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CD REVIEW: If/Then – Original Cast Recording

Music: Tom Kitt Lyrics: Brian Yorkey Reviewer: Carrie Carter The latest offering from the writing team behind Next to Normal, If/Then, featuring an above the title performance from theatre royalty Idina Menzel, is one of this seasons most talked about Broadway openings, and for good reason. The easy to listen to score, almost flawless performances, and plot that is as ...

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One Man Two Guvnors’ – Mayflower, Southampton

Original Director: Nicholas Hytner Tour Director: Adam Penford Writer: Richard Bean Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage This National Theatre touring production of One Man Two Guvnors' that ran to great success in London’s West End tonight opened at Southampton’s Mayflower. Gavin Spokes takes the lead as Francis Henshall alongside Shaun Williamson (Charlie Clench), Emma Barton (Dolly), Jasmyn Banks (Pauline Clench) all who ...

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Happy Days – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Gary Marshall Composer &Lyricist: Paul Williams Director: Andrew Wright Reviewer: Marina Spark   Happy Days is currently entertaining audiences in Plymouth at the Theatre Royal. The cheery, upbeat new musical has the audience buzzing with excitement as the overture complete with accompanying disco lights starts. The story is a simple one - the friends and family members that treat ...

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CD REVIEW: Bullets Over Broadway The Musical – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Book: Woody Allen Music adaptation and Additional Lyrics: Glen Kelly Reviewer: Mark Clegg Broadway and the business of show have always been popular subjects for musicals. The Producers, Crazy for You, Singin’ in the Rain and Kiss Me Kate all successfully found drama and, more to the point comedy in the staging (or filming) of a musical. Interestingly, Bullets Over ...

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Uprising – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Tara McKevitt Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Uprising is the second piece to be performed at the Lyric Theatre as part Smashing Times Theatre Company’s, The Memory Project. The performance is described as a ‘fusion of text, movements and dance’; a ‘multi-disciplinary performance exploring memories and experiences of war and peace in Northern Ireland and internationally’. Uprising ...

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Pulse Festival: Scratch Day – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

By Glen Pearce Theatre makers face a quandary when developing new work. While there is a comforting safety in the seclusion of the rehearsal room, without an audience that work will never reach its potential. However, at what stage do you share that work with an audience? While West End productions have the luxury of preview periods to test out ...

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Terry Alderton – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Jo Beggs Terry Alderton is probably best known for playing Terry Spraggan in EastEnders. In fact, he has a long list of TV and film acting credits alongside a long history in stand-up. And so, Alderton uses what he knows in his anarchic, often bewildering act. If his writing stood up to his performance abilities, Alderton would be an ...

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Thou Shalt Not Kill – Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Writer: Paul Kennedy (Commissioned and based on research and stories from Smashing Times Theatre Company) Director: Mary Moynihan Reviewer: Caitriona M. Reilly Smashing Times Theatre Company brings their The Memory Project featuring performances of Uprising and Thou Shalt Not Kill to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The Memory Project is described as an ‘innovative, groundbreaking arts project using theatre and ...

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