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Godspell In Concert – Hackney Empire, London

Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Composer: Stephen Schwartz Musical Director: Russell Scott Reviewer: Scott Stait   Originally conceived and directed by John-Michael Tebelak as a series of improvised and devised pieces on the teachings and parables of St. Matthew’s Gospel, Godspell was a huge hit when it opened on Broadway in 1976 with a rock infused score by Pippin and Wicked composer ...

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Wicked – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Naomi Stevens The highly acclaimed musical Wicked has arrived in Bristol, as part of its first ever UK tour, with a huge bang. Oh and a dragon, flying monkeys, and witches and wizards aplenty. The green carpet was laid out to ...

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Wicked – Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett   Wicked is a magical, fantastical show with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat, close to tears, holding your breath and squealing with joy and laughter, often at the same time. Based ...

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Wicked – Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh

Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Gareth Davies L. Frank Baum’s fictitious otherland has provided rich creative inspiration for a variety of work since the first of the Oz stories were published over a century ago, but when Gregory Maguire reimagined the whole history of the witches of ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Stephanie Rowe Eight years ago, Stephen Schwartz’s musical based on Gregory Maguire’s cult novel received it’s West End premiere after a successful opening on Broadway – roll forward and the show is still packing them in at the Apollo Victoria Theatre which now takes pride of place as one of ...

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NEWS: Wicked UK Tour confirms Ashleigh Gray as new Elphaba

It’s been announced that Ashleigh Gray will take over from Nikki Davies Jones as Elphaba in the UK tour of Wicked with her first scheduled performance to take place at the Liverpool Empire in September. Gray has had a long association with the show having originally joined as an ensemble member in the London production in 2007 and then subsequently ...

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Wicked – Leeds Grand, Leeds

Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: S.E. Webster Rather appropriately, Leeds Grand Theatre rolled out the green carpet on press night as they welcomed hundreds of theatre-goers to watch the highly acclaimed musical theatre production, Wicked. This is the musical’s first ever UK tour since it originally premiered in London’s West End in 2006. In ...

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Godspell – Lyric Theatre, London

Composer: Stephen Schwartz Director: Kenneth Avery-Clark Reviewer: John Roberts Stephen Schwartz’s biblical retelling of the stories and life of Jesus’ times with his disciples is a strange beast. On one hand you have what Schwartz has become best known for, soaring musical melodies and powerful ballads but on the other Godspell quite possibly holds the title for the worst book ...

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