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CD REVIEW: Prince of Broadway – 2017 Broadway Cast Recording

Reviewer: Mark Clegg Hal Prince is a true musical theatre legend. Involved in some of the biggest shows of the second half of the twentieth century, Prince’s credits as a producer and director encompass a wide variety of classic musicals from The Pajama Game in 1955 to 1998’s Parade. Not one to shy away from self-congratulation, Prince has rounded off his ...

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NEWS: Colchester’s Mercury Theatre announce Autumn season

Colchester's Mercury Theatre has today [Friday 15 July 2016] announced its 2016 Autumn/Winter season. Kicking off the Made in Colchester season will be the previously announced family musical adventure Wind in the Willows. Playing for three weeks of the school summer holidays, Toad, Badger, Rat and Mole are ready to hit the road in a chaotic musical adventure like no ...

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Sweeney Todd – New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich

Oliver Ward and Mae Munuo

Composer &Lyricist: Stephen Sondheim Writer: Hugh Wheeler Adaptor: Christopher Bond Director: Rob Salmon Reviewer: Paul Couch   If you’re choosing your first musical to put a cast through its paces, there are very few contenders that set the bar as highly as Stephen Sondheim’s grisly faux-operaSweeney Todd. Under Sondheim’s influence, the tale of a vengeful London barber and his devious ...

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Welsh National Opera: Sweeney Todd – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Book: Hugh Wheeler Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: John Roberts This Welsh National Opera revival of Dundee Rep's production (which was also revived for a run by The Royal Exchange and West Yorkshire Playhouse) somehow manages to lose the intensity and grittiness inherent in Sondheim’s powerful musical. Director James Brining takes the story away from ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Bristol Hippodrome

Composer: Stephen Sondheim Conductor: James Holmes Director: James Brining Reviewer: Kris Hallett Sweeney Todd is one of the only shows that seems to be able to sit easily in both the theatrical and operatic canons. Whether Sondheim’s work is a musical or full-blown opera is a point that can be debated ad nauseam - my own inclinations tend to place ...

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NEWS: The Last Five Years to lead New Wolsey 15th birthday season

Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre have today [23 October] announced their Spring 2016 15th Birthday Season. Headlining the season is a new production of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. Recently turned into a film, the musical tells the story of a passionate love affair but with one side of the story played in chronological order, the other played backwards. ...

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WNO: Sweeney Todd – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Sondheim Director: James Brining Conductor: James Holmes Reviewer: Megan Pearce Sweeney Todd seems an entirely suitable addition to the Welsh National Opera’s Madness season. The show commences in a mental asylum. There are TVs and modern gadgets showing they're setting the piece in a different time. A quote from Neil Kinnock about the election in 1983 ...

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CD REVIEW: Patti LuPone – Matters of the Heart

Reviewer: Donna Kelly In an inspired decision by Broadway Records, Patti LuPone’s superb 1999 solo album Matters of the Heart has been reissued in CD format and as a digital download. Best known for her Broadway performances in Sweeney Todd, Anything Goes, Evita and Gypsy, LuPone is an American actress and singer, well-known in the world of musical theatre. The ...

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