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Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

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Pygmalion – Playhouse, Liverpool

Writer: George Bernard Shaw Director: Sam Pritchard Reviewer: Abbie Rippon Shaw’s iconic play about the role language and speech plays within the spheres of the social classes has been re-wired and re-vamped for this 2017 production by Headlong and their associated partners. Many readers will be familiar with the play, either because they know the musical My Fair Lady which ...

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RENT – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: John Roberts In 1993, New York’s Musical Theatre Workshop put on a reading of a new musical by the relatively unknown composer Jonathan Larson, several workshop productions later the show was set to open with a full production on the 100th Anniversary of Puccini’s La Boheme - the very opera that Larson had ...

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Fiddler on the Roof – Liverpool Everyman, Liverpool

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Gemma Bodinetz Reviewer: Tate James The Everyman Theatre is now home to the 14 actors of the new Everyman Company, who are breaking tradition at the prestigious venue with a musical offering in the form of a new production of Fiddler on the Roof. It seems an alarmingly relevant choice for ...

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The Twits – Liverpool Playhouse

Writer: Roald Dahl Adapter: David Wood Director: Max Webster Reviewer: John Roberts Following on from their colourful and entertaining production of Roald Dahl's The Witches,  Leicester's Curve theatre alongside Kingston's Rose Theatre have joined forces to present this hideously grotesque, yet highly enjoyable tour of Dahl's deliciously disgusting duo. Under the direction of Max Webster, Dahl's dark tale is brought vividly ...

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Thoroughly Modern Millie – Liverpool Empire

Joanne Clifton as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie

Book: Richard Morris and Dick Scanlan New Music:  Jeanine Tesori New Lyrics: Dick Scanlan Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: John Roberts Originally a film vehicle for Oscar Award-winning Julie Andrews in 1967, this stage version was bound for Broadway in 2002 with a new book by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan and music from Jeanine Tesori - that season the show won ...

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Superbooty – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Michael Chapman as Superbooty

Writer/Director: Michael Chapman Reviewer: John Roberts Just in time for a half-term treat Michael Chapman, best known in Liverpool as the Epstein Theatre's resident dame, brings his latest lycra-cladded alter-ego to the stage in her first full-length fun-filled family show. Superbooty originally made a small debut to fix a plot hole in one of the Epstein's pantomimes a few years ...

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Million Dollar Quartet – Liverpool Empire

Image by Darren Bell

Book: Colin Escott &Flloyd Mutrix Conceived by Flloyd Mutrix Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: John Roberts On one cold Memphis evening on December 4, 1956 - at the famous Sun Studios, legendary record producer Sam Phillips was in a recording studio laying down tracks for recent number one artist Carl Philips... playing for him that session was an unknown live-wire pianist called ...

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