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West End Eurovision  –  Adelphi Theatre, London

Director:  Gareth Hulance Reviewer:  Richard Maguire As hotly anticipated as this year’s Eurovision is The West End Eurovision where seven London musicals battle it out for the best performance of a song that has featured in Europe’s biggest music competition. Indeed, with all the competitors’ glitter and sequins The West End Eurovision is camper than the real thing, and has enough abs ...

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – The Lowry, Salford

Reviewer: Matt Forrest For most of us, a Sunday evening requires something quite soothing in order to see off the weekend and prepare for the drudgery of the working week ahead. For some, it may be the Antiques Roadshow, whilst for others, a middle England TV crime series will do the job. Some may feel that The Ukulele Orchestra of Great ...

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Paul Swan is Dead and Gone – Torn Page, New York

Writer: Claire Kiechel Director: Steve Cosson Reviewer: Carrie Lee O’Dell In a program note for Paul Swan is Dead and Gone, playwright Claire Kiechel recalls the first time she heard about her great-great uncle Paul Swan, who her grandmother described as “very strange”; in the parlance of Kiechel’s native Nebraska she understood that to mean he was “loud, queer, and ...

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Huddersfield Choral Society Spring Concert – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Choirs: Huddersfield Choral Society, Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choirs Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Paul Daniel Choral Director: Gregory Batsleer Reviewer: Ron Simpson The Huddersfield Choral Society’s final concert of the 2018-2019 season had several unusual features. It was only the second time that the society had presented a major concert without vocal soloists. The major work was, to ...

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Liza Pulman Sings Streisand – Lyric Theatre, London

Musical Director: Joseph Atkins Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Monday is the new Friday at the Lyric Theatre and for tribute acts this is fast becoming a key West End destination for a variety of touring shows dedicated to well-known artists. Giving the cast of Thriller an extra night off, with past shows already being dedicated to Neil Diamond, Simon and Garfunkel and, ...

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Reflections – Town Hall, Huddersfield

Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North Conductor: Dalia Stasevska Soloist: Ana Maria Labin (soprano) Reviewer: Ron Simpson For the final concert in the Kirklees 2018-2019 season, the Orchestra of Opera North presented a programme under the title “Reflections”. Given that it started with Lutoslawski’s Musique funebre, continued with Richard Strauss’ Four Last Songs of which the final line translates as “Is ...

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The Barricade Boys – The Brindley Theatre, Runcorn

Reviewer: John Roberts Formed just over three years ago by Les Mis alumni Scott Garnham and Simon Schofield, The Barricade Boys are currently embarking on their first major UK & US tour. The premise is simple, take four male performers who have all at one point in their career performed in Les Misérables (the cast rotates depending on who is available), and ...

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Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr. Director: Tyrone Huntley Reviewer: Michael Gray “The Fats Waller Musical” trumpet the strapline and the lapel badge. And the spirit of Fats is certainly very much in evidence, his genius and his unique style infusing every number. But is it a musical? Not even a juke-box show, really, since it is just a ...

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