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Pippin – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Book: Roger O. Hinson Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Jonathan O’Boyle Reviewer: Tate James The Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester has had plenty of magic to do since it first opened its doors less than two years ago, and its latest in-house production is just as ambitious, and they mount the 1970s musical Pippin, by Stephen Schwartz. Pippin is ...

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Working – Southwark Playhouse, London

Writer: Studs Terkel Adaptors: Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso Director: Luke Sheppard Reviewer: Stephen Bates In the eyes of America’s current President, the triple whammy of globalisation, de-industrialisation and illegal immigration has snuffed out working life in large parts of his country. Therefore, there can be nothing more timely than the reminder of the values of work that comes from ...

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Children of Eden – Union Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: John Caird Director: Christian Durham Musical director: Inga Davis-Rutter Choreographer:Lucie Pankhurst Reviewer: David Guest Any musical that contains the memorable line, “Oh Noah… you go-a… all the way back to the protozoa” must be worth more than a passing glance. When Children of Eden first hit the West End stage 25 years ago it ...

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Wicked – The Alhambra, Bradford

Image Credit: Matt Crockett

Writer: Winnie Holzman (Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire) Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Beverley Haigh As a spin-off from The Wizard of Oz, undoubtedly one of the most famous musicals of all time, Wicked is fast becoming of equal standing, paralleling its predecessor in becoming an iconic show in its own right. As the ...

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CD REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast Recording

Hunchback Studio Cast Recording promo image

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Hunchback of Notre Dame was always going to be a hard sell for a Disney movie and despite being perfectly animated and having the obligatory happy ending, it was greeted with middling reviews and disappointing box office when it was released in 1996. But it has remained a ...

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CD REVIEW: Melissa Errico: What About Today? – Live at 54 Below

Melissa Errico performs live at 54 Below

Reviewer: Holly Spanner Recorded at the popular New York cabaret and restaurant venue 54 Below, What About Today is a mix of Broadway classics, film tracks and more contemporary songs as well as one of Melissa Errico’s own compositions. A slightly breathless start to the album, maybe through excitement and audience banter, it opens with What About Today by David ...

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Pippin – C, Edinburgh

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Roger O. Hirson Director: John King Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The tale of a fictitious medieval prince and his search for the meaning of life is unlikely source material for a musical. A favourite of US amateur and school theatre groups, Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s Pippin had its last professional outing in the UK ...

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Wicked – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Winnie Holzman Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Abbie Rippon The Wizard of Oz in his act two number describes himself as ‘Wonderful… They call me wonderful….’ and Wicked really is a wonderful show. The touring production that has flown into The Lowry this week has all of the magic of the West End production; the ...

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