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The Color Purple – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Tim Harding Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel, The Color Purple tells a story with an epic sweep spanning over forty years in the life of Celie and the community in Georgia where she lives. It may be ...

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The Color Purple – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Marsha Norman, based on the novel by Alice Walker Music and Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray Director: Tinuke Craig Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Celie’s life has been hard and full of pain. By 14 she had two children by her abusive father who took both away. Then she found herself married off at 18 to the cruel local ...

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Guys and Dolls – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Music & Lyrics: Frank Loesser Director:  Michael Buffong Reviewer: May Mellstrom The Christmas production at the Royal Exchange is always a highlight of the festive period, providing a welcome alternative in the panto season.  Widely regarded as one of the finest Broadway musicals of all time, Guys and Dolls can hardly be considered a ...

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Ragtime – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Book: Terence McNally Music: Stephen Flaherty Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Reviewer: Scott Matthewman EL Doctorow’s 1975 historical novel,Ragtime, set in the early years of the 20th Century, sees three (predominantly New York-based) communities – Harlem’s African-Americans, Jewish immigrants and a WASP family based in the genteel community of New Rochelle – intertwining with each other and a series of real-life figures ...

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The Trial of Jane Fonda – Park Theatre, London

Writer: Terry Jastrow Director: Joe Harmston Reviewer: Daniel Perks Sean Cavanagh’s set reflects a country split in two, right down the middle. The American flag is torn asunder by the country of Vietnam, the stark reality of war and its associated casualties written all too clearly on top of the stars and stripes. Even in today’s society the outcome is ...

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Beyond The Fence – Arts Theatre, London

The cast of Beyond The Fence at The Arts Theatre

Writers and composers:Benjamin Till and Nathan Taylor Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Tom Finch   Can a computer write a hit musical? That’s the question asked by a Sky Arts documentary. Beyond the Fence is the product of several computer programmes that have been fed thousands of melodies, lyrics and plot devices from hit musicals and then processed in an attempt ...

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Grey Gardens – Southwark Playhouse, London

Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell in Grey Gardens at Southwark Playhouse

Book: Doug Wright Music: Scott Frankel Lyrics: Michael Korie Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty   Since long before the day Icarus thought his waxen wings would carry him higher than wisdom told him they would, we have been obsessed with stories of falls from grace. From any level, a public crash is an attractive narrative, but when it happens ...

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Little Shop of Horrors – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Matt Yeoman   Audiences of Derek Bond’s current production at the Royal Exchange are in for a real Christmas botanical cracker with this production of Little Shop of Horrors. The slick, high quality production value of this show is enough to leave the audience wanting more, disturbingly similar ...

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