Singin’ In The Rain The Palace Theatre Don Lockwood - Adam Cooper Cosmo Brown - Daniel Crossley Kathy Selden - Scarlett Strallen Lina Lamont - Katherine Kinglsey Based on the popular 1952 MGM film, Singin’ In The Rain is a title that is synonymous with Gene Kelly and the style of the era. Before the curtain even rose, as an audience member, I already had my own preconceptions of how the show should appear based on my knowledge of the film, and I expect the majority of the audience had … [Read more...]
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First time I've ever been to a Sunday matinee... and The Palace Theatre on Manchester's Oxford Road is a suitably impressive place to start. This is the venue for the current leg of the Oliver! UK Tour, and there seems to be a real sense of excitement and anticipation in the packed foyer pre-show. It's easy to understand why - this show is a an absolute classic, much loved by young and old, and mostly anyone in between. So how does the latest incarnation of Lionel Bart's masterpiece stack up? … [Read more...]
"You can't please everyone all of the time" says Mason. Given that he's been making people laugh for the better part of 50 years, he's done pretty well. The self-named "Ultimate Jew" started by saying that if he stank, he's not coming back! However, Fearless marks the final British tour of his career, so he was already on the winning foot. As someone who loves stand-up, I have of course heard of Jackie Mason, seen a few sketches on shows, but never live. He is a comic who knows his … [Read more...]
We usually try to get to see a show early in its run but a very busy schedule over the past few weeks meant that our visit to see Pippin came fairly late. The show concludes on 25th February, 2012. In some ways I wish we had seen it sooner, as we may have gone to see it again; but close to the end of the run, the cast are likely to be at their peak, so all is good! Pippin first hit Broadway in 1972 and the West End in 1973, so it has been around for quite a while. This production has been … [Read more...]
Having taken a very well deserved winter break, Three Phantoms stormed back to Chichester for a final three shows before bidding farewell until the next concert in 2013. Set in the beautiful Oaklands Park, Chichester Festival Theatre is a modern venue (well, 1960s still counts as modern, right?) with a rather interesting geometric layout in which the seating is arranged around the stage. “The Opera Ghost really existed…” In the last year, Three Phantoms have played to an incredible … [Read more...]