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The Last Five Years – Albert Halls, Bolton

Book: Jason Robert Brown Director: James Edgington Reviewer: Rebecca Cohen For their first in-house production, the beautiful Albert Halls in Bolton could have, and arguably should have, started with more of a bang. While the venue should be commended for its attempt to transform and experiment with theatre space, The Last Five Years is an overly ambitious choice to begin with ...

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CD REVIEW: Prince of Broadway – 2017 Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Hal Prince is a true musical theatre legend. Involved in some of the biggest shows of the second half of the twentieth century, Prince’s credits as a producer and director encompass a wide variety of classic musicals from The Pajama Game in 1955 to 1998’s Parade. Not one to shy away from self-congratulation, Prince has rounded off his ...

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The Distance You Have Come – Cockpit Theatre, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Scott Alan Director: Scott Alan Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Scott Alan’s songwriting has a definite cachet among musical theatre cabaret performers. His pensive, yearning ballads provide a great opportunity for a singer to emote and demonstrate emotional depth as part of their set. A whole evening of such numbers, though, can risk monotony. There’s an earnestness to ...

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Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway with Ramin Karimloo – Leicester Square Theatre, London

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway @ Leicester Square series is fast becoming an essential staple of the West End calendar. Rudetsky, both a Broadway professional and one of musical theatre’s biggest fans, tends to know more about his interview subjects than they know about themselves, even when interviewing luminaries including Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. That knowledge, combined with one ...

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Spring Awakening – Stockwell Playhouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Stephen Sater  Music: Duncan Sheik  Director: Dean Johnson  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman It is not difficult to understand why Frank Wedekind’s play Spring Awakening was deemed so shocking when it was written in 1891. The tale of teenagers embarking on multiple paths of sexual discovery in defiance of the triple authoritarian regimes of parents, teachers and the church was ...

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Desperately Seeking the Exit: The All Star Reading – Above the Arts, London

Writer/performer: Peter Michael Marino  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman There is nothing theatre fans love more than a huge flop. And they don’t come much bigger, or more loveable, than Desperately Seeking Susan, the musical that took the 1985 film starring Roseanna Arquette and Madonna and set it to the music of Blondie. Debuting in the West End’s Novello Theatre in November ...

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Strictly Ballroom: The Musical – Piccadilly Theatre, London

Book: Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce Director: Drew McOnie Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Baz Luhrmann’s 1992 film Strictly Ballroom– part dance comedy, part Cinderella romance – launched the Australian’s career as a filmmaker of visually arresting, reality-heightening fare such as Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, the three films collectively becoming known as the director’s ‘Red Curtain Trilogy’. In this transfer to ...

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An Evening with Jason Robert Brown – London Palladium

Composer/Musical Director: Jason Robert Brown Reviewer: Ava Eldred Probably best known for his cult musicals The Last 5 Years and Songs for a New World, Jason Robert Brown has been contemporary musical theatre’s worst kept secret for the best part of a decade. This one-off outing, as part of BBC Radio’s prestigious Friday Night is Music Night, is a sophisticated ...

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