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Les Misérables – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: Alain Boublil Book/Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer Director: Laurence Connor Currently in the midst of its first UK tour in a decade, producer extraordinaire Cameron Mackintosh revives the 25th Anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg's epic musical masterpiece Les Misérables. Under the direction of Laurence Connor who has also helmed the new productions of Phantom of the Opera ...

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Spamilton: An American Parody – Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Writer and Director: Gerard Alessandrini Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Forget the truckload of Tony and Olivier awards, forget the fact your show sells out for a year in advance, and even forget all those magazine cover appearances, you really know you’ve made it when someone writes a spoof. Gerard Alessandrini best known for the Forbidden Broadway series has created Spamilton: An American ...

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The Girls – Phoenix Theatre, London

Writers: Tim Firth &Gary Barlow Director: Tim Firth Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been a film, a play and now with Gary Barlow adding a little razzle-dazzle, the true story of a group of women in the Yorkshire hills stripping off to pose in a nude charity calendar, has arrived in the West End as a musical. While the film, written ...

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Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

The Cast of Sweeney Todd at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Adaptation: Christopher Bond Director: Daniel Buckroyd Musical Director: Michael Haslam Reviewer: Glen Pearce Those who think stage musicals are all sequins, kick lines and jazz hands have obviously never been to Stephen Sondheim’s darkest of works, Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. To be fair, there’s been much debate over ...

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CD REVIEW: Made in Dagenham – Original Cast Recording.

Book:Richard Bean Lyrics: Richard Thomas Music: David Arnold Reviewer: Charlotte Broadbent The film Made in Dagenham released in 2010, enjoyed a glowing reception and numerous award nominations. Based on the true story about the women who fought for the equal pay act while working at the Ford factory in Dagenham in the 1960s is both empowering and, alarmingly, still very ...

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Made In Dagenham – Adelphi Theatre, London

Book: Richard Bean Lyrics: Richard Thomas Music: David Arnold Director: Rupert Goold Reviewer: Maryam Philpott   Turning a film into a play or stage musical has become fairly commonplace; yet in a discerning market, for every success like Grease or Hairspray there’s a misfire like Fatal Attraction. How much more difficult that becomes when the you take a film that ...

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Closer Than Ever – Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Music: David Shire Lyrics: Richard Maltby, Jr. Director: Richard Maltby, Jr. Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Anybody who’s ever been to an evening on London’s thriving musical theatre cabaret scene will have encountered at least one, and probably more, of Maltby and Shire’s songs about love and romance fromCloser than Ever. The combination of humour and pathos has great appeal to performers ...

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Hairspray – The Curve, Leicester

Music: Marc Shaiman Lyrics: Marc Shaiman and Scott Whitman Book: Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan Director: Paul Kerryson Reviewer: James Garrington Hairspray must surely be one of the great feel-good musicals, up there with the likes of Mamma Mia! Based on the 1988 film, it is set in 1962 Baltimore, and is a tale of acceptance winning over discrimination. Once ...

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