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CD REVIEW: Release Me – Barbra Streisand

Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:3.5] Ms Streisand's breathy laughter opens track one of Release Me. "This is take eight? I haven't sung it once!" she giggles, before launching into the sublime Being Good Isn't Good Enough (from Sixties musical Hallelujah, Baby!). Now a fame-shunning 70-year-old, Barbra Streisand's big notes certainly haven't gone into hiding on this album of unreleased material. On ...

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Comedy Club 4 Kids – Harrogate Theatre

Reviewer: Liza Kyle [rating:4.5] The Harrogate Comedy Festival is back for its fourth year with 50 top-notch comedians lining up to play a handful of venues in just two weeks. One of the final acts with the pleasure of closing this year’s festival is Comedy Club 4 Kids. Comedy Club 4 Kids have been running a “proper comedy club for ...

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Hairy Bikers Larger than Live Tour – The Royal Hall, Harrogate

Writers: Si King, Dave Myers and Will Brenton Director: Will Brenton Reviewer: Liza Kyle [rating:4.5] The nations’ favourite bike riding, beard flaunting, globe-trotting double act is back and they’re still larger than life, despite cooking and eating their way to a mightily impressive three stone weight loss between them. There is certainly a lot of mileage to be had out ...

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Mr Maugham at Home – The Brewery Theatre, The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Writer: Anthony Curtis Director: Chris Garner Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4.5] Written in the first person narrative, biographer Anthony Curtis translates William Somerset Maugham’s (or Willie, as he is known to his friends) story into a stylish, witty and sensitive one man play. Known today for his considerable contribution to literature, with almost 100 books and over 30 plays, Maugham’s writing ...

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Relatively Speaking – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Lindsay Posner Reviewer: Samuel Hopkins [Rating:4] Among the idyllic hills of Buckinghamshire in a quaint little village comes one huge mess of a situation that is guaranteed to have you smiling from ear to ear. Alan Ayckbourn’s first West-End comedy hit has made a major comeback touring across the UK this year and can currently be ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – O2 Arena, London

Music: Andrew Lloyd-Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2] Having gone down the road of television casting once again for one of his shows and quite possibly killing off the genre at the same time, Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s much-touted revival of his 1971 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar will hopefully have the same effect on staging theatrical ...

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Anthony Rapp: Without You – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Anthony Rapp Musical Director: Daniel A Weiss Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] Anthony Rapp's autobiographical one-man show soared through Edinburgh's Fringe Festival leaving a trail of soggy programmes and rave reviews. I had heard so much about the show that I knew it was right up my street - as a long-time fan of RENT, the 90s Jonathan Larson musical ...

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Legally Blonde the Musical – Grand Opera House, York

Director and Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Music and Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Musical Director: Peter White Based on the novel Legally Blonde: Amanda Brown Reviewer: Liza Kyle [rating:5] OMIGOD you guys, you just totally have to go see this!! If you think the film from 2001 isn’t your bag of candyfloss fear not, the musical stage show is infinitely ...

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