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The Wedding Singer – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Kennedy Based on the lucrative box office eponymous 1998 movie Rom-Com that, being generous, lent Adam Sandler’s career at least some ephemeral gravitas, the much lauded ‘chemistry’ between him and love interest, Drew Barrymore, became a water-cooler buzz topic. What actual chemicals they shared, ...

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Belshazzar’s Feast – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

A Gowned choir in front of a grand organ

Conductor: Michael Seal Reviewer:  David Robinson The City of Birmingham Choir under the direction of Adrian Lucas joins forces with the dynamic Birmingham Schools’ Symphony Orchestra for an evening of robust and admirable English music. The main course after the interval is William Walton’s sublime Belshazzar’s Feast, based on selected biblical texts from the books of Psalms and Daniel. Prior ...

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All Is Well – mac, Birmingham

Two women, one with a bicycle

Writer: Vanessa Oakes Director: Mark Evans Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Radunitsa, the Russian Orthodox day of remembrance for the dead. Family members of victims of the Chernobyl disaster of 1986 are visiting family graves on an annual pilgrimage to the huge forest. Aleks (Mark Carey) is visiting his mother’s grave. He is a nuclear consultant who works around the globe ...

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The Other Side – Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham

Six people with a set of scales

Writer and Director: Frank Bramwell Reviewer: John Kennedy Described as A Play For Today told by the Voices of Yesterday this site-specific, script-in-hand event debuted last month at St. Paul’s in the Jewellery Quarter. Theatre Birmingham is a collective of professional and non-professional theatre-makers who create inclusive spoken-word and scripted plays. The ethos and emphasis is to draw in local talent and enthusiasm ...

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Lucky Sods – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Darren Haywood, Hannah Fretwell, Hayley Grainger and Liam Alexandra in Lucky Sods

Writer: John Godber Director: Oliver Hume Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Since its inception in 1994, over 4000 people have become millionaires courtesy of the National Lottery. Many of us enter each week dreaming of what we might do with such life-changing sums. But history also tells us that money doesn’t necessarily bring happiness. Lucky Sods, originally set in the early days ...

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Funny Girl – Birmingham Hippodrome

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Fanny Brice was a phenomenon of the American stage in the early 20th Century. A natural comedienne and talented singer, she used her ‘funny face’ and ungainly movements to great effect, appearing in the Ziegfeld follies throughout the 1920s. Her personal life, ...

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Russell Watson and his Orchestra – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Russell Watson was famously discovered singing Presley covers in northern Working Men’s clubs. When a club secretary suggested he have a go at Nessun Dorma and, despite Watson not having had any classical singing training, a career was born. And since then Watson has ruled supreme in the classical crossover arena, equally at home crooning or singing ...

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Genesis Revisited and Classic Hackett – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight It was a little over 40 years ago, in December 1976, that Genesis released their eighth studio album Wind & Wuthering. This came at a time of considerable change in the band – it had been pronounced dead by many in the music industry following the departure of lead singer, Peter Gabriel in 1975, sprang back to ...

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