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Maggie May – Finborough Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Alun Owen Director: Matthew Iliffe Reviewer: David Guest It’s a fair bet that anyone remotely familiar with Lionel Bart’s musical Maggie May knows it through Judy Garland’s 1964 EP of four of its songs or the 18thCentury ballad on which it’s based. Shirley Bassey recorded one of the songs and even The Beatles sang a ...

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The Wedding Singer – Empire Theatre, Liverpool

jon robyns wedding singer king's theatre glasgow

Music: Matthew Sklar Book & Lyrics: Chad Beguelin Book: Tim Herlihy Director: Nick Winston Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the 1997 comedy film of the same name starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore; Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy’s musical adaptation of The Wedding Singer provides plenty of earworms and laughs throughout in a production that is sadly given ...

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Snow Child – The Lowry

Production image of cast member playing in the snow

Writer: Emma Reeves Director: Wendy Harris Reviewer: Jay Nuttall What if a little girl, made of snow, miraculously came to life? With a jam-packed Christmas season at The Lowry, this is a new adaptation of a Russian folk tale you may never have heard of, often entitled The Little Daughter of the Snow. It is a curious narrative, which has ...

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Sex in Suburbia – The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writers: Claire Sweeney and Mandy Muden Director: Ken Alexander Reviewer: James Garrington Imagine a version of the bad date scenes from Sex in the City, but with the feel of a late-night stand-up routine by the notoriously graphic Bernard Manning; that gives you some idea of what to expect from Sex in Suburbia. The show uses the idea of a ...

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Carnaby St – Milton Keynes Theatre

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope &Robert Johns Director : Bob Tomson Reviewer: Maggie Constable [rating:4] Carnaby Street, at Milton Keynes for this week only, is a new, colourful musical which takes you right back to London in the Sixties. The musical follows a working class Liverpool lad called Jude, new to the city with guitar in hand and Penny in tow, as ...

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Carnaby Street – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Writers: Carl Leighton-Pope and Robert Johns Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] Carnaby Street is the latest in the lengthening sequence of nostalgia-driven jukebox musicals. It treads a well-worn path, consisting of a string of hits, this time from the 60s, tacked together with the flimsiest of links and slightest of plots. In this offering, we meet a hopeful ...

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Carnaby Street The Musical – Opera House,Manchester

Writer: Carl Leighton-Pope Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Laura Ord [Rating:3.5] Not a single person in the audience is immune to the toe tapping, hand clapping sing along experience that is Carnaby Street The Musical, which follows the dreams and aspirations of wannabe pop star Jude (played by Matthew Wycliffe) and his friend Penny Lane (Verity Rushworth) as they move from ...

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