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Standing at the Sky’s Edge – Crucible, Sheffield

Book: Chris Bush Music and Lyrics: Richard Hawley Director: Robert Hastie Reviewer: Jim Gillespie Richard Hawley is as Sheffield as Henderson’s Relish - South Yorkshire’s gauntlet to Lea & Perrins - and he has mined the landscape of the city throughout his musical career, from the romantic crooning of ‘Coles Corner’ to the more strident strains of ‘Truelove’s Gutter’. Hawley’s ...

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Me and My Girl – Chichester Festival Theatre

Music: Noel Gay Revised Book: Stephen Fry and Mike Ockrent Director Daniel Evans Reviewer: Steve Turner Tension is running high at Hareford Hall, the Earl has died and the long search for an heir has finally borne fruit.  Imagine their horror then, when they find out that the heir is cockney costermonger Bill Snibson. The indignation of some of the ...

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Promises, Promises – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Neil Simon Music: Burt Bacharach Lyrics: Hal David Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Heather Deacon The '60s were a lot of fun, what with the sexual revolution and relatively cheap rent in NYC ($86.50 a month, say what?) and nothing has really changed, executive types still play away with their naive secretaries and love still inevitably sucks. This revival of ...

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Bette Midler and Me – Upstairs At The Gatehouse, London

Writer: Chris Burgess Director: Paul Foster Musically Director: Sarah Travis Reviewer: Dan Humphrey   Bette Midler and Me, tells the story of Bette Midler's rise to stardom from Hawaii to Broadway and beyond, contrasted against Sue Kelvin’s own rise from bit parts in the school play to the west end casts of Wicked, Chicago and more. To help Sue tell ...

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Bette Midler and Me – The Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

Writer:Chris Burgess Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: R. G. Balgray Superdiva Bette Midler took one of the more unusual, exotic even, pathways to fame. In Bette Midler and Me, Sue Kelvin tracks this journey and pays her own personal homage to the Divine Miss M, as well as serving up a pacy, raucous reminder of the songs and wisecracks along the ...

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Anything Goes – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton revision Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Even with his status as the golden boy in a golden era of music, I'm not sure that Cole Porter could have ever imagined that his 1930s screwball musical comedy Anything Goes ...

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Anything Goes – Opera House, Manchester

Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Laura Maley After an acclaimed festive run at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre, director Daniel Evans’s energetic and stylish Anything Goes takes in Manchester’s Opera House on its lengthy UK tour. Summarising the plot of Anything ...

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Anything Goes – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Music/Lyrics: Cole Porter Book: PG Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse New Book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: John Roberts Following a Christmas season at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Daniel Evans brings plenty to enjoy in this classy yet flawed revival of Cole Porter’s melodically rich musical. As plots go Anything Goes isn’t the strongest ...

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