Friday, 18 September 2015

Pet Shop Boys musical CLOSER TO HEAVEN returns to the Union Theatre


Closer to Heaven, the musical by Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys, will return to the Union Theatre following its sell-out run in April 2015, playing from Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 28 November 2015.

Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clublandCloser to Heaven tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to make something of himself. He is offered a bar job at a glitzy London nightclub, where he quickly becomes part of an unconventional family including Billie Trix, a fading rock star of the sixties and mother figure to the club's habitués - Vic, the club’s owner and a middle-aged gay father and his daughter Shell, who Dave sparks an immediate connection with. But will Dave truly discover himself in London, or will he fall into a labyrinth of excess, false agendas and the darker side of club life?
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REVIEW: Lord of the Flies at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking


Whenever I hear the phrase “Lord of the Flies” I experience very dramatic flashbacks of my GCSE English Literature days. I had a wonderful teacher who was raised in New Zealand. Her accent was so distinctive that when it came to the exam, I could hear her voice playing round and round in my head. To this day I can still hear phrases like “Simon is the Christ-like figure in the novel” and “the conch is the symbol of order amidst all this chaos” so as I approached the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, I remembered those days. Flocks…no, SWARMS of teenagers poured into the theatre to see William H Golding’s classic 1954 novel brought to life.

The novel, simply put, closely examines the breakdown of societal values and the raw brutality of humanity in times of utter desperation. The novel follows a group of school children who are stranded on an island with no adults after a plane crash. The novel was adapted for this production by Nigel Williams.
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Thursday, 17 September 2015

TheatreDeals.com | Plus, win a £50 theatre voucher!


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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

REVIEW: Side by Side by Sondheim at the Jack Studio Theatre


This rich and varied show focusing on the talents of Stephen Sondheim is filled with warmth and humour that doesn’t fail to win you over as the evening progresses.

Narrated by Musical Director Stuart Pedlar, the evening is also fascinating with the numerous antidotes about Sondheim and the shows that he was involved with creatively. It seems appropriate for Pedlar to narrate the evening as he has had long experience with both this show when it originally appeared in the West End and other Stephen Sondheim works.
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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Full Cast Announced for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG At West Yorkshire Playhouse


Casting has been announced for the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Music & Lyrics Limited production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, opening at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on 2 December, with a national press night on Thursday 10 December, for a nine-week season finishing on 30 January 2016. 

Jon Robyns (Memphis, Spamalot, Avenue Q) will play Caractacus Potts, with Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) as Truly Scrumptious.

CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG will also feature Don Gallagher as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst, Tamsin Carroll as Baroness Bomburst, Stephen Matthews as The Childcatcher and Andy Hockley as Grandpa Potts.
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REVIEW: Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Landor Theatre


Sweeping audiences back to the 1920’s, Thoroughly Modern Millie is filled with sharp choreography, fantastic songs and a cast who knows how to have fun with it.

Millie Dillmount (Francesca Lara Gordon) has arrived in New York in search of a new life for herself. It is 1922 when jazz was popular; women were beginning to join the workforce and the rules of social behaviour were changed forever.
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Wednesday, 9 September 2015

REVIEW: Love Me Tender at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking


Featuring 25 of The King’s most popular songs, Love Me Tender is a new musical from the producers of Hairspray and Legally Blonde inspired by the music of Elvis.

The story is simple enough; a small town in the US are shook to its core by a hip-shaking, pelvic thrusting stranger with enough charm and charisma to power a jukebox. What follows is lots of falling in love, mistaken identity and a happy ending all around!
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

REVIEW: You Won't Succeed on Broadway if you don't have any Jews at the St. James Theatre


Celebrating the best of musical theatre and the ongoing Jewish contribution towards show business, this production takes audiences through a fascinating history beginning in the 1930’s all the way up to the present day.

It features a wide variety of songs from musicals about all different topics; of course this includes tributes to George and Ira Gershwin who provides the bouncy and optimistic ‘I Got Rhythm’ – performed enthusiastically by the cast and a medley of songs from Chicago by John Kander and Fred Ebb.
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Sneak peak at PHOTOGRAPH 51 starring Nicole Kidman




The instant I saw the picture
My mouth fell open and my pulse began to race...


The Michael Grandage Company have released an official teaser trailer featuring a first look at Nicole Kidman in their new production ‘Photograph 51’ that begins previews on the 5th September. 

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ALBUM REVIEW: New Broadway Cast Recording of GIGI, starring Vanessa Hudgens

This week’s album review is of the cast recording of the 2015 revival production of Gigi, the musical, adapted by Heidi Thomas and directed by Eric D. Schaeffer – starring Vanessa Hudgens as Gigi, Corey Cott as Gaston, Howard McGillin as Honoré and Victoria Clark as Mamita. The production closed on June 21st 2015 but the soundtrack is still available to purchase.

Based on the 1944 novella by Colette, Gigi was first adapted for the Broadway stage by Anita Loos in 1951, with an unknown Audrey Hepburn in the title role. My understanding of Gigi is that it is a tale of “high-end grooming and prostitution” which is supposed to be very French; by this I mean very sexual yet classy, Parisian in its feel and driven by a real je ne said quoi. This soundtrack is missing all of the above. It sounds asexual, über American and carries no real spark or joie de vivre.  If anything, it’s demonstrably un-sexy, which was a real disappointment to me.
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