Tag Archives | Mary Poppins

A Spoonful of Sherman – Live At Zédel

A Spoonful of Sherman continues at Live At Zédel, London until 20 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Sherman Brothers made their mark in film history with a repertoire including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Jungle Book, just to name a few. A Spoonful of Sherman tells […]

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Mary Poppins cast revealed for Zurich and Dubai tour dates

Lisa O’Hare and Zizi Strallen will take flight in the title role of Mary Poppins in 2017 when Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical plays Switzerland and United Arab Emirates. O’Hare, who has previously played Mary Poppins in the West End, on the UK tour and in Australia, will return to the role in […]

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Caroline Sheen – Feeling Lucky – Live At Zedel

Caroline Sheen – Feeling Lucky at Live At Zedel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Feeling Lucky weren’t exactly the words used by the golden-voiced Caroline Sheen when she arrived at Live At Zedel with laddered tights and no spare pair, but by the end of a great-value, fun-filled set it was her […]

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Miranda, Soo and Odom Jr leaving Hamilton

It’s like rats leaving a sinking ship, except the ship is hardly sinking. In the past week or so, three of the principal players in the musical mega-hit Hamilton have revealed plans to leave on 9 July. They include the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who portrays the title role of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton. […]

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Interview – George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on a Chichester double and nurturing new writers

Travels With My Aunt, which has just opened at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester, is the latest in a string of acclaimed shows by one the UK’s most successful show-writing partnerships, GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE (George and Ants). The pair met 30-odd years ago at Exeter University and went on to compose award-winning shows across […]

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Interview – Caroline Sheen stars in new British musical Only the Brave

CAROLINE SHEEN is soon to appear in Rachel Wagstaff, Matthew Brind and Steve Marmion’s new British musical Only the Brave, premiering at the Wales Millennium Centre from 28 March to 2 April. Based on the real lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings, the show tells the inspirational true story of […]

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Gypsy and Kinky Boots are big winners at WhatsOnStage Awards

Every industry has its formal awards ceremony of choice. And then there is the less informal one, the young pretender that likes to be a little more carefree and wild. The WhatsOnStage Awards tend to fit into the latter category, although as they are now in their 16th year and have got successively glitzier on each […]

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Mary Poppins – Bristol Hippodrome and Touring

Mary Poppins continues at the Bristol Hippodrome until 28 November and is on tour in the UK and Ireland until October 2016. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ may well no longer be politically correct, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver bullying the Prime Minister for months now over the […]

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Mary Poppins UK and Ireland tour – full casting revealed

The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Joining the previously announced Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee as Bert will be Milo Twomey as George Banks; Rebecca Lock as Winifred Banks; Penelope Woodman as Miss Andrew; Wendy Ferguson as Mrs Brill; Grainne Renihan as Bird Woman and Blair Anderson as Robertson Ay. […]

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Interview – George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on being partners in rhyme

This summer has seen the opening of The 3 Little Pigs, the brand new family musical from multi award-winning British songwriting duo GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE. Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) have put their own musical twist on the retelling of this classic fairy tale which will play at the Palace Theatre until Sunday 6 September […]

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Interview – Robert J. Sherman reveals new musical Love Birds at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe

ROBERT ‘ROBBIE’ J. SHERMAN is the son of Robert B. Sherman (1925–2012), one half of the Academy-Award-winning songwriting partnership (with brother Richard) responsible for the unforgettable numbers in classic movie musicals such as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, The Aristocats and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. His grandfather Al Sherman also enjoyed a successful […]

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Zizi Strallen and Matt Lee star in Mary Poppins tour

Zizi Strallen will play Mary Poppins and Matt Lee will play Bert in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins, opening at Leicester Curve on 12 October 2015. Full casting will be announced shortly. Zizi Strallen is currently starring as Lana in Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. She was most recently seen in the West End […]

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Mary Poppins begins UK and Ireland tour at Leicester Curve in October

Disney and Cameron Mackintosh have revealed that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on 13 October 2015. Mackintosh said today: “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage. My goodness… time flies even faster than our beloved Nanny! I’m […]

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Anything Can Happen – St James Theatre

A workshop presentation of Anything Can Happen, a revue celebrating the songs of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, took place at the St James Theatre, London. Composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe have been creating musicals together for 30 years now. So a revue which aims to catalogue those three decades in a two-hour […]

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Daniel Boys and Lauren Samuels star in Stiles and Drewe revue Anything Can Happen

West End performers Annalene Beechey, Daniel Boys, James Gillan and Lauren Samuels will star in the exclusive workshop presentation of the new musical revue Anything Can Happen! – celebrating the diverse repertoire of the Olivier Award-winning British writing team George Stiles and Anthony Drewe – on Friday 25 July at 1.30pm at the St James Theatre. Anything Can Happen! has been specifically created […]

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Musical highlights in Austria include Sondheim and a Disney classic

Ludovico Lucchesi Palli looks forward to a packed season ahead in Austrian theatre.  With the 2013/2014 season slowly coming to an end, theatres in Austria are getting ready for the upcoming season, which promises to combine classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim to a Disney favourite (for the first time in German) and some musical […]

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A Spoonful of Sherman – St James Theatre Studio

A Spoonful of Sherman continues at St James Theatre Studio, London, until 22 April. This polished, classy and very well-sung revue is an action-replay of the pilot show that ran for two Mondays in January at the St James Studio and has returned to Victoria for nine more outings principally to celebrate the Oscar-winning music of […]

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A Spoonful of Sherman will return to St James Theatre

A Spoonful of Sherman, a cabaret celebrating the work of the late, great Hollywood songwriter Robert B Sherman (and of course his brother Richard) – the most successful songwriting partnership in the history of Hollywood – sold out all its perfomances at London’s St James Theatre in January. Now the show returns to the venue for a […]

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The Three Little Pigs entertain young and old

Reviewed at the Greenwich Theatre, London. Written by the Olivier Award-winning team that bought young audiences Honk! Just So, Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes and Soho Cinders, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s European premiere of the well-known children’s story The Three Little Pigs is a sweet and simple tale, complemented by a sophisticated and appealing score […]

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