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CD REVIEW: Legally Blonde The Musical-Original London Cast Recording

Producer: Stewart Mackintosh Mixed and mastered: Toby Alington Reviewer: Helen Jones [Rating:3.5] Legally Blonde – The Musical was first performed in the UK in London's West End in December 2009. The show has music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and a book by Heather Hach. The musical is developed from both the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda ...

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Festival of the Spoken Nerd – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: Helen Arney, Steve Mould, Matt Parker Reviewer: Laura Maley [rating:4] Maths mixed with stand-up comedy; a song about the importance of the sun; parabolas, circuitry, algebra, zoology, physics: The Festival of the Spoken Nerd – as presented by Helen Arney, Steve Mould and Matt Parker – is unashamed in its intelligence and passion and sense of fun. It doesn’t ...

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Greg Davies: The Back of My Mum’s Head – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Tracey Lowe [rating:4.5] It may be ‘The Inbetweeners’ that brought him to the wider public’s attention, but following a series of appearances on various panel shows and stand-up specials, the former Mr Gilbert, Greg Davies, has definitely become an appreciated comedian in his own right. In his triumphant return to the Lowry, he has sold every seat in the ...

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CD REVIEW: Anthony Newley: The Last Song, The Final Recordings

Producers: Stage Door Records &The Anthony Newley Society Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [rating:3.5] Anthony Newley passed away in 1999, leaving behind him an impressive legacy covering stage, screen and recordings, both as a writer and performer. The final recordings that he made in 1996 and 1997, before sadly losing his battle with cancer, up until now had remained unreleased. Newley’s fans ...

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Millions – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Writer: Frank Cottrell Boyce Director: Laura Norman Reviewer: Glen Pearce [rating:4]   Money may make the world go around, but what happens when two schoolboys suddenly find a holdall containing a Million pounds lands in their laps? Brothers Anthony and Damian have lost their mother, a fact Anthony exploits at every opportunity. While Anthony see’s the money making potential, younger ...

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BOOK REVIEW: In-Depth Acting

Author: Dee Cannon Publisher: Oberon Books Reviewer: John Roberts Browse any theatre section in your local Waterstones and you won’t be hard pushed to find a selection of books dedicated to the craft of acting, it would appear that every acting coach from every theatrical institution have put their thoughts into a book on how the actor can improve their ...

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BOOK REVIEW: Getting Directions

Author: Russ Hope Publisher: Nick Hern Books Reviewer: John Roberts Russ Hope has been given unprecedented access to some of the UK’s biggest and most influential directors. The book is described as “A fly-on-the-wall guide for emerging theatre directors” which may perhaps be a little misguiding, for Getting Directions is more an insight into the rehearsal process of the selected ...

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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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