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An Officer and a Gentleman The Musical – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Based on the book by Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Daryl Holden Make no mistake, An Officer and a Gentleman is one of the corniest jukebox musicals that you’ll probably ever experience. With some questionable dialogue and see through storyline, save for a few moments here and there, it’s not by any means a story ...

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Beautiful – Liverpool Empire

Book: Douglas McGrath Music/Lyrics: Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil Director: Marc Bruni Reviewer: John Roberts “These songs are about me, and who better to sing them than myself” A powerful statement that is delivered towards the middle of Act Two, when Carole King, here played with an assured and confident performance from Bronté Barbé realises that actually, ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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The Band – Liverpool Empire

Book: Tim Firth Music: Take That Director: Kim Gavin & Jack Ryder Reviewer: John Roberts It wasn’t going to be long considering the trend in Jukebox musicals, that one should be written using Take That’s back catalogue, and what better way to do it than to co-produce it yourself. Alongside David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers the unstoppable boyband have once ...

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Jersey Boys – Empire Theatre Liverpool

Music: Bob Gaudio Lyric: Bob Crewe Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Director: Des McAnuff Reviewer: Daryl Holden In this day and age, there are so many different tastes for the theatre that it’s rare to find something that builds up a true following by almost everyone. Even rarer then, is to find something that lives up to said hype. ...

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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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War Horse – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Michael Morpurgo Adaptor: Nick Stafford Director: Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris Reviewer: John Roberts Almost 10 years to the day, War Horse gained its first preview at the National Theatre in London, however, the production almost never happened.  The then artistic director of the National Theatre couldn’t see how an adaptation of a children’s book about a horse in ...

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Welsh National Opera: Die Fledermaus – Liverpool Empire

Composer: Johann Strauss II Director: John Copley Conductor:  James Southall Revival Director: Sarah Crisp Reviewer: Daryl Holden “This evening, we will have a boring domestic comedy”. With this particular joke arising midway through the second act of Welsh National Opera’s Die Fledermaus, you would be forgiven for thinking that they are indeed talking about their own show. For the most ...

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