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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If It Only Even Runs a Minute – Matcham Room

If It Only Even Runs a Minute: London Edition 3 was performed at the Matcham Room, London Hippodrome. For every long-running musical that makes a success in the West End or on Broadway, there are tens, if not hundreds, that fall by the wayside. Most deserve their ignominious fate – but every so often, there are […]

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Sheffield Theatres top UK Theatre Awards

Sheffield Theatres triumphed at the UK Theatre Awards, presented by the Theatrical Management Association and held at the Guildhall, London. Four awards came from five nominations, two of which were musical theatre related. Tim Firth’s musical comedy This is My Family, staged by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, was named the Best Musical Theatre […]

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Big Fish – Neil Simon Theatre, New York

Big Fish has opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York for an open-ended run. Big Fish tries so hard to be a big, lovable, heartwarming Broadway musical that I wish it were better. The show is based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the subsequent 2003 Tim Burton-directed film. John August, who […]

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The Jewish Legacy – Jewish Museum

The Jewish Legacy: A Night At the Musicals at the Jewish Museum, London. A show about the influence of Jews on Broadway and the Great American Songbook – how do you get so many great names and great songs into two hours? Two days would barely be long enough so enormous has the Jewish contribution […]

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Miracle On 34th Street musical – UK premiere

Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, Miracle On 34th Street will tour the UK for the first time in a new stage production, opening at the Beck Theatre, Hayes on 11 November 2013. Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle On 34th Street is the story of […]

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A Night with Janis Joplin – Lyceum Theatre, New York

A Night with Janis Joplin opened at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. “Settle in and have a rockin’ good time,” the off-stage voice advises the audience before the curtain goes up on A Night with Janis Joplin. And shortly after the show begins, the legendary Joplin, in the person of the […]

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Charlotte Bradford – Leicester Square Theatre

Songs My Dad Said I Should Sing: An Evening with the Stephen Sondheim Society and Charlotte Bradford was performed at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. The third in the Sondheim Society series of one-hour cabarets which give lesser-known talents the chance to showcase in the West End was a mixed bag. This was a version of […]

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The Gates – Summerhall, Edinburgh

The Gates continues at Summerhall, Edinburgh until 19 October and at the Classic Grand, Glasgow, 23–26 October. You require a certain chutzpah to suggest that your new musical is ‘West Side Story meets Chicago’ (with, for good measure, a dollop of Cabaret and a sprinkling of Sweet Charity). Alas, while there are certainly parallels to be drawn […]

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The Bodyguard – The Musical – Adelphi Theatre

The Bodyguard – The Musical continues at the Adelphi Theatre, London, booking until March 2014. Right from the opening number of The Bodyguard – The Musical, based of course on Lawrence Kasdan’s screenplay for the 1992 movie and showcasing the back catalogue of the late Whitney Houston, there is absolutely no doubt that Beverley Knight has […]

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Sweeney Todd – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 26 October, then transfers to the Royal Exchange, Manchester, 1–30 November. The high camp Victorian spectres of Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s film version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd are firmly […]

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The Last Five Years – Marlborough, Brighton

The Last Five Years was performed at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Jason Robert Brown’s cult song cycle that rakes over the coals of a failed five-year relationship received a successful three-night outing at Brighton’s Marlborough Theatre thanks to Fight or Flight Productions. For this youthful company – founded by Jess Barton (artistic director) and Kieran […]

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