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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Jeffrey Lane Music &Lyrics: David Yazbek Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: John Roberts It may have taken a decade to finally grace the shores of the UK, but the wait has certainly been worth it! Jerry Mitchell’s UK premiere of David Yazbek’s Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (which is based on the film of the same name) is in Manchester as ...

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The Public Reviews 2014 Preview: Part III

And as we come to our final part of our 2014 preview of shows in and around the UK and Ireland we ask our regional editors in the North West, London, and along the South Coast what productions are getting them excited over the course of the year. Do you agree? What are you most looking forward to? Share your ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Director: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.5]   Based on John Waters 1988 cult film Hairspray takes its audience back to 1962, a time when having a big personality and big hair to match could put you at the top of the social ladder. The story centers on ...

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Hairspray – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Choreograpy: Jerry Mitchell Directed by: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:5] It's a cynical and depressing old world we live in: economic crisis, famine and conflict abounds, so what we really need to lift us from the gloom is to be transported, for a few short hours, ...

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Hairspray – The Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Choreograpy: Jerry Mitchell Directed by: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Liza Kyle [rating:4.5]   Defy the mothers of 1962 and say “Yes! Do! Go!” to this wonderfully energetic, infectious, and unpretentious production. Hairspray tells the story of the big hearted, big boned Tracy Turnblad and her quest to fulfil ...

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Hairspray – Liverpool Empire

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:4.5] Based on John Waters’ cult 80s film starring Ricky Lake and the late Divine, Hairspray is the ultimate feel good, foot tapping, cheesy grin inducing musical that will guarantee to have you on your feet dancing in the aisles by ...

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Hairspray – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Haiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lucia Cox [Rating:5] John Water’s 1988 film, Hairspray was only a moderate success upon its release but became a cult classic on home video during the ‘90’s. The original film, starring Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry and Divine, was Water’s reaction to real life events he’d ...

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Legally Blonde – New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Music &Lyrics: Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin Book: Heather Hach Director &Choreographer: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Michael Rawlings [rating:4] In 2010 Legally Blonde was the surprise hit of London, seizing a sackful of awards for both the production and its star, Sheridan Smith. Its success was such that this touring production actually started life while the show was still resident at ...

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