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Crazy for You – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: James Garrington Crazy for You, as a show, has everything a traditional musical theatre enthusiast could ask for. With a rich Gershwin score full of well-known numbers, big choreographed routines, and a book full of comedy aimed at a modern audience, done well it can be a delight. ...

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Crazy for You – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Selwyn Knight You have to feel sorry for Bobby Child. He’s caught between two overbearing women in New York, his mother, Lottie,  who wants him in the family banking business and Irene, his fiancée of five years standing. Neither woman gets on with the other. No wonder all ...

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Crazy for You – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Ken Ludwig Music: George Gershwin Lyrics: Ira Gershwin Director: Paul Hart Reviewer: Maggie Constable Toe-tapping its way into Milton Keynes this week as part of its U.K tour is Watermill Theatre’s production of Crazy For You starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Tom Chambers and Claire Sweeney whose theatre and TV career has covered two decades. Originally written by the Gershwin ...

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts centre and The Cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Writer: Ian Fleming Book: Jeremy Sams Music &Lyrics: Richard M Sherman and Robert B Sherman Director: James Brining Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Comparisons with the much-loved, 1968 film of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are inevitable, such is its place in the British public's hearts, thankfully, this West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the iconic children's classic will largely satisfy audiences ...

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Hairspray – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

The Cast of the UK tour of Hairspray

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Tim Frost   This energetic, colourful and raucous cartoon musical warms up a freezing April day in Canterbury. Although light on really great tunes and mostly bereft of decent dialogue, this popular slapstick show ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer: Karen Bussell   FUN, glitter, and beehives gel with the fight against bigotry and segregation in the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical Hairspray. An odd recipe but one that actually works as the hard-hitting ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Whittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Liam Dunachie Reviewer: Glen Pearce   Big Hair, big girls and big fun – Hairspray is sheer in-yer-face fun, perhaps the natural successor to teen musical Grease or even Glee. Unlike Glee, however, this isn’t a teenage group of perfect ...

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Hairspray – New Theatre, Cardiff

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer:Bethany Steer   Set in Baltimore, USA in 1962, Hairspray is a musical full of bounce, boogie and big, big hair. A chubby teenage girl with an eye watering crush on local TV superstar, Link Larkin (Ashley Gilmour), ...

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