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EVITA – Southampton

In Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

It won’t be easy, you’ll think it strange – but Evita in 1978 was the last show co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Despite their later separate successes, it remains an often-overlooked triumph – a near-operatic, through-sung construction, and a fine combination of musicality with a genuinely fascinating, historically accurate story.

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INTERVIEW: A day in the life of the Mamma Mia! UK tour

In Interviews, London theatre, Musicals, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

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JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

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.

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MARY POPPINS – Touring

In Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Zizi Strallen plays the leading role and I have to say she was more than “practically perfect” – she was absolute perfection personified in this new stage adaptation of the Walt Disney film classic of the stories written by P L Travers. Strallen effortlessly glides around the stage at times almost seeming to be on wheels, her poise and demeanour of this quintessentially British nanny merely demonstrated that she was sheer brilliance in casting for the role.

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GUYS & DOLLS – Touring

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Made popular by the MGM 1955 film starring Marlon Brandon, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra and Vivian Blaine this show is undoubtedly in my top three all time favourite shows. Consequently I’ve seen many stage versions and some with equal star billing as the motion picture which started my love affair with it. So did this fresh touring company live up to my high expectations?

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CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG – Touring

In Musicals, Opinion, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

This cast launching the tour has had some changes since leaving the Yorkshire Playhouse where the show was resident over Christmas. I believe they have had just three performances together and whilst there were a couple of times that this showed, along with slight technical issues with “Chitty” neither detracted from the enjoyment of the show.

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PHOTOS: Jason Manford & cast rehearse for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

In Musicals, News, Photos, Press Releases, Regional theatre, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Pictures from the rehearsal room just released…. Casting has been announced for the Music & Lyrics Limited and West Yorkshire Playhouse production of the much-loved Sherman Brothers musical CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. The 2016-17 UK and Ireland tour begins at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on 10 February 2016.

BLOOD BROTHERS – Touring

In London theatre, Reviews, Touring by Caroline Hanks-FarmerLeave a Comment

Have you heard the story of the Johnstone twins…….? Sometimes as a reviewer, you finish watching a show thinking this is going to be the easiest review I’ve ever written and then you start to write it and hit a block? Why? Just because sometimes a performance that receives a full house standing ovation, is so incredible that its hard to find the words to do it justice! This is one of those occasions.

THE GLENN MILLER STORY – Touring

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As soon as Steele walked on the stage there was applause, we see a twinkle in his eye and his broad smile that we have come to expect. I like many of the audience I would imagine, after the performance, Google Tommy Steele’s age only to find that he is in his late 70’s and yet he stood before us upright and the national treasure he has become. With his charismatic charming personality and voice as strong as ever, this born showman was ready to entertain us.