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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – exclusive gallery of images

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, continues at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre until 8 April. Here’s an exclusive gallery of production images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original […]

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The Frogs – Jermyn Street Theatre

The Frogs continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 8 April. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Stephen Sondheim was on a roll when he wrote the music and lyrics for The Frogs in 1974; his three previous shows, Company, Follies and A Little Night Music, coming during his most fertile […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Nathan Lane attends UK premiere

Nathan Lane, whose 2004 Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs has its UK premiere tonight (Thursday 16 March), attended the show last night at Jermyn Street Theatre in London’’s West End. Afterwards, he happily posed for photos with the creative team and cast, including Michael Matus, who plays his central role of Dionysos, and […]

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DVD, CD and Book Reviews – Judy Collins, Drake’s Dream, The King and I/Carousel

JUDY COLLINS – A LOVE LETTER TO STEPHEN SONDHEIM DVD (Wildflower – MVD9662D) I have to admit that I love Judy Collins, always have. In fact, it was her who introduced me to Stephen Sondheim’s music in 1973 with her Top 10 hit version of ‘Send in the Clowns’. It made me want to find out […]

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Music Theatre International presents Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration

Leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd will present the Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration at Leicester Curve next Sunday (12 March). Following on from similar annual events across the USA and in Australia, the UK’s inaugural Junior Theatre Celebration is designed to bring together schools and youth groups who have been introduced […]

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Performance Preparation Academy – Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along was performed by Performance Preparation Academy at the Bellerby Studio Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s quite a coincidence that the two biggest flops of Stephen Sondheim’s career are being revisited at the same time with Anyone Can Whistle, which lasted nine performances on Broadway […]

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Sunday in the Park With George – Hudson Theatre, New York

Sunday in the Park With George continues at the Hudson Theatre, New York until 23 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Has any work of art ever been more imaginatively celebrated by another work of art than in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park With George? In Act I, […]

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Anyone Can Whistle – Union Theatre

Anyone Can Whistle continues at the Union Theatre, London until 11 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ Like the asylum inmates that populate the show, Anyone Can Whistle – Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ experimental musical of 1964 – gets let out for a brief spell of fresh air. And just as […]

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Anyone Can Whistle at the Union Theatre – new gallery of images

Details of the full cast and creative team have been revealed for a rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle and Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan has taken a whole new gallery of production images. The show will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 […]

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National Theatre 2017 season – Pinocchio and Follies provide the musical interest

There will be ‘no strings to hold him down’ when Pinocchio steps on to the stage at the National Theatre this Christmas as part of the prestigious venue’s packed 2017 season. Directed by John Tiffany, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly joins the new production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies as two of […]

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Sondheim’s Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Matus and Rae head cast

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, will receive its UK premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre from 14 March until 8 April. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original 1974 work, the production will […]

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The Song is You – Steve Ross – The Pheasantry

The Song is You – Steve Ross at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a brave Sunday evening this was after the first two nights of Steve Ross’ Pheasantry residency had to be cancelled after bronchitis rendered him virtually speechless. Although still clearly underpowered, the Prince of New […]

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Anyone Can Whistle is revived at the Union Theatre

A rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 February to 11 March, with press nights on 11 and 12 February). Anyone Can Whistle is political allegory in musical comedy form that tells the story of a town that’s gone bankrupt because its only […]

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Sondheim musical The Frogs has UK premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2017

The latest Broadway version of the rarely-performed Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, a send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, is to get its UK premiere in 2017 at Jermyn Street Theatre (press nights are 16 and 17 March). The Frogs is loosely based on a comedy written in […]

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Lenny and Steve – Maria Friedman – Live at Zedel

Lenny and Steve – Maria Friedman continues at Live at Zedel, London until 14 November. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best Americans, and an evening with her […]

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Joan Vázquez – Something’s Coming, A Sondheim Tribute – Live At Zedel

Joan Vázquez: Something’s Coming, A Sondheim Tribute at Live At Zedel, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Anyone escaping a filthy-wet Saturday evening expecting to hear a Spanish version of Bernadette Peters interpreting the Stephen Sondheim Songbook will have been in for a surprise: this Joan was no lady but a handsome […]

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Sweeney Todd – Derby Theatre and Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Sweeney Todd continues at Derby Theatre until 22 October before transferring to Colchester’s Mercury Theatre where it will run from 26 October until 12 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s not so many seasons since the former Derby Playhouse staged Sweeney Todd – and easily merited a five star rating. […]

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Follies at the National Theatre – Philip Quast joins Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee

National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris has confirmed details of next year’s much-anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Broadway musical Follies, Starring the multi-award winning duo of Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, the show will play the Olivier Theatre at a date which has yet to be confirmed. Imelda Staunton plays Sally Durant Plummer, Janie Dee […]

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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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Staunton and Dee heading for Follies at the National

Multi award-winner Imelda Staunton is to return to the music of Stephen Sondheim to star in next year’s National Theatre production of Broadway musical Follies, directed by Dominic Cooke. The actress, who won rave reviews for her performance as Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy, will co-star with Olivier Award winner Janie Dee (Carousel) […]

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Interview – composer Tom Parkinson on his National Theatre debut with A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

For its next musical venture, the National Theatre is presenting A Pacifist’s Guide to the War On Cancer – a new work written by acclaimed performance artist Bryony Kimmings and put into song by her long-time music collaborator Tom Parkinson. Last year, Kimmings was the hit of the Edinburgh Festival Festival with her show Fake […]

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Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods – cast changes at the Menier

Cast changes have taken place in Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Harry Hepple (Pippin) plays the Baker, Steffan Lloyd-Evans (The Dancing Years) is Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince and Laura Tebbutt (Forbidden Broadway) steps into the role of the Baker’s Wife. They take over from original cast members Ben […]

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The Last Drink – Phoenix Artist Club

The Last Drink at the Phoenix Artist Club, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This surprisingly capacious space tucked away at the far end of a well upholstered bar was an ideal venue for this evening of drinking songs, drawn from the cornucopia of cabaret and music theatre repertoire harking back to […]

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Interview – Noah Brody on bringing Fiasco Theater’s Into The Woods to London

NOAH BRODY is co-artistic director with Ben Steinfeld of Fiasco Theater – a US-based actor-run ensemble that until recently specialised in workshopping and presenting small-scale productions of Shakespeare. That changed in 2013 when the group tackled their first full-scale musical: Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairytale mash-up Into the Woods. Fiasco’s much-reduced production ran for […]

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Shakespeare Revue to tour UK before West End run

The hit Bard-inspired musical comedy show The Shakespeare Revue is hitting the road next month ahead of a West End run. The latest event to mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary will open at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on Wednesday 3 August. A mixture of sketches and songs, the show features the work of some of […]

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Into the Woods – Menier Chocolate Factory

Into the Woods continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London until 17 September. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I long ago lost count of how many times I’ve seen Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s twisted fairytale mash-up. I never tire of its jaunty, clip-cloppy theme (‘Teddy Bears’ Picnic’ meets ‘We’re Off to See […]

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Royal Academy of Music – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London was performed by students of the Royal Academy of Music. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ While their own theatre in Marylebone is being rebuilt, students of the Royal Academy of Music have been on the road and there […]

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Rehearsals begin for Fiasco’s Into the Woods Menier debut

Rehearsals have begun for Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. The US theatre company’s production, featuring the original US cast, arrives in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Cast […]

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West Side Story – Kilworth House Theatre

West Side Story continues at the Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire until 17 July. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Kilworth House has come bounding out of hibernation with a grand and reverent, if slightly tame production of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents’ epic musical, West Side Story. Despite being nearly hidden from sight in the beautiful Leicestershire […]

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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Into the Woods continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 25 June. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North have chosen the perfect vehicle for a co-production in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fairytale mash-up. Casting entirely from within the Chorus of Opera North gives artistic director James […]

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Bernadette Peters – Opera House, Manchester

Bernadette Peters performed in concert at the Opera House, Manchester. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Beloved is a much-used word when it comes to describing our top-ranking musical theatre stars. But in the form of the multi-Tony winning, preternaturally youthful Bernadette Peters, whose career spans five decades and rubs shoulders with some of musical theatre’s […]

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Fiasco Theater’s hit Into the Woods to play the Menier Chocolate Factory

London’s Menier Chocolate Factory is to host US theatre company Fiasco Theater’s innovative production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods this summer. The production, which will feature the original US cast, will arrive in the UK fresh from critical success in New York where it received the 2015 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival. Using […]

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Do I Hear a Waltz? – New York City Center

Do I Hear a Waltz?, an Encores! production at New York City Center. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Richard Rodgers, composing toward the end of his illustrious career, emerges as the real star of the Encores! mounting of Do I Hear a Waltz?, the 1965 musical which also features lyrics by […]

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London College of Music – Assassins

Assassins is performed by the London College of Music, Ealing until 30 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ London College of Music, the musical theatre arm of the University of West London, has always had a soft spot for the rich catalogue of the genius that is Stephen Sondheim and this year’s effort with […]

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Julian Ovenden to host Sondheim Society student award gala

Stage and screen actor Julian Ovenden will host a special event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the Stiles & Drewe Prize. The Downton Abbey actor, who has just released his latest album as a solo singer, will take to the stage to present the 2016 competition gala show […]

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Into the Woods – West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North collaborate

A major artistic collaboration between West Yorkshire Playhouse and Opera North comes to fruition this June as Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods opens in Leeds. Bringing together two of Leeds’ key arts organisations for their first ever large scale co-production, it is directed by West Yorkshire Playhouse artistic director James Brining and performed […]

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Anne Reid – I Love To Sing – Crazy Coqs

Anne Reid performs I Love to Sing at the Crazy Coqs, London until 2 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Much-loved actress Anne Reid returns to the Crazy Coqs where she triumphed last year when she presented a long-deserved tribute to the prolific songwriting team of Comden and Green – an evening that made this old […]

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Passion – Theatre du Chatelet, Paris

Passion continues at the Theatre du Chatelet, Paris until 24 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Persuading Natalie Dessay, one of the world’s most celebrated and best-loved operatic sopranos, to play the unattractive and hysterical Fosca in Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s 1994 Tony Award-winning Passion has to go down as […]

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Comédies Musicales á Broadway – Sondheim – Auditorium du Nouveaux Siecle, Lille

Comédies Musicales á Broadway – Sondheim at the Auditorium du Nouveaux Siecle, Lille. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ With Passion soon to open at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, the work of Stephen Sondheim has been getting even more exposure in France, beginning with this extraordinary concert performed by the Orchestre National de Lille. Where else […]

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KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Crazy Coqs

Another Hundred People – KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Act Two at Crazy Coqs, London until 5 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Forty examples of the genius of Stephen Sondheim shoehorned into 70 minutes of total delight and sung by two of Manhattan’s best-loved performers at London’s most charming […]

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Road Show – Union Theatre

Road Show continues at the Union Theatre, London until 5 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The adage that musical aren’t written but rewritten could’ve been conceived to describe Road Show – Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s portrait of two real-life brothers wrestling with the American Dream at the turn of the 20th century. […]

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Road Show at the Union Theatre – meet the cast

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, below you can meet the cast of the UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, presented by the Union Theatre and Phil Willmott Company and opening this week. At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and […]

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Road Show at the Union Theatre – new behind the scenes images

Previews have begun for the UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show, presented by the Union Theatre and Phil Willmott Company (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February). At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison […]

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Sondheim’s Road Show revived at the Union Theatre

The Union Theatre and the Phil Willmott Company are presenting the first UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show from 3 February to 5 March 2016 (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February). At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison off to […]

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The day has arrived – Gypsy is broadcast today on BBC4 at 9pm

Tonight (Sunday 27 December) on BBC4 at 9pm UK audiences will get the chance to see Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy at London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras captured the production for the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up as well as for a rumoured DVD release. The Sunday […]

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Putting it Together – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Putting it Together continues at the Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast until 19 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s not just that Blunt Fringe Productions is doing what no one else in Northern Ireland is doing, it’s that they do it so well. Musical theatre has long been ill served by professional […]

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Into the Woods – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Into the Woods continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester until 16 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Beloved by many, Stephen Sondheim’s much-revived exploration of storybook happy ever afters is, nonetheless, a middle-ranking entry in the pre-eminent US musical maestro’s canon – many places above his rare misfires but quite a few rungs below the […]

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Interview – Gillian Bevan goes Into the Woods via Manchester

Officially opening this week at the Manchester Royal Exchange is a new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark fairytale mash-up, Into the Woods. In the central role of The Witch is local lass GILLIAN BEVAN, who was born just seven miles down the A6 in Stockport. As one of the UK’s most experienced Sondheim proponents, […]

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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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Guildford School of Acting – Into the Woods

    Into the Woods is performed by the Guildford School of Acting 3rd Years at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Guildford School of Acting’s love-in with the works of Stephen Sondheim – Into the Woods follows their summer productions of Anyone Can Whistle and […]

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