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Frozen – St James Theatre, New York

Music/Lyrics: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez Book: Jennifer Lee Director: Michael Grandage Reviewer: John Roberts It would be safe to assume that anything Disney puts its name to, would be a hit, but that’s not quite true when it comes to Broadway for every Lion King, there was its Tarzan, for every Beauty and the Beast there was its Little ...

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Mothers and Sons – John Golden Theatre, New York

Writer: Terence McNally Director: Sheryl Kaller Reviewer: Stephen Bates In a career spanning half a century, this is Terence McNally’s 20th play to be staged on Broadway and, having already secured a Tony Awards nomination for Best Play, it could be among his finest. amid the bright lights and deafening noise of the Great White Way, it comes as a ...

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Bullets over Broadway – St James Theatre, New York

Writer: Woody Allen Director and Choreographer: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Stephen Bates Some things are so obvious that it is a mystery why they have never happened before. It has always seemed natural that Woody Allen’s lifelong love affair with New York and his passion for the music of the golden age of the 1920s and 30’s would come together to ...

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Kinky Boots – Al Hirschfeld Theatre, New York

Writer: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director and Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the old days, a Broadway musical might have been set in Bali, Siam or the Austrian Alps. Now it is Northampton, which, as a sign on the opening set usefully points out, is in England. When the Americans adapted The Fully Monty into ...

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Rocky – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

Writers: Thomas Meehan and Sylvester Stallone Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Director: Alex Timbers Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the blue corner we have musicals, traditionally romantic, emotional and more than a little bit camp; in the red corner there is boxing, traditionally brutish, blood-spattered and very macho. A mismatch for sure, but the fact that this show’s two key ...

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A Raisin in the Sun – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York

Writer: Lorraine Hansberry Director: Kenny Leon Reviewer: Stephen Bates Bruce Norris’s savage satire Clybourne Park, a big hit on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010, centred on the impact on an exclusively white Chicago suburb of that name when a black family moves in in 1959. Therefore it makes a fascinating theatrical cross reference to now see this play, ...

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Of Mice and Men – Longacre Theatre, New York

Writer: John Steinbeck Director: Anna D Shapiro Reviewer: Stephen Bates Set in California during the depression era of the 1930s, John Steinbeck’s classic tale (a novel which he adapted into a play) about yearning and despair is a parable, near Biblical in its nature. Anna D Shapiro’s revival is handsomely mounted, using four elaborate sets, and features star names, better ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with… Telly Leung

Star of Glee and Broadway Telly Leung makes his UK debut in July. Straight from a sell-out run at New York's prestigious 54 Below venue, his show Telly Leung: Live in London will be at the London Hippodrome for two shows only.Nicole Evans caught up with him to chat about the show, his album and his career so far. You ...

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