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What would The Life characters say to their peers in Guys & Dolls and 42nd Street?

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Quotes, Reviews, Ticket recommendations by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

of the three American musicals set in the locale that we’ve seen in London recently – Guys & Dolls, which is now touring after an extended West End run; 42nd Street, recently opened with royal fanfare at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane; and The Life, in its final week at Southwark Playhouse – only one of them, 42nd Street, revolves around the theatre district.

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THE LIFE – Southwark Playhouse

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In The Life, drug-dealing Guys and rent-by-the-hour Dolls walk a side of 42nd Street far shadier than the tapdancing one at Drury Lane. The daily grit and the nightly grind are underpinned with a spectacularly revitalized score from Cy Coleman fusing jazz and blues with his musical theatre roots, and some spunky new dialogue from still-got-it-baby veteran Michael Blakemore who directed the Broadway version a mere 38 years ago.

THE LIFE – Southwark Playhouse

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

In The Life, drug-dealing Guys and rent-by-the-hour Dolls walk a side of 42nd Street far shadier than the tapdancing one at Drury Lane. The daily grit and the nightly grind are underpinned with a spectacularly revitalized score from Cy Coleman fusing jazz and blues with his musical theatre roots, and some spunky new dialogue from still-got-it-baby veteran Michael Blakemore who directed the Broadway version a mere 38 years ago.