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In Concerts, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

The Color Purple’s book, movie and musical have all told the extraordinary story of a Celie, a brutally oppressed woman who against all odds, overcomes racism, abuse and misogyny to find her unique place in 20th century America. Not seen in London since the Menier’s sensational production in 2013, the musical returned to the capital this week for a one night only concert-staged fundraiser.

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RAGTIME – Charing Cross Theatre

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Carole WoddisLeave a Comment

You begin to run out of superlatives when it comes to Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento’s touch with small scale musicals. Having seen three of their previous ones at Southwark Playhouse, it should comes as no surprise that even though they’ve now shifted over to the Charing Cross Theatre, the same spirit of élan and bravura staging in confined spaces continues unabated.

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Three musicals & a market to visit… this week: Groundhog Day, Allegro, Children of Eden

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

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.

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ALLEGRO – Southwark Playhouse

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

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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NEWS: Earl Carpenter & Anita Louise Combe lead Ragtime, Full cast

In London theatre, Musicals, Native, News, Press Releases, Sticky by Press ReleasesLeave a Comment

Earl Carpenter, who starred in the West End and on Broadway as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and West End star Anita Louise Combe, Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre and both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago, are to head the cast of a major new actor-musician production of RAGTIME.

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NEWS: Titanic adds week & ‘stagey’ midweek matinee to Charing Cross run

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Titanic’s record-breaking season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre has been extended by a week and will now finish on Saturday 13 August 2016. The regular midweek matinee on Wednesday 10 August will move to become a “Stagey Matinee” on Tuesday 9 August to give other West End performers chance to see it.

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NEWS: Full casting announced for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro

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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.