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The Sons of Pitches: SOP TV -The Lowry, Salford

6 men inside a television box

Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Although The Sons of Pitches shot to fame as a cappella singers on TV’s The Naked Choir they seem determined to expand their range from being simply vocalists. SOP TV sees the group nudging towards ‘all round entertainers’ with comedy sketches based around the theme of TV shows. The group also show their ambitions by branching out ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writer: Alan Janes Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Beth Steer Pitted as the ‘world’s most successful Rock ‘n’ Roll musical, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story has come to Cardiff’s New Theatre. Seen by more than 22 million people in over 25,000 shows worldwide, the show has been running for 27 years since it first opened in London, and charts the ‘golden ...

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Tony Bennett Celebrates 90 in Concert – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tony Bennett smiling with hands held out

Reviewer: John Kennedy ‘Of all the contemporary artists I know, she has the most natural jazz voice, but I'm worried about her and I'm praying for her.’ Tony Bennett’s concerns for Amy Whitehouse following their collaborative duets were sadly apposite. His admiration and kindness drew him the appreciation and affection of yet another generation of fans. Many here tonight weren’t ...

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Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years – The Lowry, Salford

Simon & Garfunkel by Bookends

Writer: Paul Simon Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The term ‘Tribute Act’ is often used simply as a shorthand way of attracting audiences who want an undemanding night out listening to live re-creations of songs by groups who have disbanded or no longer play live. In the case of Dan Haynes and Pete Richards, who perform under the name Bookends, there is ...

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Crooners – CAST, Doncaster

Writers: Roman Marek and Simon Young Directors: Roman Marek, Jim Whitley and Phil Barley Musical Directors: Jon Hibbard and Chris Hibbard Reviewer: Fiona Hannon “The era of the crooner is a dying one and many believe the crooner is soon to be extinct. This modern world does not always seem the place for men of style and vigour. Men with ...

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Space Spectacular: Star Wars and Beyond – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A spacescape including an orchestra and choir

Conductor: Anthony Inglis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Raymond Gubbay Ltd has long been producing concerts of popular classical music using its in-house orchestras, including tonight’s orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra. This is advertised as a Space Spectacular, comprised of music inspired by space. And it certainly is a spectacle. With over seventy musicians on stage, even Symphony Hall’s stage looks full ...

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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Clare White Just last week, Idina Menzel was introduced on ITV’s Loose Women as ‘the star of Disney’s Frozen’. Indeed, as the voice of Princess Elsa in the 2013 animated film, she was propelled to global stardom and became a household name, but Frozen is just the tip of the iceberg - Idina was a stage and screen superstar ...

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RLPO and the Bootleg Beatles Celebrate Sgt Pepper and the Summer of Love – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  David Robinson A genuine mix of nostalgia and excitement buzzes circuitously around Birmingham’s stylish Symphony Hall in readiness for a Merseyside merger, that of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and The Bootleg Beatles - seemingly strange bed fellows but in fact joyous allies for the night. The welcome coming together is to celebrate the golden anniversary of the Beatles ...

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