Rock of Ages is a jukebox music which lacks any storyline but makes up for it through the use of humour and performance.
After ten years on our television screens, the long-running sitcom Benidorm has found a new home on stage as a national touring production.
Private passions are the overarching theme of the Welsh National Opera autumn 2018 season, and these passions are at the fore of Joan Font’s frothy 2007 production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, given a revival here by the piece’s original choreographer Xevi Dorca.
If Lin-Manuel Miranda takes six years from first song to full show for Hamilton, then it encourages me greatly when I keep telling new writers and new creative to take their time.
For a feelgood, heart-racing, toe-tapping story to feel so joyless, despite the best efforts of the cast, seems like a huge wasted opportunity. Reach for the DVD rather than your dancing shoes.
Whilst this nostalgia-soaked show may not deny any dreams, the overwhelming success of The Band at the box office does limit ambition in storytelling by being so simplistic and, at times, just plain theatre by (jukebox) numbers.
Overall The Band is a success. If given the chance I would probably go and watch it again, as I felt the cast was exceptionally strong even when the story lacked motivation.
Picture the scene, Carnegie Hall 1971. Carole King played by Bronte Barbe sitting at the piano not expecting this many people to be watching her before playing a short rendition of ‘So far Away’ before rewinding the story back 14 years to wear it all began.
If you like musical theatre and especially Hairspray, I’d 100% recommend seeing the current UK tour. The UK tour cast does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to the stage
Lots of different things opening across the country in March. In London there are a lot of Fringe and Off West End productions coming your way.
Wicked is a modern classic which remains as strong as ever on tour. With stellar performances from a standout cast, it’s set to be ‘Popular’ with audiences throughout the land.
This was a year where the work touring into Bristol and the work I saw in Latitude, London, the cinema and New York dazzled.
A new UK touring production of Kinky Boots will open on 19 September 2018 at Royal & Derngate in Northampton, returning to the home of this British story, whilst the West End production continues at the Adelphi Theatre.
On the 10th anniversary since their first show, I was lucky enough to go and watch War Horse. The play is emotion filled and the stunning story telling through the music and ensemble work make the show a must see.