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NHS the Musical review – the doctor will sing for you now

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As audiences return to theatres, will they want razzle-dazzle escapism or plays that grapple with the seismic events of the past 18 mesi? Few shows could claim to do both, but NHS the Musical delivers a bright, bras...

Jimi, Elton, Dusty … the overlooked musical magic of Barbara Moore

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Nel 1968, when Barbara Moore picked up the conductor’s baton in the immense EMI Studio 1, the assembled musicians were incredulous. Moore was better known to them as a backing singer, a regular in the all-female singin...

Indecent review – a brainy play staged with the panache of a musical

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Contemporary plays can fall into intriguing conversation. Covering the same five decades of Jewish history as Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt, Paula Vogel’s Tony award-winner Indecent also begins with a controversial text...

Dear Evan Hansen review – ghoulish Ben Platt sinks high school musical

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There are two major issues that Dear Evan Hansen, the film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, cannot overcome. Primo, the decision to have Ben Platt reprise his Tony-winning performance as Evan Hansen in...

Michael Chapman was the deepest, most joyful musical lifer I’ve ever met

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For those of us tuned to his frequency, guitarist and songwriter Michael Chapman’s origin story was a legend the likes of which don’t seem to be written much any more. As the tale goes, one rainy night in the late 196...

Frozen review – stunning musical extravaganza creates its own magic

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This musical extravaganza about estranged sisters, an icy kingdom and unharnessed supernatural powers arrives in the West End from Broadway as part of a plan to stage five Frozens around the world this year. As canny ...

Cinderella review – Ella wears the trousers in goofy musical redesign

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This musical Cinderella’s stodgy online trailer fluffed the snark glands of social media, with its warbly American Idol-style cover versions and the presence of producer-actor James Corden in a comedy mouse-turned-foo...

‘Big sisters are magic!’ Frozen musical set to cause a West End flurry

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It was the sound unleashed from a million pairs of little lungs across the land: “Let it “go-oooo-ooo!” The standout hit from Disney’s 2013 animation Frozen; a song that wormed its way into the ears of everyone who he...

Coda review – the trials of a musical teenager in a non-hearing household

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When Ruby Rossi (Emilia Jones) sings, she gets a good feeling. Sorting through the daily catch aboard her family’s fishing boat in Massachusetts, the 17-year-old high school student croons Etta James’s classic Somethi...

Singin’ in the Rain review – a starry musical charm offensive

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It’s 10 years since Jonathan Church’s stage version of Singin’ in the Rain came to life at Chichester festival theatre, showering the front rows with water during the title number; delighting everyone else with its fa...

Latitude festival review: a hyper-real return to glitter, beer and British musical brilliance

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Standing in a field, wearing glitter, watching bands, with a warm pint in blazing hot sun: these human behaviours had to be relearned for the first full-capacity UK music festival since the pandemic began. Alcuni 40,000...

From Here review – sparkling musical shines light on life-changing events

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This new musical about the false beginnings and endings in life was nearly over before it began. Various brushes with Covid meant a drastically shortened rehearsal period and, thanks to self-isolation, a last-minute c...

A Little Night Music review – Opera North brings musical gains but dramatic loss

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Stephen Sondheim’s 1973 show, based on an Ingmar Bergman film about sexual intrigues in a duskless Swedish summer, includes a joke about bad opera singing. Ex-lovers recall: “The tenor on the boat that we chartered / ...

Hairspray review – unstoppably joyous musical lights up the West End

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“You have to think big to be big,” declares Tracy Turnblad, the “pleasantly plump” teenager who brings racial integration to a TV dance show and marks a turning point for 1960s Baltimore – for bopping, beehived teenag...

Thelma & Louise stage musical in the works

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A musical based on Thelma & Louise, the Oscar-winning 1991 film starring Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, is in preparation, è emerso. The film’s writer, Callie Khouri, told the Hollywood Reporter at a 30th a...

Musical composition inspired by UK Covid research to have world premiere

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A musical composition inspired by research into the Covid pandemic and featuring a bagpipe solo by one of the government’s scientific advisers is to have its world premiere on Thursday. Prof Calum Semple, one of UK le...

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