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Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story – Darlington Hippodrome

Writer: Alan Janes Musical Director: Dean Elliott Director: Matt Salisbury Reviewer: Mark Clegg Sixty years after his tragic and untimely death, Buddy Holly’s legacy lives on. In the space of a few short years, he created more hit records than most artists achieve in a lifetime, songs which have stuck in popular culture and the public consciousness ever since. Similarly ...

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#BeMoreMartyn – The Lowry, Salford

Creator: Adam Zane and And Mike Lee Director: Adam Zane Reviewer: Marie Smith #BeMoreMartyn trended on Twitter in the hours after the announcement of Martyn Hett’s death at the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017 – and in this play, Hope Theatre Company shows exactly what that phrase means. They asked eight of Martyn’s closest friends to talk all about ...

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A Beautiful Noise – The Lowry, Salford

Musical Director: David Mackay Performer: Fisher Stevens In January of this year, singer/songwriting legend, Neil Diamond sadly announced his retirement from touring due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Those lucky enough to see him live (myself included) were treated to a fantastic show from a prolific songwriter, those who didn’t, missed out on something truly special. However, fear not because ...

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The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas – Darlington Hippodrome

Director & Choreographer: Mitch Sebastian Reviewer: Mark Clegg Established in the 1950s but only cementing their brand of high-spirited bonhomie in their appearances together in the 1960s, The Rat Pack pretty much invented ‘cool’. A group of entertainers headed up by Frank Sinatra and consisting of four other core members including Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, they appeared in ...

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Totally Tina – Lyceum Theatre, Crewe

Totally Tina in Concert

Reviewer: Carol Lovatt Tina Turner, recreated so beautifully in the show Totally Tina and starring the exceptionally talented Justine Riddoch, arrived at the Crewe Lyceum Theatre with a truly heart-thumping offering jam-packed full of the energy and vibrancy so associated with the powerhouse American diva. The night promised to be a performance where the music was the star and it ...

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Bob Dylan & The History of Rock ’n’ Roll – The Civic, Barnsley

Writer: Michael Gray Reviewer: Ray Taylor Michael Gray is a renowned world authority on Bob Dylan, having studied him over a lifetime and produced two monumental books on Dylan’s life and work. He attempts to distill all his knowledge and appreciation of Dylan in this one-man performance that is partly lecture, but also includes rare footage and soundtrack recordings. Gray ...

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Clare Teal and her Hollywood Orchestra Celebrate Doris Day – CAST, Doncaster

Singers: Clare Teal, Matthew Ford Conductor: Colin Billing Reviewer: Ron Simpson Though Clare Teal undoubtedly has a considerable following of her own, the packed auditorium at CAST seemed to suggest that the appeal of Doris Day, now in her nineties, is undiminished. So it proved when the last few numbers – saving till last some of her most popular songs ...

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T.Rextasy – Playhouse, Whitley Bay

Reviewer – Louise Sharp Formed in 1967 by the multi-talented singer songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan, Tyrannosaurus Rex bridged the gap between young and old, producing a string of glam rock anthems which are still very much alive and enjoyed by all ages today. Starting out in 1992, tribute band T.Rextasy played their debut in a Hackney pub, and from ...

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