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Grey Gardens – Southwark Playhouse, London

Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Book: Doug Wright Music: Scott Frankel Lyrics: Michael Korie Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Since long before the day Icarus thought his waxen wings would carry him higher than wisdom told him they would, we have been obsessed with stories of falls from grace. From any level, a public crash is an attractive narrative, but when it happens ...

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CD REVIEW: Cool Rider

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Billed as the “cult sequel to grease” Cool Rider is in fact Grease 2 – reloaded. Revamped and given a new face, Cool Rider follows unlikely lovers Stephanie Zinone (Ashleigh Gray), leader of The Pink Ladies and English exchange student Michael Carrington (Aaron Sidwell) who quickly becomes smitten. After learning that Stephanie is looking for a devil ...

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Blockbuster The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Music &Lyrics: Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman Book: David Soames Director: Paul Nicholas Reviewer: Selwyn Knight One can see why, in an age of increasing uncertainty, theatre producers might turn to the juke box musical. The target audience is already familiar with the songs, and if you can get a big enough star to front it, you have a ready-made ...

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Cool Rider – Duchess Theatre, London

Writer: Mark Jones &Guy Unsworth Director: Guy Unsworth Reviewer: Matthew Nichols Given the choice between watching the film Grease (1978) or its sequel, Grease 2 (1982), I would plump for the second one on any day of the week. It has a genuinely fantastic and varied score, a pouting Michelle Pfeiffer on her way to superstardom, and turns the tables ...

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NEWS: Cool Rider returns for week long West End run.

Following the rapturous reception of the one-night-only concert at the Lyric Theatre, Cool Rider, the cult musical sequel will return to the West End, cool riding into the historic Duchess Theatre from Tuesday 15 to Saturday 19 April 2014 and tickets are now on sale. The film told the heady and daring love story of two unlikely lovers and their ...

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Carnaby St – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope &Robert Johns Director : Bob Tomson Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4] Carnaby Street, at Milton Keynes for this week only, is a new, colourful musical which takes you right back to London in the Sixties. The musical follows a working class Liverpool lad called Jude, new to the city with guitar in hand and Penny in tow, as ...

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Carnaby Street – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope and Robert Johns Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Carnaby Street is the latest in the lengthening sequence of nostalgia-driven jukebox musicals. It treads a well-worn path, consisting of a string of hits, this time from the 60s, tacked together with the flimsiest of links and slightest of plots. In this offering, we meet a hopeful ...

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Carnaby Street The Musical – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Carl Leighton-Pope Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Laura Ord [Rating:3.5] Not a single person in the audience is immune to the toe tapping, hand clapping sing along experience that is Carnaby Street The Musical, which follows the dreams and aspirations of wannabe pop star Jude (played by Matthew Wycliffe) and his friend Penny Lane (Verity Rushworth) as they move from ...

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