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The Bodyguard – Liverpool Empire

Book: Alexander Dinelaris Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: John Roberts Having been created just 10 months after the untimely death of award-winning singer Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard musical still features the singer heavily throughout. The use of Houston’s back catalogue of disco hits and ballads impregnate the whole show, overall this works, but there are times when the songs as with most ...

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Shrek – The Grand, Leeds

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Once upon a time there was an ogre called Shrek.  Shrek The Musical is based on the popular 2001 DreamWorks Animation Film Shrek and William Steig’s book of the same name.  The musical premiered ten years ago in Seattle, United States, and is now on its ...

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Shrek The Musical – King’s Theatre, Glasgow

Composer: Jeanine Tesori Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman  Choreographer: Josh Prince Designer: Tim Hatley Lighting Designer: Hugh Vanstone Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys The big, green, Scottish ogre is back on the road again, delighting audiences young and old in this joyful, colourful, in-your-face, fun night out for all the family. Based on the award-winning 2001, Dreamworks movie, Shrek and Donkey join forces to rescue Princess ...

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Shrek the Musical – Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent

Book and Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Director: Nigel Harman Music: Jeanine Tesori Reviewer: Matthew Jackson  Back on a UK Tour is a musical adaption of Dreamworks animation Shrek. A firm family favourite that is almost certain to draw a packed theatre and that is certainly true for press night at the Regent Theatre. With clever puppetry and funny characters, there is ...

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Shrek the Musical – Palace Theatre, Manchester

Book/Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire Music: Jeanine Tesori Director: Nigel Harman Reviewer: John Roberts Based on the Dreamworks Animation film, which itself was based on a book by William Steig of the same name, Shrek the Musical has had a rather fairytale journey with a big bright beautiful Broadway opening, several US Tours, a two-year run at the Theatre Royal Drury and ...

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The Stepmother – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Writer: Githa Sowerby Director: Richard Eyre Reviewer: David Jobson Playwright Githa Sowerby was seen as a woman ahead of her time, writing searing plays and novels attacking patriarchal society. It is clear from Richard Eyre’s production of The Stepmother, a play that has languished until recently, how prevalent her feminist ideals were when she wrote this play in 1924, even if the ...

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Dreamgirls – Savoy Theatre, London

Writer: Tom Eyen Director and Choreographer: Casey Nicholaw Composer: Henry Krieger Reviewer: Tom Finch It’s been 35 years since a show that revolutionised musical theatre, Dreamgirls opened on Broadway. Now it's finally opened in the West End. It was worth the wait. Loosely based on the meteoric rise of The Supremes, Tom Eyen's and Henry Krieger's show charts the rise ...

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The Bodyguard – Liverpool Empire

Alexandra Burke and company in The Bodyguard tour

Book: Alexander Dinelaris Director: Thea Sharrock Reviewer: Helen Patrick Based on the 90s movie starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard musical stays truthful to the hit film, while paying homage to the late Houston by incorporating some of the legendary pop artist’s biggest hits into the show including; Queen of the Night, I Have Nothing, Run to You ...

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