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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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Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, Live at Zédel, London

Blonde woman smiling to camera

Musical Director: Jason Carr Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by Jonathan Harvey based ...

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After You – Live At Zédel, London

Music: Alex Parker Book and Lyrics: Katie Lam Director: Alastair Knights Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Over recent months, Brasserie Zedél’s live cabaret space, The Crazy Coqs, has been spreading its wings with comedy performers and plays complementing the more traditional cabaret. Now, it has a commissioned musical, written for and set in the venue by Alex Parker and Katie Lam. Apart ...

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Audra McDonald – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Performers: Audra McDonald, Seth Rudetsky, Will Swenson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If your knowledge of Audra McDonald is limited to her role as the opera singer-cum-wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe, in Disney’s recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, you have so much more to learn. McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more than any other actor – and is ...

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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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