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Motown: The Musical – Liverpool Empire

Book: Berry Gordy Director: Charles Randolph-Wright If you can cherry-pick from a back catalogue of one of the most successful record labels in popular music, a label that spawned well over 100 US top 10 hits, then you have somewhat of a head start on your competition. Throw into the mix the classic rags-to-riches story, filled with love, jealousy and ...

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The Bodyguard – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Thea Sharrock Choreographer: Karen Bruce Reviewer: Helen Tope A hit film with a killer soundtrack, The Bodyguard tells the story of superstar Rachel Marron. After receiving threatening letters from a stalker, Marron’s management hires the best protection in the business. Frank Farmer is a former Secret Service agent. Not impressed by Marron’s diva attitude, the new bodyguard tries to ...

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The Rocky Horror Show – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book, Music and Lyrics: Richard O’Brien Director: Christopher Luscombe Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys There are few other shows so beloved or so enduring as the Rocky Horror Show. It's a summer Monday evening and the theatre is packed from floor to rafters with fans clad in their best Columbia, Magenta, Rocky, Brad, Janet and even a few Frank N. Furter costumes for the ...

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Motown the Musical – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Director: Charles Randolph-Wright Choreographer: Patricia Wilcox and Warren Adams Reviewer: Helen Tope Jukebox musicals can have varying reputations – the success of the musical hangs on two principles: how interesting is the cover story, and how good are your tracks? Motown the Musical brings the story of record executive Berry Gordy to the stage. A legend within the music industry, ...

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Amélie – Opera House, Manchester

Book: Craig Lucas Music: Daniel Messé Lyrics: Nathan Tysen & Daniel Messé Director: Michael Fentiman Reviewer: Matt Forrest Back in 2001 a relatively small budget French/German co-production called Amélie, became a monster hit, garnering both commercial and critical success: it did huge numbers at the box office, was in the running during award season, but more importantly than that this ...

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Hair – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Book and Lyrics: Gerome Ragni and James Rado Music: Galt McDermot Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys While Hair has lost its shock value and the antics seem risible to a 21st Century audience, the celebratory and catchy songs still stand the test of time and the committed cast of this 50th Anniversary tour throw themselves fully into the action. ...

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Parade – The Other Palace, London

Book: Alfred Uhry Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown Director: Hannah Chissick Reviewer: Richard Maguire The National Youth Music Theatre never fails to impress when it takes over The Other Palace for its three weeks of musicals. Up first is Parade, Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown’s show about a murder in Georgia USA, and in many ways the NYMT’s ...

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Islander: A New Musical – Summerhall Roundabout, Edinburgh

Direction and Concept by Amy Draper Book by Stewart Melton Music and Lyrics by Finn Anderson Reviewer: Dominic Corr A thin veil attempts to cover the line between reality and folklore; stories had to come from somewhere after all. Staring out into the sea, Eilidh dreams of the mainland, her mother and being away from isolation. When the tide washes ...

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