Tag Archives | Alan Menken

Beauty and the Beast – movie review

Beauty and the Beast – Star rating: three stars ★★★✩✩ There is, let’s face it, a whole lot to live up to in remaking 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. The second masterpiece of the Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, Beauty became the first animated film to receive a nomination for Best Picture at […]

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Newsies – The Broadway Musical – UK cinema screening review

Newsies – The Broadway Musical was screened in the UK on 19 February. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ As far as live-action musicals go, Disney’s 1992 film Newsies was a commercial failure. The film, which was released in the UK as The News Boys, applied the song and dance treatment to a unique period […]

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Broadway’s Newsies – cinema screenings on Sunday

UK audiences will get their first glimpse of the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies when it makes its cinema debut on Sunday (19 February). The one day only screenings in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand follow on from similar events in the US on 16 February and precedes screenings in various other countries on 22 […]

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A Christmas Carol – Lost Theatre

A Christmas Carol continues at the Lost Theatre, London until 31 December. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ It can feel as if there are as many variant adaptations of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol as there are of Peter Pan. When it comes to musical versions, many people’s personal favourite […]

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A Bronx Tale – Longacre Theatre, New York

A Bronx Tale continues at the Longacre Theatre, New York. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Among the five boroughs that make up New York City, the Bronx lacks the high-priced glamour that marks Manhattan and the gentrified bohemian magnetism of Brooklyn, but it does have several claims to fame. It houses […]

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Robert Lindsay to star in LMTO’s A Christmas Carol concert

Triple Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay will take on the central role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of the 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Based on Dickens’ timeless tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors the show features music written by Tony, Olivier and eight-time […]

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Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol to play Lost Theatre

The 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol will be this year’s seasonal offering from Wandsworth’s Lost Theatre. Co-directed by Lost artistic director Mark Magill and Martin John Bristow, with musical direction by Randy Smartnick, A Christmas Carol – The Musical will run from 19-31 December with a press night on 21 December. […]

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Sister Act – Milton Keynes Theatre and Touring

Sister Act continues at the Milton Keynes Theatre until 1 October and then tours until 27 August 2017. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ While it’s a long time since I settled down on a Saturday evening to watch X Factor, I do remember watching Alexandra Burke’s ‘journey’ to victory in 2008. […]

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Wicked 10th anniversary – original London cast member Katie Rowley Jones on playing Nessarose

Today (Tuesday 27 September 2016) Wicked will celebrate an extraordinary 10 years in London. It is now the eighth longest-running show in the West End and already the 19th longest-running show in West End theatre history. As part of the celebrations, actress KATIE ROWLEY JONES will be continuing her role as Nessarose; the unique part she also created […]

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Little Shop of Horrors – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Little Shop of Horrors continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London and tours until 26 November. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Somewhere in the darkest back streets of New York, a shop assistant is struggling with her abusive boyfriend, whose violent outbursts have left her with bruises and even broken bones. […]

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God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – New York City Center

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, an Encores! Off-Center production at New York City Center, continues until 30 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is hardly a well-known title in the musical theatre canon, but it turns out to be a terrifically entertaining gem that’s spookily relevant […]

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Little Shop of Horrors new UK tour – cast revealed

Full casting has been revealed for musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors, bringing everyone’s favourite carnivorous plant to theatres across the UK in a brand new tour for 2016, opening at Bournemouth Pavilion on 4 August 2016. There will be a press night at New Wimbledon Theatre on 23 August. The cast will feature Sam Lupton […]

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Aladdin – Prince Edward Theatre

Aladdin continues at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Fans of Disney’s 1992 animated film version of Aladdin are likely to feel pretty satisfied with this Broadway transfer – a combination of spectacle, pantomime and a sprinkling of familiar ditties – but whether it succeeds as a decent piece of […]

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Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre – check out rehearsal images

  Ahead of its West End premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre, rehearsal images for Aladdin have been released today. From the producer of The Lion King, the new West End musical from Disney will debut at the theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016, with previews from Friday 27 May. Tickets are on general sale for performances up to and […]

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Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Menken – St James Theatre Studio

Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Menken was performed at the St James Theatre Studio, London, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Following his Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Schwartz concerts at the St James Studio, the irrepressible Stuart Matthew Price gave us a fun […]

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New Little Shop of Horrors tour stars Rhydian as The Dentist

Hit musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors is back in a brand new UK 2016 tour, opening at Bournemouth Pavilion on Thursday 4 August 2016 (press night at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 23 August). Rhydian Roberts will play The Dentist, Orin Scrivello. Rhydian rose to fame on ITV’s X Factor and has sold in excess […]

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Disney’s Aladdin has West End premiere in June 2016

Disney has revealed that the Tony Award-winning new musical Aladdin will hold its West End premiere on Thursday 9 June 2016 at the Prince Edward Theatre, with previews from Friday 27 May. Broadway cast member Trevor Dion Nicholas will make his London stage debut as Genie. “In 1992, Howard Ashman, Alan Menken and Tim Rice’s reimagining of the Aladdin […]

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Personals – Landor Theatre

Personals continues at the Landor Theatre, London until 9 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ This isn’t a high-concept piece but it doesn’t try to be – more like a sitcom but with the form and tropes of a musical. And you can’t fault two hours of grinning, literal laughs out loud and light foot-tapping. […]

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New touring production of Sister Act – directed by Craig Revel Horwood – kicks off at Curve

An all new production of the musical comedy Sister Act, directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood with musical supervision and arrangements by Tony Award-winning Sarah Travis, is set for a national tour. Sister Act will open at Curve, Leicester on Saturday 30 July 2016. Tickets go on sale Monday 10 August 2015. Director and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood said: “I am truly thrilled […]

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Little Shop of Horrors at Salisbury Playhouse – casting news

Full casting has been announced for a major new production of Little Shop of Horrors opening at Salisbury Playhouse on Thursday 23 April (press night is Tuesday 28 April). Ben Stott (Wicked, West End and Sweeney Todd, West Yorkshire Playhouse) will play Seymour, the down and out shop worker who becomes an overnight sensation when he grows […]

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Sister Act – Guildford School of Acting

Sister Act was performed by third-year BA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: 5 stars ***** Among the abundance of musicals based on iconic films that have emerged in recent years, the 2006 adaptation of 1992’s classic comedy Sister Act may be the exception that proves […]

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Aladdin – New Amsterdam Theatre, New York

Aladdin continues at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. All the folks involved in putting on Aladdin, the new Broadway musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film, seem to be working feverishly to make sure we, the audience, don’t take it seriously. It’s all just good-natured, expensive hokum. That includes […]

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Sister Act – HMP Bronzefield and Pimlico Opera

Sister Act is performed by the prisoners of HMP Bronzefield and Pimlico Opera at Bronzefield Prison in Ashford, Surrey, until 9 March. Forget The Book of Mormon and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory –the musical event of the year, and any year, is taking place in a prison gymnasium not far from Heathrow. People who had never […]

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Little Shop of Horrors – King’s Arms, Salford

Little Shop of Horrors continues at the King’s Arms, Salford until 22 December. Much like the insatiable, intergallactic flora at its centre, Little Shop of Horrors has grown from its humble beginnings as an Off-Broadway breakout hit in 1982 into a world-straddling stage behemoth. In those years, the endearing appeal of Alan Menken and Howard […]

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