We round up the reviews for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical starring Merrily We Roll Along starring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez.
‘You either leave this show vowing to devote your life to musical theatre or to never go near one again’: MARIA FRIEDMAN & FRIENDS – Menier Chocolate Factory
At the end of the evening the great diva, director and muse informs us that we too must sing. In a packed house, on the far side of a pandemic, which made us fear one another’s very breath, we join the posse of old-timers and ingenu(e)s.
‘A heartwarming & affectionate evening of music & stories’: MARIA FRIEDMAN & FRIENDS – Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★
This enchanting celebration of work by Marvin Hamlisch, Michel Legrand and Stephen Sondheim is certainly worth catching for the range of music and stories that are shared.
The Shows Must Go On: Andrew Lloyd Webber launches free YouTube channel with Joseph & Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced a new YouTube Channel, The Shows Must Go On, providing musical theatre lovers with a West End and Broadway experience in their own homes, online for free.
‘Emotionally engaging & beautiful show from start to finish’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End ★★★★★
Trevor Nunn’s glorious revival of the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof is wonderfully heartwarming to watch.
‘Excellence continues to abound throughout’: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF – West End ★★★★★
With its first major cast change since opening – as well as a shift across the Thames – Trevor Nunn’s Fiddler On The Roof remains one of London’s musical theatre jewels.
NEWS: Maria Friedman & Anita Dobson join the West End cast of Fiddler on the Roof
Maria Friedman and Anita Dobson are to join the company of Trevor Nunn’s critically-acclaimed production of Fiddler on the Roof which is currently running at the reconfigured Playhouse Theatre until 28 September 2019. Friedman plays Golde, and Dobson plays Yente from 18 June, taking over from Judy Kuhn and Louise Gold respectively.
Half Me, Half You Q&A video: What if you were a black, gay woman in Trump’s America?
Did seeing fascist Tommy Robinson denouncing Muslims and immigrants on a big screen in Whitehall terrify you? What are the long-term consequences of today’s political rhetoric in Trump’s America and Brexit Britain?
NEWS: Golden Girls UK tour & album are cancelled
The planned Golden Girls UK tour and album featuring Maria Friedman, Lesley Garrett and Bonnie Langford have been cancelled according to press reports.
NEWS: Rufus Hound & Roberta Taylor join Katherine Kingsley in premiere of Dusty The Musical
To celebrate the birthday of Dusty Springfield (born 16 April 1939) further casting has been announced today for Dusty, the new musical about her life which will have its world premiere at Theatre Royal Bath in June 2018.
Losing my mind over Losing My Mind: 10 top takes on Sondheim’s classic
With the National’s highly anticipated production of Follies about to start previews, I thought I’d listen to about a hundred different versions of perhaps its most famous song – Losing My Mind – and try and decide on a top ten.
Album Review: The Woman In White (2004 Original London Cast Recording)
Hitting the West End just before I moved to London and well before I started blogging, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman In White has the ignominy of being one of his less successful shows.
NEWS: Thom Southerland revives The Woman in White with revised Lloyd Webber score
Thom Southerland will direct the first-ever revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony and Olivier Award-nominated musical The Woman in White, with a revised book and libretto.
STEPPING OUT – West End
There may be few real surprises to be had at Stepping Out but what Maria Friedman’s production here at the Vaudeville does, is to conjure a marvellously congenial atmosphere which is ideally suited to the play.
Two perfect tickets for ladies’ nights: The Girls & Stepping Out
If you’re seeking life affirmation, celebrations of female solidarity (of a quintessentially British variety) and general uplift, my two current West End recommendations that tick all three boxes are The Girls and Stepping Out.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: Stepping Out at Vaudeville Theatre
Maria Friedman directs this revival of Richard Harris’s 1984 comedy, starring Amanda Holden and Tracy-Ann Oberman. But what have critics been saying about it?
STEPPING OUT – West End
Maria Friedman’s loving redirection of this gentle classic comedy poses no questions of understanding. We merely spend a couple of hours (plus wholly comprehensible interval) in the company of seven women and a lone man, amateurishly learning tap at evening class.
NEWS: Anna-Jane Casey joins sister Natalie in Stepping Out, Outhwaite injured
Anna-Jane Casey will join her sister Natalie Casey in the all-star West End cast of STEPPING OUT, replacing Tamzin Outhwaite who has had to temporarily withdraw due to a foot injury.
STEPPING OUT – Touring & West End
Stepping Out is very much an ensemble piece, no individuals character can be classed as the lead. It is clear that this all-star ensemble – including Amanda Holden and Tamzin Outhwaite – are very comfortable working together.
NEWS: Sally Dexter & Clive Carter join all-star New Songs 4 New Shows concert, 28 Nov
Final casting has now been announced for NEW SONGS 4 NEW SHOWS, which runs for one night only at the West End’s Lyric Theatre on Monday 28 November. Olivier Award winner Sally Dexter and Clive Carter, both Wicked West End alumni, and rising star Katie Bernstein join the line-up.
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