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Tick, Tick… Boom! – Bridge House, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Guy Retallack Reviewer: Richard Maguire Before Rent there was Tick, Tick…Boom, and in some ways they share the same story. Rent examined the lives of a group of New Yorkers battling the AIDS crisis of the early 1990s whereas in Jonathan Larson’s earlier work the AIDS epidemic is stirring in the background, ready ...

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Mame- Hope Mill, Manchester

Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Hope Mill has earned a reputation for producing high-quality shows. However, the theatre has exceeded its own high standards with a blissfully intoxicating Mame. The title song is so famous it is easy to think you have already seen the ...

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& Juliet – Opera House, Manchester

Book: David West Read Music: Max Martin and Friends Lyrics: Max Martin and Friends Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Jo Beggs What if Juliet had woken up, discovered her beloved Romeo dead, and thought ‘Meh…what the hell…I’m only young and it would be a shame to waste all this”. When Anne Hathaway gets a night away from the kids and turns ...

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Blood Brothers – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Directors: Bob Thomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Hannah Powell With our current political climate becoming heated by Brexit and an ever-growing divide between those at the top and those living on the bread line, now seems the perfect time to revive such a play that displays what those in desperate need can be forced ...

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Brooklyn: The Musical – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, Music, Lyrics: Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson  Director: Adam Haigh Reviewer: Maryam Philpott “Some things last longer than magic,” forget the need for fairy tale endings and fantastical helping hands because love will always see you through… at least that is the concept at the heart of the excessively sentimental Brooklyn: The Musical which makes its European debut at ...

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott Director: Ian Talbot Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Everyone’s favourite Australian theatrical export is back and it’s bigger, bolder and brighter than ever. Produced by Jason Donovan (who starred in the West End production of the show) Priscilla Queen of the Desert is currently spreading the glitter and glamour across the country on its recently launched UK tour. ...

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Angela’s Ashes: The Musical – Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Music and Lyrics: Adam Howell Book: Paul Hurt Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Richard Maguire Croydon’s redevelopment continues, and this month the Modernist Fairfield Halls reopened its doors after a two-year renovation. It cost £42 million, but the results are impressive, and emphasise the features that many have likened to the Royal Festival Hall. Sleek windows fill the sun lounge with ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Dan English It’s at the moment when the audience all rises to do the Time Warp that you realise that this production continues to pull long after its first run, as The Rocky Horror Show reaches Dartford as part of its UK tour. Newly engaged, and fantastically naive, Brad and Janet stumble across ...

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