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Calamity Jane – The Curve, Leicester

Book: Charles K Freeman Music: Sammy Fain Lyrics: Paul Francis Webster Director: Nikolai Foster Reviewer: James Garrington When originally released in 1953, the film version of Calamity Jane was immensely popular, with a combination of good musical numbers and the casting of Doris Day and Howard Keel in the central rôles. Like the film, this production features some well-known faces: ...

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To Kill a Mockingbird – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Harper Lee Adaptor: Christopher Sergel Director: Timothy Sheader Reviewer: James Garrington There is an old theatrical saying that you should never work with children or animals. It is perhaps just as well that everyone involved in this deep and soulful adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic novel chose to ignore that advice, for the children are one of the many ...

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Kerry Ellis – The Curve, Leicester

Reviewer: James Garrington When many people think of Kerry Ellis, the first show that comes to their mind is Wicked. After all, this was the show that changed her career when in 2007 she was the first British Elphaba in the West End, and went on to play the same rôle on Broadway to much acclaim. Not only that, but ...

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The Believers – The Curve, Leicester

Writer: Bryony Lavery Director: Scott Graham Reviewer: James Garrington Just imagine that something life-changing has happened but you’re not sure how. Imagine that the only thing you’re really sure of is that you’re no longer sure about anything. This is the premise of The Believers. When Marianne (Eileen Walsh) and Joff (Christopher Colquhoun) find that their home is flooded, they ...

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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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Drunk – The Curve, Leicester

Music: Grant Olding Choreographer: Drew McOnie Reviewer: James Garrington The intimate studio at Leicester’s Curve theatre provides a wonderful venue for the premiere of Drunk, the inaugural production of the McOnie Company. Founded by up-and-coming choreographer Drew McOnie in October 2013, the company aims to bridge the gap between musical theatre and traditional dance by bringing together performers and creative ...

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Obama The Mamba – The Lowry, Salford

Writer: Geirge Obama &Damian Lewis Adaptor: Kevin Fegan Music: Dom Coyote and Michael Searl Director: Kully Thiarai Reviewer: Dave Cunningham [Rating:4] It is not uncommon for politicians to have embarrassing relatives –like George W. Bush, Teddy Kennedy or Mark Thatcher. Barrack Hussein Obama, President of the United States, also has a skeleton in his closet. His half brother, George Hussein ...

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