hamilton wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Broadway hit Hamilton has become one of a select group of musicals to take home a Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show about one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, is only the ninth musical in the prestigious awards’ 100-year history to claim the drama prize. Previous musical winners were 2010’s Next […]

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Leo Elso, Samuel Sené and Isabelle Georges – the French are coming!

The fourth edition of the West End Frenchies showcased the talent of MTA London-trained musical performer, musician and composer Leo Elso who recently played Tom Springfield in the musical Dusty at the Charing Cross Theatre. For his London cabaret debut, Elso chose to start with a Sondheim ditty – ‘I’m Calm’ from A Funny Thing Happened […]

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Broadway Melody – Cole Porter Songbook – Auguste Théâtre, Paris

Broadway Melody – the Cole Porter Songbook was performed at the Auguste Théâtre, Paris. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The long overdue new edition of Broadway Melody, celebrating this time the genius of Cole Porter, was well worth the wait. The production used the same cast as the Leonard Bernstein tribute last year: Christine […]

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Pippin – Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam

Pippin continues at the Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam until 10 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For a month-long engagement, the Dutch are being treated to the US touring company of Pippin, a part of the new yearly Broadway on the Amstel series in Amsterdam. This is sadly the only European and last […]

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She Loves Me – Studio 54, New York

She Loves Me continues at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54, New York until 12 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ On the heels of its great Off-Broadway revival of The Robber Bridegroom, the industrious Roundabout Theatre Company outdoes itself with its sublime Broadway remounting of She Loves Me.  From its opening […]

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Bright Star – Cort Theatre, New York

Bright Star continues at the Cort Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Another week, another bluegrass musical comes to New York theatre. The third and latest arrival in this minor epidemic is Bright Star, an astoundingly uneven stew which has opened on Broadway carrying the imprimatur of one of the […]

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The Robber Bridegroom – Laura Pels Theatre, New York

The Robber Bridegroom continues at the Laura Pels Theatre, New York until 29 May. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Director Alex Timbers and a cast of top-notch gleeful talents put a bright and especially frolicsome shine on The Robber Bridegroom, a half-century-old musical being revived Off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre Company, […]

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Passion – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Passion continues at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris until 24 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Persuading Natalie Dessay, one of the world’s most celebrated and best-loved operatic sopranos, to play the unattractive and hysterical Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony Award-winning Passion has to go down as […]

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Southern Comfort – The Public Theater, New York

Southern Comfort continues at The Public Theater, New York until 27 March. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ From the Oscar-nominated The Danish Girl to the reality-television adventures of Caitlyn Jenner – formerly known as Bruce Jenner – transgender is a hot topic. Now The Public Theater adds poignantly to the conversation with its […]

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Comédies Musicales á Broadway – Sondheim – Auditorium du Nouveaux Siecle, Lille

Comédies Musicales á Broadway – Sondheim at the Auditorium du Nouveaux Siecle, Lille. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ With Passion soon to open at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the work of Stephen Sondheim has been getting even more exposure in France, beginning with this extraordinary concert performed by the Orchestre National de Lille. Where else […]

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New musical Nerds cancels Broadway opening

The race for the Tony Awards just got a little less crowded, with the announcement that the new musical Nerds has cancelled its scheduled Broadway opening. The show, which deals with rise and rivalry between two powers of the computer/internet world, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, was to begin previews on 1 April. The official […]

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Disaster! – Nederlander Theatre, New York

Disaster! continues at the Nederlander Theatre, New York until 3 July. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ It’s New York City, 1979, and the floating Barracuda Casino and Discotheque is celebrating its opening night, a night that’s heading straight for disaster, a whole series of disasters in fact, from earthquake and tidal […]

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Broadway au Carré – Isabelle Georges Sings Maury Yeston – Comédie Nation, Paris

Broadway au Carré – Isabelle Georges Sings Maury Yeston was performed at Comédie Nation, Paris. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ For its special anniversary celebration, Broadway au Carré, a monthly event at Comédie Nation, gave us the special treat of having French triple threat and Edinburgh Festival Fringe regular Isabelle Georges paying a tribute to […]

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West End Frenchies – Voulez-Vous Sing With Me Tonight – Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec

West End Frenchies – Voulez-Vous Sing With Me Tonight – Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The brainchild of multi award-winning conductor, pianist and composer Samuel Sene, West End Frenchies is a monthly event composed of a showcase or cabaret performance by a French or French-speaking artist working in the West […]

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Cabin in the Sky – Encores! – New York City Center

Cabin in the Sky, an Encores! production, at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For reasons perhaps now known only to the musical theatre gods, Cabin in the Sky, when it opened in 1940, was only a moderate success. The critics pretty much liked it, and its African-American […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Kiss Me, Kate continues at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris until 12 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Parisians are being given just ten chances to catch the only Cole Porter musical that ran more than a thousand performances on Broadway (and won a 1949 Tony) and now that’s down to […]

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Bells Are Ringing – Amiens and Touring

Bells Are Ringing was performed at the Maison de la Culture, Amiens as part of a tour. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ While Singin’ in the Rain is selling out for a second season in a row at Châtelet, another Betty Comden and Adolph Green musical has been touring extensively throughout […]

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Bette Midler stars in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in spring 2017

Broadway theatregoers will once again have a chance to say ‘Hello, Dolly!’ And this time it will be Bette Midler portraying the indefatigable matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi. The news broke this week that Midler – also known rightly as the Divine Miss M – will star in a revival of the classic musical to open on 20 April 2017. […]

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Cats will return to Broadway this summer

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats will return to Broadway this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre. Preview performances will begin on 14 July, with an official opening set for 2 August 2016. When Cats opens, Lloyd Webber will, once again, have the rare distinction of having three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, and Cats .  Composed by Lloyd Webber and based […]

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Broadway Preview 2016 – from Disaster! to Paramour

Broadway Preview – Ron Cohen reflects on the musical theatre openings during the first half of 2016. While nothing on the immediate horizon seems ready to challenge the primacy of Hamilton as the champion of the 2015/2016 Broadway season, musical theatre gourmands nevertheless can still look forward to a promising buffet of late winter-into-spring openings. […]

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Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life – New World Stages, New York

Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life continues at New World  Stages, New York until 13 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ At age 72, Maurice Hines radiates an impeccable showmanship that makes his Off-Broadway autobiographical show, entitled (excuse the reduncancy) Maurice Hines Tappin’ Thru Life, a non-stop pleasure. Directed with comparable style by […]

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The Life – The English Theatre, Frankfurt

The Life continues at The English Theatre, Frankfurt until 14 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In an era still dominated by big German spectaculars, such as Elisabeth and the Disney imports like Aladdin which has just arrived in Hamburg, we must be grateful to the English Theatre for taking risks and presenting this […]

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Allegiance sets closing on Broadway

The list of casualties among this season’s new Broadway musicals continues to grow, as Allegiance announced a 14 February closing. The show stars George Takei, a popular veteran of the Star Trek franchise, and was inspired by his own childhood experience as it depicts the internment of Japanese-Americans during the Second World War. Sharing the […]

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Fiddler On the Roof – Broadway Theatre, New York

Fiddler On the Roof continues at the Broadway Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years,” says the dairyman Tevye at the start of Fiddler On the Roof. Although the musical itself tells how Tevye learns to cope with the […]

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These Paper Bullets! – Atlantic Theater Company, New York

These Paper Bullets! continues at the Atlantic Theater Company, New York until 10 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ William Shakespeare has long proven to be a proficient collaborator for creators of musical theatre. So, there’s not much new in that regard about These Paper Bullets!, a new Off-Broadway adaptation of the […]

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Lazarus – The New York Theater Workshop, New York

Lazarus continues at The New York Theater Workshop, New York until 20 January. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The man who fell to earth from a faraway planet decades ago in the 1976 film aptly titled The Man Who Fell to Earth is still having a rough time. In the new Off-Broadway […]

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School of Rock – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

School of Rock continues at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ In a pre-curtain recorded announcement, Andrew Lloyd Webber assures the audience that the kids in School of Rock are actually playing their own instruments. “Emphatically” so, he stresses. And that just about sums up the […]

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Broadway star Audra McDonald plays London date in January 2016

Record-breaking American stage and screen star Audra McDonald will play her first London date in more than 15 years in January 2016. The singer and actress who has won a string of awards including six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy Award, will play a special one-off show at the Leicester Square Theatre on 17 January 2016. […]

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Kieran Brown returns to Vienna for one-off concert West End Meets Broadway!

Kieran Brown, currently cover Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, will return to Vienna, where he was last seen in concert at the Theater Drachengasse and in Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick… Boom!, for West End Meets Broadway on Sunday 22 November at Vienna’s English Theatre. He will be joined by Suzanne Carey Kirchner (Die Schöne […]

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Allegiance – Longacre Theatre, New York

Allegiance continues at the Longacre Theatre, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Allegiance tells an epic story in unabashed epic fashion. This new Broadway musical boldly targets the audience’s emotions and pretty much succeeds in engaging them with lots of plot, not-too-distant history and a score that goes from driving, quasi-opera-like anthems to swingy pop […]

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School of Rock – The Musical begins Broadway previews – cast members from stage and screen versions meet

The world premiere production of School of Rock – The Musical on Broadway has begun previews at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for 6 December. Based on the hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, […]

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On Your Feet! – Marquis Theatre, New York

On Your Feet! continues at the Marquis Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “You’re a born artist, my little angel. And one day you’re going to be a big star!” That’s what Jos Fajardo, a Cuban-born US soldier serving in Vietnam says in a taped message to his little daughter […]

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Irma La Douce – Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris

Irma La Douce continues at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris until 31 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Three decades before Les Misérables took London and Broadway by storm after a moderate success in Paris, Irma La Douce travelled a similar journey. Having been created in Paris in 1956 […]

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Songbird – 59E59 Theaters, New York

Songbird continues at 59E59 Theaters, New York, until 29 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Anton Chekhov’s unhappy turn-of-the-20th-Century Russians transform intriguingly into contemporary denizens of Nashville, Tennessee, in the new Off-Broadway musical Songbird. Based on the Russian master’s play The Seagull, Michael Kimmel’s script follows Chekhov’s tangled love affairs in […]

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First Daughter Suite – The Public Theater, New York

First Daughter Suite continues at The Public Theater, New York until 15 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Composer-lyricist-librettist Michael John LaChiusa is known for creating demanding and somewhat esoteric musical theatre. And for audiences up for that kind of work, his latest opus, First Daughter Suite, will not disappoint. It […]

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Trip of Love – Stage 42, New York

Trip of Love continues at Stage 42, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The psychedelic 1960s are back in force Off-Broadway with Trip of Love, an elaborate song and dance spectacle that pulsates, gyrates and undulates through some 28 tunes from that eventful decade. It’s a garish frolic that’s relentlessly […]

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