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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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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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Material Men redux – The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographer, Shobana Jeyasingh, presents MATERIAL MEN, starring bharathanatyam dancer Sooraj Subramaniam and hip-hop dancer, Shailesh Bahoran

Choreographer: Shobana Jeyasingh Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin Reviewer: John Kennedy Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh is feted for her breathtaking, chance-taking originality. Ever looking to the future, she nevertheless remains rooted to her Indian/Sri Lankan artistic antecedents. Exotic, robotic-erotic, evocative and provocative – this is quite an achievement for two men dizzyingly and dazzlingly infused with dervish delights. Virtuoso conjoined spirits intoxicated with a Jinn-soaked ...

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Shirley Valentine – Milton Keynes Theatre

Jodie Prenger as Shirley Valentine

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Glen Walford Reviewer:  Maggie Constable Wow…The 30th anniversary of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine already and how times have changed for many women. Russell is well known for his portrayal of very real, feisty female characters and our eponymous heroine is no exception. She joins us in Milton Keynes this week. Shirley Bradshaw lives a happy if ...

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Celebrating Sinatra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Anthony Gabriele Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It’s just over 100 years since Francis Albert Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. His career had its ups and downs, taking in periods as a teen idol, film actor and academy award winner and elder statesman of music. Although he never learned to read music, his innate musicality made him the supreme interpreter ...

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Mozart and Salieri – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Composer/Libretto: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Musical Director: Andrew Charity Stage Director: Pamela Schermann Reviewer: John Kennedy Tonight’s performance, another first for the Old Joint Stock Theatre (OJS), reaffirms their ‘reverse-Tardis’ ethos - small on the inside/big thinking outside the box. London-based Time Zone Theatre, renowned for their eclectic and derring-do repertoire, premiere this seven venue tour at the OJS closing with an ...

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Nutcracker and Ballet Etudes – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Carl Czerney Reviewer:  Scott Matthewman Since 1998, Janet Lewis’ English Youth Ballet (EYB) has been working with young dancers around England, giving children and young adults the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside, and be trained by, professional ballet dancers. The result is an evening of ballet in which the stage is full of young hopefuls ...

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