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Hairspray: The Broadway Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Since its star-studded Hollywood revival in 2007, Hairspray has proven itself to be a favourite for musical theatre audiences across the West. In this inception, on its latest UK tour, it is clear to see why ...

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Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein – Theatre Royal, Newcastle

Book: Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan Music & Lyrics: Mel Brooks Direction & Choreography: Susan Stroman Reviewer: Mark Clegg It’s been ten years since Mel Brooks debuted his sophomore musical Young Frankenstein on Broadway. Greeted with mixed reviews and living in the shadow of its predecessor The Producers, the musical lasted just over a year before touring the US and ...

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Hairspray – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dan English Big numbers, big hair and even bigger hearts aplenty as the UK Tour of Hairspray makes its stop at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Despite its 60s setting, the Paul Kerryson directed play still has political clout as protagonist Tracy Turnblad fights back against body-shaming and racial ...

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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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