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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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No Villain – Trafalgar Studios, London

Writer: Arthur Miller Director: Sean Turner Reviewer: Daniel Perks After its highly successful run at the Old Red Lion Theatre last year, there was much to expect from No Villain, the newly unearthed seminal work from one of the 20thCentury’s great playwrights. This Arthur Miller play more transparently holds a mirror up to his own life in comparison with much ...

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The LadyKillers – The Coliseum, Oldham

Writer: Graham Linehan Director: Kevin Shaw Reviewer: Ruth Gerrard Having been a hit in at the Liverpool Playhouse and in the West End previously, it is time for the Coliseum in association with Harrogate Theatre,to present this adaptation of the 1955 Ealing Studios film of the same name. When lovely old widow Mrs Wilberforce (Roberta Kerr) advertises a room to ...

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Eggs Collective Get A Round – Soho Theatre, London

Director: Léonie Higgins, Lowri Evans, Sara Cocker Reviewer: Daniel Perks “Tonight can only happen tonight!” is exactly the kind of pep-talk that often kicks off a big night out. Of course, those kind of nights more than often descend into chaos, a heady mixture of Jagerbombs and crisps (carbohydrates are important after all); “I guess we all just say stuff”, ...

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Leicester Square Theatre, London

The Cast of Shitfaced Shakespeare

Writer: William Shakespeare Director: Lewis Ironside Reviewer: Daniel Perks The Shakespeare 400 consortium is continuing mark the anniversary of his death by bringing the great work of the Bard to audiences across London (indeed across the country). In other news, Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd are paying their own tribute to the playwright at Leicester Square Theatre by getting one of ...

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