My advice is if you like Green Day don’t you be an idiot, book now to see this production of American Idiot before it’s too late.
It’s pantomime time at the Mayflower Southampton and some of the best-seasoned pantomime performers in the UK are within the stellar cast of Dick Whittington including Joe McElderry, Bobby Davro, Sheila Ferguson, Steve McFadden and Suzanne Shaw.
So after the fascinating Shadow Factory, Southampton gets a second theatrical take on its history with the touring revival of Thom Southerland’s marvellous production of Maury Yeston’s Titanic musical.
Casting has been confirmed for the first ever UK and Ireland tour of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic The Musical.
The Addams Family, created by American cartoonist, Charles Addams, have been a part of popular culture for decades through a audience-pleasing sitcom, several films and now a musical. The Addams are an eccentric bunch, who live a macabre but family oriented life, unaware that people find them odd.
Opening on Broadway in 1964 and more often known for the 1968 motion picture starring Barbara Streisand and Omar Sharif, Funny Girl is a biographical show based on the book of the same name written by Isobel Lennart.
The Wedding Singer was originally conceived as a romantic comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore in 1998. Being made into a musical which premiered on Broadway eight years later in 2006. After being nominated for a Tony award in 2006 the show went on tour.
I first saw The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time when it was at the Mayflower last year. Winner of 7 Olivier’s and 5 Tony awards on Broadway the bar is set exceptionally high for this show.
This exhilarating adaptation by Sir Matthew Bourne OBE is based on the Academy Award winning 1948 Powell and Pressburger film The Red Shoes, which is renowned for its Technicolour cinematography.
Being obsessed with crime drama, I was interested to see how something that would usually be a six part television series would adapt to the stage. I was surprised and delighted to find that the answer was incredibly well.
Built around the acclaimed film and with music by Elton John, Billy Elliott seemed destined for success but I’ll admit I was a little surprised to realise it had run for 11 years in London before heading out on tour.
Kevin Kennedy is currently on tour with the stage show The Commitments. I had the opportunity to catch up with Kevin before the tour arrives in Southampton.
A Prince obsessed with his looks cursed by an evil Fairy, transformed into a Beast, will need to learn to love another and earn her love in return to break the spell. With not a dancing candlestick in sight, I would recommend reading the story beforehand.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Graeme’s beloved family tale of the riverbank has delighted readers young and old for over a century. The story of Ratty, Mole and the severe Mr Badger and their mission to save the notorious Mr Toad from himself is a timeless classic enjoyed by all.
Kenneth Grahame’s story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and the irrepressible Toad have been a favourite of many for longer than they can remember – I grew up delighting in the stop-motion version and have long been a staple for adaptation on both stage and screen, Grahame’s skilful evocation of a pastoral England that no longer exists (and may never have) is infinitely comforting and inviting.
It must be daunting taking on characters so well known and trying to make them your own, especially when it comes to those from a movie as revered as The Shawshank Redemption. Thankfully this cast were, for the most part, up to the challenge.
What it’s like being on tour? I’ve done a few tours and I really enjoy them. The different theatres and places you go to and different audiences reaction. I get paid to sing and dance doing what I love it’s like a dream come true I feel really lucky. You eat together, you live together and rehearse together so you do get closer, it feels more like a family unit.
We have Abba’s back catalogue, a Greek island, a wedding, a mother and daughter and three possible father’s so what show do we have? Yes of course it’s the smash hit musical Mamma Mia! This colourful show requires no brain work but to just simply sit back, enjoy and to try and guess which Abba song is coming up next.
This production feels like it’s a show returning to its roots, a simplified version with no real trickery, lavishness or big overwhelming live orchestra, more traditional and it’s endearing as a result. Joe McElderry takes the title role in this sweet version and with an undeniably strong singing voice and charisma he makes a great Joseph.
The mix of Damon Runyon’s characters with Frank Loesser’s music has always been hugely popular and this vibrant production, directed by Gordon Greenberg brings it bang up to date with punchy scene changes and an effervescent energy that carries us from overture to bows!
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