Less than a week to go until The Barn – a brand-new, 200-seat, state-of-the-art theatre in the Cotswolds – officially opens its doors to the press with its inaugural production of Tony Award-winning family musical The Secret Garden. And leading Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who has signed up as one of the theatre’s stellar ambassadors, has a message for the cast.
Watching Vanities The Musical made me remember a cheerleader from my own all-American high school who got her comeuppance – but did she really deserve it? And how many other musicals with cheerleaders can you name?
Olivier award-winning actor Matt Henry extends his role as Lola in West End hit KINKY BOOTS and David Hunter joins the new cast as Charlie Price, replacing Killian Donnelly, from 15 August 2016.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was last year’s must-see musical in the West End, with audiences and critics lapping up the jokes and raving about Robert Lindsay’s performance. Predictably I didn’t see it, but when it closed I felt pretty sure it would be out on tour before too long so I made a point to catch it at The Mayflower and see what all the fuss was about.
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.
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.
This morning I’m delighted to be in agreement with most of the overnight critics awarding a slew of four stars to last night’s opening: the London premiere of another New York import. Of course, this import has a strong British pedigree. I’m talking about Kinky Boots, of course, the Broadway musical based on the 2005 […]
The South of France is the setting for this West End musical that’s lighting up the North as it arrives at the Playhouse for a week.
Give Them What They Want, is the message of the first big number of this hit show, fresh from London’s West End. And while in the world of con artists ‘they’ are the victims, the song applies equally to us punters. We go to a musical hoping for a great script, memorable performances and, of course, fabulous songs, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has all of these in spades.
THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR DANCING. IF YOU DARE. Sequins, feathers, glitter, two and a half hours of hurtling from one noisy shining set-piece to another, this is more of a gig than a drama. If you’re fine with that … Continue reading →
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