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West End Eurovision  –  Adelphi Theatre, London

Director:  Gareth Hulance Reviewer:  Richard Maguire As hotly anticipated as this year’s Eurovision is The West End Eurovision where seven London musicals battle it out for the best performance of a song that has featured in Europe’s biggest music competition. Indeed, with all the competitors’ glitter and sequins The West End Eurovision is camper than the real thing, and has enough abs ...

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Hairspray – Opera House, Manchester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman & Marc Shaiman Book: Mark O'Donnell & Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: Lizz Clark There's little more uplifting than a musical about the transformative power of dancing and singing. Hairspray is the tale of Tracy Turnblad, the big little girl growing up in 1960s Baltimore whose youthful exuberance sparks a revolution. Together with ...

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Hairspray – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Music/ Lyrics: Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Scarlet Wildhorn Since its release in 2003, Hairspray the Musical has toured extensively, both in the UK and in the US. Set in 1962’s Baltimore, racial segregation is rife, but Tracy Turnblad can’t understand why integration is so detested. It’s the sixties after ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Paul Kerryson Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music / Lyrics: Marc Shaiman / Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Helen Tope Hairspray is a musical that moves to its own beat. Born rebellious, the musical derived from John Waters’ 1988 film, is a tale of inequality, difference and why we should care. In 2018, against a background of ...

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Hairspray – Bradford Alhambra

Writer: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Director: Paul Kerrison Choreographer: Drew MConie Reviewer: Sue Collier The opening night performance of Hairspray the UK Tour at The Alhambra Theatre Bradford was of extremely high calibre. The setting is Baltimore in 1962 America. Our heroine is schoolgirl Tracy Turnblad (Rebecca Mendoza) who loves ...

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Hairspray – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Dan English Big numbers, big hair and even bigger hearts aplenty as the UK Tour of Hairspray makes its stop at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Despite its 60s setting, the Paul Kerryson directed play still has political clout as protagonist Tracy Turnblad fights back against body-shaming and racial ...

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Rent – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Reviewer: Chris Williams In 2016, Rent - the Pulitzer Prize winning rock musical - celebrated its 20th anniversary. This new production embarked on a UK tour in celebration, stopping in Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre. Based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Boheme - with our poets and painters modernised as a filmmaker or performance artist - Rent’s ...

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RENT – St James Theatre, London

Writer: Jonathan Larson Director: Bruce Guthrie Choreography: Lee Proud Reviewer: Christy Ku Based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème, RENT follows the story of a group of young artists struggling to survive and live their bohemian lifestyles in New York City. Meanwhile, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rages on, affecting everyone they love and tearing their lives apart. This new production celebrates the 20th anniversary of ...

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