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Avenue Q – The Mayflower, Southampton

Book – Jeff Whitty Music &Lyrics – Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx Director – Jason Moore Reviewer – Sarah Louise Forrester [rating:5]   `Avenue Q` was aptly written by Jeff Whitty – The script is so good it holds the adult audience’s attention for the full 2 hours 10 minutes. `Avenue Q` can be likened to an adult version of ...

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Dreamboats and Petticoats – New Theatre, Oxford

Writers: Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran Director: Bob Tomson Reviewer: Mary Tapper [rating: 3.5]   Dreamboats and Petticoats pretty much does what it says on the tin. As a jukebox musical it tells a very simple story, interspersing the tale with songs from the 60s. With over 40 musical numbers it certainly showcases the songs of the era, starting with ...

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Charlotte’s Web – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer: EB White Adaptor: Joseph Robinette Directors: Julia Black and Adam Forde Music and lyrics: Charles Strouse Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:5]   Seeing the number of children arriving at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford to see “Charlotte’s Web “ was no surprise but the number of teenagers in the audience was astonishing. That was until the programme disclosed that ...

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Porgy & Bess – The Mayflower, Southampton

Writers: George Gershwin, Dubose &Dorothy Heyward &Ira Gershwin Director: Christine Crouse Reviewer: Sarah Louise Forrester [rating: 4]   The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton is transported to the relocated shanty towns of South Africa in a moving production of ‘Porgy &Bess’. The set design is very authentic and gives a real insight into the poverty and futility of the community during the ...

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Wonderful Town – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Writers: Joseph Fields &Jerome Chodorov Music: Leonard Bernstein Lyrics: Betty Comden &Adolph Green Director: Braham Murray Reviewer: Emily Pearce [rating:3] Wonderful Town is one of Leonard Bernstein’s lesser-known musicals. Written two years before West Side Story, it centres around the lives and loves of two sisters, Ruth and Eileen. Ruth, played by The Sound of Music star Connie Fisher, is ...

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Loserville – West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

Book/Music/Lyrics: Elliot Davis &James Bourne Director: Steven Dexter Reviewer: Robin Winters [Rating:4] Originally written as a workshop production for YMT:UK in 2009, Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s musical now gets its professional world premiere at The West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. Loserville takes its original inspiration from co-creator Bourne’s band (Son of Dork) first album ‘Welcome to Loserville’ and unlike ...

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Bugle Boy – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Original Concept: Den Stevenson Director: Bruce James Choreography: Sallie Warrington Reviewer: Linda Hutton [rating:5] A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality” This dream of Glenn Miller’s was certainly portrayed by both the vibrant cast and outstanding big band that left the audience calling for more. The Glenn Miller story is ...

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CD REVIEW: The In-Between – A New Musical

Music/Lyrics/Producer: Laura Tisdall Reviewer: John Roberts [Rating:5] The In-Between wouldn’t look out of place as a TV mini-series on the sci-fi channel but for Composer/Lyricist/Producer Laura Tisdall there was only ever one medium that would work for her. Musical Theatre. The In-Between is the tale of the space between parallel worlds…The place where Flick Wimple not only re-evaluates her life, ...

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