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‘He was a star maker, in every sense’: Celebrating the distinctive Broadway art of Al Hirschfeld

In Broadway, Features, International, Interviews, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

Another constant for over 40 years was Al Hirschfeld, whose highly distinctive line drawing caricatures of Broadway accompanied the New York Times reviews of new openings. No one elevated the simple line drawing embodiment of Broadway to an art form in its own right quite as he did.

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‘The talent of these kids is astounding’: BUGSY MALONE – Alexandra Palace Theatre & Touring

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Philip DehanyLeave a Comment

When I heard that the touring production of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Theatre production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone The Musical, was going to stop at Ally Pally for six weeks over Christmas and New Year, I became very excited that I would finally get to see this version of the classic musical in such an appropriately styled venue.

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‘Live entertainment has come back with an encouraging roar’: Alun Hood celebrates his Top 20 new theatre shows of 2022

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Manchester, Musicals, Opinion, Other Recent Articles, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Alun HoodLeave a Comment

As somebody who loves a listicle plus a bandwagon to jump on, how could I NOT compile my list of my top 20 new (to me) shows of 2022? It’s been 12 months in which live entertainment has come back with an encouraging roar, although the impending cost of living crisis is inevitably, and understandably, causing anxiety in theatrical circles. Please do get out there, if you can, and support your local venue in 2023.

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New post-show Q&A: Join Terri Paddock in a free online discussion about Original Theatre’s Into the Night

In Features, Interviews, Native, Online shows, Other Recent Articles, Plays by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

To celebrate the re-release of Original Theatre’s critically acclaimed, on-demand online production of Into the Night: The Story of the Penlee Lifeboat, and to commemorate the 41st anniversary of the real-life disaster, I’ll chair a FREE online discussion with playwright Frazer Flintham and Michael Sagar-Fenton, Cornish author of the book on which the play is based.