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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – The Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer and Director: Paul Hendy Musical Director: Francis Goodhand Choreographer: Sarah Langley Reviewer: Janet Jepson The Lyceum Theatre is well-known in the region for pulling out all the stops when it comes to pantomimes, and they just seem to get better and better. On the face of it, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs isn’t really an exciting story and ...

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Footloose – the Musical – Milton Keynes Theatre

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Stage Adaptation: Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie Reviewer:Maggie Constable Pretty much everyone will have heard Footloose or knows the classic musical movie of the 80s and, if not, there are the famous toe-tapping songs such as Holding Out For A Her and Let’s Hear It For The Boy. Milton Keynes Theatre this week hosts the stage adaptation ...

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Footloose: The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Footloose

Book: Dean Pitchford, adapted by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Music: Tom Snow Lyrics: Dean Pitchford Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: James Garrington Not so long ago – not even 40 years in fact – there was a town in America where it was illegal to dance in public. Until, that is, a group of high school kids fought to get ...

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Footloose – Cardiff New Theatre

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Writer: Dean Pitchford Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Beth Steer Fast on the heels of the 1980s film sensation, Footloose has long been a firm musical favourite, known for its sizzling combination of teenage rebellion and romance, and Racky Plews’ remastering does not disappoint. Set in Bomont, a small town in middle America with an equally small mind, ...

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Footloose – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Writers: Dean Pitchford &Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Dominic Corr A town that has banned dancing, the rebellious daughter of an overbearing minister, one of the Nolan sisters and a denim-clad Gareth Gates; do you need any more in a musical? Set inAmerica’s Bible Belt, some salacious teenagers are desperate for fun in Dean Pitchford and ...

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Footloose – The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Stage Adaptation: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Dan English   There's a sizzling musical at Dartford's Orchard Theatre as Footloose makes a stop on it's new UK Tour. Based on the 1980s cult film, the Racky Plews-directed musical sees city boy Ren McCormack (Luke Baker) struggle to fit into life in Bomont, a ...

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CD REVIEW: Love Birds – Original Edinburgh Cast Recording

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A rare and unusual thing - an original Edinburgh cast recording. Following in his family's illustrious songwriting footsteps (father and uncle The Sherman Brothers, were composers of the music for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and grandfather Al - a Tin Pan Alley alumni,Love Birds is Robert J. Sherman's new musical premiering ...

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Love Birds – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Book, Music &Lyrics: Robert J. Sherman Director: Stewart Nicholls Choreographer: Stewart Nicholls Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This pin-sharp, production perfectly demonstrates that the apple hasn't fallen far from the songwriting talent tree in the Sherman family. Writer, composer and lyricist Robert J. Sherman, grandson of Tin Pan Alley alumni Al Sherman, son of Robert B. and nephew of Richard M. - ...

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