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The Producers – The Royal Exchange, Manchester

Book:  Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan Music/Lyrics: Mel Brooks Director: Raz Shaw Reviewer: Dave Cunningham The original movie version of The Producers was so outrageously funny it is hard to imagine a musical version could be an improvement. Yet this festive season The Royal Exchange certainly have a damn good try with director Raz Shaw’s staging of the musical. Producer Max ...

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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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The Addams Family – Bristol Hippodrome

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Originally created by cartoonist Charles Addams, the Addams Family are a satirical and ghoulish group of characters that make up a happily dysfunctional family. They are perfectly content with their passion for all things dark and macabre. The original Broadway ...

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The Addams Family – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Tate James Halloween has come early to Salford as The Lowry becomes the new home of The Addams Family. The characters from Charles Addams’ cartoons in The New Yorker became the inspiration for the TV series and then the movie, and its famous theme song ...

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Fiddler On The Roof – Chichester Festival Theatre

Book: Joseph Stein Music: Jerry Bock Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Bill Avenell It is a nice touch of Chichester to provide a real live fiddler on the roof of the Festival Theatre to welcome the audience at last night’s show. The said fiddler, a very accomplished Darius Luke Thompson, was forced from his lofty perch by the ...

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Annie Get Your Gun – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Book: Dorothy and Herbert Fields revised by Peter Stone Music &Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Paul Foster Choreographer: Alistair David. Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Annie Oakley is a superb shot with a rifle.  The petite, unsophisticated daughter of pioneers, Annie rises from shooting game out of necessity to falling in love with Frank Butler, champion sharp- shooter. She goes on to star ...

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Only The Brave – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer:Rachel Wagstaff Director &Lyricist:Steve Marmion Composer:Matthew Brind Reviewer:Jacqui Onions Only the Brave is a brand new musical from Wales Millennium Centre with Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions, and Birdsong Productions. Inspired by real people and true accounts from World War II, the story focusses on Captain John Howard (David Thaxton) and the Company that he led to capture Benouville Bridge ...

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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Rebecca Trehearn in Show Boat

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (based on the novel by Edna Ferber) Music: Jerome Kern Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: David White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Janet Jepson Written in 1927, the musical Show Boat is something of a departure from the usual trivial, light-hearted tales of the genre. This show tackles serious themes such as racial prejudice, tragic ...

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