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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Writer: Alan Janes Music: Buddy Holly Lyrics: Buddy Holly Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story rocked into Darlington town this week. This two act show walked us through Buddy Holly's meteoric three-year career and tragic death by way of radio D.J's announcing pivotal plot points. Each transition is followed by music-induced scenes with all the ...

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Houdini Dax & Guests – Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Cardiff

Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Entering Cardiff’s Norwegian Church Arts Centre to find all the chairs and tables stacked in one corner, heart-shaped balloons dotted around the place and the running order for the night written in marker pen on a flip chart at the front of the stage, you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stumbled into a Valentine’s ...

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Fascinating Aida’s Charm Offensive – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Sue Collier Fascinating Aida are a trio of incredibly talented and witty Olivier Award nominated cabaret artists, namely Dilly Keane (vocals, piano), Adele “Deep Throat” Anderson (vocals) and Liza Pullman (vocals, piano). The show could have been a bit of a disaster as central York had flooded with hundreds of audience members struggling to park their cars; so on ...

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Beth Nielsen Chapman – Royal Hall, Harrogate

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Texas-born Beth Nielsen Chapman is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, where shewon Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Her songs have been covered by such musical notaries as Bette Midler, Elton John, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill and Willie Nelson. She is touring The British Isles in 2014 to promote her new album UnCovered. Harrogate’s Royal Hall is ...

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Shadow Game – Cast, Doncaster

Composer: Charlotte Bray Reviewer: Andrew White To emphasise a different direction from the old Civic Theatre taken by Cast, the new performance venue in Doncaster, a new piece of music – Shadow Game – was especially commissioned from leading British composer Charlotte Bray. Described by the London Evening Standard as “one of the outstanding composing talents of her generation”, Berlin-based ...

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A Vision of Elvis – Grand Opera House, York

Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Having toured Europe, A Vision of Elvis is set to tour throughout the UK in 2014 and York’s Grand Opera House is an early date in the schedule. The show was produced by Artistes International Management and stars Rob Kingsley and the Cadillac Band, along with the Sweet Sensations. The show has the approval of Mr. Ed ...

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Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band – Grand Opera House, York

Guest conductor: Phil Chalk Reviewer: Audrey Pointer Formed over a hundred and thirty years ago in the West Riding of Yorkshire, The Brighouse &Rastrick Brass Band is now regarded as one of the UKs premier brass bands. They have established a high profile and a professional reputation - even though its members are amateurs - through a busy programme of ...

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NEWS: Sheaffer writing its name into musical Sunday matinées

After a whirlwind year of celebrations to mark its centenary, Sheaffer is set to continue the festivities by partnering with one of Britain’s finest concert pianists to present the Sheaffer® Sunday matinées 2014. Pianist Lucy Parham is working with the US-founded company to continue the hearts and literacy projects it has hosted over the past 12 months, which have been ...

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