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Idina Menzel – Apollo Theatre, London

Production: Speckulation Entertainment Musical Director: Rob Mounsey Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:5] Idina Menzel, best known for originating the rôles of Maureen in RENT and Elphaba in Wicked (for which she won the best actress in a musical Tony Award) seems genuinely fond of London. Since opening Wicked here in the West End in 2006, Menzel returned last year to perform ...

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JB Shorts 8 – Joshua Brooks, Manchester

Reviewer: Rebecca Mickler [rating:4] As a second visit to a JB shorts season having watched JB Shorts 6 this time last year, it was especially interesting to see what would be in store this time around. As ever, the variation in subject matter for each of the six 15 minute plays is brilliantly mastered; adding to that a snapshot of ...

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Fields Of Grey – Contact, Manchester

Writers: Avaes Mohammad Mtume Gant Director: Baba Israel Sound Design: Jason Singh Visual Design: AlbinoMosquito Reviewer: Jo Beggs [rating:4]   We gather in the foyer to await our guide, and are taken, in groups of eight, up a staircase. Twice we are told to pause and breathe deeply, the space requires it. We enter an ante-room and are instructed to ...

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Grease – The Palace Theatre, Manchester

Director: David Gilmore Reviewer: Poppy Helm [rating:3]   Grease may be a story about teenagers but as a show it's well into its middle-age; 40 years have passed since its original Broadway debut. Unfortunately, with this particular production, the wrinkles are starting to show. It's a story most of us already know; after a romantic summer fling, Danny and Sandy ...

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Box of Frogs – Contact, Manchester

Producer: StumbleDanceCircus Reviewer: Katherine Kirwan [rating: 3.5] I approached 'Box of Frogs' with the excitement of a small child with eyes of wonder, as all children and adults should do when attending the circus. I love circus arts and the impossibility that the performers achieve, and the drama of the performance. I was excited to discover Box of Frogs was ...

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Pat Kirkwood is Angry – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Director: Lee Blakeley Musical Director &Pianist: James Holmes Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:4] Having first seen Jessica Walker perform at The Lowry earlier this year in The Girl I Left Behind Me, I had an inkling of what I should expect with tonight’s Opera North and Exchange offering, Pat Kirkwood is Angry. Kirkwood is played by Walker who, on leading us ...

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Sister Act – The Opera House, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Jerry Zaks Reviewer: Zara Ellis [Rating: 4] The new breed of happy go lucky musicals has really taken off over the past few years and the fun loving musical Sister Act is no exception. This divine comedy is packed full of humour, warmth and a whole lot of singing and appears that it ...

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Northern Ballet : Madame Butterfly – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Artistic Director &Choreographer: David Nixon Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Sally Cinnamon [Rating:3] Puccini’s glorious opera, Madame Butterfly could not, you may think, be improved upon but then again, Boublil and Schönberg’s hit musical Miss Saigon was at least, loosely based on the original story and is still selling out to appreciative audiences around the world. Now, almost thirty years on ...

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