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Friday Night Classics: La Vie en Rose – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) presents music from, and inspired by, France in this latest of its series of Friday Night Classics concerts of light orchestral music. So, as conductor Richard Balcombe mentions, there is plenty from the pen of Michel Legrand; classical songs associated with The Little Sparrow, Edith Piaf; and ...

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Opera North: Kiss Me, Kate – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Samuel and Bella Spewack Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Donna Kelly   Following their five-star production of Carousel in 2012, Opera North returns to the world of Broadway with a brand new production of hit musical Kiss Me, Kate. Written by Samuel and Bella Spewack, with music and lyrics by Cole ...

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Kiss Me Kate – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Director: Jo Davies Conductor: David Charles Abell Reviewer: Tom Tollett Jo Davies' splendid new production of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's famous take on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, is a triumph from beginning to end. Not only can it claim first-rate vocals, acting and dancing from principals and chorus alike, but Davies' careful ...

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter Director: David King Reviewer: Laura Hesketh A tribute to the musical legends who epitomised the Golden Age of Hollywood,Puttin’ on the Ritzis great for those wanting a night out full of timeless classics – if they don’t mind going without a live orchestra. The iconic songs from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole ...

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Puttin’ On the Ritz – The Grand Theatre, Blackpool

Music: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter Director: David King Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It is the recipe for a truly magical production - the music of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter brought to life in a song and dance spectacle. But unfortunately Putting on the Ritz far from does justice to what have become some of the most ...

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Puttin’ On The Ritz – Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Director: Emma Rogers Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer: Jess Rowe The cabaret-style song and dance extravaganza Puttin’ On The Ritz brings a fresh air of glitz, glamour and show business to the Hall For Cornwall stage. Inspired by the great musical theatre composers of 1920s America, the show creates a form of nostalgia that audiences are grateful to be reminded of. ...

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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Show arranged by Spirit Productions Executive Producer: David King Reviewer: Janet Jepson It’s all glitter and sparkle, and a true journey back to the Golden Age of Hollywood at its best. The whole bedecked stage and cast of beautifully costumed dancers and singers epitomises the extravagant style of the 1920s and 1930s, proving that there really is “no business like ...

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Anything Goes – Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Music and Lyrics: Cole Porter Original Book: PG Wodehouse &Guy Bolton and Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse New book: Timothy Crouse &John Weidman Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: James Garrington “Times have changed.” So says Cole Porter in the title number of Anything Goes. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the appeal of this show. Eighty years after its first production, ...

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