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Kris Rawlinson and Friends, The Pheasantry, London

Musical Director Kris Rawlinson

Performer/Musical Director: Kris Rawlinson Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Musical theatre performers who want to put together a cabaret often struggle to come up with a theme for their show. For pianist and musical arranger Kris Rawlinson, the theme seems simple: bring together a group of singer friends, and give them songs that suit them. Such simplicity does at times have a ...

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Friday Night Classics: Ben-Hur – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Publicity photo featuring Francis X Bushman and Ramon Novarro

Composer and Conductor: Carl Davis Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) plays light classics every month or so with a variety of themes and conductors. This month it is the turn of Carl Davis to conduct his score to the 1925 silent film, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, directed by Fred Niblo. Davis has ...

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Yes – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Roger Evans' Yes logo

Reviewer: Selwyn Knight After almost 50 years and almost countless changes in personnel, the prog rock behemoth that is Yes is touring again. This incarnation comes tinged with sadness as Chris Squire, the only constant member in that time, died in June 2015 shortly after being diagnosed with leukaemia. And the opening to the concert is a poignant and moving ...

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Let It Be – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Creative Superviser: Keith Strachan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Attempts to wrestle a single artist or band’s back catalogue into a form that can provide an entertaining evening of theatrical entertainment have seen various attempts over the years. From the biographical works that play the songs in context (Jersey Boys, Beautiful, Sunny Afternoon) to constructed plays that insert well-known hits into a ...

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Thriller Live – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

The cast of Thriller Live

Director &Choreographer: Gary Lloyd Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Neither shoe-horning the hits of Michael Jackson around a flimsy storyline, nor taking his life story asnarrative thread (it wisely avoids miring itself in the unpalatable controversy of Jackson's later life), Thriller Live eschews the usual jukebox musical format, instead, it presents a roughly chronological, concert-style tribute production to the self-proclaimed 'King of ...

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Let It Be – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Cast of Let It Be Tour 2016

Musical Director: John Maher Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Billed as "A celebration of the music of The Beatles", Let It Be is packed with the hits of the Fab Four but struggles to live up to their incredibly high standard. The curtain rises to reveal a virtual Cavern Club projected on the vast Playhouse stage, complete with the four Liverpool lads ...

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Gregory Porter – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

gregory porter at glasgow royal concert hall

Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter tours the UK in advance of his latest album release, Take Me To The Alley, and this evening of smooth, silky song doesn't disappoint. Porter is supported by Kandace Springs, an energetic young American who eases the crowd in, rather than warming them up. She is confident between songs and exudes ...

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Jukebox Memories: The Teenage Years – Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow

Dean Park and Christian in Jukebox Memories the teenage years, glasgow pavilion

Writer: Iain Gordon Director: Iain Gordon Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald The Teenage Years is the latest installment in the Jukebox Memories series, devised and produced in-house by Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre. Boasting a host of familiar faces and enough hits to kick-start any jukebox into party mode, The Teenage Years is top of the charts for a fun night out. Pavilion favorites ...

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