The Prince of Egypt isn’t the first time Stephen Schwartz has taken biblical passages and put them into a musical - the Off-Broadway premiere of Godspell took place in 1971. Twenty years later came Children of Eden, about the events in the Book of Genesis. This one takes in sections of the Book of Exodus. The narrative in this musical begins with Moses (Luke Brady, who does his best with what he’s given), put into a basket as an infant in the River Nile by Yocheved (Mercedesz Csampai). This was … [Read more...]
London Musical Reviews for West End and Off West End
If you are planning to visit London to see a musical on stage at one of the West End theatres, or a musical in one of the many Off West End or Fringe venues, then maybe our London musical reviews section can be of help? Read one of the latest reviews or use the search button to find and view one of our previous reviews. We use a star rating system on our site.
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.
Read the full review...
This is, as a fellow theatregoer pointed out to me afterwards, a tad too complicated for an orchestra, with forty or so musical numbers in various styles to get through, as well as sections of spoken dialogue, in around eighty-five minutes. The cast of six are therefore supported in this production of The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) by musical director Natalie Pound, without further accompaniment. It’s an impressive achievement, really, given the sheer variety of music in this parody … [Read more...]
The second half is better than the first in On Your Feet! A New Musical (to give it its full title) - which makes perfect sense given the chronological order of the storyline, starting with Gloria Estefan (Philippa Stefani) before she was even discovered by Emilio (George Ioannides) whilst still living at home in Miami, Florida - her family having left Havana to escape the worst effects of the Cuban Revolution. Naturally, when the Miami Sound Machine, the Latin music band founded by Emilio, had … [Read more...]
Bill Kenwright’s production of Kander & Ebb’s classic musical Cabaret is back on tour just two years after it played at various theatres around the country with Will Young as the Emcee and Louise Redknapp as Sally Bowles. This time they’re replaced respectively by John Partridge and Kara Lily Hayworth and a completely new cast. However, everything else stays the same including direction from Rupert Norris and choreography by Javier De Frutos. The background for the 1966 multiple Tony … [Read more...]
The narrative, at a macro level, has certainly been done before. If, for instance, you’re after a variation on the old theme of good triumphing over evil, look elsewhere - a sharp correction in the right direction in the life of Jeremy Heere (a suitably fresh-faced Scott Folan) is about as subtle as the melting of the Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz. Jeremy, a bit of a social outcast at high school, finds a way to increase his popularity. His motive in proceeding with a course of action that … [Read more...]