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Puttin’ on the Ritz – Manchester Opera House

Producer/Director David King Choreographer: Emma Rogers Reviewer:- Stephanie Rowe Taking you back in time to the golden age of Hollywood and the dances of Fred Astaire, the American production of Puttin' on the Ritz has hit the UK stage. This nostalgic journey has all the glamour and glitz one would expect and it is delivered with pizzazz. With music from ...

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Friday Night Classics: New York, New York – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Michael England Reviewer: Selwyn Knight It’s Friday, 4th July and time for another in the CBSO’s concert series, Friday Night Classics. As conductor Michael England points out, the date cries out for a celebration of American music, but how to choose? This concert focuses on the East Coast, and New York in particular with music by those titans of ...

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Crazy For You – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Music and Lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Director: Steve Boden Writer: Ken Ludwig Reviewer: Nicole Evans Crazy For You began its life as 1930s Gershwin musical, Girl Crazy and after a 1990s revamp, Crazy For You in its current form was born. Incorporating new songs, new sparkle and a new life it went on to win the 1992 Tony ...

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Clare Teal – Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate

Musical Director: Grant Windsor Reviewer: Sue Collier Having never heard Clare Teal sing prior to writing this review, one was definitely in a minority among the full house of Harrogate’s Theatre’s eager audience of Teal fans tonight. Teal was accompanied by a fantastic trio of extremely talented musicians, comprising of her musical director Grant Windsor on Piano, Simon Little on ...

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CD REVIEW: Fred Astaire: The Early Years at RKO

Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] “Can’t sing. Can’t act. Balding. Can dance a little” so allegedly goes the report that accompanied Fred Astaire’s RKO screentest in the early 1930’s. This did not deter RKO from launching him on his career and the rest is history. Despite being predominantly viewed as just a dancer Astaire was much more than just a ...

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Miss Givings – Bierkeller Theatre, Bristol

Writer: Robert Cohen Director: Nicholas Quirke Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3] A’Nother Productions have set themselves a tall challenge. Miss Givings is a one woman play with songs mostly from 1930’s America. The story, set just outside New York, follows a short period in the life of Anita Boult who is trying to get a break onto the New York music ...

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CD REVIEW: Nice Work If You Can Get It- 2012 Broadway Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: George and Ira Gershwin Book: Joe DiPietro Reviewer : Rosie Revell [Rating:5] Nice Work If You Can Get It premiered in 2012 and is essentially a modern musical take on classic musical farce packed full of classic Gershwin tunes with original material by P.G. Wodehouse and Guy Bolton also thrown in for good measure. Wealthy playboy Jimmy Winter ...

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Crazy For You – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Music and lyrics: George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin Book: Ken Ludwig Director: John Plews Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:4] Much of the attention on London fringe musicals goes to the pocket powerhouses south of the river like the Union and the Landor but some of the most exciting productions are to be found above a pub in Highgate. Under John and ...

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