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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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The Who’s Tommy – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Man standing on pinball machine as others dance around him

Director: Kerry Michael Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Jim Gillespie When Pete Townsend first created the “deaf, dumb and blind” hero, Tommy, he probably intended his disabilities to be symbolic. In the hands of New Wolsey Theatre and Ramps on the Moon, they are far more than this, as a cast and creative team which ...

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Bastard Jones – The Cell Theater, New York

(Bastard Jones) (the cell) (NYC) (c)Carol Rosegg

Book: Marc Acito Music: Amy Engelhardt Lyrics: Marc Acito & Amy Engelhardt Writer: Henry Fielding Director: Marc Acito Reviewer: Robert Price Tom Jones is a sex symbol of 1749, and the star of one of the first (and funniest) novels ever written, The History of Tom Jones. In the new musical adaptation, the lights come up on Tom and Molly ...

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NEWS: 5 Guys are back for Moe

By PAUL COUCH Underbelly Productions have today [21 June 20127] announced full casting for a brand new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical, Five Guys Named Moe. The production will open on 14 September 2017 in a new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London. Edward Baruwa will play Nomax and the ‘Moes’ will be played by ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Bristol Hippodrome

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Claire Hayes If it’s light-hearted escapist entertainment you’re after then the jazz age Thoroughly Modern Millie, with Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton asserting her musical theatre credentials in the title role, could just fit the bill. Be warned though, around the edges, ...

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Bat Out Of Hell – London Coliseum

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: Glen Pearce While jukebox musicals continue to pop up at regular intervals, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell, though best known for Meat Loaf’s iconic albums, was originally written as a musical. While it may have taken 40 years to reach the stage, and after a preview run at Manchester’s ...

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Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

man and woman embracing while couples dance in background

Writer: Eleanor Bergstein Director: Federico Bellone Choreographer: Gillian Bruce Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Based on the much-adored 1987 movie, the 2006 musical theatre version of Dirty Dancing was the fastest-selling show in West End history, with advanced sales of a staggering £15 million. And its popularity shows no sign of abating, despite an atrocious 2017 TV movie remake. This revamped version ...

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Michael Morpurgo’s Farm Boy – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Author: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Daniel Buckroyd Director: C P Hallam Composer: Ru Hamilton Reviewer: Michael Gray Farm Boy is the sequel to Michael Morpurgo's phenomenal War Horse. It's a very different animal – a couple of actors, a costumed musician, and, centre stage “an old green Fordson”, the tractor which turns out to be at the heart of this story. ...

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