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NEWS: Full cast announced for Sheffield’s Annie Get Your Gun at Christmas

In Musicals, Native, News, Press Releases by Press Releases1 Comment

Sheffield Theatres today announces the cast for its major new revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun. Paul Foster directs Anna-Jane Casey as Annie Oakley and Ben Lewis as Frank Butler in the Christmas production, running in the Crucible 8 December 2016 to 14 January 2017, with a press night on 14 December. The cast also includes: Nicolas Colicos (Buffalo …

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FUNNY GIRL – Menier Chocolate Factory

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

People, people who need people are, allegedly, the luckiest people in the world. I’d argue that those who are emotionally and financially self-sufficient have a hell of a bigger reason to feel lucky than those who depend needily on others for their wellbeing. But I’m not a character in a musical – and neither, really are the people who need people who appear in Funny Girl a narrative so far removed from the actual history of kooky kosher comedienne Fanny Brice and her deeply dodgy gangster hubby Julius ‘Nicky’ Arnstein as to be a complete fiction.






THE SMALLEST SHOW ON EARTH – Touring

In Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

This is an artful wheeze. Take the story from the sunniest of films, a 1957 cheer-up British Lion starring Peter Sellers, Margaret Rutherford and Bernard Miles. Bolt on some classic Irving Berlin songs, and you’ve jukeboxed a stage musical. Director-writer Thom Sutherland has done this – fresh from a London success with Grand Hotel – for a cheerful touring show with a six-piece band. I saw it at the Mercury, which produces it, before it squares its shoulders and toots off round the country. A thin Monday house was hard to stir, but the frolicking energy of the cast and the sheer good-humoured Ealingness of the story got us going. Hard not to, with so much help from the Berlin tunes and lyrics.






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PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Puttin’ On The Ritz – which promises to take the audience back to the ‘golden age of Hollywood’ – has the potential to be a hit show. Billed as a ‘song and dance extravaganza’, it plays to the country’s fascination with ballroom dancing (as demonstrated by Strictly Come Dancing) and with the musical genius of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, whose hits caused many audience members to sing along.






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Can you succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews? Maybe not…

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Photos, Quotes by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

We owe the phrase “you won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews” to Spamalot – so it only officially entered the theatrical lexicon circa 2005 when the Monty Python musical opened on Broadway (and I first heard it live a year later, when it had its West End premiere at the Palace […]






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Weekly Theatre Podcast: An Oak Tree, Violence and Son, Face the Music

In Audio, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Native, Opinion, Plays, Reviews by As Yet Unnamed London Theatre PodcastLeave a Comment

Every week, a group of regular, dedicated, independent theatre bloggers gather together for intelligent discussion “from the audience’s perspective” about plays and musicals they’ve recently seen in London. Lively, informed and entertaining. On this week’s programme: An Oak Tree, Violence and Son and Face the Music.