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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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Chicago – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Adaptor: David Thompson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Chris Williams Chicago is the musical that proves the old idiom “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it”. This tale of crime, punishment and fame has now been delighting audiences for decades. Kander and Ebb’s musical is a tale ...

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Chicago – Lyric, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Writer: Maurine Dallas Watkins Adaptor: David Thompson Choreographer: Ann Reinking Reviewer: Hannah Stamp With a dimly lit stage, a cloud of smoke smothering the spotlight and a seductive array of black clinging costumes, Chicago sizzles like the stage of an underground burlesque club. With just enough humour to offset ...

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Chicago – Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman 1920s Chicago, a world of gangsters represented by grungy sets and hairy, overweight men and wom… Nah, you know better, right? Chicago is one of the most visually familiar musicals of our age, its tight-fitting and revealing costumes showing off the lithe ...

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Chicago – Bristol Hippodrome

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer:Naomi Stevens 1920s Chicago. Murder. Fame. The days when Chicago was a mix of prohibition era criminality and the excitement of Jazz. The story is based around both – a prison full of murderesses whose crimes were mostly committed under the influence of illegal alcohol and easy access to ...

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Chicago – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Music and Lyrics: John Kander and Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Gareth Davies Little excites the popular press as much as a criminal trial with a celebrity defendant, and Kander and Ebb’s musical satire on the interplay between crime and punishment, and fame and fortune remains an almost flawless theatrical package, with both wit and insightful analysis of the ...

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Chicago – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

CHICAGO. John Partridge as 'Billy Flynn'

Book: Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse Music: John Kander Lyrics: Fred Ebb Director: Walter Bobbie Reviewer: Nicole Evans Starting life as a play written by a mature student’s experiences as a big-shot lawyer, Kander and Ebb’s Chicago has been marking its criminal territory on stages worldwide for over 40 years and shows no sign of locking itself away. Portraying the ...

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