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After You – Live At Zédel, London

Music: Alex Parker Book and Lyrics: Katie Lam Director: Alastair Knights Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Over recent months, Brasserie Zedél’s live cabaret space, The Crazy Coqs, has been spreading its wings with comedy performers and plays complementing the more traditional cabaret. Now, it has a commissioned musical, written for and set in the venue by Alex Parker and Katie Lam. Apart ...

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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Performers: Audra McDonald, Seth Rudetsky, Will Swenson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If your knowledge of Audra McDonald is limited to her role as the opera singer-cum-wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe, in Disney’s recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, you have so much more to learn. McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more than any other actor – and is ...

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Latrice Royale: Life Goes On – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

[Latrice Royale] [Laurie Beechman Theatre, NYC]

Writer: Latrice Royale Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Latrice Royale returns to the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her latest one-queen show, Life Goes On. A followup to Here’s to Life, Royale carries on her joyous message of positivity and kindness to the tune of standards, original songs, and a spot-on lipsync. Hearing Royale’s signature laugh is worth the price of admission in ...

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Exeter Cabaret Show – Exeter Phoenix

Director: Cast with additional direction by Peter Massey Reviewer: Charlie Hackett A riotous mix of clowning, juggling, magic and mayhem, variety troupe Slightly Fat Features set the stage ablaze with their latest comedy cabaret. MC Goronwy Thom, welcomes the audience with genuine warmth, oozing natural wit and charm, playfully teasing latecomers and seemingly in his element. What follows is an ...

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WAIL – The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writer: Little Bulb Theatre Director: Alexander Scott Reviewer: Becca Savory Fuller The stage is strewn with musical instruments. A weighty set of timpani drums and a curvaceous double bass are harboured to one side of the stage. A school of stringed instruments are safely stowed in the centre of the space. Microphones bob like buoys across our field of vision. ...

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Camille O’Sullivan: The Carny Dream – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Katherine Kirwin amid a stage of fairy lights, a lit-up paper gingerbread house, a glowing paper bunny, and dressed mannequins topped with animal masks, enters a chilled-out male trio on keys, drums and bass before the dramatic entrance of Camille O’Sullivan in a sequined red-cape. This is not a fairytale, this is not real life, this is the nether ...

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Trixie Mattel: Ages 3 and Up – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

(Trixie Mattel) (Laurie Beechman Theatre) (c)Austin Young

Writer: Trixie Mattel Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trixie Mattel brings her hilarious stand-up to the Laurie Beechman Theatre in Ages 3 and Up, carrying a one-drag queen show with brilliant energy. Trixie unflinchingly pushes the envelope, and shows tremendous range with style and approach to humor. Standing by jokes that don’t land as well with an “I like it, fuckers,” laughter fills ...

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Jinkx Sings Everything – Laurie Beechman Theatre, New York

Writer: Jinkx Monsoon Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers This is not a review. Per the request of the brilliant Jinkx Monsoon at the top of her new, entirely off-the-cuff request-only musical revue, this writer will not be reviewing the show. This is not a review. It is a reflection on the joy, energy, and command that Jinkx brings to the stage, while putting ...

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