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10 Minutes With… Caissie Levy

Actress Caissie Levy has had an astonishingly successful career in musical theatre since graduating from drama school in New York in 2004. Landing the part of Maureen in a national tour of RENT just a week later, she went on to star in Hairspray on tour and on Broadway, Wicked on Broadway and in LA, the 2009 revival of Hair ...

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BLOG: My Life In Theatre – Ava Eldred

There was a videotape. The stage show Cats. It had been filmed and edited andpackaged and somehow found its place on the shelf in my grandparents’ house.I would watch it over and over, fascinated that, somewhere in the city I lived in,such things were happening every night. There was a videotape, and that’s howit began. *** For my childhood self, ...

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La bohème – Bristol Hippodrome

Music: Giacomo Puccini Director: Annabel Arden Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:4.5] This re-staging of Giacomo Puccini’s Opera La bohème, takes place in the winter of 1913; just one year before the First World War. Director Annabel Arden sets this timeless opera in the last moment before society changed forever, describing it as “the last flourishing of the old world”. It is ...

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RENT – Cockpit Theatre, London

Music/Lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Timothy O'Hara/Sarah Henley Musical director: Scott Morgan Choreographer: Kamilah Beckles Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] Jonathan Larson's RENT, a 90s take on the opera La bohème, remains a popular and affecting musical with a huge following. Despite being rarely performed in London, it has had two portrayals here in the past two months, with young, fresh casts ...

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Idina Menzel – The Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Reviewer: Amy Taylor [rating:4] Broadway darling and one of the voices of her generation, Idina Menzel really doesn’t need an introduction. The multi-talented star of stage, silver screen and television is now a household name thanks to the many rôles that have made her career, such as Maureen Johnson in Rent, and most recently, Shelby (Rachel’s Mum) in Glee. It ...

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Idina Menzel – Apollo Theatre, London

Production: Speckulation Entertainment Musical Director: Rob Mounsey Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:5] Idina Menzel, best known for originating the rôles of Maureen in RENT and Elphaba in Wicked (for which she won the best actress in a musical Tony Award) seems genuinely fond of London. Since opening Wicked here in the West End in 2006, Menzel returned last year to perform ...

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Rent – Greenwich Theatre, London

Book, music and lyrics: Jonathan Larson Director: Paul Taylor-Mills Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:4.5] The appeal of Jonathan Larson's Rent never seems to diminish and it returns to London with this fringe production at the Greenwich Theatre. A retelling of Puccini's La Bohème for the 80s, it depicts the horrific impact of HIV/AIDS on a bohemian grouping of artists, musicians and ...

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Anthony Rapp: Without You – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer: Anthony Rapp Musical Director: Daniel A Weiss Reviewer: Lucy Thackray [rating:4] Anthony Rapp's autobiographical one-man show soared through Edinburgh's Fringe Festival leaving a trail of soggy programmes and rave reviews. I had heard so much about the show that I knew it was right up my street - as a long-time fan of RENT, the 90s Jonathan Larson musical ...

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