One test of biography jukebox musicals is how much an uninitiated audience member ends up learning about the artist through the course of the show.
On Your Feet! isn’t perfect and isn’t up there with band bios like Jersey Boys or Sunny Afternoon but ultimately resistance is futile because the rhythm is gonna get you.
Overall On Your Feet! is an entertaining delight of a show. The book is hugely lacking but for fans of Gloria Estefan it’s a perfect portrayal of her life and music. Transport yourself to the Miami sun and take a journey through the lives of Gloria and Emilio.
If you love Gloria Estefan you will adore On Your Feet and if you’re not familiar with her or not necessarily a fan, go and see this and you son will be.
Broadway star Christie Prades will reprise her role as ‘Gloria Estefan’ for the UK premiere, alongside George Ioannides as ‘Emilio Estefan’, and at certain performances, the role of ‘Gloria Estefan’ will be played by Philippa Stefani. Madalena Alberto will play ‘Gloria Fajardo’, Karen Mann ‘Consuelo’.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of Aspects of Love which has transferred to London from Manchester.
Aspects of Love may perhaps benefit from a modern reworking to iron out the more distasteful elements, but it should be fondly remembered.
How much do you know about the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939)? Who fought on the side of the Republicans and who for the Nationalists? What happened to those who got caught in the middle, such as Paulino and Carmelo in Jose Sanchis Sinisterra’s Ay, Carmela!?
It’s a tribute to both playwright and this production that there are so many laughs along the way in Ay Carmela! and that the outcome is triumphant.
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Friday 28 September 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to the Cervantes Theatre for a rare English-language outing of Jose Sanchis Sinsterra’s Spanish stage and screen hit Ay, Carmela! Got any questions?
Evita is definitely not a show to miss, and the UK tour continues until June. Grab your tickets whilst you can.
Set against the surrounding political unrest in Argentina in the 1940s-50s, many topics, such as sexism, objectification of women, social division and corruption are touched upon, and no doubt hold current relevance for a modern audience.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber have written some truly captivating, catchy musicals and Evita is of course iconic and no exception to this. An ever popular rags-to-riches type of story based on the life and demise of Eva Peron, wife of Argentine president, Juan Peron.
West End leading lady Madalena Alberto will perform in the new concert series Pizza Express Live! in Holborn on Sunday 3rd December 2017, 8pm.
Here’s a round-up of interesting titbits on upcoming productions Son of a Preacher Man and Jane Eyre, plus a new release from West End diva Madalena Alberto.
Both acts were a celebration of Scott’s career with the stars taking the stage to perform theirs and Scott’s favourite compositions. Scott joked how each song he writes is depressing, even his happy songs are emotive ballads which is extremely true and for me, someone who thrives on emotional, depressing music (I have playlist just for it) it was all I couldv’e asked for.
Hollywood and Broadway icon Stockard Channing will return to the London stage this summer, to star in a new production of Olivier Award winner Alexi Kaye Campbell’s acclaimed drama Apologia, directed by the multi-award winning Jamie Lloyd.
‘Tis the season for goodwill to all, and proving most generous with their time are various sets of musical theatre performers who are doing all sorts of charitable endeavours this December. First up are the guys at Relative Motion have just announced West End Up Close… at Christmas, their third concert in partnership with The House of St Barnabas, a charity and members’ club in the heart of Soho.
Marianne Elliott, Whoopi Goldberg, Joe Hill-Gibbins, Robert Lindsay, Roald Dahl and Arthur Darvill are amongst those rounded up here.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) announces star casting for its much-anticipated concert presentation of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol, with Robert Lindsay as Scrooge and Carrie Hope Fletcher and her sister-in-law and fellow vlogger Giovanna Fletcher performing together for the first time.
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