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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Rebecca Trehearn in Show Boat

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (based on the novel by Edna Ferber) Music: Jerome Kern Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: David White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Janet Jepson Written in 1927, the musical Show Boat is something of a departure from the usual trivial, light-hearted tales of the genre. This show tackles serious themes such as racial prejudice, tragic ...

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Oh What A Lovely War – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Book: Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Choreographer: Lynne Page Director: Terry Johnson Reviewer: Pete Benson In the early 60s Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop Company in an ensemble collaboration between writer, director and actors created Oh What A Lovely War:a series of sketches punctuated by songs that tell the narrative of the First World War. It has stood the test of time, ...

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Show Boat – The Lowry, Salford

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Jerome Kern Director: Janice Honeyman Musical Director: Gareth Jones &Stefan Lombard Reviewer: Laura Orton Premiered on Broadway in 1927, Show Boat was a show stopper. It was a radical change from all its predecessors and set a new standard in the musical genre. It was also the first ever racially integrated musical, allowing ...

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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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