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Bat Out of Hell – Dominion Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: David Guest Some shows are good, some are bad, and some are bonkers, defying all description or criticism. Bat Out of Hell, which has taken up home at the Dominion after a run at the Coliseum last year, is undisputedly in the latter category: a weak and baffling story, uninspiring ...

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INTERVIEW: Ruthie Henshall on Chicago, Mama Morton and taking life as it comes

An unquestionable legend in the world of musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall has astounded audiences in London’s West End and on Broadway, served as a judge on ITV’s Dancing on Ice and is an Olivier award winner and five-time nominee. Just before she stepped on stage in London’s Phoenix Theatre as Mama Morton in Chicago, she spoke to The Reviews Hub’s Fraser ...

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A Moderate Soprano – Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Jeremy Herrin Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Some rather good jokes are scattered throughout this piece. Gentle ones, polite ones. The type one could have expected in the drawing room at Totleigh Towers among the noblesse of interwar Britain. Hare, first producing this play in 2015, has captured an idea of upper-class language and humour excellently - whether ...

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An Evening with Jason Robert Brown – London Palladium

Composer/Musical Director: Jason Robert Brown Reviewer: Ava Eldred Probably best known for his cult musicals The Last 5 Years and Songs for a New World, Jason Robert Brown has been contemporary musical theatre’s worst kept secret for the best part of a decade. This one-off outing, as part of BBC Radio’s prestigious Friday Night is Music Night, is a sophisticated ...

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Chicago – Phoenix Theatre, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Stephen Bates You can’t keep a good show down! Chicago, with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was a moderate success in New York and London in the late 1970s, but it is the 1996 revival, directed by Walter Robbie, that ...

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Ruthless! the Musical – Arts Theatre, London

Music: Marvin Laird Book and Lyrics: Joel Paley Director: Richard Fitch Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Watching off-Broadway comedy Ruthless! the Musical as it makes its central London debut, it’s hard to decide if one is watching a good musical pretend to be awful, or a truly terrible piece of theatre that’s decided to lean into its shortcomings. It’s certainly one which ...

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NEWS: New theatrical partnership to present Unexpected Joy in New York and London

Award-winning producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment announces a new partnership with New York City-based Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre and film producer, Jim Kierstead of Kierstead Productions. The pair are joining forces to develop and present new and groundbreaking productions on both sides of the Atlantic in Off-Broadway/Off-West End-sized venues. Their first co-production will be the new Bill Russell and Janet Hood musical, Unexpected Joy, which will receive its Off-Broadway ...

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