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Midlife Cowboy – The Pleasance, London

Book, Music, Lyrics and Director: Tony Hawks Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The cowboy musical is a surprisingly underexploited genre; the larger than life characters, the dramatic showdowns and the introspective songs a seemingly perfect fit with the pillars of stage musicals. Middle class angst, however, is a far more common topic for drama so Tony Hawks has combined the two to ...

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Motown: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Book: Berry Gordy Director: Charles Randolph-Wright If you can cherry-pick from a back catalogue of one of the most successful record labels in popular music, a label that spawned well over 100 US top 10 hits, then you have somewhat of a head start on your competition. Throw into the mix the classic rags-to-riches story, filled with love, jealousy and ...

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Big: The Musical – Dominion Theatre, London

Book: John Weidman Music: David Shire Lyrics: Richard Maltby Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Films from the 1980s are the bedrock of musical theatre right now, something about their big-hearted themes, easy social messaging and optimistic storytelling suits the frothiest of genres perfectly. 9 to 5opened earlier this year following a popular run for Heathers: The Musical and soon a song-filled version of ...

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9 to 5 The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Patricia Resnick Music: Dolly Parton Director: Jeff Calhoun Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen After a working day, there’s nothing better than time with friends and family and some sheer escapism to help you unwind - and the latest show to grace the Palace Theatre’s stage is one post 9 to 5 treat that you don’t want to miss. 9 to 5 ...

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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Darlington Hippodrome

Writer: Alan Janes Musical Director: Dean Elliott Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sixty years after his tragic and untimely death, Buddy Holly’s legacy lives on. In the space of a few short years, he created more hit records than most artists achieve in a lifetime, songs which have stuck in popular culture and the public consciousness ever since. Similarly ...

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Stardust – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Book: Shahid Iqbal Khan and Sâmir Bhamra Music and Lyrics: Robby Khela Director: Sâmir Bhamra Reviewer: James Garrington This week at the Belgrade we find the world premiere of Stardust, which is billed as the “first South Asian-led production to depict a same-sex marriage on a British stage.” It may seem strange to a white British audience to realise how many cultures exist where ...

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Rocky Horror Show – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: John Roberts Religious protestors tried in vain to put a dampener on proceedings as The Rocky Horror Show opened tonight at Chester’s Storyhouse theatre, while the mood outside may have been a little fraught, inside it was sexy and electric. Richard O’Brien’s cult musical continues touring the UK pulling in old fans and ...

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Shida – The Vaults, London

Writer: Jeannette Bayardelle Director: Andy Sandberg Reviewer: Miriam Sallon Shida is a clever young girl with a bright future and a dream of being a writer. But her home life is less than conducive to a happy childhood. Whilst her mother and grandmother clearly love and care for her, she suffers sexual abuse from an ‘uncle’ in silence. Still she ...

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