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NEWS: John Partridge plays Zaza in first-ever UK tour of La Cage aux Folles

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Bill Kenwright presents the much loved musical LA CAGE AUX FOLLES with John Partridge as ‘Albin/Zaza’ and American TV star Adrian Zmed as ‘Georges’, opening at New Oxford Theatre on Thursday 5 January 2017 before embarking on its first-ever nationwide tour, with further dates to be announced.

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FUNNY GIRL – West End

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“People”, who didn’t manage to nab their seats fast enough for the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Funny Girl can most definitely rest easy in the knowledge that this acclaimed and triumphant revival is an even bigger and better show following its transfer across the river to the Savoy. Sheridan Smith’s Fanny Brice simply oozes star quality.

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Press pass: All the reviews and pics of Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl

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In musical theatre happenings, the big news last night was London’s first major revival of Jule Styne’s Broadway classic Funny Girl. The big question: could Sheridan Smith lay to rest the ghost of Barbra Streisand, who originated the role of Fanny Brice on stage and (Oscar-winning) screen? And the big answer: a resounding yes.

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FUNNY GIRL – Menier Chocolate Factory

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Imelda Staunton may have just wowed in Styne and Sondheim’s Gypsy, but hard on her heels is Sheridan Smith’s take on Fanny Brice. In a role that famously demands an unconventional beauty – and which, from both Broadway and Hollywood launch pads Barbra Streisand was rocketed into the highest of stellar orbits – Smith has enormously famous shoes to fill.

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NEWS: Darius Campbell joins Sheridan Smith in Funny Girl, Full cast

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The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces full casting for their production of Funny Girl. Joining Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice are Valda Aviks (Mrs O’Malley), Natasha J Barnes (Emma/Mrs Meeker), Darius Campbell (Nick), Marilyn Cutts (Mrs Brice), Maurice Lane (Mr Keeney), Bruce Montague (Ziegfeld), Joel Montague (Eddie), Gay Soper (Mrs Strakosh); with Emma Caffrey, Matthew Croke, Joelle Dyson, Rebecca Fennelly, Luke Fetherston, Leah Harris, Kelly Homewood, Sammy Kelly and Stuart Ramsay completing the ensemble.

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FEATURED SHOW: Casa Valentina, Reviews are in + £15 tickets before 10 Oct

In Awards, Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

Have you seen the raft of rave reviews for our Featured Show? The European premiere of Harvey Fierstein‘s Casa Valentina, which is now running at London’s Southwark Playhouse, has wowed critics and has also been nominated for four OffWestEnd.com Awards, including Best Play.  Scroll down for links and excerpts from some of our favourite reviews, plus some top-value Valentina videos… DON’T MISS THIS SHOW! Casa …

KINKY BOOTS – West End

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Two years after its Broadway debut, Kinky Boots strides into London’s Adelphi Theatre, helmed by Jerry Mitchell who is evidently looking to repeat the show’s award-winning success over here.
Based on the BBC film of a decade ago – in turn inspired by true events – Kinky Boots tells of a Northampton based shoe factory facing closure, that stumbles across the idea of making women’s fashion thigh-length boots but built for a man’s body. As their kinky boots go down a storm amongst the transvestite and drag community, the company is saved.

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KINKY BOOTS – West End

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If the shoe fits, they say, wear it. But in truth there’s always been a bit of a size differential between Kinky Boots, the modest urban Brit-flick, and the Cyndi Lauper/ Harvey Fierstein musical that it spawned. Lauper’s score resides principally in the funk and spunk of cross-dressing catwalk glamour while the somewhat dowdy spirit of Northamptonshire – the vernacular of the piece – is barely hinted at in the “Price and Son Theme” of the opening number.