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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight The interregnum between Christmas and New Year. Chocolate overload. How to return to some semblance of normality and refresh one’s artistic palate? This is one question that The Sound of Musicals sets out to answer. There’s no mention of chestnuts, snow or miraculous births, but plenty of memories from famous musicals. The programme includes ...

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Jackie The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys At the height of its powers in the 70s, D.C. Thomson’s beloved teen magazine Jackie, had an enviable circulation of over half a million readers a week. With fashion tips, beauty secrets, celebrity gossip, photo-stories and the now infamous Cathy and Claire problem page, its loyal readership eagerly ...

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Jackie The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: John Roberts As Jukebox Musicals go, the plot for Jackie The Musical isn’t go to set the world alight but this musical that is based on the D. C. Thompson publication from the 70s is a fun and engaging musical that packs plenty of nostalgia to give even the eldest member of the ...

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Jackie the Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Jackie the Musical

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Hannah Powell Jackie The Musical is an explosion of colour, sights, and sounds thrown onto the stage in a way that’s pure seventies. It incorporates popular songs such as 20th Century Boy and Enough is Enough into a love story we can all relate to, and entices audience members to get up and ...

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Jackie the Musical – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Older and Younger Jackie together

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dear Cathy &Claire, tonight I would enjoy seeing a show which manages to combine every fashion faux pas of the seventies with catchy tunes, colour and a mid-life crisis; what would you recommend? Had Cathy &Claire still existed, they may have suggested you see Jackie the Musical. Taken from the D. ...

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Jackie the Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Janet Jepson If you are female, grew up in the sixties, seventies or eighties and lived for boys and pop music, then chances are, you were a Jackie fan. Jackie was the magazine to read, and two complete generations of teenage girls thrived on its ...

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The Sound of Musicals – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Tim Howar, Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen and Graham Bickley in The Sound of Musicals

Conductor: Richard Balcombe Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   How do you lift yourself from the torpor that descends in those few days between Christmas and New Year? Well, one way is to descend on Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and spend an evening in the company of singers with superb musical theatre pedigrees as they entertain you with a selection of songs from ...

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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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