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Bare: A Pop Opera – The Vaults, London

Music: Damon Intrabartolo Lyrics: Jon Hartmere Director: Julie Atherton Reviewer: Richard Maguire Bare: A Pop Opera certainly lives up to its name, and wears its emotions firmly on its sleeve for all to see. There’s fun and feeling to be found in this American high-school musical but ultimately Bare suffers from some awkward staging and a few weak voices. The ...

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Amélie The Musical – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Danie Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Reviewer: Dominic Corr The awkward daughter of a neurotic and a germophobe (we’ve all been there), Amélie is as socially fragile as she is dedicated to helping others. In the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death, Amélie has a revelation – to help flicker the light of the world ...

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The Bodyguard – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Writer: Alexander Dinelaris Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Rachel Marron is a superstar actress and singer. Her concerts are spectacular events with dazzling dancing, powerful pyrotechnics and lurid lights. She also has a ten-year-old son, Fletcher, of whom she is fiercely protective, an entourage of publicists and agents … and a menacing stalker. Wraithlike, the stalker is able to ...

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Avenue Q – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Writer: Jeff Whitts Music: Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx Reviewer: Caitlin Scollin Both outrageous and uplifting, Avenue Q tells the story of Princeton (Lawrence Smith), a puppet straight out of college without money or a job. He finds himself in New York in search of a purpose. In doing so he meets a cast of vibrant characters, such as the ...

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Fame the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: José Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Maggie Constable Get those dancing shoes and leg warmers on and be ready for the arrival of Fame The Musical at Milton Keynes Theatre this week on its 30th anniversary tour, no less. Based on the much loved and iconic 80s movie of the same name, the ...

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The Hired Man – Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Book:  Melvyn Bragg Music and Lyrics: Howard Goodall Director: Douglas Rintoul Reviewer: Helen Jones Writer Melvyn Bragg wrote his original novel The Hired Man in the 1960s.  He used his grandfather as the basis for the story of an ordinary working man in Cumberland towards the end of Victoria's reign.   Newly married John Tallantire and his wife Emily are at ...

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The Light in the Piazza – Royal Festival Hall, London

Composer and lyricist: Adam Guettel Writer: Craig Lucas Director Daniel Evans Reviewer: Stephen Bates Once upon a time, wealthy Americans could stroll through Italian cities, unhampered by hordes of other tourists, and get swept off their feet by the pick of the lusty locals. The Light in the Piazza harks back to the 1950s, when air travel was established and ...

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Annie – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Thomas Meehan Director: Nikolai Foster Choregrapher: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dan English Craig Revel Horwood’s menacing and hilariously cruel depiction of the villainous Miss Hannigan steals the show as Annie reaches Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as part of its UK tour. The Strictly Come Dancing judge and accomplished choreographer, continuing his hugely successful foray into musical theatre, leads a hard-working cast as ...

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