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Bring It On –  Southwark Playhouse, London

Book:  Jeff Whitty Music and Lyrics: Amanda Green, Tom Kitt, and Lin-Manuel Miranda Director:  Ewan Jones Reviewer:  Richard Maguire The youthful cast of this American high school musical certainly bring it on, but it’s a shame that the Southwark Playhouse didn’t bring on some air conditioning. Although Bring It On occasionally reaches camp zeniths, it’s the audience that remains smoking hot. ...

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CD REVIEW: Working, A Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Stud Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Working: A Musical was the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz way back in 1975. The book and ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America's current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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In the Heights – Kings Cross Theatre, London

  Music and Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book: Quiara Alegria Hudes Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   It’s not hard to see why In the Heights created such a sensation and bagged a truckload of awards on its release in 2008 and since played around the world. Amazing though to think its UK premiere was only last year at the ...

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CD REVIEW: Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast Recording

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda Reviewer: Charlotte Robson Alexander Hamilton was one of America's founding fathers, an aide to General Washington during the American Revolutionary War, defender of the U.S. Constitution, congressman, economist, lawyer, and founder of the first vote-based government party in the world – and now, in 2015, his is the inspiration for one of the most evocative, emotional and ...

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Venice – Original Cast Recording

Music &Lyrics: Matt Sax Book &Lyrics: Eric Rosen Additional Music: Curtis Moore Reviewer: May Mellstrom Taking initial inspiration from Shakespeare’s Othello, Matt Sax and Eric Rosen presented their contemporary musical Venice at New York’s Public Theater in 2013. With its fusion of musical styles including hip-hop, rock, techno and R&B much of the score would not sound out of place ...

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In the Heights – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music/Lyrics: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: John Roberts In 2008 a show opened on Broadway which took both critics and audiences by surprise, with it's hip-hop/salsa infusion and raw grit and tenacity it held The Great White Way under its spell. Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights had landed and brought with it a whole ...

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