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Ross – Chichester Festival Theatre

Ross at Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Adrian Noble Reviewer: Bill Avenell Sometimes you go to the theatre to see an actor at the top of his game; there is one playing Ross at Chichester at the moment. Sometimes you go to see a talented cast combining to produce an all-round team performance; there is just such an opportunity in Chichester’s production of ...

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CD REVIEW: Close to You: Bacharach Reimagined – London Cast Recording

Close To You - Artwork

Music: Burt Bacharach New Arrangements: Kyle Riabko Reviewer: Niall Harman Burt Bacharach is one of the most successful composers of recent decades, scoring hit after hit throughout the sixties and beyond, making for one of the most outstanding back catalogues in popular music. So it is perhaps inevitable that his music would one day be given the jukebox musical treatment. ...

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Jackie The Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Women of a certain age will instantly recognise the term Jackie and feel an affinity with this musical. Jackie was the magazine of choice when growing up in the 1970s and was packed full of advice relating to style, love and most importantly, boys. Essentially it touched on issues which previous ...

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The 39 Steps – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Rob Whitcomb as Man 1, Andrew Hodges as Man 2 and Richard Ede as Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps

Writer: John Buchan Adaptor: Patrick Barlow Director: Maria Aitken Reviewer: Ann Bawtree Advertised as Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, The 39 Steps, what is on the stage of the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre would be more accurately described as a derivation from John Buchan’s novel of the same name. A “shocker” as he himself described it. This first appeared in serial form ...

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CD REVIEW: Jasper in Deadland – Premiere Cast Recording

Artwork for Jasper in Deadland

Writer: Hunter Foster and Ryan Scott Oliver Music and lyrics: Ryan Scott Oliver Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Basically a modernised retelling of the Orpheus Greek myth, Jasper in Deadlandtells the story of 16-year-old Jasper, who journeys into the Afterlife to rescue his recently deceased best friend, Agnes, who killed herself by jumping off a cliff (although unlike Orpheus, Jasper completely denies ...

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CD REVIEW: Paint Your Wagon – 2015 Encores! Cast Recording

Company of New York Encores! Production of Paint Your Wagon

Music: Frederick Loewe Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner Reviewer: Mark Clegg If asked to name the musicals of Lerner and Loewe, even the most die-hard Broadway fan is unlikely to name Paint Your Wagon straight away. Debuting on Broadway in 1951 during the craze for ‘cowboy’ musicals, it is really now only remembered thanks to the dismal 1969 film adaptation that ...

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Guys and Dolls – The Mayflower, Southampton

Singing gansters in a dance routine

Director: Gordon Greenberg Writer: Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows (based on the story and characters of Damon Runyon) Music and Lyrics: Frank Loesser Choreography: Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage   There is always a real buzz when a musical from the Golden Age of Hollywood is taken out, dusted down and given a new lease of life ...

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3 Winters – Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Writer: Tena Štivičić Director: Stephen C Buckwald Reviewer: John Roberts   Tena Štivičić’s play may not be the most easily accessible (some production notes really wouldn’t go amiss here), especially if you are not aware of modern Croatian history; however,3 Winters is more than a history play. It may have an undercurrent of politics but Štivičić’s brutally honest play is ...

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