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Legend Trippers – The Other Palace, London

Writers/Composers: Scott Gilmour and Claire McKenzie Director: Kate Golledge Reviewer: David Guest Somewhere in the West End grown people are weeping over casting calls, production notes and new musical scripts. For members of the National Youth Music Theatre have smashed it again with a brand new musical with a message written especially for young people which jealous adults just can’t ...

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Company – Gielgud Theatre

Book: George Furth Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Marianne Elliott Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Genuine insight is rare – and is marked by being something completely obvious as a truth, though the thought may not have occurred to you before. Premiering in 1970 as a musical about contemporary attitudes to sexuality and relationship status, it ruffled feathers, won awards and revealed that ...

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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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Love Me Tender – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Shaun Williamson and Mica Paris

Book: Joe Di Pietro Director: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Selwyn Knight What an exuberant and uplifting night out a visit to Love Me Tender is. From the outside, this seems to be the usual jukebox musical, in this case using music and songs associated with Elvis Presley, but somehow it manages to transcend the genre. Yes, the plot, almost Shakespearian in ...

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Love Me Tender – Grand Opera House, York

Directed by: Karen Bruce Musical Supervisor &Orchestrator: Matt Spencer-Smith Reviewer: Rich Jevons It is always a pleasure to review at the Grand Opera House in York; it boasts welcoming staff, a beautiful auditorium and an enthusiastic audience appreciating the sheer spectacle of this magical musical. The show kicks off with an all-singing, all-dancing rendition of ‘Jailhouse Rock’ set in a ...

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Love Me Tender – EmpireTheatre, Liverpool

Book: Joe Dipietro Musical Director: Patrick Hurley Director/Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin   If you’re gong to have a high-octane blast of Elvis Presley numbers you’re definitely going to be All Shook Up. And that’s just what Love Me Tender does: It shakes up the accepted musical show genre. In effect it is a spoof of musicals set in ...

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Love Me Tender – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the music of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Before Joe DiPietro wrote the multi-award-winning Memphis, he made his Broadway debut with the show All Shook Up, ten years on and All Shook Up has had a shake-up of its own from director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK as Love ...

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Love Me Tender – The Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Joe DiPietro Music: Inspired by the songs of Elvis Presley Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This seemingly ‘new’ musical is actually a decade old, starting life on Broadway in 2005 as All Shook Up, it has been freshened up by director and choreographer Karen Bruce and is now touring the UK prior to a hopeful West End transfer as Love Me ...

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