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CD REVIEW: Hamlisch Uncovered

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Marvin Hamlisch: composer, conductor and the only person other than Richard Rogers to win a Pulitzer Prize as well the full EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar & Tony). Most of his body of work was made up film scores as well as being a prolific conductor, but he will probably be best remembered for composing the score for ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Writer: Howard Ashman Music &Lyrics: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Rachel Watson It is almost impossible to think that the man behind some of Disney’s biggest successes, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and, more recently, Tangled had his breakthrough with this comedy musical about a giant, blood-thirsty plant. However, Alan Menken’s recognisable style and lyrics ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1930’s cinemas began showing two films at each session in a bid to hang onto audiences reduced by the Depression, and demand grew for cheap, quickly turned out films to support the main features. Thus the B-movie was born, becoming ...

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The Little Shop of Horrors – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewer: Nicole Evans A somewhat unexpected and unprecedented success, Little Shop of Horrors started life as a low-budget B-movie back in 1960. Subsequent stage adaptations, and the better-known movie remake of 1986, have ensured the cult status it quickly gained has remained a large part of popular culture ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors.

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Reviewed: Scott Matthewman Before Howard Ashman and Alan Menken revitalised the Disney musical starting with The Little Mermaid, they took the off-Broadway world by storm with their comedy musical retelling of a B-movie about an extraterrestrial carnivorous plant that grows to enormous size when fed on human blood. ...

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Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre, London

Writer:Chad Beguelin Director and Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw Lyricists: Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin Composer: Alan Menken Reviewer: Paul Couch Back in 1978, the poster tag-lines for Richard Donner’s epic Superman movie promised: “You will believe a man can fly”. We didn’t – the effects were pretty rudimentary and, frankly, disappointing but that cannot be said of the Broadway ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Theatr Clwyd, Mold

Music: Alan Menken Book &Lyrics: Howard Ashman Director: Tim Baker Reviewer: Steve Davies Upon entering the auditorium at Theatr Clwyd the audience is met with an image of Skid Row, the home of down-and-out bums. There are piles of trash-cans and litter on the street. This is backed by a fantastic shimmering projection of the ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ bloody ...

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Little Shop Of Horrors – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Book &Lyrics:Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Gareth Machin Musical Director: Richard Reeday Choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Michael Gray This cult musical is a cultivar of the 1960 Corman film; from modest origins off-Broadway, it has grown into a major industry, with community groups drawn to its catchy tunes and off-the-wall story. Specialist plantsmen supply the various Audrey IIs, from ...

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