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Dusty – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Reviewer: May Mellstrom “I’m 90 percent smoke and mirrors darling” declares Dusty Springfield, with a glint in her kohl-rimmed eyes as she rejects a marriage proposal and hails a taxi, disappearing into the night. The legendary British singer, born Mary O’Brien in 1939, was famously private however this new musical from acclaimed writer Jonathan ...

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Dusty – Lyceum, Sheffield

Writer: Jonathan Harvey Director: Maria Friedman Musical Supervisor: Tim Sutton Choreographer: Tim Jackson Set & Costume Designer: Tom Pye Reviewer: Sheila Stratford The world premiere of the new musical charting Dusty Springfield’s life and singing career, is at the Lyceum in Sheffield. Through 19 songs it follows her turbulent life and contains many of her pop hits including I Only ...

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Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, Live at Zédel, London

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Musical Director: Jason Carr Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by Jonathan Harvey based ...

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Stepping Out – Chichester Festival Theatre

Writer: Richard Harris Director:  Maria Friedman                              Musical Arranger: Chris Walker Choreographer:  Tim Jackson Reviewer:  Bill Avenell Chichester Festival Theatre has had some notable triumphs in recent months featuring, among other things, technical wizardry, innovative approaches to old classics, hard-hitting political drama always including something fresh to make the audience sit up and pay attention. This production of Richard Harris’ play, ...

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NEWS: Amanda Holden to star in Maria Friedman’s ‘Stepping Out’

By Paul Couch The Theatre Royal Bath has announced today [11 March 2016] the tour and casting of Richard Harris’ Stepping Out, which is to be directed by Maria Friedman. The production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath on 12 October, followed by Richmond Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre, with additional dates to be announced. Amanda Holden will star, alongside ...

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NEWS: From Hackney to Hollywood: The Don Black Songbook launches UK Tour

From Hackney to Hollywood: The Don Black Songbook is a series of concerts which celebrate the life and works of one of our most versatile lyricists for over 50 years in the industry. Directed by Olivier Award Winner Maria Friedman and conducted by Mike Dixon, special guests include Gary Wilmot (Chicago, Oliver!, The Wizard of Oz), Martine McCutcheon (Love Actually, ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 minutes with Jenna Russell

She’s tried her hand at most forms of performing art but her first love is theatre, particularly that of Stephen Sondheim. She’s sung the theme song for Red Dwarf and battled Daleks with Christopher Ecclestone’s Doctor, but always returns to the stage. Paul Couch spoke to West End star Jenna Russell. Earlier this year, you played Mary Flynn in Merrily ...

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Merrily We Roll Along – Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: George Furth Director: Maria Friedman Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:5] Asprotagonist Franklin Shepard says halfway through Stephen Sondheim’s musical on friendship and dreams, “It’s a thing I do when I want to remember something special – I close my eyes and I swallow” and I suggest that anyone who sees this West End transfer of the Menier ...

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