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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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Wicked – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Jones For those who have been living under a shell for the last fifteen years, Wicked, based on Gregory McGuire's fantasy novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a prequel and retelling of The Wizard of Oz but from the viewpoint ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Wicked – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Wicked is a musical phenomenon. Since opening in 2006 the show has garnered over 100 major international awards and already been seen by nine million people in London alone. Seemingly ...

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CD REVIEW: Working, A Musical – Original London Cast Recording

Songs by Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor Reviewer: Mark Clegg Based on Stud Terkel’s 1974 book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do, Working: A Musical was the brainchild of Stephen Schwartz way back in 1975. The book and ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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