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Friday Night Classics: Best of the West End – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Six weeks after its postponement due to severe wintry weather, we assemble in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on one of the hottest days of the year so far for the latest Friday Night Classics offering from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), this time celebrating the music from great West End (and Broadway) musicals. ...

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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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Jethro Tull 50th Anniversary Tour – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s not entirely obvious now exactly when Jethro Tull was formed. A group of Blackpool musicians, including Ian Anderson, Jeffrey Hammond and John Evan, was playing locally in the mid-1960s. They subsequently moved to London, where they never got repeat bookings so went through several name changes; eventually, their agent named them Jethro Tull after the 18thcentury ...

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Songs for Nobodies – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Writer: Joanna Murray-Smith Director: Simon Phillips Reviewer: Maryam Philpott A chance encounter with celebrity is something that we’ve all dreamed of at some point; whether it’s coming face-to-face with a particular idol or enjoying our own 15 minutes of fame collecting that much deserved Oscar, Tony Award or being elected Prime Minister, we’re all encouraged to dream big. For a ...

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Richard Galliano/Sylvain Luc – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds

Reviewer: Ron Simpson Opera North’s programme in the Howard Assembly Room is nothing if not varied. After last week’s venture into American Gothic with the Handsome Family – The Reviews Hub’s review sadly aborted because of the foul weather – the following Saturday focussed on the deliciously melodic world of the French chanson with accordion player Richard Galliano and guitarist ...

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Lee Mead: Ten Years The Anniversary Tour – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen He became a household name more than a decade ago after winning over viewers on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do - the hunt for a leading man in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has since gone on to take leading roles in huge West End and touring productions, ...

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