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The Wiz – Milton Keynes Theatre

Music and lyrics: Charlie Smalls Book: William F Brown Director: Robert Marsden Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty The Wizard of Oz has spawned many a spin-off, including the Broadway hit Wicked, but before that came The Wiz. Originally with an African American cast, the musical is a retelling of the classic tale we all know and love. The original 1975 Broadway production ...

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The White Devil – Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Writer: John Webster Director: Maria Aberg Reviewer: Katy Roberts The Royal Shakespeare Company's Swan Theatre has, for the purposes of its Roaring Girl season, once again become a home for performances of Shakespeare's contemporaries with a series of lesser-known Jacobean plays, each with fiercely exciting and intriguing rôles for women. Rounding out the season is Maria Aberg's production of The ...

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Rent – Curve, Leicester

Book, Music &Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director:Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, Rent is a rock opera about a group of struggling artists trying to make ends meet in difficult times. Battling drug addictions, HIV and the establishment, Rent is full of humour, heartache, highs and lows as the characters struggle with their relationships, and their identities ...

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Annie – Curve, Leicester

Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Book: Thomas Meehan Director:Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Rosanna Sloan From ‘It’s A Hard Knock Life’ to ‘Tomorrow’ to ‘Easy Street’, Annie is one of the most iconic and popular musicals of all time, and Curve’s Community Production of this much loved production raises the bar to the highest possible standard for non-professional groups everywhere.This season ...

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The Buddy Holly Story – New Theatre, Oxford

Director: Matt Salisbury Writer: Alan Janes Reviewer: Bethaney Rimmer Before The Beatles and The Stones there was Buddy Holly, a young singer/songwriter from Lubbock Texas who knew what he wanted to be and exactly what sound he wanted to make. Within a very short period of time, Buddy and his iconic thick rimmed spectacles revolutionised music for the better, and, ...

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Burt Bacharach – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Burt Bacharach seems to have been a musical presence forever, and his music will have provided the soundtrack to many growing up in the sixties and seventies. Now, nearer ninety than eighty himself, he continues to tour with a talented seven piece band and three vocalists giving the people of Birmingham their first chance to hear his ...

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Norsesome – mac, Birmingham

Writers: Paul O’Mahony and Mike Tweddle Music and lyrics: Rob Castell and Paul O’Mahony Director: Mike Tweddle Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Having had runaway success with Unmythable, a romp through Greek mythology, Temple Theatre return with Norsesome, a new production that premiered at mac Birmingham before touring. The three man cast take the audience through Norse legend, with the Norse pantheon ...

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Scooby-Doo! The Mystery of the Pyramids – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Gregoire Dey and Remy Caccia Director: Paul Mills Reviewer: Nicole Evans Scooby-Doo has been entertaining young audiences since 1969 when the cartoon first appeared on television screens. After several successful runs, a feature film or two and continuing global success across generations, stage shows were an obvious next step for Warner Bros and Scooby-Doo Live was born. It returns ...

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