Musical comedy Kathy & Stella Solve a Murder by Jon Brittain and Matthew Floyd Jones at Roundabout @ Summerhall is a hilarious caper that embraces the genre’s fans, life’s unexpected heroes and the quest to find yourself.
‘The show deserves a bigger stage to fully breathe into its fabulousness’: BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER – Turbine Theatre
A cheering musical to be sure, but But I’m a Cheerleader is ill-suited to the intimacy of the Turbine Theatre, it needs a bigger stage (and a bit of an edit) to truly shine.
‘Able to jump from silliness to seriousness in mid-sentence’: LAST EASTER – Orange Tree Theatre
By the end of Orange Tree Theatre’s production of Bryony Lavery’s Last Easter the certainty that friendship and love are life’s true miracles is quietly and effectively realised.
‘Has a contemporary resonance’: MYTH (Online review)
Ancient Myth clashes with modern Myth in a powerful rock musical about fame and mental health.
‘Deserves to be seen in a full-scale production’: CINDERELLA – Cadogan Hall ★★★★★
Warmhearted and sincere, Jonathan O’Boyle’s concert production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical take on Cinderella is gorgeous to watch and listen to from start to finish.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Dick Whittington at the Lyric Hammersmith
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for the Lyric Hammersmith’s 10th-anniversary pantomime Dick Whittington.
‘Certainly worth travelling some distance to experience’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre
Not quite a musical, but somewhat more than a concert, song cycle The Distance You Have Come brings together some of the greatest hits from Scott Alan’s star-spangled songwriting career, performed by an equally glittering cast of West End talent.
‘This show – vocally – absolutely flies’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre
Scott Alan is a long-standing cult favourite amongst musical theatre enthusiasts and his most recent song cycle The Distance You Have Come weaves in his most popular numbers with some newer ones.
‘Proves a curious enterprise’: THE DISTANCE YOU HAVE COME – Cockpit Theatre
A Scott Alan song cycle promises much but The Distance You Have Come doesn’t quite deliver at the Cockpit Theatre, despite its excellent cast.
Unexpected Joy Q&A video: Can this new musical build bridges instead of walls?
Can musical theatre help us find common ground with those with whom we disagree? If so, Unexpected Joy is undoubtedly the musical to do it. Watch Terri Paddock’s post-show Q&A with the all-female cast, producer Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and musical director Gareth Bretherton.
‘There’s a heart-warming sincerity to it’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse
Produced by Aria Entertainment at the Southwark Playhouse in conjunction with their From Page To Stage Festival celebrating new musical theatre, this European premiere of Unexpected Joy is something of an irrepressibly cheesy delight.
‘We & the cast are all united by song’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse
From the moment a smock-dressed lady ambles on stage, the cramped space in South London erupts into a burst of foot-tapping tunes. Unexpected Joy boasts a rousing chorus of tunes and some impressive vocal feats.
‘Filled with joy, conflict & a sharp sense of humour’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★
Bill Russell and Janet Hood’s musical Unexpected Joy is refreshing and appropriate for 2018 thanks to its four strong female characters and songs that hit the spot emotionally.
‘A beautiful piece of theatre’: UNEXPECTED JOY – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★
A female led production with wonderful songs, a heartfelt message and a whole lot of love, there’s no reason not to see Unexpected Joy.
‘Vocal brilliance after vocal brilliance’: West End Live Lounge – The Other Palace ★★★★★
The email telling me about an upcoming West End Live Lounge concert is one I look forward to with excitement and anticipation as the night always proves to be a joyous, talent-filled one.
NEWS: Union J star Jaymi Hensley joins cast of Myth: The Rise & Fall of Orpheus concerts
Final casting for Myth: the Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips and playing at The Other Palace from 10 March, includes Jaymi Hensely, best known for his work in boy band Union J.
‘You’re transported into the world of comics’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★
The show opens with the bad guys; Dr Bloom played by Marc Pickering and General Blight played by Carl Mullaney, both of whom worked well together and it felt like they had walked straight out of a comic strip into the real world.
‘Packed with lively songs’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse ★★★★
All generations must have their superheroes; for children in the 1980s, tea-time television presented awe-struck audiences with the adventures of Bananaman, a particularly dim-witted super-hero who started life on the back pages of the DC Thomson comic, Nutty.
‘Fresh & a-peel-ing’: BANANAMAN – Southwark Playhouse
Armed with “the muscles of twenty men and the brains of twenty mussels”, Bananaman is here to save the residents of Acacia Road, and Bananaman the Musical is here to save off-West End theatregoers who are craving fresh and a-peel-ing new material.
NEWS: Matthew McKenna takes title role in Beano’s Bananaman musical, Full cast announced
Matthew McKenna has been unmasked today as the star and “handsome hero” of Bananaman the Musical, which runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 15 December 2017 to 20 January 2018, with a press night on 4 January. Full casting is announced today.
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