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Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night – Cadogan Hall

Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Two hours of nothing but Sondheim with an orchestra of 33, eight gifted soloists, 11 backing singers and 24 examples of his finest work – no wonder there were plenty of Smiles of a Summer […]

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Sondheim concert at Cadogan Hall – Lucy Schaufer on making a personal connection to the music

On Sunday 4 June, Grammy Award winner, mezzo soprano LUCY SCHAUFER, will be bringing both her operatic and musical theatre talents to London’s Cadogan Hall, where she will perform in Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night. The concert, with direction from Alastair Knights, celebrates the music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim. The 33-piece Alex Parker […]

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After You – Live At Zédel

After You continues at Live At Zédel, London until 22 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The first musical commissioned by Piccadilly nightspot Zedel is a little gem of a two-hander, a love story with a sting in the tail, short and sweet at exactly an hour and site-specific too as […]

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Union Theatre

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice continues at the Union Theatre, London until 26 June. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Since it opened in 1998, Southwark’s Union Theatre has played to innumerable plays and musicals, gained awards for its theatrical space and significantly less praise for its toilet facilities. Now, this engaging […]

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My Fair Lady – West End stars celebrate 60th anniversary

A host of West End Stars will gather at the iconic St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, the location of Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins’ memorable first encounter, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original Broadway production of one of the greatest musicals ever written, My Fair Lady. Directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together at […]

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Best of British fundraiser at the Union Theatre

Home-grown musical talent will be celebrated at a special one-off fundraiser later this month at London’s Union Theatre. Devised by Alastair Knights (director of the award-winning production of The Spitfire Grill), Best of British will play for one night only at the Union Theatre on 20 March. The cabaret, which is in aid of the Union […]

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Kings of Broadway – Palace Theatre

Kings of Broadway was performed at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Only five weeks after a glittering 85th birthday concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane came another Sondheim tribute at the Palace Theatre, this time also celebrating two other Kings of Broadway: the show tune champion Jerry Herman, composer […]

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Janie Dee performed at the St James Theatre Studio as part of the London Festival of Cabaret

Kings of Broadway concert – cast includes Richard Fleeshman and Janie Dee

The timeless music of legendary composers Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne will be celebrated in Kings of Broadway, a special concert at London’s Palace Theatre on Sunday 29 November. The latest from Alex Parker and Alastair Knights, the creative team behind the staging of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music which played the Palace in […]

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The Spitfire Grill – Union Theatre

The Spitfire Grill continues at the Union Theatre, London until 15 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  The seemingly relentless trend of adapting movies into stage musicals – viz Bend It Like Beckham, Billy Elliot, The Bodyguard and Back to the Future (if it ever happens), and that’s just a selection of the […]

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Musical The Spitfire Grill has UK professional premiere at the Union Theatre

The UK professional premiere production of The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, will run at London’s Union Theatre from 23 July to 15 August 2015 (press night is 24 July). The production is directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together, A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert), with musical direction […]

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A Little Night Music – Palace Theatre

A Little Night Music 40th anniversary concert at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: 4 stars **** This semi-staged one-off concert version of A Little Night Music, perhaps the richest of all Stephen Sondheim’s scores in a most attractive and amusing storyline, was always likely to please and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Given that producer Alex Parker had assembled musical theatre’s creme de […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Roses: the Jule Styne Songbook – Crazy Coqs

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: the Jule Styne Songbook continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 6 September. What a blast – short but very sweet… two dozen Jule Styne songs rattled off in a bare hour in a gorgeous start to the Crazy Coqs’ autumn season. Truly, everything’s coming up roses for London cabaret if this is the […]

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Everything’s Coming Up Jule Styne – interview with musical director Alex Parker

Composer Jule Styne wrote some 1500 songs in a long career in Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and on Broadway. Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Songbook, opening at London’s Crazy Coqs on 2 September, is a tribute to a great songwriter who died 20 years ago this month. Devised and directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together, The […]

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GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Sondheim – London Theatre Workshop

GOD, a Musical Celebration and Parody of Stephen Sondheim at the London Theatre Workshop, Fulham continues until 12 July. We’ve had a glut of Sondheim compilation shows recently – Just Another Love Story at the same London Theatre Workshop venue as this affectionate homage to his genius was one of the best – but GOD is one with a delightful difference and one […]

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Sondheim Society marks anniversary with God, a celebration and parody

As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, the Stephen Sondheim Society will be paying tribute to the composer/lyricist with a brand new show called God, premiering at London Theatre Workshop for only six performances in July (8-12 July). With tongue very firmly in cheek, there will be gentle parodies that serve to demonstrate Sondheim’s art, songs that emphasise his genius, and brand new compositions inspired […]

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