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I Do! I Do! – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Book and Lyrics: Tom Jones Music: Harvey Schmidt Director: Joseph Hodges Reviewer: Scott Matthewman When reviving a show about marital relationships that originated in the 1960s, it’s worth considering whether the sexual politics at work have anything to say fifty years later. In the case of I Do! I Do!, that remains an open question. Created by the team of ...

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Ghost Quartet – Boulevard Theatre

Writer: Dave Malloy Director: Bill Buckhurst Reviewer: Ava Eldred The inaugural production at Soho’s new Boulevard Theatre, Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet is a haunting song cycle about sisters and storytellers – by way of lovers, mothers, soldiers and ghosts – which intoxicates the audience almost from the moment the four players enter the stage, instruments in hand, ready to tell ...

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Murder Ballads – Waterside Arts Centre, Manchester

Writer: Gerry Smyth Director: Ellie Hurt Adapted from the Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Reviewer: Matt Forrest According to one internet source the body count on the 1996 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album Murder Ballads is 76. A high body count for even the bloodiest of horror films, let alone a near hour long ...

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9 to 5 The Musical – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and Lyrics: Dolly Parton Based on the book by Patricia Resnick Screenplay: Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins Director: Jeff Calhoun Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Back on stage again after 11 years, 9 to 5 The Musical  is just as much fun as ever, albeit without its illustrious creator, although she does put in a brief appearance through a couple of video ...

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On Your Feet!- The Palace, Manchester

Writer: Alexander Dinelaris Music: Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan and Miami Sound Machine Director: Jerry Mitchell Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Popular music is fertile ground for drama. Staple features of the music scene include individuals with immense talents and bigger egos exposed to unscrupulous management and the temptations of drugs and depravity. However, Gloria and Emilio Estefan make a happily married couple ...

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Tick, Tick… Boom! – Bridge House, London

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Guy Retallack Reviewer: Richard Maguire Before Rent there was Tick, Tick…Boom, and in some ways they share the same story. Rent examined the lives of a group of New Yorkers battling the AIDS crisis of the early 1990s whereas in Jonathan Larson’s earlier work the AIDS epidemic is stirring in the background, ready ...

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Mame- Hope Mill, Manchester

Writer: Jerome Lawrence and Robert E Lee (book) and Jerry Herman (music and lyrics) Director and choreographer: Nick Winston Reviewer: Dave Cunningham Hope Mill has earned a reputation for producing high-quality shows. However, the theatre has exceeded its own high standards with a blissfully intoxicating Mame. The title song is so famous it is easy to think you have already seen the ...

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Eye of the Storm – The King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer & Director: Geinor Styles Music & Lyrics: Amy Wadge Reviewer: Dominic Corr There’s fascination over storms, an unparalleled force of nature. Harnessing its capabilities could provide answers to issues of global warming and fossil fuel usage. As Greta Thunberg rallies thousands of strikes, walkouts and peaceful demonstrations across the globe – Geinor Styles’ Eye of the Storm places environmentalism ...

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