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Carousel – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Richard Rogers Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Paul Downham [rating:4]   With a cast of over 50 and an orchestra boasting a similar number, Carousel was never going to be a side show, quite the opposite in fact- it is the star attraction. This production has so many qualities, from its beautiful score, to ...

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Dancing Queen – Civic Theatre, Darlington

Director and Choreographer: Alan Harding Reviewer: Lindsay Sykes [rating:3] This is not Mamma Mia, neither is it a tribute band, it is not just a cabaret but also an unashamed cheese fest of the songs of Abba with a liberal sprinkling of some classic disco tunes from the 70’s. The scenery is reminiscent of a ship, with the dancers appearing ...

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Rupert Holmes Director: Matthew Gould Musical Director: James Cleeve Reviewer: Sarah Nutland [rating:4.5] Always make sure you plan a murder well and it's important to view your victim - Handy life tips as well as witty lyrics from the riotous musical 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' currently playing at the Arts Theatre. This recent transfer from The Landor Theatre ...

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I Dreamed a Dream – New Theatre, Cardiff

Writers: Alan McHugh and Elaine C. Smith Director: Ed Curtis Reviewer: Emily Pearce [Rating:2] The Susan Boyle musical, I Dreamed a Dream, is the story of Boyle’s life set to a soundtrack of contemporary songs; the first half detailing her life growing up, the second half showcasing her rapid rise to fame. In what is sometimes known as the ultimate ...

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Wonderful Town – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Betty Comden and Adolph Green Book: Joseph A Fields and Jerome Chodorov Director: Braham Murray Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:4] I imagine most people, like me, when they hear the name Leonard Bernstein think of West Side Story and its powerful imagery. Some four years prior to that production, in 1953, he was persuaded to write the ...

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Back to the Musicals 1940-45 – The Pheasantry, London

Producer: Speckulation Entertainment Musical Direction: Nick Chave Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] A night at the Pheasantry venue on the King's Road is always a pleasure - live music, intimate quarters and the option of a delicious pizza while you listen. Often a platform for solo shows, on Sunday it played host to Back to the Musicals, a showcase of some ...

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The Thing About Men – Landor Theatre, London

Book and lyrics: Joe DiPietro Music: Jimmy Roberts Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] The Thing About Men is a US musical comedy about the unexpected bromance that develops between Sebastian and Tom when the latter moves into the former's New York apartment. Unexpected, because Sebastian, a would-be bohemian artist, is having an affair with Lucy, who is married ...

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Brassed Off – Grand Opera House, York

Adapted for Stage: Paul Allen Screenplay: Mark Herman Director: Robert Readman Reviewer: Tony Oliver [Rating:4] Brassed Off is set in 1992, a time of uncertainty for the miners of Grimley Colliery in South Yorkshire. Their pit is under threat of closure and the colliery band is on the verge of breaking up, their chance of competing nationally a distant dream. ...

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