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FEATURE: ‘Broadway Baby’ – The extraordinary career of Bernadette Peters

Born Bernadette Lazzara in February 1948, New Yorker Bernadette Peters has become a byword for Broadway glamour. Starting her career at just 3 years old, Peters secured her Actors Equity Card aged 9.  Changing her surname from Lazzara to Peters to avoid typecasting, Bernadette appeared as one of the Hollywood Blondes in a national tour of Gypsy in 1961. In ...

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Guys & Dolls – The Mill at Sonning

Music/Lyrics: Frank Loesser Book: Jo Swerling & Abe Burrows Director: Joseph Pitcher Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Guys & Dolls is a cheeky, energetic romp through 1950s Manhattan – where gamblers, dime-store crooks, perky nightclub singers, and despairing missionaries criss-cross under the bright lights of Broadway. Amiable nogoodnik Nathan Detroit (Stephane Anelli) runs himself ragged in search of a location for his ...

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Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway with Ramin Karimloo – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square series is fast becoming an essential staple of the West End calendar. Rudetsky, both a Broadway professional and one of musical theatre’s biggest fans, tends to know more about his interview subjects than they know about themselves, even when interviewing luminaries including Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. That knowledge, combined with one ...

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CD Review: Arielle Jacobs – A Leap in the Dark

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Currently lighting up the Broadway stage ­­­­as Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin, A Leap in the Dark is the debut solo album from actress Arielle Jacobs, recorded live at 54 Below. Throughout the album, Jacobs shares her ups and downs of making it in the industry, in this autobiographical one-woman show. I’ll be safe and wanted Fin’lly ...

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Fame the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Jose Fernandez Music: Steve Margoshes Lyrics: Jacques Levy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen  “You want fame? Well fame costs. And right here is where you start paying in sweat.”  The story and sentiment behind Fame the Musical is indeed an infamous one. It has brought to life the ‘behind the scenes’ of the prestigious New York City High ...

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Legally Blonde The Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book: Heather Hach Music: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Director: Anthony Williams Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the chick flick classic that tells the tale of Malibu homecoming queen and Delta Nu sweetheart turned Harvard graduate – a story that proves brains can come with beauty and one that has been capturing the hearts of teens and adults alike since it ...

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Titanic – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Peter Stone Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston Director: Thom Southerland Conductor: Mark Aspinall Reviewer: Donna Kelly When composer Maury Yeston first announced he was going to write a musical about the Titanic, it was understandably met with scepticism. A musical about the biggest disaster in maritime history in which 1,503 people lost their lives hardly seems fitting. But instead ...

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