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Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens –  Union Theatre, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Janet Hood Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Ghosts are a staple of AIDS texts. At the end of LongtimeCompanion, one of the first films to address the AIDS crisis, survivors are greeted on the beach by those they have lost to the virus. In The Inheritance, the most recent play documenting the epidemic, ...

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Side Show  – CLF Art Cafe, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director:  Dom O’Hanlon Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Side Show wasn’t a success when it first opened on Broadway in 1997. However, after a successful revival in 2015, it premiered in the UK at the Southwark Playhouse a year later.  Theatre company Pint of Wine’s new production at the cool CLF Art Cafe in Peckham ...

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Unexpected Joy – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics:  Bill Russell Music:  Janet Hood Director: Amy Anders Corcoran Reviewer:  Richard Maguire To have another lesbian musical coming so soon after Fun Home is a very unexpected joy indeed. Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s musical, now playing at the Southwark Playhouse, may lack the sophistication (and the budget) of the Young Vic’s Fun Home, but it certainty doesn’t ...

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NEWS: New theatrical partnership to present Unexpected Joy in New York and London

Award-winning producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment announces a new partnership with New York City-based Tony and Olivier Award-winning theatre and film producer, Jim Kierstead of Kierstead Productions. The pair are joining forces to develop and present new and groundbreaking productions on both sides of the Atlantic in Off-Broadway/Off-West End-sized venues. Their first co-production will be the new Bill Russell and Janet Hood musical, Unexpected Joy, which will receive its Off-Broadway ...

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Pageant – London Irish Centre

Book & Lyrics: Bill Russell and Frank Kelly Music: Albert Evans Director Bill Rusell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott One of the many ways that you can divide up the world is into pre- and post-Miss Congeniality, and for lovers of Miss World-style competitions and beauty pageants, this film from 2000 revelled in its snarling contestants and bitter has-beens, that has shaped ...

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Side Show – Southwark Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Bill Russell Music: Henry Krieger Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Daniel Perks A carnival of freaks, a Side Show where Sir (Chris Howell) parades the outcasts of yesteryear. Nowadays it is ok to be different, alternative – in many ways it is considered trendy, a bold statement of one’s individuality. The Half Man Half Woman (Kirstie Skivington) or ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – Live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner When Side Show opened in 1997 on Broadway, it was billed as being commercially disastrous. It did however generate a substantial a cult following and has since been recently revived at the St James Theatre, only to close after less than two months in early 2015. The production explores the incredible and touching true story of conjoined ...

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CD REVIEW: Side Show – 2014 Broadway Cast Recording

Music by Henry Krieger Book &Lyrics by Bill Russell Additional Book Material by Bill Condon Reviewer: Mark Clegg The travelling freak show is a long tradition with a chequered history. Although generally seen by the public as a thing of the past, recent TV shows like Freakshow and American Horror Story as well as the popularity of close relatives Circus ...

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