Big and silly, much like the hair, Allegro’s production of retro Eighties soft-rock musical Rock of Ages at the Church Hill knows how to hit the highs with ease. This juke-box musical has an equally off-the-peg musical plot with a small town girl coming to the bright lights and finding the pavements aren’t all gold.
We are all familiar with the likes of The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, for example – but what about those equally good and deserve to be seen more often? Here are some of Love London Love Culture’s favourites, including one that you can see on the London stage right now…
I’ve personally seen 74 productions this year including some repeat visits, so how do I then pick just ten shows for a top 10?
2016 is coming to an end and to celebrate another year, Emma Clarendon names some of her favourite shows of the year, including Aladdin, Dreamgirls and The Libertine.
Sunny intervals: Tuneful and committed, Allegro’s production of Sunshine on Leith at the Church Hill is almost torpedoed by some peculiar staging choices.
Here the London theatre bloggers discuss Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allego, The Plough and the Stars at the National and The Collector at the Vaults.
This instalment of my theatregoing recommendations could be called not just my musicals diary but my musicals-on-my-doorstep diary. All three shows – Children of Eden, Allegro and Groundhog Day – are playing at what I consider neighbourhood theatres, within five to ten minutes’ walk of my front door.
A RARITY, AND A TOPICAL TREAT… It’s an American story and a universal one: choose money and status, or idealistic service? Big business or big heart, slick city or smalltown values? Or, if you must, Trump or Hillary? All the way from Louisa May Alcott to It’s a Wonderful Life, the old tension has provided drama.
The first thing to say here is that yet again the producer/director collaboration of Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland has come up with a beautiful show, full of charm, of energy and of near perfection by the committed cast in the singing and dancing. And not in any formulaic way – Lee Proud’s original, urgent […]
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This forgotten Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has finally received its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse, where it continues until 10 September 2016. But is it worth bringing back to the stage?
Allegro is the third musical born from the long standing genius that is the duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein. While neither their most successful piece, nor their most daring and despite it being a somewhat lacklustre story, Allegro still holds all of the charm and sophistication associated with R&H musicals.
So why haven’t many Rodgers and Hammerstein aficionados heard about it and why has this never been performed in the UK? Is this forgotten musical best placed as just that or have we been missing an absolute gem?
This least known Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is finally given an opportunity to shine in Thom Southerland’s production which proves that it is one that deserves to be seen.
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The theatrical axis usually tilts north towards Edinburgh in August, but this year there’s still plenty happening in London as summer heads to a conclusion. Here are a few of the most notable London openings this month that you should keep an eye out for…
Full casting and creative team are announced today for the eagerly awaited professional European première of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, which opened on Broadway in 1947, and was their third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, with music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 5 August.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1947 Broadway musical Allegro will receive its long-overdue European premiere, running for a six-week season at London’s Southwark Playhouse from Friday 5 August until Saturday 10 September 2016, with a press night on Thursday 11 August. It’s directed by Thom Southerland, who is working on a new adaptation of the book and the production will have brand new orchestrations, and produced by Daniel Tarento, continuing their long, multi award-winning association.
Elliot Davis and James Bourne’s 2012 musical comes originally from an album by Son of Dork, the band featuring Bourne between his pop apotheosis as one-third of Busted and his third act as part of the boyband mash-up that is McBusted.
The story tells of geeky Michael Dork and his friend Lucas in Loserville, USA, 1971, struggling to meet girls while simultaneously apparently inventing the internet and Star Wars.