Home / Tag Archives: Alan Menken

Tag Archives: Alan Menken

Sister Act – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sister Act is a staple of Sunday afternoon movie viewing, a film that when it is on requires you to put your feet up with a cuppa and watch. Along with Bond and Hocus Pocus (why has this still not been converted into a show ...

Read More »

Sister Act the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Tate James Beneath the arches of Matthew Wright’s simplistic gothic church set, Alexandra Burke leads a company of actor-musicians in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Sister Act The Musical. It's an iconic movie brought to the stage with an original score by Alan ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

CD REVIEW: A Bronx Tale – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Glenn Slater Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on the 1989 one-man play, the new musical version of A Bronx Tale has a startling pedigree. The musical’s book is by Chazz Palminteri who not only wrote the original play, but also wrote the screenplay for (and starred in) the 1993 movie adaptation. The show is co-directed ...

Read More »

Sister Act – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri & Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Clare White There is much to rejoice about in Sister Act. The musical stage adaptation of the popular 90s film starring Whoopi Goldberg is full of energy and fun - featuring an original score by Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, starring vocal powerhouse Alexandra Burke and including trombone-playing ...

Read More »

Little Shop of Horrors – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Writer: Howard Ashman Music &Lyrics: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Rachel Watson It is almost impossible to think that the man behind some of Disney’s biggest successes, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and, more recently, Tangled had his breakthrough with this comedy musical about a giant, blood-thirsty plant. However, Alan Menken’s recognisable style and lyrics ...

Read More »

Little Shop of Horrors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1930’s cinemas began showing two films at each session in a bid to hang onto audiences reduced by the Depression, and demand grew for cheap, quickly turned out films to support the main features. Thus the B-movie was born, becoming ...

Read More »

Little Shop of Horrors – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewed: Scott Matthewman Before Howard Ashman and Alan Menken revitalised the Disney musical starting with The Little Mermaid, they took the off-Broadway world by storm with their comedy musical retelling of a B-movie about an extraterrestrial carnivorous plant that grows to enormous size when fed on human blood. ...

Read More »