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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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Sister Act – Blackpool Opera House, Blackpool

Music: Alan Menkin Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen Blackpool’s latest musical theatre offering is certainly one to shout Hallelujah about, as chaos and choreography are brought to the convent in the most uplifting and electrifying way. Sister Act is an absolute must see, with stunning vocal displays from the entire ...

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The Wind In The Willows – London Palladium

Writer: Julian Fellowes Composer: George Styles Lyricist: Anthony Drewe Director: Rachel Kavanaugh Reviewer: Tom Finch Based on the classic novel by Kenneth Grahame, a new musical adaptation of The Wind in the Willows has opened in the West End for a Summer run. Sticking faithfully to the original source material the show follows Ratty, Moley and Badger as they attempt ...

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CD REVIEW: Dreamgirls – Original London Cast Recording

Three singers on starfield background

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Musical theatre fans on both sides of the Atlantic often need to have patience. In an age when cinema releases and TV shows can be released and broadcast simultaneously all over the world, musicals take time to travel across the pond. In the case of Matilda the Musical, Broadway had to wait two years after its West ...

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Eyen Director and Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw Composer: Henry Krieger Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been 35 years since a show that revolutionised musical theatre, Dreamgirls opened on Broadway. Now it's finally opened in the West End. It was worth the wait. Loosely based on the meteoric rise of The Supremes, Tom Eyen's and Henry Krieger's show charts the rise ...

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Green Day’s American Idiot – Arts Theatre, London

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director and Choreographer: Racky Plews Reviewer:Tom Finch From the moment the audience enters the auditorium of the Arts Theatre there's no getting away from the setting of Sell A Door's production of this anarchic musical byGreen Day. With moody punks dotted around the house and clips ...

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