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The Rink – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Terrence McNally Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty There’s a huge amount going on in The Rink, from the mother/daughter relationship issues, the comedy of characters from past lives and some serious exploration of middle America. So is it a good or a bad thing that the shining, lingering image after this show ...

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Chicago – Phoenix Theatre, London

Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Book: Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Stephen Bates You can’t keep a good show down! Chicago, with music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb, was a moderate success in New York and London in the late 1970s, but it is the 1996 revival, directed by Walter Robbie, that ...

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Chicago – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Sophie Carmen-Jones as Velma in Chicago

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Selwyn Knight Imagine a world in which the usual rules are turned on their head, in which ordinary people can be catapulted to celebrity status for, at best, dubious reasons, in which the masses are in thrall to the cult of celebrity thanks to the ...

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Chicago – The Grand, Leeds

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Fred Ebb &Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Original Director/Choreographer: Bob Fosse Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Award-winning Chicago returns to the UK Tour scene with this star-studded production. Written by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, it's based on Maurine Dallas Watkins’ play of the same name. A journalist by trade, Watkins wrote for the Chicago Tribune during the prohibition ...

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Chicago – Theatre Royal, Norwich

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music, Book/Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Lu Greer Each time a new run of Chicago hits the stage, it has some very large jazz shoes to fill. It’s a show that has run and run, been a smash hit musical and is a staple of millions of musical fans. Because of this, each time an ...

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Chicago – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys Inspired by the sensational crime stories she covered during the Prohibition Era for the Chicago Tribune, and in particular the trials of two real-life Jazz Babies accused of murdering their lovers: the much-married cabaret chanteuse ...

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2 by 5: A Musical Review – SpaceTriplex, Edinburgh

Music and Lyrics: John Kander &Fred Ebb Director: Deborah Mogford Musical Director: Timm Adams Reviewer: David Doyle Kander and Ebb are among the most recognisable names in musical theatre. Having written such shows as Cabaret and Chicago, there are few who don’t know them. This sung-through musical review presents a selection of some of their best-known songs as well as ...

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The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: John Kander Lyricist: Fred Ebb Director: Lotte Wakeham Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mark Fisher’s programme note does this show somewhat of a disservice. He writes, “They did it with Singin’ in the Rain....And they did it with And the World Goes Round...” To be fair to Fisher, his specific point of comparison is that both recycle ...

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