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West Side Story – Birmingham Hippodrome

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Matthew Hawksworth Reviewer: John Kennedy Everything was possible in Bernsteins’s late 50s Atomic-Age ‘America’ where inter-racial antagonism imploded with incendiary, teenage trouser-powered cool, hormonal-hip braggadocio to a Romeo and Juliet riff. ‘Is that a GAT in your cod-piece buddy – or are you just frightened to see me?’ Plus ça change, ...

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West Side Story – The Royal Exchange, Manchester   

Concept:  Jerome Robbins Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim. Director:  Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Nowadays audiences are accustomed to perceiving West Side Story as a classic musical perfect for viewing on Sunday afternoons so it is hard to accept that, when first staged, its depiction of gang violence was controversial.  Now the UK has become a racially divided ...

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CD REVIEW: Fiddler on the Roof – 2016 Broadway Cast Recording

Fiddler on the Roof - 2016 Broadway production Artwork

Reviewer: Mark Clegg According to the song in Spamalot, “you won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews”. If this is indeed the case then there is no surprise that Fiddler on the Roof has achieved such massive success since its premiere in 1964. Winner of nine Tony Awards, Broadway’s longest running show (until Grease beat it), revived ...

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CD REVIEW: Two’s Company – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music: Vernon Duke Lyrics: Ogden Nash Additional Lyrics: Sammy Cahn Reviewer: Mark Clegg It is not unheard of for a fading Hollywood star to travel east and ply their trade on Broadway. Once there, their famous name could potentially generate ticket sales regardless of how miscast they are. Two’s Company was such a vehicle for a true queen of the ...

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CD REVIEW: On The Town – New Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Donna Kelly Fans of the iconic musical On The Town have waited a long time for the first complete recording of the stage production – almost 70 years in fact. Despite recordings in 1944, 1960 and 1995, many theatre fans were left disappointed when parts of the score were either omitted, truncated or recorded in the studio. Thankfully, 70 ...

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West Side Story – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book:Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original Choreographer: Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Lu Greer   When West Side Story was first staged in the 50s, it not only brought a fresh and contemporary feel to the classic Shakespearian tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but it breathed a new life into the musical scene itself. By ...

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West Side Story – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

Book: Arthur Laurents Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director and Choreographer: Joey McKneely Original choreography by Jerome Robbins Reviewer: Abbie Rippon When first produced in the 1950’s, West Side Story was seen as innovative, ‘setting a new template for the modern musical.’ Based on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story brought this tale of star crossed ...

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West Side Story – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music: Leornard Bernstein Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: Joey McKneely Reviewer: Chris Williams West Side Story is constantly being voted in the top – if not number one – in lists of musicals. With the Broadway dream-team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins and Arthur Laurent’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, this is one musical that is still relevant ...

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