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January – Live at Zédel

January continues at Live at Zédel, London until 26 January. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ TS Eliot was three months too late. The cruellest month is not April, but January – when the post-Christmas comedown collides with hard-to-maintain resolutions, topped off by grotty weather. Such is the premise of this nascent […]

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Spain’s Joan Vázquez to make London debut with Sondheim tribute

Spanish artist Joan Vázquez will make his London debut next month in a celebration of Stephen Sondheim as part of the launch season of London’s new entertainment concept Live At Zédel (previously known as Crazy Coqs). West End favourites Julie Atherton (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change…, Sister Act UK tour, Avenue Q), Sabrina […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change to return to London

The critically acclaimed revival of long-running off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change is returning for two performances in London in August. Reuniting the cast that helped the production win a nomination for Best Revival in last year’s Broadway World Awards, the show will play an afternoon and evening performance at the Arts […]

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CD review – Ms. A Song Cycle

Ms. A SONG CYCLE – Various Artists (SimG Records – SimGR-CD030) What a wonderful idea to help bring a bit more understanding of a truly dreadful disease – put it in song and get wonderful West End ladies to record the cycle, hopefully give it more substance and let the public know what it’s like to […]

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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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Musical theatre writer Adam Gwon to play St James Studio

Multi-award winning American composer and lyricist Adam Gwon will play a special concert at London’s St James Studio next week. Adam Gwon – The New American Musical will feature rising musical theatre star Gwon, a five-piece band and special guests performing his work at the venue on 12 May. A winner of the prestigious Fred Ebb, Richard Rodgers and […]

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Julie Atherton – Crazy Coqs

Julie Atherton performs at the Crazy Coqs, London until 20 February. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Making her debut at Crazy Coqs, Julie Atherton comes with an extensive background in musical theatre. She created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q and has played the lead […]

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Julie Atherton debut at Crazy Coqs features special West End guests

Multi-talented West End star Julie Atherton will make her debut at London cabaret venue the Crazy Coqs tonight (16 February) in the first of five special shows. The Preston-born entertainer who created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q, will perform a set list of songs taken […]

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Pure Imagination – The Songs of Leslie Bricusse – St James Theatre

Pure Imagination – The Songs of Leslie Bricusse continues at the St James Theatre, London until 17 October. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In a relatively short time this theatre has established itself as a home for exhilarating compilation shows. This latest one celebrates the long and prolific career of Leslie Bricusse. Some people […]

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Interview – American actress Alexandra Silber back in the UK making her cabaret bow at Crazy Coqs

August has already been a big month for the American (but Scottish-trained) soprano ALEXANDRA SILBER as she’s just landed the part of Tzeitel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler On the Roof which opens on 12 November – eight years after she sang Hodel in the same show in the West End. And it’s going to get even […]

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Pure Imagination at St James Theatre – cast includes Dave Willetts and Siobhan McCarthy

Final casting has been announced for the world premiere of Pure Imagination, which celebrates the songs of Leslie Bricusse, one of the most prolific and well-loved film and musical theatre songwriters of our time. Dave Willetts, Siobhan McCarthy, Niall Sheehy, Julie Atherton and Giles Terera will star in Pure Imagination, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed […]

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Broadway performer Alexandra Silber to appear at Crazy Coqs with special guests

She’s a Grammy nominee, a Broadway star, a BBC Proms headliner… and she has just five shows in the UK this year (1–5 September at London’s Crazy Coqs). It’s ‘the fastest-rising soprano in musical theatre’, Alexandra Silber. Born in LA, growing up outside Detroit, Michigan, Silber trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow before being cast immediately […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Above the Arts Theatre

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues at Above the Arts Theatre, London until 18 July. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ These days Joe DiPietro is best known for Broadway and West End musical Memphis, for which he wrote the book and, with composer David Bryan, co-wrote the lyrics. But the smaller scale […]

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Onstage Acts – Julie Atherton on the musical theatre course which backs new writing

After great success last year, West End performers Paul Spicer and Julie Atherton are bringing back Onstage Acts, a summer course exploring contemporary musical theatre (running from 27 to 31 July and featuring masterclasses from theatre practitioners who work in all areas of the industry). The programme is presented by Spicer’s production company, Stage Acts Productions. Onstage Acts, developed as an […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change revived – Julie Atherton and Simon Lipkin star

This June, Hartshorn – Hook Productions are proud to present a revival of the American revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change for a strictly limited run in the new studio space Above the Arts. The production will be the first musical venture for the space that officially opened its doors in March. The […]

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Shock Treatment – King’s Head Theatre

Shock Treatment continues at the King’s Head Theatre, London until 6 June. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Following the huge success of The Rocky Horror Show on stage, Richard O’Brien was able to capture the beast on celluloid although the movie originally failed to make much of an impact with the general public at the time. […]

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Julie Atherton cast as Janet in Rocky Horror sequel Shock Treatment

Avenue Q star Julie Atherton is to play Janet in the highly anticipated Rocky Horror sequel, a role previously played by Jessica Harper in the film and made famous by Susan Sarandon in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The world premiere production will run at London’s King’s Head Theatre from 17 April to 6 June (press night is Tuesday […]

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Follow Spot – Julie Atherton – Proud Cabaret City

The Follow Spot cabaret evenings are performed at London’s Proud Cabaret City (featuring Jess Robinson, Jack Shalloo and headliner Julie Atherton). The season continues until 26 April. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There is something eery about the City of London on a Sunday evening. Streets packed with pedestrians during the week become part of a ghost town, the occasional […]

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Book and CD reviews – Paradise Lost, West End Goes Mad, Michael Ball and more…

NICK WAKEHAM casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases– perhaps a few belated Christmas presents? PARADISE LOST – Various Artists (SimG Records – SimGR-CD023) Inspired by the epic poem by John Milton, this new version of Paradise Lost is an intimate love story set against an impressive war taking place in Heaven. Built around […]

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S&S Award Gala – Nigel Harman and David Bedella lead line-up

Olivier Award winners Nigel Harman and David Bedella will take leading roles in this year’s S&S Award Gala at St James Theatre on Sunday 23 November. It has also ben announced that The S&S Award is linking up with Leicester Curve to be the ‘host venue’ for the winning show’s developmental programme. Curve, under new artistic director Nikolai Foster, has declared its […]

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Thérèse Raquin – Park Theatre

Thérèse Raquin continues at the Park Theatre, London, until 24 August. Emile Zola’s mucky, macabre tale of the adultery and murder that ‘human animals’ get up to midst the tea-and-dominoes pseudo-gentility atop a little haberdashery shop in late 19th century Paris makes for a mighty unusual musical. If you head for the friendly 200-seater Park Theatre […]

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Kerrigan-Lowdermilk: One (More) Night in London – St James Studio Theatre

Kerrigan-Lowdermilk: One (More) Night in London at the St James Studio Theatre, London. Writing duo Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk have crafted a number of musicals in their native America, none of which have yet found a secure foothold on this side of the Atlantic. That has not stopped appreciation of their songwriting talents, however, with […]

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Onstage Acts – Paul Spicer launches musical theatre summer course

West End performer and successful producer Paul Spicer in conversation with Musical Theatre Review’s Lisa Martland. Producer and actor Paul Spicer is all fired up. His latest project combines two of his biggest passions – nurturing the talent of others and introducing artists to contemporary musical theatre. Since co-founding the Notes From New York series […]

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Julie Atherton – Tempting Fate – St James Theatre Studio

Julie Atherton’s show Tempting Fate was performed at the St James Studio Theatre, London. The second London Festival of Cabaret got up a head of steam with the delightful Julie Atherton at St James Studio, her vibrant collection of newer songs a distinct contrast to the more nostalgic material we heard from Simon Green at […]

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Thérèse Raquin – Finborough Theatre

Thérèse Raquin continues at the Finborough Theatre, London until 19 April. The French do seem to love their misery porn. With its tale of suffocating marriage, torrid passions, and murderous intent, Emile Zola’s novel makes Les Misérables looks like Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday. Hardly an automatic choice for musical theatre, perhaps, but Nona Shepphard’s adaptation of Thérèse […]

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Ordinary Days – London Theatre Workshop

Ordinary Days at the London Theatre Workshop, London, continues until 29 March. London Theatre Workshop, a new-kid-on-the-block 65-seater boutique theatre in the bowels of Fulham, launches with a chamber musical about New York life and the ‘ordinary days’ of four of its young inhabitants trying to find their way in that concrete jungle. Artistic director […]

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Julie Atherton stars in musical version of Thérèse Raquin at the Finborough Theatre

The world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic French novel Thérèse Raquin opens at the award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four-week run, opening Tuesday 25 March (press night is 27 March), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. The piece, with music by Craig Adams and book and lyrics by […]

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The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange – St James Theatre

The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange – An Evening of Comic Songs was performed at the St James Theatre Studio, London. Following its debut last July, The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S Bermange was reprised at St James Theatre Studio with a revised and updated selection of songs, featuring newly-penned numbers alongside established […]

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The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange

The Wit and Whimsy of Alexander S. Bermange is returning to the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 2 February, following its sell-out success in July 2013. Bermange has received recognition for his stage musicals (including, in the last year, Thirteen Days at the Arcola Theatre, The Route to Happiness at the Landor Theatre, and […]

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Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis

On 23 September, SimG Records – the leading independent label devoted to new writers and artists – is to release Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis. Collaborations brings together some of the best songwriters in the music industry with an array of performers currently working in the West End, and is sold in aid of the […]

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