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Sweet Charity – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Tate James This musical theatre comedy makes a sweet Christmas treat at the Royal Exchange. When Sweet Charity burst onto the Broadway Stage in the 60s, it encapsulated the spirit of the decade and, 50 years later, it still charms and delights as we follow our happy-go-lucky ...

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CD REVIEW: Sweet Charity – Original London Cast Recording

Sweet Charity - Original London Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg From the iconic brassy six note opening of Big Spender at the start of the overture to the not-very-happy ending, Sweet Charity is an iron-clad classic. Originally opening on Broadway in 1967, this is a rerelease of the soundtrack of the London cast from the following year. Charity Hope Valentine is a hostess in a New York ...

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Sweet Charity – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Book: Neil Simon Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Director: Peter Rowe Musical Director: Greg Palmer Reviewer: Glen Pearce   The Cinderella story is a loved theatre staple, but the familiar tale is given a twist in 1960s musical Sweet Charity. Cinderella may get her prince but will Charity find the man of her dreams? Sweet Charity has become a ...

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The Goodbye Girl – Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London

Book: Neil Simon Music: Marvin Hamlisch Lyrics: David Zippel Director: Adam Lenson Reviewer: Harry Stern   It is a distant memory, but an unpleasant one sure enough. The combination of actors Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason performing the words of the masterful Neil Simon led to a keenness of anticipation for the film of The Goodbye Girl back in the ...

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The Sunshine Boys – Epstein Theatre, Liverpool

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Stephen Fletcher Reviewer: Jamie Gaskin [Rating:4.5] In an entertainment world seemingly obsessed with action it was terrific to tumble back to the days when a well-crafted script was the cornerstone of a stage production. The choice of this play by the legendary Neil Simon, who has received more Tony Awards that any other writer, was,well … ...

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Lost In Yonkers – Watford Palace Theatre, Watford

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Derek Bond Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:5] Neil Simon's play Lost in Yonkers starts in August 1942 and after their mother dies of cancer and their father has to take on a job away from home to pay off the debts for her treatment, young teenagers Jay and Arty Kurnitz find themselves deposited at the door of ...

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Barefoot in The Park – Arts Theatre, Cambridge

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman and Peter Cregseen Reviewer: Flip Miller [rating:4.5]   It is nearly 50 years since Neil Simon’s Barefoot in The Park appeared on Broadway but this delightful play is still just as relevant today as it was in 1963. The curtain rises on the newly married Corrie Bratter, eagerly waiting the furniture for her first ...

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Barefoot in the Park – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: Neil Simon Director: Maureen Lipman, with Peter Cregeen Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:3.5] The big noise around Neil Simon in London at the moment may be around the revival of The Sunshine Boys which is about to open at the Savoy, but there's also the chance to catch another of his plays, Barefoot in the Park, as it tours around ...

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