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Now & forever? What is the legacy of Cats 40 years on?

In Broadway, Features, London theatre, Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Plays by Mark ShentonLeave a Comment

There’s hardly a more insistent ear worm of a song in all of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ear-wormy repertoire than ‘Memory’, the breakout hit of his 1981 musical Cats, which last night celebrated the 40th anniversary of its premiere at the then New London Theatre (now itself renamed for Gillian Lynne, the choreographer whose work on the show ignited a revolution in global musical theatre, and accidentally created the West End’s first authentic dance-based musical).

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Mark Shenton bemoans the lack of British songwriters in Radio 2’s forthcoming musicals celebration

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Radio 2’s Greatest Show could — and should — have been a platform to celebrate more British musicals, especially here, especially now, with the industry floundering so badly. A show of support for our own creators of new musicals would not have gone amiss.

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‘Biggest, boldest, glitziest panto in London’: DICK WHITTINGTON – West End ★★★★

In Children's theatre, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Pantomimes, Plays, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Following critical and commercial success with last year’s Cinderella, QDOS Entertainment has again invested millions to make Dick Whittington the biggest, boldest and glitziest pantomime on the London circuit with what looks like a degree of overkill, taking a sledgehammer to crush a rat perhaps.

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KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End

In Broadway, Concerts, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I watched all Kristin videos, listened to every song she’d ever sung, read every interview she’d done and was generally that annoying fan that could talk about nothing else.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH – West End

In Broadway, Concerts, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Olivia MitchellLeave a Comment

Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I watched all Kristin videos, listened to every song she’d ever sung, read every interview she’d done and was generally that annoying fan that could talk about nothing else.