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Little Shop of Horrors – Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Sam Lupton as Seymour and Stephanie Clift as Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors

Book and Lyrics: Howard Ashman Music: Alan Menken Director: Tara Louis Wilkinson Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Janet Jepson In the 1930’s cinemas began showing two films at each session in a bid to hang onto audiences reduced by the Depression, and demand grew for cheap, quickly turned out films to support the main features. Thus the B-movie was born, becoming ...

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The MGM Story – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Writer: Chris Burgess Director and Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: Charlie Ingles Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty Expecting a catalogue show of classic MGM numbers is a good enough reason to make the trip up the Highgate hill to see this. However, that expectation will be cracked wide apart by an intelligent, very interesting and sweet look at one of the powerhouses ...

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Footloose: The Musical – Bristol Hippodrome

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Stage Adapation: Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: David Keech Reviewer:Laura Hesketh A Hollywood hit and cultural sensation, Footloose grossed US$80 million, knocked Michael Jackson’s albumThriller off of the number one spot, and collected Oscar and Golden Globe nominations in the process. Now Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie’s extravaganza Footloose: The Musical returns ...

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Footloose: The Musical – Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Musical Director: David Keech Reviewer: Mark Clegg Before becoming the UK’s leading mobile phone salesman, Kevin Bacon danced his way to stardom in the 1984 movie Footloose as Ren McCormack, a big-city kid who moves to a small town that has a ban on dancing. As the movie is fondly remembered, it inevitably got ...

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Footloose: The Musical – New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

The cast of Footloose

Book: Dean Pitchford, adapted by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Music: Tom Snow Lyrics: Dean Pitchford Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: James Garrington Not so long ago – not even 40 years in fact – there was a town in America where it was illegal to dance in public. Until, that is, a group of high school kids fought to get ...

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Footloose the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Music: Tom Snow Writer: Dean Pitchford Adaptor: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen It was turned into a film back in 1983, starring Kevin Bacon and Sarah Jessica Parker, but on stage Footloose The Musical is less of a hit. The stage adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, like the movie, is based on ...

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Footloose – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Writers: Dean Pitchford &Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Dominic Corr A town that has banned dancing, the rebellious daughter of an overbearing minister, one of the Nolan sisters and a denim-clad Gareth Gates; do you need any more in a musical? Set inAmerica’s Bible Belt, some salacious teenagers are desperate for fun in Dean Pitchford and ...

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Footloose – The Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Gareth Gates and company in Footloose

Stage Adaptation: Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie Director: Racky Plews Choreographer: Matthew Cole Reviewer: Dan English   There’s a sizzling musical at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre as Footloose makes a stop on it’s new UK Tour. Based on the 1980s cult film, the Racky Plews-directed musical sees city boy Ren McCormack (Luke Baker) struggle to fit into life in Bomont, a ...

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