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The Who’s Tommy – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Reviewer:  John Kennedy Described as the Rock Musical reborn for a new generation there may well be a smattering of the My Generation here tonight who heard it first time round. The essential summertime news circulating in 1969 was that The Who were ...

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The Who’s Tommy – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Three young men dancing in front of a statue

Music & Lyrics: Pete Townsend Book: Pete Townsend & Des McAnuff Additional Music & Lyrics: John Entwistle & Keith Moon Director: Kerry Michael Musical Director: Robert Hyman Reviewer: Glen Pearce The Who’s Tommy has always been something of a concept for directors to mould into their own. Sadly though concept doesn't always translate into form. Pete Townsend’s rock opera was ...

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Jersey Boys – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writers: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Music: Bob Gaudio Reviewer: Clare White   Award winning musical Jersey Boys rock 'n rolled into Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre for a night of smash hits and high jinks. Set in New Jersey in 1962, Jersey Boys tells the rags to riches story of four young boys from the wrong side of ...

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Jersey Boys – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuf Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Oh, what a night! Late October here in 2015, an audience raised the roof at Manchester Opera House following a showing of the acclaimed touring production Jersey Boys. However, despite the warm reception, this is a production that takes a while to ...

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Tommy: The Rock Opera – Opera House Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Director: Paul Nicholas Book: Pete Townshend &Des McAnuff Music &Lyrics: Pete Townshend Reviewer: Stephen M Hornby   Tommy: The Rock Opera comes with an old school multi-media history: first an album, then a concert, then a film and finally in 1992, the perhaps inevitable musical. This production casts Joe McElderry in the titular rôle and as an X-Factor winner from ...

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Jersey Boys – Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book: Marshall Brickman &Rick Elice Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Joseph Leigh The West End and Broadway smash hit Jersey Boys swings its way into the Theatre Royal Plymouth this week, bringing with it a host of well-known chart-toppers and an incredibly talented cast. Audience members who are not familiar with the story behind the ...

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The Jersey Boys – Mayflower, Southampton

Director: Des Mcanuff Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe Reviewer: Sharon MacDonald-Armitage For those unaware, The Jersey Boys is not your standard juke box musical. Despite a smorgasbord of hit songs that you will instantly recognise there is far more to this show than a number of hits strung together. This is ...

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Jersey Boys – Liverpool Empire

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyrics: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman &Rick Elice Director: Des Mcanuff Reviewer: Lauren Maughan As soon as you hear that falsetto, the voice is unmistakably that of Frankie Valli. You don’t have to be a music mogul to know that his sound is unforgettable. Never has there been a singer like him, and there probably won’t be ...

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