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The Last Five Years: Who else played Cathy & Jamie before Samantha & Jonny?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Photos, Sticky by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey are just the latest in a line of musically exquisite, broken-hearted couples to tackle Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle. Remember Lara Pulver and Damian Humbley in the UK premiere? Here’s a pictorial timeline including them and other transatlantic pairings you may recognise.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tim Prottey-Jones – To Do. To Be.

In Albums, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

I first came across Tim Prottey-Jones when I saw Once at the Phoenix Theatre, where Tim was playing music shop owner Billy. When I saw that he was releasing an album, I quickly made contact to see if I could listen and review for my site, feeling intrigued as to what kind of songs would be on there. Tim is a versatile multi-faceted musician, who has an immense wealth of experience in both performance and production of high quality music. Now starring in Kinky Boots, just what does his latest offering give us?

KINKY BOOTS – West End

In London theatre, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Two years after its Broadway debut, Kinky Boots strides into London’s Adelphi Theatre, helmed by Jerry Mitchell who is evidently looking to repeat the show’s award-winning success over here.
Based on the BBC film of a decade ago – in turn inspired by true events – Kinky Boots tells of a Northampton based shoe factory facing closure, that stumbles across the idea of making women’s fashion thigh-length boots but built for a man’s body. As their kinky boots go down a storm amongst the transvestite and drag community, the company is saved.

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KINKY BOOTS – West End

In Audio, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opera, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

If the shoe fits, they say, wear it. But in truth there’s always been a bit of a size differential between Kinky Boots, the modest urban Brit-flick, and the Cyndi Lauper/ Harvey Fierstein musical that it spawned. Lauper’s score resides principally in the funk and spunk of cross-dressing catwalk glamour while the somewhat dowdy spirit of Northamptonshire – the vernacular of the piece – is barely hinted at in the “Price and Son Theme” of the opening number.

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Press pass: Reviews and everything else you need to know about Kinky Boots

In Features, Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, News, Opinion, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

This morning I’m delighted to be in agreement with most of the overnight critics awarding a slew of four stars to last night’s opening: the London premiere of another New York import. Of course, this import has a strong British pedigree. I’m talking about Kinky Boots, of course, the Broadway musical based on the 2005 […]