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Lassig und Barsch – Vienna

Pia Baresch perform Lassig und Barsch at the Metro Lässig und Barsch was performed at the Metropol Vienna. Real life couple Peter Lesiak (Kiss Me, Kate, Romeo & Julia) and TV and stage actress Pia Baresch presented their cabaret Lässig und Barsch at the Metropol. The show, which might appear to be somewhat autobiographical (but it […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – New York

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical continues at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. According to the programme for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the songwriter has had more than 400 of her compositions recorded by more than 1,000 artists, generating 100 hit singles. And many of those tunes, which […]

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Miss Saigon – Malmo Opera

Miss Saigon continues at Malmö Opera until 30 January 2014. The Malmö Opera is one of three Swedish opera houses that regularly has musical theatre in its repertoire. Malmö, like Gothenburg, has to deal with the challenge of a vast main stage and a big house. Finding the right musical of the right quality which […]

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My Fair Lady – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

My Fair Lady continues at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris, until 1 January, 2014. Here’s the ultimate Christmas treat for lovers of musicals – a trip on Eurostar and a couple of best seats at the Chatelet, surely one of the world’s most beautiful theatres, to see perhaps the most iconic of them all, Lerner and […]

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Love, Linda – York Theatre Company, New York

Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter continues at York Theatre Company, New York, until 5 January. Life wasn’t always wunderbar for Mr. and Mrs. Cole Porter. But most of the time it was pretty damn good, as related by Linda Porter in the sumptuous Off-Broadway musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole […]

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Ruth Brauer-Kvam – Die Unschuld vom Lande

Ruth Brauer-Kvam in Die Unschuld vom Lande at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna. The renowned actress and singer Ruth Brauer-Kvam (Cabaret, Nunsense, Forever Young, Gut gegen Nordwind), premiered an evening dedicated to the late operetta star Fritzi Massary (1882–1969) and the genre operetta entitled Die Unschuld vom Lande (The Innocence of the Country), taken from ‘Spiel […]

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Carin Filipcic – Telling Stories – Theater Akzent, Vienna

Carin Filipcic performed Telling Stories at the Theater Akzent, Vienna. After appearing in numerous productions (Der Mann von la Mancha, Xanadu, Rebecca, Romeo & Julia, Mozart) in both Austria and Germany, as well as performing in various concerts and cabarets, Austria’s first lady of musicals, Carin Filipcic, presented her first ever programme entitled Telling Stories at […]

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Jennings and Le Prevost reprise My Fair Lady in Paris

Alex Jennings is reprising the Professor Higgins role that won him a 2003 Olivier Best Actor in a Musical Award in a revival of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris next month. Jennings took over the Higgins part from Jonathan Pryce at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a show that hit […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder – Walter Kerr Theatre, NY

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder continues at the Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal glows like a brilliantly refurbished antique in the new Broadway musical which uses it as source material. The musical is the work of a creative […]

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Little Miss Sunshine – Second Stage Theatre, New York

Little Miss Sunshine continues at Second Stage Theatre, New York, until 15 December. The small-scale, big box-office indie movie of 2006 Little Miss Sunshine has been translated into a small-scale, well-crafted and pleasantly entertaining Off-Broadway musical. The translators are book writer and director James Lapine and composer and lyricist William Finn, whose previous collaborations have […]

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Catch Me If You Can – Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna

Catch Me If You Can continues in rep at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna. After months of refurbishment, the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt is back with a bang. Directing his seventh show, Werner Sobotka returns to the legendary theatre with the European premiere of the Scott Wittman/Marc Shaiman/Terrence McNally show Catch Me If You Can. Based on the […]

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The Landing – Vineyard Theatre, New York

The Landing continues at the Vineyard Theatre, New York, until 24 November. Two wins out of three isn’t bad, and that’s the score I’ll give to the new Off-Broadway chamber musical The Landing, consisting of three one-acts, from the team of Kander and Pierce. Kander and Pierce, of course, doesn’t have the same resonance for […]

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Im Weissen Rossl – Oper Graz, Austria

Im Weissen Rössl is being performed in rep at the Oper Graz, Graz, Austria. Following the success of Josef Ernst Köpplinger’s first production as artistic director at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich, the tale of the butler Leopold (with Daniel Prohaska reprising his role) and the owner of the famous Das Weisse Rössl (The White […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical – Paper Mill Playhouse

Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical continues at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey until 27 October. Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical, like many musicals today, is based on a hit movie, but this world premiere is insanely funny for a change. A throwback to another time, it’s about a guy whose Las Vegas […]

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Soul Doctor – Circle in the Square NY

  Soul Doctor has opened in the Circle in the Square theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. Soul Doctor celebrates an unusual man in pretty familiar bio-musical terms. This new Broadway offering, which had a brief Off-Broadway run a year ago, tells the story of Shlomo Carlebach, a charismatic musician and sort-of-renegade rabbi who […]

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Tony Awards 2013

Kinky Boots danced away from the Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York with top honours, being celebrated as Best Musical of  the 2012-2013 Broadway season, alongside plaudits for Best Original Score (by pop queen Cyndi Lauper) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter as the irresistible drag […]

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Tony Awards 2013

Kinky Boots danced away from the Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York with top honours, being celebrated as Best Musical of  the 2012-2013 Broadway season, alongside plaudits for Best Original Score (by pop queen Cyndi Lauper) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter as the irresistible drag […]

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Encores! On Your Toes is one to cherish

Presented by Encores! at New York City Center, (May 8-12). The Encores! Series at New York City Center winds up its 2013 season with an elaborate and often thrilling mounting of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart‘s landmark work from 1936, On Your Toes, with its groundbreaking infusion of ballet, both classic and jazz-inspired, integrated directly […]

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

Jekyll & Hyde departs Broadway

Broadway has scored the second musical casualty of the spring season. The very noisy revival of Jekyll & Hyde at the Marquis Theatre will go silent on May 12. The production had toured extensively before opening on Broadway on April 18 for a limited run originally scheduled to wind up  June 30. The premature departure is hardly […]

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Sunday in the Park With George goes home

Reviewed at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris (April 15-25). The production is being broadcast on European arts TV channel Mezzo on May 5, 24 and 28. Sunday in the Park With George is a rare jewel, a special treat, one of the rare musicals and works of art which can lift you up from the real […]

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Tony Awards – Matilda vs Kinky Boots

That very smart, little girl from Britain, Matilda the Musical, will be fighting it out with Kinky Boots, that crazy footwear from Britain (but redesigned by Americans), for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical. The nominations for the Tony Awards – covering Broadway productions over the past 12 months – were announced on April […]

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Matthew James Thomas and cast in the Broadway production of Pippin. Picture: Joan Marcus

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spring Comes to New York

Ron Cohen has all the latest On and Off-Broadway. Spring has finally come to New York and the earliest blooms on the musical theatre scene make for a mixed but welcome bouquet. On Broadway, the initial arrival has been the lavish redo of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (pictured left), a sometimes irritating but still highly […]

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