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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Playhouse, Edinburgh

Director: David King Musical Director: Clive Dunstall Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The appeal of music from the golden age of movie musicals would seem to beendless.With shows like Top Hat, Singin' in the Rain and 42nd Street currently or recently completing tours, it's no surprise that Spirit Productions have launched their self-proclaimed 'song and dance extravaganza' Puttin' on ...

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The ELO Experience – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Reviewer: Kevin Evans Tribute groups and performers can be dangerous territory. For every quality one, you could fill the rest of your fingers and toes with those that, let’s say, are not of such quality. Therefore trepidation is always likely to be lurking when seeing any for the first time. During the seventies and into the eighties, Birmingham-formed group the ...

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The ELO Experience – St Georges Hall, Bradford

Music: Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra Reviewer: Rob Atkinson Tribute bands are not everyone's cup of tea - but a more refreshing draught than the ELO Experience would be difficult to imagine, whether or not you are a fan of the phenomenally successful Electric Light Orchestra and their glittering back catalogue of smash-hits through the seventies and into the eighties. ...

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Last Night of the Summer Proms – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Hilary Davan Wetton Reviewer: James Garrington Birmingham’s Symphony Hall may not be everyone’s first choice of a place to go on a warm July evening, but the thought of a Last Night of the Summer Proms is enough to fill this wonderful concert hall to the rafters. Presented by the London Concert Orchestra, the audience are treated to an ...

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Friday Night Classics: New York, New York – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Friday, 4th July and time for another in the CBSO’s concert series, Friday Night Classics. As conductor Michael England points out, the date cries out for a celebration of American music, but how to choose? This concert focuses on the East Coast, and New York in particular with music by those titans of ...

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Carnaby Street: The Concert – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Based on an original idea by Carl Leighton-Pope Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes It was a bit of a shaky start to the concert as the band scampered on to the stage looking terrified. The audience then sat stony faced during the first song which was one of the original songs from Carnaby Street the Musical. The songs then jumped into a ...

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Gareth Malone Voices Tour – Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Assistant Musical Director: Michael Higgins Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer The UK’s favourite choir master is renowned for rallying ordinary people and giving them the confidence to sing, showing them that the most important thing is the personal joy that it brings and the community it creates, rather than the technical ability or the need to show off. Examples of his notable ...

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Godspell – Lyric Theatre, London

Composer: Stephen Schwartz Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Reviewer: John Roberts Stephen Schwartz’s biblical retelling of the stories and life of Jesus’ times with his disciples is a strange beast. On one hand you have what Schwartz has become best known for, soaring musical melodies and powerful ballads but on the other Godspell quite possibly holds the title for the worst book ...

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