Billy Stritch and the art of cabaret

Fiona-Jane Weston talks to award-winning New York and international jazz cabaret artist Billy Stritch about the art of cabaret in general and his show at the Crazy Coqs, London: I’ve Got Your Number – The Jazz of Cy Coleman. Billy Stritch has been performing as a piano player since very young, when he was considered a […]

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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Touring

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers was performed at the New Wimbledon, London and continues on tour until 10 May, 2014. The biggest surprise about the musical Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is that it was not originally a stage production. It was a movie musical starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell that became one of the […]

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The Light Princess – National Theatre

The Light Princess continues at the Lyttelton in rep at the National Theatre, London until 9 January. The best children’s fairytale stories of classic literature are allegories wrapped up in engaging fantasy storytelling. The National’s new musical, The Light Princess, is a beautifully told example in this tradition, showing how living in denial may produce short-term […]

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre

The Commitments opened at the Palace Theatre, London on 8 October. Roddy Doyle’s socially engaged novel The Commitments focuses on young, working-class Dubliners in 1986 who view soul music as a form a release:  the music of the people. Doyle’s book was made into a successful film in 1999 and now the piece has made its way to […]

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Frances Ruffelle – Crazy Coqs

Frances Ruffelle performed Paris Original at the Crazy Coqs, London. Almost 30 years on from creating Eponine in Les Miserables, Frances Ruffelle is back in Gallic mode for her Paris Original show in a sold-out week at the Crazy Coqs and a first-night audience not short of celebrities – Tim Rice, Trevor Nunn and fashion designer […]

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Introducing Glass Half Full Productions

Launched this week, Glass Half Full Productions is a new production company aiming to produce musicals, plays and comedy both in the UK and US in partnership with Just For Laughs Theatricals. CEO of Just For Laughs, Adam Blanshay (who won a Tony Award as co-producer on the Broadway musical Kinky Boots) has teamed up […]

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – Touring

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was reviewed at the Harlow Playhouse  and continues its tour until 16 November. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (conceived by Rebecca Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss) was workshopped and developed at the Barrington Stage […]

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Matt Smith is lead in America Psycho at Almeida

Matt Smith will take on the role of Patrick Bateman in the world premiere production of American Psycho at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by the venue’s artistic director Rupert Goold. The new musical thriller, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. The production […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – NIA Birmingham

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham as part of a tour which continues until 15 October. There are those, I among them, who opined that Godspell was a more sophisticated 1970s musical about Jesus than Jesus Christ Superstar. So what a pleasure to encounter the much-heralded tour of Tim Rice and Lloyd […]

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The Boys From Syracuse – Union Theatre

The Boys From Syracuse continues at the Union Theatre, London until 26 October. The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare’s shortest, and most farcical, of plays. So it’s maybe no surprise that, in 1938, it became the first of the Bard’s works to be subsumed by the behemoth of the Broadway musical theatre machine. However, despite […]

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Tick,Tick… Boom! – Theater Drachengasse, Vienna

Tick, Tick… Boom! continues at the Theater Drachengasse, Vienna until 12 October. Following the success of The Last Five Years (2011) and Ordinary Days (2013), Vienna Theatre Project, Vienna’s only English-speaking theatrical company showcasing musical theatre, is back with another smash hit musical. After Jason Robert Brown and Adam Gwon, 2013 is dedicated to Jonathan Larson. While Larson […]

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Lady Day – Little Shubert Theatre, New York

Lady Day opened at the Little Shubert Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. Dee Dee Bridgewater, a major talent herself when it comes to interpreting the great jazz standards, is simply spectacular in channelling Billie Holiday in Lady Day. Bridgewater is, of course, no novice when it comes to celebrating the jazz legend. In […]

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