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Legally Blonde the Musical – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Heather Hach Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Clare White Legally Blonde The Musical is a bit like candyfloss – pink, fluffy and syrupy sweet. Based on the 2001 film comedy starring Reece Witherspoon, its musical adaptation premièred on Broadway in 2007 and subsequently enjoyed successful West End and UK tour runs. This latest production, directed ...

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The Wedding Singer – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Clare White Set in the era of pitchy synth pop, big hair and even bigger shoulder pads, The Wedding Singer is a light-hearted dose of 80s kitsch. This musical adaptation of the 1998 rom-com starring Adam Sandler brings together the sweetness and fun of the ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A young man and a woman sit side by side on a bench

Writer: Paul Allen from the screenplay by Mark Herman Director: Gareth Tudor Price Reviewer: Selwyn Knight 1994. Ten years after the miners’ strike and life in the Lancashire mining village of Grimley is still, well, grim. The future of the pit is in the balance – its miners will vote on whether to accept a redundancy payout or send the ...

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The Wedding Singer – The Grand, Leeds

Writer:  Chad Beguelin & Tim Herlihy Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Stephen Brennan There’s a repeated joke towards the end of The Wedding Singer where fake versions of 1980’s icons are introduced, each time with a knowing wink to the audience inviting them to accept the pale imitation as the real thing. Unfortunately, for a ...

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Funny Girl – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  James Garrington Success in show business is said to be as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is with talent. The film version of Funny Girl, following a successful stage run, did much to promote Barbra Streisand’s ...

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The Woman in Black – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

A scene from The Woman In Black by Susan Hill @ Fortune Theatre.

Writer: Stephen Mallatratt, from the novel by Susan Hill Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Selwyn Knight As a young solicitor, Arthur Kipps had an unsettling experience that has had a profound effect on his entire life. Now, as an older man, he hopes to exorcise the ghost by writing an account of what happened and then sharing it with family and friends. ...

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Gangsta Granny – The Grand, Leeds

Boy, older woman with puppet animals

Writer: David Walliams Adaptor and Director: Neal Forest Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Birmingham Stage Company, the team behind Horrible Histories have worked their magic again – although granted, turning David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny into a fun-filled adaptation for the stage is somewhat less of a challenge. The skill of the shows adaptor, Neal Foster shines through, as it transitions seamlessly from ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – The Grand, Leeds

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris & Dick Scanlan New Music: Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Musical Director: Rob Wicks Reviewer: Rob Atkinson On the face of it, the traditional “boy meets girl, they have issues, but end up happy ever after” musical theatre story is unlikely to be aided by the addition of a subplot around what they ...

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