Tucked under a railway arch in Brad Street, a block over from Waterloo station, the Waterloo East Theatre was where just three actors and a solitary pianist made sheer musical theatre magic for 70 ecstatic minutes in Starting Here, Starting Now.
We’re taking about love here in Starting Here, Starting Now. The thrill of it, the romance and ridiculous of it, the crushing disappointment of it. Some of the tunes are from musicals which made it through to production, others are from works which never took off.
Hairspray has been touring for years – it was last here in 2016 – and the reason why people are still flocking to see it is there for all to see. It’s a heart-warming and empowering tale that just makes you want to get up and dance.
Despite highlighting serious issues such as prejudice and intolerance, this show remains a popular, light-hearted and fun night of musical theatre and this latest tour certainly kept it in this now famous ‘feel-good’ vibe.
This mahoosive new tour of Hairspray started in the middle of last month and stretches right through to June 2018 and it certainly feels like it has the potential to be a great success.
In the second of two plays the same day about Lancashire men suffering intolerable conditions (the first was the almost equally intolerable Neville’s Island wherein four executives from Pennine Water are marooned on a team-building exercise) – to Croydon for Peter Whelan’s impassioned and somewhat epic First World War memorial piece based on an actual incident. […]
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