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Jackie The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys At the height of its powers in the 70s, D.C. Thomson’s beloved teen magazine Jackie, had an enviable circulation of over half a million readers a week. With fashion tips, beauty secrets, celebrity gossip, photo-stories and the now infamous Cathy and Claire problem page, its loyal readership eagerly ...

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Jackie The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: John Roberts As Jukebox Musicals go, the plot for Jackie The Musical isn’t go to set the world alight but this musical that is based on the D. C. Thompson publication from the 70s is a fun and engaging musical that packs plenty of nostalgia to give even the eldest member of the ...

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Jackie The Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Women of a certain age will instantly recognise the term Jackie and feel an affinity with this musical. Jackie was the magazine of choice when growing up in the 1970s and was packed full of advice relating to style, love and most importantly, boys. Essentially it touched on issues which previous ...

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Tom: The Story of Tom Jones – The Lowry, Salford

Kit Orton 'Tom' and 'The Senators'. in Tom: A Story of Tom Jones

Writer: Mike James Director: Geinor Styles Reviewer: Donna Kelly Since Sir Tom Jones first shot to fame in 1965, the Welsh singer has had sold over 100million records worldwide, claiming 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US. Surprising then that it’s taken almost 50 years for his inspirational story to be brought to the stage. ...

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Jackie the Musical – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Older and Younger Jackie together

Book: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Dominic Corr Dear Cathy &Claire, tonight I would enjoy seeing a show which manages to combine every fashion faux pas of the seventies with catchy tunes, colour and a mid-life crisis; what would you recommend? Had Cathy &Claire still existed, they may have suggested you see Jackie the Musical. Taken from the D. ...

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Tom: A Story of Tom Jones – The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Kit Orton 'Tom' and 'The Senators'. in Tom: A Story of Tom Jones

Writer: Mike Jame Director: Geinor Styles Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It’s not unusual for a pop act’s back catalogue to be plundered to create an biographical jukebox musical. The West End currently has three in play – Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful and Jersey Boys (four if you also count Motown, five with the non-narrative Thriller Live). So Theatr Na Nóg’s idea of ...

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Jackie the Musical – Theatre Royal, Brighton

Older and Younger Jackie together

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Reviewer: Niall Harman If you were a young girl growing up in Britain in the 1970s you lived for Jackie magazine, or at least that’s what my mother tells me. So it comes as no surprise that in an age dominated by jukebox musicals, the magazine is now serving as a backdrop for a ...

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Jackie the Musical – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer: Mike James Director: Anna Linstrum Musical Director: Dan de Cruz Choreographer: Arlene Phillips Reviewer: Janet Jepson If you are female, grew up in the sixties, seventies or eighties and lived for boys and pop music, then chances are, you were a Jackie fan. Jackie was the magazine to read, and two complete generations of teenage girls thrived on its ...

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