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Blood Brothers – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson & Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Matt Forrest It’s hard to believe that Blood Brothers just celebrated its 36th year, if anything, it feels older purely because the affection with which it is held. It’s certainly an institution of the theatre circuit and there’s no question why: this is a timeless, heart-breaking tale, of love, class and ...

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Blood Brothers – St Helens Theatre Royal

Book/Music/Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts  At the tender age of 35, Blood Brothers is still gaining instantaneous standing ovations wherever it’s performed and at St Helens Theatre Royal, that acclaim continues. It’s no surprise really when the show's themes of class, recession, nature vs nurture and depression are still so prevalent and newsworthy. It becomes hard not to ...

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Cinderella – Liverpool Empire

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: John Roberts The Empire Theatre’s annual pantomime may have undergone a change of producer, but that doesn’t mean the largest Christmas show in Merseyside has lost any of its glimmer and shine, in fact this year’s offering of Cinderella starring Duncan James (Prince Charming) and Jodie Prenger (Fairy Godmother) still provides a winning ...

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The Glenn Miller Story – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Tommy Steele as Glenn Miller in the Glenn Miller Story

Director: Bob Tomson Choreographer: Bill Deamer Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When Major Glenn Miller’s plane disappeared in fog somewhere over the English Channel in 1944, en route from an RAF airbase to Paris, the 40-year-old trombonist and band leader was already a household name. In the 70 years since his status has risen to legendary levels. Perhaps the only surprise about ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Thompson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Jonny Black Jesus Christ Superstar first hit the stage in 1971 and has been thrilling audiences around the world ever since. It was the first professional stage production by the hugely successful team of Andrew Lloyd Webber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics).‘JCS’ is a rock opera which ...

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Liverpool Empire

Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Bob Tomson &Bill Kenwright Reviewer: John Roberts Opening on Broadway in 1971 and in the UK in 1972, Jesus Christ Superstar is arguably Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s finest collaboration. A unique look at the final days in Jesus' life this rock opera still feels incredibly fresh and timeless thanks to ...

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Blood Brothers – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book, Music and Lyrics: Willy Russell Director: Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright Reviewer: Steve Davies Who doesn’t know the story of the Johnstone twins? Well for the uninitiated it’s the tale of a mother who hands over one of her new born twins to a woman who can’t have children. It’s also the story of two boys who become friends ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Excitement, energy and laughter, Dreamboats and Petticoats is the musical to watch. A smash hit in the West End and now touring. The writers Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran have cleverly woven a tale of teenage love and angst with a good dose of comedy, around a full ...

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