Notwithstanding high expectations, together with The King & I’s difficult issues that are made even more complex in a modern world of evolving values, this transfer of the 2015 Broadway revival does not disappoint.
In the final tragic year of the Great War’s centenary, and 102 years (almost to the day) since the commencement of the Battle of the Somme, For King And Country reminds us of the mental devastation that war can wreak upon its combatants.
For the show to soar, all that is needed is a faultless cast – thus the greatest plaudits in this production belong to director/choreographer Nick Winston and his casting director Anne Vosser for having assembled some of the nation’s finest musical theatre talent to create this sensational revival.
As part of this year’s open-air concert line-up Live At Chelsea, some of the biggest names in musical theatre were joined by the Royal Symphonic Concert Orchestra to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the most influential musical theatre composers of all time.
With the World Cup tournament currently in play, football parlance seems appropriate in describing Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate, arriving this week for a short stay at London’s Coliseum as a show with two halves.
What happens if you throw together 23 songs, five musical theatre performers, a pianist, and tons of colour? The answer is It’s Only Life, a musical revue based on several ‘orphan songs’ (John Bucchino’s own description) interwoven to create a fun production about love and life.