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#Phantom30th: Marking 30 years with The Phantom of the Opera

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews, Special Events by Ian FosterLeave a Comment

At the gala, we were treated – after being given a glass of free fizz to cover the waiting time – to special guest performances from Michael Ball, flirting and duetting with all and sundry in a hilarious ‘All I Ask Of You’ and Sierra Boggess delivering a sensational bilingual ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’.

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My musicals diary: Jesus Christ Superstar, The Go-Between, The Fix

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Terri PaddockLeave a Comment

July was a big month for Q&As for me so I’ve been a little pre-occupied by follow-up blogs on those. But in addition to musicals I’ve hosted events at – I’m Getting My Act Together and Through the Mill, both of which have now completed their strictly limited runs at, respectively, Jermyn Street Theatre and Southwark Playhouse – here are three more musicals I’ve seen recently and can recommend.

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THE GO-BETWEEN – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

Where Taylor’s recent Sheffield outing flooded the stage with talent, albeit with no big star on board, the casting feature of The Go-Between is of course England’s grand-daddy of musical theatre and the creator of Lloyd-Webber’s Phantom Of The Opera, Michael Crawford. No celebrity “stunt casting” here, the quality of Crawford’s performance brings real smiles. One would be pushed to find a better man for a role that requires not only emotional but vocal versatility, and while this national treasure may not be hitting Phantom-like notes, his performance is still certainly on the money.

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THE GO-BETWEEN – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Edward SeckersonLeave a Comment

It has taken six years – and Michael Crawford – to bring Richard Taylor and David Wood’s poetic musicalisation of L P Hartley’s The Go-Between to the West End stage; and before the tired old debate begins as to what it is (opera? musical? play with music?), before anyone goes in search of a comforting label, let it be said that what really counts for something here is the storytelling.

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THE GO-BETWEEN – West End

In London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Reviews by Libby PurvesLeave a Comment

Around a derelict room and abandoned trunk, Michael Crawford prowls, a tweedy, damaged old man at the heart of this low-key but unforgettable new musical: singing, remembering, haunted by a diary. It opens with no showy feelgood overture but an almost liturgical harmony as an ensemble of pale ghosts torment him with “We are still here…”.

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NEWS: Issy Van Randwyck stars opposite Michael Crawford in The Go-Between

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The full cast has been announced for the forthcoming new production of THE GO-BETWEEN. Joining the previously announced Michael Crawford – with the multi Olivier and Tony-award winning star returning to London’s West End to play Leo Colston – will be Issy Van Randwyck. Renowned for her starring role in the celebrated cabaret group Fascinating Aida, Issy will play the role of Mrs Maudsley. The production will begin performances at the Apollo Theatre on Friday 27 May 2016 (Press Night: Tuesday 7 June at 7:00pm).

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NEWS: Michael Crawford returns to West End in The Go-Between, TICKETS ON SALE

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Michael Crawford – internationally renowned for originating the title role in The Phantom of the Opera and loved by millions for his role as the hapless Frank Spencer in the classic British sitcom, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em– will return to London’s West End this summer in a new production of THE GO-BETWEEN.

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Review: Barnum (Wimbledon Theatre)

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It seems ironic that on the night when the print critics headed off to Chichester, from whence this show came, to throw themselves at the feet of Imelda Staunton in Gypsy, we should be attending the London opening of  the re-worked Cameron Mackintosh production of Barnum. It is, quite simply, not the same show.  Chichester staged […]

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