Barbershopera – The Three Musketeers

Barbershopera! The Three Musketeers was performed at the St James Theatre Studio, London, and tours until 26 October. For those who have never seen a Barbershopera! production before, the name accurately suggests close harmony a cappella singing, within a conventional narrative structure. And while that’s perfectly true, the name doesn’t quite capture the anarchic nature of […]

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Barb Jungr – St James Studio

The Men I Love: The New American Songbook – Barb Jungr at the St James Theatre Studio, London. The second of four Fridays with that real singer’s singer Barb Jungr at the plush St James Studio was always going to be a treat, provided you were prepared to cast aside preconceived ideas about how hugely popular […]

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The Cradle Will Rock – Encores New York

The Cradle Will Rock was presented by Encores! at Off-Center at New York City Centers. The new Encores! Off-Center series at New York City Center has gotten off to a rousing start with its fledgling production, Marc Blitzstein’s 1937 opus The Cradle Will Rock. You might even say, a rabble-rousing start. The piece is unabashed […]

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Tim Flavin – Crazy Coqs

Cravin’ Flavin: Memoirs of a Broadway Gypsy was performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Broadway’s loss was very much London’s gain with Tim Flavin, a song-and-dance man from Texas whose luck turned big-time when his love life brought him across the pond in the mid-1980s and he enjoyed huge success almost immediately. Flavin took to […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Pippin

Performed at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Stephen Schwartz and Roger O Hirson’s Pippin is a show in which a band of strolling players re-enact the story of Prince Pippin, the son of King Charlemagne, and his journey in search of life’s meaning – war, religion, regicide, hedonism and rural domesticity are all tried. When […]

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The Matchgirls – Wilton’s Music Hall

The Matchgirls was performed at Wilton’s Music Hall, London. The Red Ladder Theatre Company, in collaboration with Dumbwise, produced a cohesive interpretation of Bill Owen and Tony Russell’s 1966 musical The Matchgirls which fulfilled the aims of both theatre companies in terms of creating socially engaged pieces of work. The production was a community theatre piece […]

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Daryl Sherman – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Daryl Sherman performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London. American jazz singer and pianist Daryl Sherman has been a longtime favourite at New York’s most famous cabaret haunts – the Algonquin, the Waldorf-Astoria, Feinstein’s at the Regency etc – and she has previously been in London at the now-defunct Pizza On the Park. Now, after […]

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Daryl Sherman – Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club

Daryl Sherman performed at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London. American jazz singer and pianist Daryl Sherman has been a longtime favourite at New York’s most famous cabaret haunts – the Algonquin, the Waldorf-Astoria, Feinstein’s at the Regency etc – and she has previously been in London at the now-defunct Pizza On the Park. Now, after […]

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Sondheim Society archive, Kingston University

The story of Stephen Sondheim’s life and works in all its forms – books, photographs, theatre programmes, DVDs, CDs, memorabilia, reviews and posters – is now on tap to present to future generations thanks to the Sondheim Society archive being available to researchers at Kingston University in Surrey. The archive represents a gift of more […]

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama – Rags

Performed at the Barbican, London. The end of Fiddler On the Roof sees Tevye, his family and neighbours forced out of their homeland, leaving for new lands and new lives. Rags can be seen as a continuation of their story, albeit with different characters, for it tells of other Jewish displaced immigrants arriving in New York. […]

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Nunsense A-Men! – Landor Theatre

Nunsense A-Men! continues at the Landor Theatre, London until 28 July. Dan Goggin’s original Off-Broadway hit, Nunsense, is possibly the only musical ever to have started life as a series of comedy greeting cards. After it grew from a cabaret night into a full-blooded musical, the long-running Off-Broadway show spawned several sequels, before the original […]

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Bullets and Daffodils – Tristan Bates Theatre

Bullets and Daffodils continues at the Tristan Bates Theatre, London until July 6. The poetry of Wilfred Owen, born as it was from anger at the cruelty of war, is full of powerful imagery and intense emotion. Sadly, neither are on display in Dean Johnson’s tribute to Owen, Bullets and Daffodils. Rather than treating Owen as an onstage […]

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