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CD REVIEW: Bat Out of Hell the Musical – Original Cast Recording

Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Reviewer: Ruth Jepson After topping the charts in 1977, and with over 43 million sales worldwide, the iconic Meat Loaf album Bat Out of Hellmade Jim Steinman's songs household names. Two further Bat albums went on to be produced by the pair, not to mention the dozen or so other albums they put out, together and ...

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Bat Out of Hell – Dominion Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: David Guest Some shows are good, some are bad, and some are bonkers, defying all description or criticism. Bat Out of Hell, which has taken up home at the Dominion after a run at the Coliseum last year, is undisputedly in the latter category: a weak and baffling story, uninspiring ...

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Bat Out Of Hell – London Coliseum

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Steinman Director: Jay Scheib Reviewer: Glen Pearce While jukebox musicals continue to pop up at regular intervals, Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell, though best known for Meat Loaf’s iconic albums, was originally written as a musical. While it may have taken 40 years to reach the stage, and after a preview run at Manchester’s ...

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Adaptation: Christopher Bond Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Michael Haslam Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those who think stage musicals are all sequins, kick lines and jazz hands have obviously never been to Stephen Sondheim’s darkest of works, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To be fair, there’s been much debate over ...

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The Smallest Show on Earth – Lyric, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Writers: Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Thom Southerland Reviewer: Joan Phillips If you love Irving Berlin’s songs you are going to adore The Smallest Show on Earth. Packed to the brim with back-to-back Berlin hits such as Blue Skies, Always, Let Yourself Go, one song hardly finishes before the next begins. Adapted from the ...

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The Smallest Show on Earth – Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Writers: Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Thom Southerland Choreographer: Lee Proud Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Adapted from the 1957 British Lion film of the same name, with the classic hits of Irving Berlin weaved around the action, The Smallest Show on Earth is a wonderfully charming new musical from the pens of Thom Southerland and ...

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The Smallest Show On Earth – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Writers: Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin Director: Thom Southerland Musical Director: Mark Aspinall` Choreographer: Lee Proud Reviewer: Michael Gray The Smallest Show On Earth is an intriguing marriage, a brand-new classic musical comedy, wedding the songs of Irving Berlin to the much-loved British Lion film from the 50s. The “matchmaker” here is Thom Southerland, co-writer ...

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Finian’s Rainbow – Charing Cross Theatre, London

Writer: E. Y. Harburg &Fred Saidy Lyricist: E. Y. Harburg Composer: Burton Lane Director: Phil Wilmot Reviewer: Tom Finch Finian’s Rainbow, a musical from the golden age of Broadway has not been revived in London since it first opened here in 1947. In some ways it’s easy to see why; the bizarre plot makes about as much sense as a ...

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