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Rocky Horror Show – Manchester Opera House

Writer: Richard O’ Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Matt Forrest The Time Warp has been a firm favourite at social clubs, school discos, and family gatherings for an age. Regardless if it’s the original and to a lesser extent the 1987 cover version by Damian: it is always guaranteed to pack out any dance floor and get people out of their ...

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Motown the Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Director:  Charles Randolph-Wright Musical arrangement: Ethan Popp Choreographers: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams Reviewer: Julia Beasley If a musical is actually about music, it should surely celebrate that music in all its full-blown glory. Motown the Musical is undoubtedly about some of the best soul music of the twentieth century. So it’s a bit disappointing that this show romps over-excitedly through its vast ...

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Sinatra: Raw – Live at Zedel, London

Created and directed by: Richard Shelton Reviewer: Maryam Philpott There are plenty of Frank Sinatra impersonators out there, but there is only one Richard Shelton. With the popularity of touring shows including Rat Pack and its spin-off sequels including Christmas with the Rat Pack and The Rat Pack: Live in Las Vegas, as well as any number of tribute acts this is ...

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Guys & Dolls – The Mill at Sonning

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Director: Joseph Pitcher Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Guys & Dolls is a cheeky, energetic romp through 1950s Manhattan – where gamblers, dime-store crooks, perky nightclub singers, and despairing missionaries criss-cross under the bright lights of Broadway. Amiable nogoodnik Nathan Detroit (Stephane Anelli) runs himself ragged in search of a location for his ...

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Caroline, Or Change – Playhouse Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Tony Kushner Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Michael Longhurst Reviewer: Scott Matthewman In the autumn of 1963, change was in the air in the southern United States. The civil rights movement was underway in Georgia and Alabama – but less so in Louisiana, the setting for Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s Caroline, or Change. In this production (a West ...

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The Wizard of Oz – Storyhouse, Chester

Writer: L. Frank Baum Music & Lyrics: Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg Adaptor: John Kane Director: Alex Clifton Reviewer: Kevin James  Under the artistic directorship of Alex Clifton, Chester’s premiere arts venue Storyhouse has certainly made an impact in the arts output of the city, the excellent duel venue summer season being a highlight of any theatregoer in the region. ...

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Les Misérables – Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Alain Boubil & Jean-Marc Natel Adaptation: Trevor Nunn & John Caird Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Direction: Laurence Connor & James Powell Reviewer: Saoirse Anton After thirty-three years of near-continuous success, it’s clear that the creators of Les Misérables have done something right, and this touring production from Cameron Mackintosh is not about to buck that trend. In ...

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Kinky Boots – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Harvey Fierstein Music and Lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dominic Corr Even for those unfamiliar with the original cinematic release, there’s been an immense buzz surrounding the Kinky Boots musical. It doesn’t take much to get involved though, as the production itself has a tongue in cheek attitude with the unique aspects. In particular, yes, they are in ...

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