There are certain Broadway shows that are so hyped up that by the time they reach the West End one wonders whether the London incarnation is going to be as remarkable as people across the Atlantic have been saying their production is. The songs of Dear Evan Hansen feel as though they have become established standards in musical theatre concerts in the capital for some … [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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Much Ado About Nothing is Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory’s twentieth anniversary production, a company that, in the words of this production’s Director Elizabeth Freestone, values language, storytelling and the audience experience above all else. With the apparent “comedy” of revenge and miscommunication at the centre of this story’s near-farcical spiral, it might … [Read more...]
Mary Poppins is an unashamedly old-fashioned, feel-good musical, at times very pantomimic in style - ideal family Christmas-time entertainment for children of all ages, especially in Cameron Mackintosh’s lavish production at the Prince Edward Theatre, where it was first seen in 2004. There can be few who do not know the Sherman Brothers songs, most of which are … [Read more...]
If proof were ever needed that the multimillion-dollar set used in the original Broadway production of Ragtime The Musical was largely superfluous (it apparently featured fireworks and a fully functioning Model T), this production by Sedos is it. An orchestra of eighteen and a cast of thirty-two is impressive for the West End these days, let alone amateur dramatics. … [Read more...]
It may be advisable for some people in the entertainment industry not to work with children or animals, but there’s little point to Mary Poppins without Jane (Adelaide Barham at the performance I attended, the role being shared with Imogen Bourn, Charlotte Breen, Ellie Kit Jones and Nuala Peberdy) and Michael Banks (Gabriel Payne at the performance I attended, the … [Read more...]
In 1979 I took our two daughters to see Annie at the Victoria Palace and they loved it. Last night, 40 years on, I took one of my grand-daughters to see it at Wimbledon Theatre and she loved it too. The show is one of those hardy perennials that just goes on and on and refuses to die - and quite right too. Annie with music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin … [Read more...]
Ever wonder where writers get their ideas from? I have to admit I often do. Often, after seeing a really good film, I wish I could write like that. Dream up characters, bringing them to life, putting them into some scenario and have that play out to a, hopefully, logical conclusion. Alas, my writing skills aren’t up to that so, I will have to think of another method … [Read more...]
Almost the second the clock turned over from 31st October into 1st November Halloween was forgotten and it officially became the lead up to Christmas. With theatres across the country making the final preparations for pantomime season, it seems a little odd for venues to be showing a production that quite clearly takes its inspiration from panto, however the decision … [Read more...]
The latest offering at the Union Theatre in London is The Green Fairy receiving it's full premiere after an enthusiastically received workshop at the King's Head starring Lucie Jones and Declan Bennett. The Green Fairy follows one woman who wants to take back her life before it's too late. Reminiscing of her life, Jo explores relationships with her ex-girlfriend, … [Read more...]