News from New York: Color Purple and Fun Home are hits, Pacino flops, Groban arrives

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London’s Menier Chocolate Factory have just scored their fourth Broadway hit: after previously transferring Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, and Jerry Herman’s La Cage Aux Folles, to Broadway after runs in the West End first, this time they’ve by-passed the West End to go direct to Broadway with The Color Purple and take coals to Newcastle once again, returning a musical ‘home’ whose original production only closed seven years ago.

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News from New York: Color Purple and Fun Home are hits, Pacino flops, Groban arrives

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London’s Menier Chocolate Factory have just scored their fourth Broadway hit: after previously transferring Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music, and Jerry Herman’s La Cage Aux Folles, to Broadway after runs in the West End first, this time they’ve by-passed the West End to go direct to Broadway with The Color Purple and take coals to Newcastle once again, returning a musical ‘home’ whose original production only closed seven years ago.

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TICKETS: Mark’s Top Ten recommendations + this week’s openings (14 Dec)

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Another week of big openings ahead means I won’t be getting to everything even if I wanted to (and right now I am still trying to take it easier than I used to), let alone playing catch-up on what I missed when I was incapacitated after my recent double rounds of surgery! 

Here are the main openings of the week to look out for, followed by my current Top 10.

Diary of a theatre addict: Peter Pan goes right, the National lacks Wonder, Funny Girl is very funny

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I’ve been consciously taking it easy (or at least easier than I usually do!) over the last week after dislocating my newly replaced hip the week before, as I described in a posting here last week was a bit of a wake-up call — I had actually scheduled some ten shows (including out-of-town trips to Leicester and Leeds) just ten days after coming out hospital the first time; but then had the wake-up call that took me out of commission entirely.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Mark’s 2013 joint interview with John Gordon Sinclair and Ralf Little

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In 2013, I interviewed John Gordon Sinclair and Ralf Little — both of whom started out acting as teenagers in youth theatre, became stars young (at 19 and 18 respectively), but had no formal acting training. They were both appearing at the time in the West End return of the hit comedy The Ladykillers to the Vaudeville Theatre. Here’s the interview that resulted. (It was due to run in the SUNDAY EXPRESS but never did for lack of space or editorial will; I never found out which!).

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INTERVIEW: Warren Mitchell — Mark Shenton’s interview with the actor in 2008

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In 2008 I interviewed the veteran actor Warren Mitchell, who died yesterday (November 14) at the age of 89, ahead of his final West End appearance in a play called VISITING MR GREEN that came to London’s Trafalgar Studios. That performance was described by Charles Spencer in a review for the Daily Telegraph as “unmissable”.

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Have you checked out Terri Paddock’s new venture Stage Faves yet?

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Ok so I realise I’m a little to the party, but have you read about Terri Paddock’s new venture? Well, I suggest you do because if, like me, you are a musical theatre enthusiast then this is just the sort of site you need in your life! So be inspired, read on and check it out, all the links are incorporated here, so you can be enthused by this rather brilliant new musical theatre heaven.

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NEWS: Nick Hytner receives Critics Circle Award for Services to the Arts

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Nick Hytner has been awarded the Critics Circle Award for Services to the Arts. The former Director of the National Theatre was presented with the award – an engraved crystal rose bowl – by Jeffery Taylor, President of the Critics Circle, at a celebration lunch at the National Liberal Club, Whitehall Place, London SW1 on September 23, attended by critics …