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The Life – Southwark Playhouse

Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Ira Gasman Book: David Newman, Ira Gasman and Cy Coleman (revised by Michael Blakemore) Director: Michael Blakemore Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty During the past week someone on Twitter wondered in awe at just how much the writer Douglas Adams managed to fit into the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. At around 100 pages it’s a dense, intelligent, ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Based on the 1967 movie devised as a Julie Andrews vehicle, the 2002 Broadway production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, which is revived here, expands upon the original film’s appropriation of 1920s music by grabbing and adapting songs and styles from ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Glen Joseph as buddy holly

Book: Alan Janes Music and Lyrics: Buddy Holly and others Director: Adrian Rees Reviewer:  John Kennedy This Buddy Holly Story - a love letter to the more innocent times of Kodachrome snaps, Bobby-sox, pig-tails and ridiculous finned automobiles (being white helped enormously) rarely fails to engage its audience. A Lubbock, Texas, born son of the latter Depression years, Holly’s torch burned ...

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The Commitments – Palace Theatre, Manchester

brian gilligan and cast the commitments theatre royal glasgow

Writer: Roddy Doyle Director: Caroline Jay Ranger Reviewer: Jim Gillespie   Roddy Doyle has completed a hat trick with The Commitments. The original best-selling novella became a blockbuster film success and later transitioned into a West End theatre sensation. It reaches Manchester’s Palace Theatre half-way through a national tour with sell-out audiences along the way. He must have got something right. ...

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Sister Act – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The plot of Sister Act: The Musical, is well known to those who have seen the 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Club singer, Deloris van Cartier, witnesses a murder committed by her mobster boyfriend and is given witness protection ...

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Funny Girl – Bristol Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Director: Michael Mayer Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Reviewer: Chris Oldham Not long after completing its engagement at London's Savoy Theatre, Funny Girl arrives at the Bristol Hippodrome this week. And with Sheridan Smith at the top of bill, expectation couldn't be higher. Fanny Brice (Smith) is a young Jewish girl growing ...

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The Wedding Singer – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writers: Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English There is the adage ‘always the bridesmaid, but never the bride’ but what about anyone else at a wedding? Adapting the 90s Adam Sandler comedy, The Wedding Singer explores the trials and tribulations of Robbie, a wedding singer who brings much joy to other couples yet ...

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Patience (or Bunthorne’s Bride) – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Writer/Composer  W.S. Gilbert/Arthur Sullivan Director: Liam Steel Conductor: Timothy Burke Designer: Florence de Mare Reviewer: Ron Simpson English Touring Opera’s Spring programme consists of two operas which have nothing in common stylistically despite being first performed within 20 years of each other. Puccini’s blood-boltered melodrama Tosca is teamed with Patience, an excellent choice as ETO’s first Gilbert and Sullivan. Like ...

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