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CD REVIEW: You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – 2016 Off-Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Despite being upstaged by his dog, Charlie Brown was always the central character of Charles M. Schultz’s comic strip Peanuts. Snoopy may adorn more t-shirts and cuddly toys but the ‘blockhead’ Charlie Brown (he is always addressed in full) was pivotal from the strip’s creation in 1950 through to it becoming a worldwide phenomenon.  Snoopy-fever hit its ...

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John and Jen – Union Theatre, London

Music and Book: Andrew Lippa Lyrics and Book: Tom Greenwald Director: Sam Donovan Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Sibling relationships aren’t very well covered in popular culture, and when they are they’re usually a subplot depicting brothers and sisters at war, either murdering each other for an inheritance in Poirot or having affairs with each other’s wives in EastEnders. And musical theatre, ...

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CD REVIEW: John & Jen – 2015 Off-Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Andrew Lippa Book: Tom Greenwald Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Revivals of classic material are as much a staple of the stage as curtains and lighting malfunctions. John and Jen is one such production, revived twenty years on from its original 1995 run on the Off Broadway platform. Andrew Lippa (Music) &Tom Greenwald's (Lyrics) story is a deceptively simple two-act structure, ...

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John & Jen – Theatre Row, New York City

Book: Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Tom Greenwald Director: Jonathan Silverstein Reviewer: Jamie Rosler The first major revival of John &Jen since the mid-1990s, Keen Company’s production is a fantastic vehicle for Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan, who offer enjoyable performances, but is unfortunately mediocre in general. Potentially emotional subject matter, such as abusive fathers and ...

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John & Jen – Drayton Arms Theatre, London

Music: Andrew Lippa Lyrics: Tom Greenwald Director: Dom O’Hanlon Musical Director: Sarah Burrell Reviewer: Scott Stait This year marks the 20th anniversary of Andrew Lippa’s little known John &Jen, and as such an Off-Broadway revival is set to open this month starring Kate Baldwin and Conor Ryan. Across the pond, and a little closer to home, Pinot Productions are taking ...

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The Addams Family – Assembly at the Mound, Edinburgh

Music/Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: John Roberts Following their critical success withAvenue Qin 2013, the students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland present the Edinburgh Festival Fringe premiere of Andrew Lippa's musical take onThe Addams Family. WednesdayAddams is in love with Lucas, Lucas's parents are falling out of love with each other, ...

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The Addams Family – Kings Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Andrew Goland Reviewer: Dominic Corr Breathing life into the macabre since their 1938 print debut in The New Yorker, The Addams Family has only recently made the transition to stage. This eclectic family created by Charles Addams to lampoon the traditional American one is a cast of gothic ...

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Life of the Party – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Music and lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: David Babani Reviewer: Ian Foster You’d be forgiven for not being familiar with Andrew Lippa, whose work is being celebrated at the Menier Chocolate Factory with a vivacious show that cherry-picks from his career so far. Although born in Leeds, his successes have been over the Atlantic with shows like The Addams Family, Big ...

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