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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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Michael Ball: If Everyone Was Listening Tour – Echo Arena, Liverpool

Reviewer: John Roberts There is no denying Michael Ball’s status of the King of British Musical Theatre, he may have recently celebrated 30years as a professional entertainer, but he still appears as sprightly, engaging and utterly charming now as he ever did. Currently touring the UK celebrating the release of his latest and arguably most personal album If Everyone Was ...

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An Evening of Movies and Musicals – St. David’s Hall, Cardiff

Reviewer: Jacqui Onions An Evening of Movies and Musicals does exactly what it says on the tin – a concert packed with popular songs and soundtracks from the stage and screen. The four main soloists, Wynne Evans, Nathan James, Sandra Marvin and Sabrina Aloueche, all have very different voices and sing very different styles, which makes for a wonderful variety ...

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Chicago – Curve, Leicester

Writers: Kander and Ebb Director: Paul Kerryson Musical Director: Ben Atkinson Reviewer: Phil Lowe In 1975 the iconic, dark and edgy, sexy musical Chicago (based on the play Chicago by Maurine Dallas Watkins) was originally named Chicago - a vaudeville revue. The original creative team of John Kander &Fred Ebb (famous for the musical Cabaret and forty years of musical ...

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Hairspray – Theatre Royal, Norwich

Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Director: Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman Reviewer: Lu Greer [rating:4.5]   Based on John Waters 1988 cult film Hairspray takes its audience back to 1962, a time when having a big personality and big hair to match could put you at the top of the social ladder. The story centers on ...

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Hairspray – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Choreograpy: Jerry Mitchell Directed by: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys [Rating:5] It's a cynical and depressing old world we live in: economic crisis, famine and conflict abounds, so what we really need to lift us from the gloom is to be transported, for a few short hours, ...

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Hairspray – Liverpool Empire

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman &Marc Shaiman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Helen Patrick [Rating:4.5] Based on John Waters’ cult 80s film starring Ricky Lake and the late Divine, Hairspray is the ultimate feel good, foot tapping, cheesy grin inducing musical that will guarantee to have you on your feet dancing in the aisles by ...

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Hairspray – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Mark O’Donnell &Thomas Meehan Music: Marc Haiman Lyrics: Scott Wittman Director: Jack O’Brien Reviewer: Lucia Cox [Rating:5] John Water’s 1988 film, Hairspray was only a moderate success upon its release but became a cult classic on home video during the ‘90’s. The original film, starring Ricki Lake, Debbie Harry and Divine, was Water’s reaction to real life events he’d ...

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