Amélie The Musical to give it its full title, is based on the 2001 French film that won a number of awards around the world and was nominated for five Oscars. The musical started its life in small theatres but transferred to Broadway in 2017 where after just 56 regular performances, it closed. This production was originally produced at The Watermill Theatre in … [Read more...]
London Musical Reviews for West End and Off West End
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Six: ‘something about the feistiness, the sassiness, the riotousness of it all’
There’s a good mix of musical styles amongst the ten musical numbers, though most of the melodies are firmly in the style of what I call ‘minicab music’ – the sort of chart music tunes I would only listen to if I were being driven home and the driver just so happened to have the radio on. But there’s something about the feistiness, the sassiness, the riotousness of it all. I liked the music so much I bought the cast recording on the way out. It only leaves me to wish Six a long and glorious reign.
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The axed cast of the Australian "soapy" soap Summer Street prove to the audience why they were taken off air after five years on the screen. By their dreadful acting skills and the lame storylines. Summer Street written by Andrew Norris boasts some awful but extremely catchy songs, iconic surfing shirts and some big, bold wigs. The cast has all the ingredients … [Read more...]
This show is a belter! You will be taken from giggles to goose-bumps and back again and feel all the better for it. Witty, toe-tapping and thoroughly mesmerising, the only time your mind will drift is when you start fantasy-shuffling the original cast recording for your trip home and realise it’s not yet available - dammit! At which point you will then want immediate … [Read more...]
Forty-four characters and five actors. But The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not as confusing as I’ve just made it sound. It’s possible to read the short story by F Scott Fitzgerald (from which this two-and-a-half-hour musical and an even longer ‘fantasy romantic drama film’ are based on) in a single sitting. Given the controversy surrounding the use of puppetry … [Read more...]
Producer Colin Ingram (Ghost – The Musical) and the creators of the film Back To The Future, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, are delighted to announce that BACK TO THE FUTURE The Musical will open at the Manchester Opera House on 20 February 2020 for a strictly limited 12-week season, finishing on 17 May, prior to transferring to the West End. The Box Office will open … [Read more...]
The British Sign Language signed version of the stage musical In The Willows is running in support of national Deaf Awareness Week. Based on the original book by Kenneth Graham (The Wind in the Willows), the In The Willows characters remain true to the original story with the lovable rogue Toad's son and his other riverbank friends Rattie, Badger, Mole and Otter. … [Read more...]
It may be a little surprising for people encountering the storyline in the musical Amour that the cast aren’t lying when they sing about a statue that stands in a wall in Paris, of man that appears to be walking out from the wall but is stuck. The sculpture was made in 1989 in honour of Marcel Aymé (1902-1967), a novelist, screenwriter and playwright. In his book Le … [Read more...]
The winner of the 2000 Olivier award for Best Musical, Honk! has spent the last twenty years slipping quietly into suburban obscurity. In 2017 it was revived to great acclaim at the Union Theatre, and has since been workshopping at The Arts Centre Hounslow, from whence it will launch its national tour. It is hard not to draw parallels between the play and the venue … [Read more...]
The original London cast for The Hired Man had twenty-one members, plus orchestra: this Hornchurch revival has eleven, all of whom also play instruments. The set is relatively sparse, as befits the members of society whose lives are portrayed - there are no princes or bishops here, just grafters and their friends and families in Cumbria at the end of the nineteenth … [Read more...]