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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Bagnor

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in its 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to, arguably, one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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A Little Night Music – Watermill Theatre, Berkshire

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: Paul Foster Reviewer: David Jobson Now in their 50th year, the Watermill Theatre returns to one of the finest musical composers of all time, Stephen Sondheim. Their production of Sweeney Todd went on to London and Broadway, with a cast that combined the roles of both actor and musician. Once again ...

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Grease – Curve Theatre, Leicester

Jessica Paul as Sandy Dumbrowski with the Pink Ladies in Grease

Book, Music and Lyrics: Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman The 1978 film of Grease is one of the most-loved movie musicals of all time, but its inspiration, the 1971 Broadway show, is a lesser-known predecessor. Revived by Nikolai Foster for a Christmas season at Curve, the show is taken back to its original Broadway roots, ...

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The World Goes Round – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Composer: John Kander Lyricist: Fred Ebb Director: Lotte Wakeham Musical Director: Neil MacDonald Reviewer: Ron Simpson Mark Fisher’s programme note does this show somewhat of a disservice. He writes, “They did it with Singin’ in the Rain....And they did it with And the World Goes Round...” To be fair to Fisher, his specific point of comparison is that both recycle ...

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GM Fringe: Millionaires Anonymous – Salford Arts Theatre, Salford

Writer: Stewart McDonald Director: Stewart McDonald Reviewer: Donna Kelly It is often said that money doesn’t buy you happiness and if Stewart McDonald’s new comedy play is anything to go by, the proverb certainly appears to be true. Millionaires Anonymous tells the story of six lottery winners who have lost their money to drink, drugs, sex and booze. Desperate to ...

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CD REVIEW: Love Birds – Original Edinburgh Cast Recording

Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys A rare and unusual thing - an original Edinburgh cast recording. Following in his family's illustrious songwriting footsteps (father and uncle The Sherman Brothers, were composers of the music for Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and grandfather Al - a Tin Pan Alley alumni,Love Birds is Robert J. Sherman's new musical premiering ...

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Love Birds – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Book, Music &Lyrics: Robert J. Sherman Director: Stewart Nicholls Choreographer: Stewart Nicholls Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys This pin-sharp, production perfectly demonstrates that the apple hasn't fallen far from the songwriting talent tree in the Sherman family. Writer, composer and lyricist Robert J. Sherman, grandson of Tin Pan Alley alumni Al Sherman, son of Robert B. and nephew of Richard M. - ...

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NEWS: West End stars join From Page to Stage 2014

Aria Entertainment is delighted to announce first casting today for the second annual From Page To Stage Festival, a season of new musical theatre at the Landor Theatre from Monday 10 February to Sunday 9 March 2014. Full casting is now confirmed for the Season’s three showcase readings of Merman’s Apprentice, Claus The Musical and The Return of the Soldier, ...

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