A trio of West End cast recordings (well, one’s off-West-End…) show that it is sometimes hard to recapture the stage magic.
There will be major cast changes at the West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre from 11 June 2018. The musical is now in its record-breaking 33rd year.
Blood Brothers is one of Break A Leg’s favourites and it’s always a due to review the show, the dynamics are different each time and yet the overall drama, comic timing and splendour of the production never waivers.
Against the odds, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ is an energetic, sharp and witty triumph. I say ‘against the odds’ because, in the over-extended franchise Olympics, Adrian Mole would be in a straight fight with Bridget Jones for the right to lose to Harry Potter in the final.
I have managed a few memorable evenings over the past fortnight that I can recommend: Bob Dylan-inspired Girl from the North Country at the Old Vic, page-to-stage adaptation The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and Sherman Brothers-infused cabaret A Spoonful of Sherman.
After premiering at the Curve Theatre in 2015, Pippa Cleary and Jake Brunger’s musical adaptation of Sue Townsend’s tale of Leicester’s most famous teenager has undergone its own version of puberty, re-emerging at the Menier Chocolate Factory for the summer.
The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the full company for their brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – The Musical which opens in Adrian’s 50th birthday year. Luke Sheppard directs Dean Chisnall (George), Lara Denning (Doreen), John Hopkins (Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton), Barry James (Bert), Kelly Price (Pauline) and Gay Soper (Grandma).Benjamin …
A stonemason or a delivery boy; a cocktail waitress or a trucker. Whether they be a housewife or factory worker or retiree, the ordinary man is often overlooked. Working is a musical for the layperson, a window into the thoughts of the everyday 1970s American, as interviewed by Studs Terkel in his book of the same name.
Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne will lead the cast of the European Premiere of WORKING.
Lyn Paul is described as the definitive Mrs Johnstone and last night, I saw the reason for this accolade, as she brought the house down in Blood Brothers at Malvern Theatres.
★★★★ There are enough inventive designs and well-honed performances about Shrek the Musical to ensure that it hits the spot.
Take a blockbuster movie, add a bunch of songs and some sparkly costumes and stick it on a stage… A tried and tested recipe for success and one that seems to be a guarantee of success. It certainly didn’t hurt Shrek when that landed in the West End and tickets flew out of the box office. Now the show is heading out on tour around the UK and we made our way to the Mayflower to check it out.
If like me you enjoyed the films of Shrek and saw it in the West End, then you to will enjoy this.
It has everything, colourful costumes and sets. Humour, a few songs and more humour. This ogre has a big heart and Dean Chisnall continues to play it perfectly.