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Miss Saigon – Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Book & Lyrics: Alain Boublil Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Dominic Corr Before the likes of Wicked or The Lion King, Miss Saigon stood as one of the West End’s epic musicals.  Heavily influenced by Madame Butterfly and with the legendary creative team of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, it’s no wonder many adore this musical. In many ways ...

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Sunset Boulevard – Bristol Hippodrome

Book & Lyrics: Don Black & Christopher Hampton Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Holly Spanner Even though the original Broadway production scooped seven of the 11 nominated Tony Awards, Sunset Boulevard somehow always seems underrated, overshadowed by other musicals. Given the scale and grandeur of this musical, it is fully deserving of attention in its own right. ...

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Bananaman The Musical – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Leon Parris Director: Mark Perry  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman If you thought pantomime season was over for another year, think again. Southwark Playhouse’s latest musical Bananaman, based on the DC Thompson comic strip that now resides in the Beano after life in the now-defunct stablemates Nutty and the Dandy, is firmly in the over-the-top, child-friendly silly comedy ...

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Nativity! The Musical – The Grand, Leeds

Writer and Director: Debbie Isitt Songs: Nicky Ager and Debbie Isitt Reviewer: Laura Stimpson Nativity! The Musical, has zoomed into The Grand this week, bringing with it bucket loads of sparkle and shine. Based on the hit 2009 Christmas Film by Debbie Isitt, The Nativity, the narrative follows the children of the failing St Bernadette’s school in Coventry as they prepare for ...

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The Wizard of Oz – The Crucible, Sheffield

Director: Robert Hastie Choreographer: Ewan Jones Written by: L. Frank Baum Music & Lyrics: Harold Arlen Reviewer: Beverley Haigh Sheffield Theatres festive offering this year is the iconic The Wizard of Oz. This brand new production gives L. Frank Baum’s classic book a makeover, potentially appealing to a legion of new fans in the wake of Wicked, the record-breaking musical based on ...

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Elf – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin Music: Matthew Sklar Lyrics: Chad Begulen Director: Morgan Young Reviewer: Alisha McCracken If you are looking for a sparklejollytwinklejingley treat to take the family to this festive season, then one would be hard pushed to find a more enjoyable, feel good, sugarcoated show than Elf currently taking residency at The Lowry this Christmas. Based ...

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Crazy For You – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music and lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Sam Lowe The theatre announcer explains that all the music will be played live on stage. A refreshing change considering the musicians are usually hidden away in the orchestra pit. Actor musicianship has been a recent trend in theatre for over decade now and provides ...

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