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Rags the Musical- Hope Mill, Manchester

Writer: Joseph Stein revised by David Thompson Music: Charles Strouse Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director:  Bronagh Lagan Reviewer: Dave Cunningham With themes including difficulties faced by immigrants, the conflict between individualism and the collective good, cultural identity and the exploitation of workers there is no question that Rags the Musicalis relevant to a contemporary audience. But relevant does not necessarily mean ...

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Diary of a Teenage Girl – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Marielle Heller Directors: Alexander Parker and Amy Ewbank Reviewer: Stephen Bates Flower power and hippies may have deserted San Francisco by 1976, but Marielle Heller’s play, adapted from Phoebe Gloeckner’s 2002 graphic novel, tells us that they left behind traditions of free love. Diary of a Teenage Girl is based around the daily tape-recorded ramblings of 15-year-old Minnie as ...

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Floyd Collins – Wilton’s Music Hall, London

Book: Tina Landau Music and Lyrics: Adam Guettel Director: Jonathan Butterell Reviewer: Maryam Philpott In our social media age, disaster tourism has become increasingly common and now any natural or human-led disaster will lead to a vast media circus that attracts all kinds of spectators. But this is not a new phenomenon, which partially explains the latest revival of Tina ...

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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Rebecca Trehearn in Show Boat

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II (based on the novel by Edna Ferber) Music: Jerome Kern Director: Daniel Evans Musical Director: David White Choreographer: Alistair David Reviewer: Janet Jepson Written in 1927, the musical Show Boat is something of a departure from the usual trivial, light-hearted tales of the genre. This show tackles serious themes such as racial prejudice, tragic ...

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Dogfight – Southwark Playhouse, London

Music and Lyrics: Peter Duchan Book: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Director: Matt Ryan Reviewer: Nichola Daunton   Based on the 1991 film of the same name, Peter Duchan’s revival of Dogfight premiered in New York in 2013 and this Southwark Playhouse premiere marks its first transfer across the pond. The musical follows a group of macho young marines who ...

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NEWS: Orton & Saxton to be showcased in final Emerging Artists concert

In the final instalment of Emerging Artistsa season celebrating the works of emerging talented composers at London’s Crazy Coqs, will see the work of Christopher J Orton and Victoria Saxton showcased this Saturday (7th June) at 10:30pm. Songwriter/Composer Christopher J Orton’s musical Grace Notes (with lyricist Bob Gould) was recently part of the Leicester Square New Musicals search and he ...

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Ghost the Musical – New Theatre, Oxford

Book: Bruce Joel Rubin Music: Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard Lyrics: Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard Director: Matthew Warchus Reviewer: Mary Tapper If you are going to take an iconic film from the 90s, starring such huge names as Demi Moore, Patrick Swayze and Whoopi Goldberg, and rework it for the stage, then you had better do it ...

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Robert Gould is a writer and Lyricist based in South Wales – with a passion for musical theatre, he exclusively shares his thoughts on how he came to create his latest album WORDS SHARED WITH FRIENDS. In the latter part of 2012 my close friend (and co-writer) Jimmy Granstrom suggested to me that I should record an album of songs ...

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