Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has now been running in the West End for over two years and, as there have just been substantial cast changes, it seemed the right time to see the show again. For those who don’t know, Jamie is about a 16-year-old Year 11 school leaver in Sheffield who is passionate about becoming a drag queen. It is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell who appeared in a BBC documentary in 2011. The story of the musical is fairly predictable, but well written and … [Read more...]
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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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Back in the mists of time - well 1968 - before Evita and before Jesus Christ Superstar, a young and ambitious pair of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote and presented a little musical show. Since then, the show has become a firm favourite, with audiences world-wide and especially with Schools and amateur groups with over 20,000 of them staging productions. The show is, of course Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and I caught the latest touring production during its visit to the … [Read more...]
I had to admit that I’m not a big fan of jukebox musicals but I’m an enormous fan of Carole King having seen her live on a number of occasions, have nearly all of her albums and even worked for her record company back in the day! So, it was with some trepidation that I set out for Bromley to see Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Churchill Theatre but I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised. The plot itself is very thin as King had a mainly uneventful life. She met Gerry … [Read more...]
To say that Rags The Musical has had a chequered history would be a total understatement. It opened on Broadway in August 1986 and ran for just four performances. It’s been reworked and revised at least four times before landing at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester last year and has now transferred to The Park Theatre in London. Originally conceived as a kind of follow up to Fiddler On The Roof (the original book writer of Rags, Joseph Stein, wrote the book for Fiddler) although the music … [Read more...]
Margo Lion, Broadway producer of “Hairspray”, once said “Traditionally, the great musicals were based on plays, but the thing is we ran out of plays and we had to find something else to base them on”. Whilst I wouldn’t totally agree with her, there’s no doubt there’s a recent trend where films such as “Billy Eliot”, “Kinky Boots”, “Little Shop Of Horrors” etc. have been turned into highly successful musicals as has Once which after award winning runs on Broadway and in the West End, is now going … [Read more...]