Leigh Zimmerman in The Producers. Picture: Roy Tan

Every Little Step She Takes

Broadway and West End actress Leigh Zimmerman is always true to the characters she plays, as Lisa Martland discovers. It’s hard to argue with Leigh Zimmerman’s record when it comes to musical theatre. Alongside a string of impressive TV and film credits, she has made a habit of playing and creating leading roles in Broadway […]

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Quasimodo

King’s Head Theatre, London. 20 March to 13 April. Since the 19th century, the bells of the best-known cathedral in Paris have been ringing out with deafening clangs. So bad were they, that they were mocked as having deafened Quasimodo, the lead of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But on Palm […]

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A Chorus Line

Currently running at the London Palladium. A major London revival of the iconic Broadway musical that is A Chorus Line has been a long time coming for those of us who weren’t around to catch the original West End production in 1976. Sadly, as the programme credits so poignantly point out, most of the original […]

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Singin’ in the Rain hits the road

The West End production of Singin’ in the Rain will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, 8 June 2013, before it heads off on an extensive UK tour. The musical opens at Manchester’s Opera House on 13 November and then move to Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre for a Christmas and New […]

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Special Olivier for Gillian Lynne

Acclaimed director and choreographer Gillian Lynne will receive a Special Award at the Oliviers 2013 in honour of her outstanding contribution to theatre and the arts. Lynne has most recently been in action as director of the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s Dear World at London’s Charing Cross Theatre, but probably her best-known work has […]

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Q&A with Gavin Lee from Top Hat

You’ve been treading the boards for 20 years, can you describe your training and what difference it made when you were starting out? “I started dancing at the age of 9. My first classes were disco dancing… Well, it was 1980! When I was growing up I did lots of amateur dramatics and school productions […]

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The Tailor-Made Man

Musical Theatre Review catches up with the world premiere of The Tailor-Made Man, a new musical at London’s Arts Theatre. As the title suggests silent film actor William (Billy) Haines was a product of the Hollywood system, he was also its first openly gay star. This exuberant and entertaining musical tells of his career as […]

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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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X-Factor Musical Revealed

X Factor – It’s Time to Face The Musical! hits the London stage in early 2014 in a co-production from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Europe’s biggest theatre chain-cum-producer Stage Entertainment. Scheduled for the Palladium theatre, casting for the show is due to begin in May. Comic Harry Hill and Spend Spend Spend creator Steve […]

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The Color Purple

News is that London’s Menier Chocolate Factory will be presenting the European premiere of Broadway musical The Color Purple later on this year, with Tony Award-winning director John Doyle directing and designing. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, the inspirational story of Celie has been adapted for the stage by Marsha […]

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Merrily We Roll Along transfers

Reviewed at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London. Merrily We Roll Along transfers to the Harold Pinter Theatre on 23 April. This has very much been a season of for first-rate revivals of second-rate Broadway musicals, and Maria Friedman’s production of the Stephen Sondheim-George Furth Merrily We Roll Along is an admirable addition to the list.  A […]

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9–5 The Musical

Touring until 27 July. Seen at Theatre Royal, Brighton. The trend for successful films to find new lives on stage continues with this hilarious transition which has music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton, one of the film’s original stars. Miss Parton also appears in the show, albeit on film, when she talks to the […]

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