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Sister Act the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Tate James Beneath the arches of Matthew Wright’s simplistic gothic church set, Alexandra Burke leads a company of actor-musicians in Craig Revel Horwood’s touring production of Sister Act The Musical. It's an iconic movie brought to the stage with an original score by Alan ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

woman in period costume sitting on sofa natasha barnes funny girl

Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  Laura Jayne Bateman Opening in Boston in 1963, Funny Girl was initially panned by critics and failed to win a single Tony Award after transferring to Broadway. However, after a run of over 1,000 performances, the musical was immortalised on film in 1968, starring ...

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The Addams Family: The Comedy Musical – Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton

Book: Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics: Andrew Lippa Director: Matthew White Reviewer:  Natasha Hegarty From the opening melody to when the riffs kick in, the audience is clicking its fingers in time with the familiar tune and The Addams Family: The Musical Comedy begins. Wednesday Addams has gone and done the most revolting thing she could ever do: she has fallen ...

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Funny Girl – Liverpool Empire

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Book: Isobel Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: John Roberts Sheridan Smith is a performer who, over the past few years, has had her own demons to quash and battled regularly with press intrusion, so it is no surprise that she brings real weight and gravitas to the role of Fanny ...

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Sister Act – The Alhambra, Bradford

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri &Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Sue Collier An enthusiastic full house greets the opening night of Sister Act at Bradford cAlhambra. It has a strong start with great scenery which is creatively adapted to portray the church, a night club and the police station cells. There are few well-known songs in ...

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Sister Act – Liverpool Empire

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Book: Cheri &Bill Steinkellner Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: John Roberts Craig Revel Horwood has over the years brought us some of the best actor/musician productions in the UK, his Hot Mikado was sensational and his revival of Chess brought a clarity to the storytelling that the musical usually looses when staged. Now with ...

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Sister Act – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Alexandra Burke and Jon Robyns in Sister Act 2016 UK tour

Book: Bill and Cheri Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Donna Kelly Alexandra Burke can certainly sing like a diva. After dazzling as Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, the X Factor winner returns to the stage as Deloris Van Cartier in an all-new musical stage production of Sister Act. Based on the 1992 film ...

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Sister Act – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Cheri and Bill Steinkellner Music: Alan Menken Lyrics: Glenn Slater Director &choreographer: Craig Revel Horwood Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood brings his new production of Sister Act on an extensive UK tour, including its stop in Leeds. The musical is based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith. Many know the ...

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