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Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Thomas Meehan and Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Sutherland Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Death was exceptionally busy in 2016 and aside from the ongoing wars and natural disasters he also claimed an exceptionally high number of actors, musicians and celebrities. Understandably then, he’s in need of a bit of a rest and fortunately Maury Yeston, Thomas ...

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Hairspray Live – Original Soundtrack of the NBC Television Event

Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Starting as a John Waters film in 1988, turned into a stage show in 2002, and a musical film in 2007 Hairspray is the latest show turned into a television event by NBC in America. No matter what stage of its history you were first introduced to the franchise, you cannot deny that it’s a story which ...

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Hairspray – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Tim Frost   This energetic, colourful and raucous cartoon musical warms up a freezing April day in Canterbury. Although light on really great tunes and mostly bereft of decent dialogue, this popular slapstick show ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer: Karen Bussell   FUN, glitter, and beehives gel with the fight against bigotry and segregation in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Hairspray. An odd recipe but one that actually works as the hard-hitting ...

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Annie – The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

ANNIE - Jonny Fines as 'Rooster', Lesley Joseph as 'Miss Hannigan' and Djalenga Scott as 'Lily'.

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Carol Lovatt For a night of sheer uplifting theatre, Annie the musical is a production that warms both the heart and soul of an audience. The story of a feisty little abandoned girl who is determined to find her parents and escape the hard life of an ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Big Hair, big girls and big fun – Hairspray is sheer in-yer-face fun, perhaps the natural successor to teen musical Grease or even Glee. Unlike Glee, however, this isn’t a teenage group of perfect ...

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Annie – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

ANNIE - Jonny Fines as 'Rooster', Lesley Joseph as 'Miss Hannigan' and Djalenga Scott as 'Lily'.

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Since opening on Broadway in 1977, Annie has played in several West End runs and spawned countless new productions all over the world. West Yorkshire Playhouse’s touring production uses the strapline “the world’s most popular family musical”, and it’s a piece of hyperbole with ...

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Annie – Liverpool Empire

The cast of Annie

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Martin Charnin Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: John Roberts   It’s hard not to get won over by the overt optimism that seeps through every element of this saccharine-sweet musical. Generations of theatre goers have filled theatres all over the world to hear Little Orphan Annie sing The Sun'll Come Out Tomorrow and it’s ...

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