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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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Rothschild & Sons – The York Theatre Company, New York

Rothschild & Sons continues at The York Theatre Company, New York until 8 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Rothschilds, the 1970 Broadway musical that depicted the origins of the powerful European Rothschild banking firm, scored more than 500 performances and nine Tony Award nominations, winning gongs for two of […]

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Disney’s Aladdin has West End premiere in June 2016

Disney has revealed that the Tony Award-winning new musical Aladdin will hold its West End premiere on Thursday 9 June 2016 at the Prince Edward Theatre, with previews from Friday 27 May. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as Genie. “In 1992, Howard Ashman, Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s reimagining of the Aladdin […]

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Spring Awakening – Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

Spring Awakening continues at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York until 24 January. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ When the original production of the musical Spring Awakening closed on Broadway in January, 2009, it had racked up 859 performances and claimed eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Now the piece is back on Broadway […]

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Amazing Grace to close on Broadway

With its inability to attract ticket buyers in droves, it almost seemed preordained from the start. Now, Amazing Grace, which was the first musical to open in the new 2015/16 Broadway season, will be the first to say goodbye. The show, which depicts the adventurous life of John Newton, the 18th century Englishmen who went […]

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Musicals in Vienna – what to expect in 2015 and 2016

Theatres across Austria are getting ready for an exciting season. Ludovico Lucchesi Palli offers an overview of shows to look out for in Vienna. The Volksoper, Vienna will kick off its season with a real treat: following performances in Munich and Graz, the classic Im Weissen Rössl by Ralph Benatzky. The creative team and the two principals remain […]

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From Lloyd Webber to Fiddler – what Broadway has to offer during the next season

If  yet another production of the ever-beloved Fiddler On the Roof doesn’t exactly set you tingling with anticipation, how about a fresh-off-the-page Andrew Lloyd Webber rockfest? At any rate, such endeavours are both part of the upcoming fall schedule on Broadway, which is brimming over with musical openings, a mix of revivals and brand new […]

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Broadway Imperial Theatre lights to be dimmed in memory of Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Marquee lights will be dimmed at the Imperial Theatre, the current Broadway home of Les Misérables, today at 10.15pm in memory of late cast member, Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically at the age of 21 on 29 August, little more than one month after making history by debuting as the youngest and first African-American performer to […]

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Campaign on to dim Broadway lights in tribute to Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Pressure is mounting on theatre members of the Broadway League to dim their venues’ lights in honour of the late Les Misérables performer Kyle Jean-Baptiste. A rapidly-growing campaign is tweeting the hashtag ‘#dim4kyle’ in support of the move. The Broadway League is traditionally resistant to granting the honour: last year it turned down appeals to mark […]

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Hamilton opens on Broadway as On the Town announces closure

You may have heard about this new musical called Hamilton, retelling in hip-hop style the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. (I’m being ironic, of course.) Anyway, the show has finally and officially opened on Broadway. Thursday, 6 August was the red-letter night, and if the event seems somewhat anticlimactic, you can […]

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Elisabeth – Landestheater Linz, Austria and Touring

Elisabeth continues at the Landestheater Linz, Austria until 8 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Following stops in Shanghai and Munich, the empress has finally arrived in Linz for the very first time, in a brand new staging based on the original 1992 Vienna production. The cast consists of Roberta Valentini as Elisabeth, Mark Seibert reprising his role as Tod, […]

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Amazing Grace – Nederlander Theatre, New York

Amazing Grace continues at the Nederlander Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★  The first musical of the new Broadway season has come to the Great White Way in an improbable state of grace. The show, appropriately entitled Amazing Grace, centres on the early adult years of John Newton, a reformed English slave trader […]

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24 Hours in the Life of a Woman – La Bruyère Theatre, Paris

24 Hours in the Life of a Woman continues at La Bruyère Theatre, Paris until 1 August. Rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  After numerous successful cabaret one-woman shows in Paris, but also at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (where she is bound with her new show, Oh La La!), the wonderful triple-threat Isabelle Georges stars in […]

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Once the Musical – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Once the Musical continues at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin until 22 August. Rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There is something rather thrilling about seeing Once the Musical in the city that gave birth to it. It’s been quite the journey for this musical film turned musical. There was its growth from low budget movie to a smash hit […]

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It Shoulda Been You sets Broadway exit

The disappearing act among the Broadway musicals opened during the 2014–15 season continues apace, with It Shoulda Been You announcing its final performance will be 9 August. Its demise follows in the vanished footsteps of the revival of Gigi, which said adieu on 21 June; The Visit, which packed up 14 June; Doctor Zhivago, whose […]

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Next Thing You Know – American Musical Theatre Live! Paris

Next Thing You Know is presented by American Musical Theatre Live! Paris at the Highlander Pub Bar and continues until 9 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Off-Broadway is taking Paris by storm, thanks to the effort of American Musical Theatre Live! Paris. After Edges by Pasek and Paul and the Jason Robert Brown […]

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Exclusive – soprano Natalie Dessay will star in Sondheim’s Passion at Theatre du Chatelet

The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has pulled off quite a coup in signing the world-acclaimed French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay to sing Fosca in their fifth Stephen Sondheim production, Passion, next spring. There was no Sondheim this year after A Little Night Music (2011), Sweeney Todd (2012), Sunday in the Park With George (2013) and Into the Woods (2014), but […]

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Sie spielen unser Lied – They’re Playing our Song – Theater Center Forum, Vienna

Sie spielen unser Lied (They’re Playing our Song) was performed at the Theater Center Forum, Vienna. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For only five performances, the renowned set designer Sam Madwar (Guys and Dolls, Hello, Dolly!, Zerbinettas Befreiung) didn’t just design the sets for this production, but also directed, as well as showcasing the talents of  two newcomers […]

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Austrian musical theatre awards – 2015 winners

Just one day after the Tony Awards were held, the third Austrian musical theatre awards, known as der österreichische Musiktheaterpreis, were presented at the current home of Disney’weeney Mary Poppins, the Ronacher. Unlike the Tonys, these awards are dedicated to both musical theatre and opera. Here is the full list of winners: Lifetime Achievement Award: Neil Shicoff […]

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Gigi sets closing date on Broadway

The Broadway casualties in the wake of the Tony Awards are beginning to pile up, with Gigi posting a closing notice for 21 June. Gigi’s announced departure comes just a day after The Visit announced it would end its run on 14 June. Like The Visit, Gigi has been suffering from weak box office, and […]

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