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Mamma Mia! The Palace Theatre – Manchester

Book: Catherine Johnson Music and Lyric by: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulveus Additional songs by: Stig Anderson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviwer: Matthew Forrest There seems to be a buzz in the air at the Palace Theatre tonight:  maybe it's the gorgeous sunshine, maybe it's the fact England are doing so well in the World Cup or maybe it's because Mamma ...

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Mamma Mia! – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: Clare White There can be nothing more guaranteed to warm up a bleak February night in Wolverhampton than an injection of Greek sunshine by way of Mamma Mia!, the ultimate feel-good musical. Based on the music of Swedish super-group ABBA, the award-winning show has been ...

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Mamma Mia! – Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Music & Lyrics: Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: David Robinson There can be few better ways to beat off the January blues than a trip to Mamma Mia! the stellar feel-good musical, currently bringing some Greek island paradise sunshine to Northampton. There seems little evidence of the warmth folk feel for these classic ...

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Mamma Mia! – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Music And Lyrics: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Musical Supervisor: Martin Koch Reviewer: Glen Pearce Perhaps it was only time that Norwich, spiritual home of Alan Partridge, finally got a visit from musical juggernaut Mamma Mia!, resplendent with a fine refrain of Knowing Me, Knowing You. 18 years ...

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Mamma Mia! – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Music/Lyrics: Benny Andersson &Björn Ulvaeus Book: Catherine Johnson Director: Phyllida Lloyd Reviewer: John Roberts 15 years ago in 1999, Mamma Mia! opened in London for the very first time. Having now been performed in over 400 cities, seen by millions of people Mamma Mia! shows no sign of stopping – and it still feels as fresh and vibrant as it ...

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Sister Act – The Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri Steinkellner &Bill Steinkellner Director: Jerry Zaks Reviewer: James Garrington [rating:5] Sister Act is one of the clutch of stage shows based on films, which seem to be all the rage recently. It ran at the London Palladium for just over twelve months before closing (prematurely in some people’s view) to make way ...

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Sister Act – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writers: Cherie Steinkellner &Bill Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Jerry Zaks Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Reviewer: Barbara Michaels [Rating: 4] With a score by eight times Oscar winner Alan Menken, and the foot-tapping lyrics of his long-time collaborator Glenn Slater, what’s not to like about Sister Act? Based on the 1992 hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg who, ...

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Sister Act – Milton Keynes Theatre

Words and Music: Glenn Slater &Alan Menken Director: Jerry Zaks Choreographer: Anthony Van Laast Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4] Sister Act hit Milton Keynes this week, a show which has been very successful in London’s West End and which is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, the star of the famous and much-loved 1992 film version of the same name. For those who ...

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