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American Idiot – Milton Keynes Theatre

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Natasha Hegarty Green Day’s exciting rock musical, American Idiot is on the road for its third UK tour, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The fast-paced show stops by Milton Keynes Theatre to rock the stage and bring Green Day’s 2004 album of the same ...

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American Idiot – The Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham

Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer Music: Green Day  Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Gemma Fincher Green Day‘s explosive rock musical American Idiot is back in Birmingham as it celebrates its 10th anniversary and also the 15th anniversary of the influential, Grammy-award winning concept album on which it is based. Winner of two Tony Awards, American Idiot tells the ...

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American Idiot – The Palace Theatre, Manchester 

Music: Green Day Lyrics: Billie Joe Armstrong  Book: Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer  Director: Racky Plews Reviewer: Victoria Morris In an age where jukebox musicals are dominating the theatrical scene, political frustrations are openly expressed within the media and mental health is (and rightly so) an open topic of conversation, Selladoor’s current UK tour of American Idiot seems somewhat surprisingly ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

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Writer: Isobel Lennart Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Choreographer: Lynne Page Reviewer: Bryony Luther It is just over 50 years since Funny Girl was first performed in London in 1966. The lead role of Fanny Bryce was famously originated by Barbara Streisand, arguably providing her big break. This anniversary production began life at the Menier Chocolate Factory before ...

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Funny Girl – Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton

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Book: Isobel Lennart, Revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Julie Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer:  James Garrington Success in show business is said to be as much about being in the right place at the right time as it is with talent. The film version of Funny Girl, following a successful stage run, did much to promote Barbra Streisand’s ...

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Funny Girl – Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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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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Funny Girl – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

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Book: Isobel Lennart, revised by Harvey Fierstein Music: Jule Styne Lyrics: Bob Merrill Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys It needs a glittering and glorious central performance to elevate the thin story of early Broadway star Fanny Brice to something spectacular, and that is precisely what Natasha J Barnes delivers in Michael Mayer's stunning revival of Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's classic Funny ...

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Funny Girl – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl

Music, Lyrics & Book: Julie Styne, Bob Merrill & Isobel  Lennart Revised Book: Harvey Fierstein Director: Michael Mayer Reviewer: David Jobson What a history this show has. It was only last year that Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith, transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Savoy. A run that was met with setbacks but received heaps of praise, and gave Smith’s ...

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