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Oklahoma! – Festival Theatre, Chichester

Writers: Rodgers and Hammerstein Director: Jeremy Sams Reviewer: Kimberley Knudsen Some seventy-odd years on from its opening this version of Oklahoma! stays true to the original production and is probably all the better for it. From the opening number sung beautifully by Laurey, played by the delightful Amara Okereke, all the way through to a triumphant finale the audience is ...

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FEATURE: London Musical Theatre Orchestra launches its public programme

By: SCOTT MATTHEWMAN andMARYAM PHILPOTT With increasing pressure on West End theatre space and a greater reliance on digitised music, it’s rare to hear a full 40-piece orchestra play London’s musicals as they were intended. In their place, a fashion for the concert performance has emerged, celebrating the longevity of a specific show or the work of one composer. For ...

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Bernadette Peters: In Concert – Opera House, Manchester

Portrait of Bernadette Peters

Musical Director: Marvin Laird Reviewer: Taylor Simmons The stage is set; a simple white backdrop, vibrant colourful lighting, the occasional projection, and 11 musicians. This evening is about the music. Before even a note is played, the atmosphere is electric. Bernadette Peters’ Broadway reputation from over 50 years in the business has preceded her and created an environment fit for ...

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That’s Entertainment – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Director and Choreographer: Emma Rogers Musical Director: Kurt Kansley Reviewer: Dan English   In a show that boasts a million sequins, it is hard not to be impressed by the glitz and the glamour in That’s Entertainment, the song and dance show that makes its Dartford stop on its UK Tour. The production is a romp with the musical theatre ...

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Friday Night Classics: Rodgers & Hammerstein – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Friday Night Classics from CBSO

Conductor: Martin Yates Reviewer: Selwyn Knight   The latest in the series of evenings light classical music from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) celebrates the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Between 1943 and 1959, they dominated musical theatre in America. Tonight’s concert takes music from seven, including their five most successful: Oklahoma! Carousel, South Pacific, The King and ...

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CD REVIEW: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart

Reviewer: Donna Kelly In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download. Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre. The ...

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The Sound of Music – The Grand, Leeds

Music: Richard Rodgers Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Howard Lindsay &Russel Crouse Director: Martin Connor Choreographer: Bill Deamer Designer: Gary McCann Reviewer: Holly Spanner With the season of musicals drawing to a close at the Grand in Leeds, the theatre has one last offering up its sleeve, and it’s here for two weeks. The Sound of Music is based on ...

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Carousel – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Book: Oscar Hammerstein II Choreographer: Agnes de Mille Director: Jo Davies Reviewer: Fraser MacDonald Telling the far from starry eyed love story of Billy and Julie, Carousel rolls into Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre for a limited week long run. With it comes the thrill of the fair, the struggles of women and a tender song that hold ...

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