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Chess – London Coliseum, London

Music: Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus Lyrics: Tim Rice Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Stephen Bates This new “semi”-staged production of Chess, a musical that can be seen as a metaphor for the Cold War, is a great deal more welcome than the 2018 revival of the Cold War itself.  The show was developed as a concept album and it then ...

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Frank Wildhorn & Friends – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Frank Wildhorn Musical Director: Jason Howland Reviewer: May Mellstrom An impressive array of global, national and local talent combines at the Palace Theatre to showcase the work of American composer Frank Wildhorn; the Grammy and Tony Award nominee responsible for a number of Broadway musicals, most notably 1990 hit Jekyll &Hyde. The man himself proves an eminently likeable host ...

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Dessa Rose – Trafalgar Studios, London

Book and Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens Music: Stephen Flaherty Director: Andrew Keates Reviewer: Paul Couch   In this game you get to see quite a lot of dross, especially in the West End, which these days seems to be a recycling facility for mass appeal juke-box musicals and star name vehicles – no artistic integrity required. Occasionally, however, you come across ...

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NEWS: Gok Wan to host You’ll Never Walk Alone Charity Gala

Award-winning TV personality, fashion guru, author and all round National Treasure Gok Wan will host the special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 2 March 2014 at 7.30pm in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, it was announced today. Tickets are now on sale from £32.50, with all proceeds going directly to the Disasters ...

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Candide – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Music: Leonard Bernstein Book: Hugh Wheeler, adapted from Voltaire Lyrics: Richard Wilbur Additional Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker and Leonard Bernstein Director: Matthew White Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Leonard Bernstein’s take on Voltaire’s philosophical attire has had many incarnations, thus labelling it as something of a problematic musical. But given their pedigree for musical theatre, the ...

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Blood Wedding – Courtyard Theatre, London

Writer: Federico García Lorca, adapted by Tanya Ronder Director: Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3] Lorca’s writing is suffused with the heat and passion of his Spanish homeland and his 1932 play Blood Wedding is one of his most famous and oft-performed works. Aria Entertainment’s production uses Tanya Ronder’s recent translation but director Bronagh Lagan often struggles to combine the ...

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