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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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The Glenn Miller Story – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tommy Steele as Glenn Miller in the Glenn Miller Story

Director: Bob Tomson Choreographer: Bill Deamer Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Major Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared in fog somewhere over the English Channel in 1944, en route from an RAF airbase to Paris, the 40-year-old trombonist and band leader was already a household name. In the 70 years since his status has risen to legendary levels. Perhaps the only surprise about ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Thompson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Jonny Black Jesus Christ Superstar first hit the stage in 1971 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since. It was the first professional stage production by the hugely successful team of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics).‘JCS’ is a rock opera which ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Tomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: John Roberts Opening on Broadway in 1971 and in the UK in 1972, Jesus Christ Superstar is arguably Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s finest collaboration. A unique look at the final days in Jesus' life this rock opera still feels incredibly fresh and timeless thanks to ...

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Blood Brothers – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Steve Davies Who doesn’t know the story of the Johnstone twins? Well for the uninitiated it’s the tale of a mother who hands over one of her new born twins to a woman who can’t have children. It’s also the story of two boys who become friends ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Excitement, energy and laughter, Dreamboats and Petticoats is the musical to watch. A smash hit in the West End and now touring. The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have cleverly woven a tale of teenage love and angst with a good dose of comedy, around a full ...

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Scrooge – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writer: Based on the novel A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Naomi Stevens [rating:4] With a multitude of catchy numbers and a fabulously festive story, Scrooge contains the ingredients for an entertaining family production. Of course, the story is not a new one. A Christmas Carol, written by Charles Dickens, has been told in many forms ...

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Carnaby Street: Theatre Royal, Brighton

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope/ Robert Johns Director: Bob Tomson Musical Director: Dan Smith Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5]   It is not often that you see a packed Theatre Royal audience on its feet and jigging in the aisles as it was at the end of last night’s show. No doubt some of that is down to the enduring ‘sing-a-long’ nature of ...

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