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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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Side Show – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Daniel Perks A carnival of freaks, a Side Show where Sir (Chris Howell) parades the outcasts of yesteryear. Nowadays it is ok to be different, alternative – in many ways it is considered trendy, a bold statement of one’s individuality. The Half Man Half Woman (Kirstie Skivington) or ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner When Side Show opened in 1997 on Broadway, it was billed as being commercially disastrous. It did however generate a substantial a cult following and has since been recently revived at the St James Theatre, only to close after less than two months in early 2015. The production explores the incredible and touching true story of conjoined ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – 2014 Broadway Cast Recording

Music by Henry Krieger Book &Lyrics by Bill Russell Additional Book Material by Bill Condon Reviewer: Mark Clegg The travelling freak show is a long tradition with a chequered history. Although generally seen by the public as a thing of the past, recent TV shows like Freakshow and American Horror Story as well as the popularity of close relatives Circus ...

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Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens – The White Bear, Kennington

Music: Janet Hood Lyrics: Bill Russell Director: Marc Kelly Reviewer: Joanna Trainor Angels, Punks and Raging Queens are partying before the audience even arrive at the White Bear in Kennington. Disco balls, fairy lights, illuminated beer signs, stage show posters, beanbags, and a well-placed table to dramatically dance on, set the scene for a celebration of these characters’ lives, but ...

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