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A Hundred Shining Hearts – Palace Theatre, Southend

Writer and Directer: Oliver Lamford &Phil Ormrod Musical Director: Ashton Moore Movement Director: Jo Meredith Additional Music: Ashton Moore &Richard Brown Reviewer: Maureen Hylands [rating:4] A zillion warm, loving heartbeats fuelled by the lifeblood of talent, dedication and sheer hard work, make this a very special show - A Centenary celebration for one of the few genuine red plush and ...

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Ghost Stories: A Night Opera – Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester

Music : Neil Campbell Film: Shaun Taft Reviewer: Cathy Crabb [Rating: 4] With a backdrop of emotive ghostly images in a film by Shaun Taft- including moonlit graveyards and haunted houses- classical guitarist Neil Campbell plays his critically acclaimed Ghost Stories- a night opera alongside soprano Anne Taft’s haunting accompaniment. The composition which was written and recorded by Neil and ...

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CD REVIEW: Release Me – Barbra Streisand

Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] Ms Streisand's breathy laughter opens track one of Release Me. "This is take eight? I haven't sung it once!" she giggles, before launching into the sublime Being Good Isn't Good Enough (from Sixties musical Hallelujah, Baby!). Now a fame-shunning 70-year-old, Barbra Streisand's big notes certainly haven't gone into hiding on this album of unreleased material. On ...

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Idina Menzel – The Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] Broadway darling and one of the voices of her generation, Idina Menzel really doesn’t need an introduction. The multi-talented star of stage, silver screen and television is now a household name thanks to the many rôles that have made her career, such as Maureen Johnson in Rent, and most recently, Shelby (Rachel’s Mum) in Glee. It ...

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Fascinating Aida – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Helen Jones [rating:5] It is nearly thirty years since Dillie Keane, Marilyn Cutts and Lizzie Richardson formed Fascinating Aida in March 1983, and the present trio of Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman are as sharp and witty as ever in this cunningly titled Cheap Flights Tour. All three members are strong vocally and the tour has recently ...

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Light Night – Various City Centre Locations, Leeds

Reviewer: Rebecca Jackson [rating:4] For some reason Leeds is often viewed in terms of its culture as a secondary city. Forever in the shadow of its fellow Northern city, Manchester, it is well known for its shopping experiences, fine eateries and rugby team, but not so much as a hub of culture. However, Leeds deserves its moment in the sun, ...

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Biding Time (remix) – The Arches, Glasgow

Writers: Louise Quinn, Bal Cooke, Ben Harrison, Pippa Bailey Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:4] Pop music, film and theatre often make for uncomfortable bedfellows, in Biding Time(remix), A Band Called Quinn prove that they can happily marry these different disciplines to produce a gloriously original theatrical experience. This tale of Thyme, a woman with a dream and the ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Louise Quinn of A Band Called Quinn

For years, Louise Quinn and her band, A Band Called Quinn, have beenblurring the boundaries between music, film and theatre. With theirmusic appearing in films and television series worldwide, riding highas the "soundtrack to Scotland" (so dubbed by Kayleigh Mcleod at Scottish Television Local), their track The Glimmer Songused for Scottish Television's national ads and counting Madonnaand author Ian Rankin ...

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