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Les Misérables – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: Alain Boublil & Jean-Marc Natel (based on the novel by Victor Hugo) Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Directors: Laurence Connor & James Powell Reviewer: Joan Phillips While the original 1985 production of Les Misérables continues to break box office records in London’s West End, the New touring version continues its hugely successful run and returns to the UK ...

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Les Misérables – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Alain Boublil Book/Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Director: Laurence Connor Currently in the midst of its first UK tour in a decade, producer extraordinaire Cameron Mackintosh revives the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg's epic musical masterpiece Les Misérables. Under the direction of Laurence Connor who has also helmed the new productions of Phantom of the Opera ...

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Chicago – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Adaptor: David Thompson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Chris Williams Chicago is the musical that proves the old idiom “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. This tale of crime, punishment and fame has now been delighting audiences for decades. Kander and Ebb’s musical is a tale ...

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Chicago – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Adaptor: David Thompson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Hannah Stamp With a dimly lit stage, a cloud of smoke smothering the spotlight and a seductive array of black clinging costumes, Chicago sizzles like the stage of an underground burlesque club. With just enough humour to offset ...

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Chicago – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Sue Collier   First produced in 1975, Chicago(based on a 1926 play of the same name) is a musical about two really quite unpleasant women. They are each rightly on trial for murder, but with the help ...

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Hairspray – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Malcolm Wallace Adapted from the 1988 film of the same name, Hairspray in its musical form premiered on Broadway in 2002 and has proved phenomenally popular ever since with successful productions worldwide including London’s West End in a production that ran ...

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Hairspray – Liverpool Empire Theatre

Book: Marc O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman &Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: John Roberts 13 years ago Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman’s musical adaptation of Hairspray, based on the cult John Waters film of the same name opened on Broadway, just a year later it swept the board with awards at the prestigious Tony Awards ...

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Hairspray – Curve, Leicester

Book: Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Hairspray is one of the most successful new musicals of the 21st century. Based on John Waters’ cult 1988 film, the show opened on Broadway in 2002, ran for over 2,500 performances, and won eight Tony Awards. A new film followed ...

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