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CD REVIEW: Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp: Acoustically Speaking

Reviewer: Emily Garside Recorded live at New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below, Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp reunite for an acoustic mix of Broadway and Rock-pop. Ranging across classic 80s pop - as Rapp quips he’s ‘very much a child of the 80s’ across contemporary and classic Broadway songs with a twist, there’s a variety brought out by their different musical styles, ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – Palace Theatre, Manchester

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: Ruth Gerrard The green carpet has been rolled out in Manchester and invites you to join them at Mushnik’s florist shop down on Skid Row where Mr Mushnik (Paul Kissaun) is struggling to make ends meet.  With two employees to pay Seymour (Sam Lupton) and Audrey (Stephanie ...

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The Remains of Tom Lehrer – Gilded Balloon Teviot (Wine Bar), Edinburgh

Reviewer: Mark O’Neill Historically renowned for his own original works, Adam Kay's latest show takes on a rather different style. This incredibly clever, fast-paced, musical experience sees Kay adapt the works of Tom Lehrer, someone who clearly inspires much of Kay’s own writing. Lehrer is famously known for his expressive and humorous singer-songwriting skills - a talent that is very ...

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NEWS: North West based Monsta Productions launch with Last Five Years revival

Image for The Last Five Years

North West based Monsta Productions have today announced that they will launch with a professional revival of Jason Robert Brown's heartbreaking musical The Last Five Years to play Chester's Forum Studio (28-30 July) and Shrewsbury's Theatre Severn (23-24 Sept). The musical which follows the unique structure of a five year relationship between aspiring actress Cathy and young novelist Jamie is ...

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NEWS: From Page to Stage season 4 open for applications

It was announced today that producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment has opened submissions for the fourth season of From Page To Stage – a festival showcasing the best in new musical theatre. The 2016 season will see the showcase festival return to the Tristan Bates Theatre from 31 October - 3 December 2016 and for the first time see ...

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Chicago the Musical – Opera House, Manchester

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Lyrics: Fred Ebb Music: John Kander Book: Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse Choreography: Ann Reinking, Gary Chryst Reviewer: Peter Jacobs   The 1996 Broadway revival of Chicago - which opened in the West End in 1997 - has proved to have longer legs than the original 1975 production. Maybe its narrative of empty celebrity and fame for fame’s sake plays ...

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Hairspray – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer:Bethany Steer   Set in Baltimore, USA in 1962, Hairspray is a musical full of bounce, boogie and big, big hair. A chubby teenage girl with an eye watering crush on local TV superstar, Link Larkin (Ashley Gilmour), ...

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