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Idina Menzel – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Reviewer:  Clare White Just last week, Idina Menzel was introduced on ITV’s Loose Women as ‘the star of Disney’s Frozen’. Indeed, as the voice of Princess Elsa in the 2013 animated film, she was propelled to global stardom and became a household name, but Frozen is just the tip of the iceberg - Idina was a stage and screen superstar ...

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Rent – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Chris Williams In 2016, Rent - the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical - celebrated its 20th anniversary. This new production embarked on a UK tour in celebration, stopping in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. Based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme - with our poets and painters modernised as a filmmaker or performance artist - Rent’s ...

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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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The Winter’s Tale – Cockpit Theatre, London

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Nina Brazier Composer: Kim Ashton Reviewer: Michael Gray This 60-minute musical re-imagining of Shakespeare's problem play is a boldly ingenious experiment with the drama. This year has seen many Shakespeare-inspired performances. Song recitals, of course, but also Mendelssohn, Walton, Korngold et al in concert with extracts from the canon. And it's not long since The Winter's ...

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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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RENT – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Choreography: Lee Proud Reviewer: Christy Ku Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème, RENT follows the story of a group of young artists struggling to survive and live their bohemian lifestyles in New York City. Meanwhile, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rages on, affecting everyone they love and tearing their lives apart. This new production celebrates the 20th anniversary of ...

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RENT – Paul McCartney Auditorium, Liverpool

Book / Music / Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Jake Norton Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to applaud the ambitious young producers Claire Eggison, Daniel Jackson, Liam McMullan, and Fay Parkinson who make up new company Peak Productions. The company has been formed by music, theatre and entertainment management students while still studying at the Liverpool Institute for Performing ...

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tick, tick … BOOM! – Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

Rhys Owen, Joshue Dowen and Jessica Singer in tick tick BOOM

Book, Lyrics and Music: Jonathan Larson Director: Adam Lacey Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   Jonathan Larson is best known for Rent, his musical based on La Bohème and relocated to New York City. But before he hit the big time, he spent years waiting tables, writing in the evenings and weekends, living in unheated apartments waiting for the big break. Tragically, ...

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