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Trinkets – Gene Frankel Theater, New York

Writer: Paul Alexander Choreographer: Antyon LeMonte Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Trinkets, at 24 Bond Arts Center in the Gene Frankel Theater, has a promising enough premise. Billed as telling “the story of a group of drag and transsexual prostitutes” in the pre-gentrified Meatpacking district of the 1990s, the musical is a semi-moralistic tale with an after-school-special structure. Though the run time ...

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Auditions – Sweet Grassmarket, Edinburgh

two men two women dressed in black

Book: Michael Sharmon Music & Lyrics: Michael Sharmon Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Inspired by creator Michael Sharmon's personal experience and seemingly hugely influenced by A Chorus Line, Auditions is a somewhat clichéd take on the much-dreaded audition process. The hugely experienced cast of four, play out a series of vignettes on ageism, sexism, racism and nepotism to name a few -isms, each accompanied ...

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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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The Wedding Singer – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Kelyn Luther Director and Choreographer Nick Winston turns back time to 1985 in this musical adaptation of the hit Adam Sandler film, which had a modest run on Broadway in 2006. The nostalgia trip starts as soon as you walk in as classic film ...

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Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

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Bugsy Malone – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Alan Parker Music and Lyrics: Paul Williams Director: Robert Marsden Reviewer: Hannah Powell Friday 4th August sees one hundred youngsters aged 10-21 enthusiastically take to the stage at Milton Keynes Theatre in their rendition of Bugsy Malone, the American gangster play famously performed entirely by a cast of children. The tongue-in-cheek portrayal of the New York mob scene is ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in its 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to, arguably, one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in their 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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