Tag Archives | Howard Ashman

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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