If there was ever a cure for the blues The Cher Show would be it. I left feeling on cloud nine after an evening spent watching this sequinned spectacular which tells the story of how shy girl Cherilyn Sarkisian becomes the ultimate diva and a true female icon.
‘A treat to see such strong performances’: THE CHER SHOW – Touring ★★★
Turning back time from her Las Vegas residencies, The Cher Show begins in the 1950s with a young Cherilyn Sarkisian who’s longing to be a star, and progresses through her various ventures, successes and failures up to the modern day. Taking on the role of the musical icon, are three superstars who share (cher) the role and show her at various stages of her life. Debbie Kurup plays the Star, Danielle Steers is Lady and Millie O’Connell is the youngest, Baby.
‘A frothy concoction of corny jokes & power ballads’: THE CHER SHOW – Touring
The premise sees Cher (Debbie Kurup) about to go onstage for her farewell tour. Facing a crisis of confidence the singer addresses her younger selves (Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell), delving into her past (or, ahem, wanting to ‘Turn Back Time’).
‘Colourful & vibrant production’: BE MORE CHILL – Shaftesbury Theatre
While this musical has plenty for young people to relate to, Be More Chill could have gone into a lot more depth in exploring important issues such as body image and anxiety.
NEWS: Watch Amy Manford singing the new single from original musical Jason & the Golden Fleece
The creators of Jason and the Golden Fleece, the epic new musical based on the Greek myth, have released a single, ‘For Evermore’, featuring Australian singer Amy Manford, previous leading lady of The Phantom of the Opera West End. The track is available worldwide across all streaming platforms from 11 June 2021.
NEWS: Be More Chill returns to the West End for the summer
Musical Be More Chill is set to return, this time at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30 June to 5 September 2021. The limited 10-week run follows the show’s success on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at London’s The Other Palace until it was forced to close in March last year due to the pandemic.
’An absolute joy to watch’: DISENCHANTED – Stream.Theatre (Online review) ★★★★
As we trail along the roadmap slowly leading us back to theatres, let us not forget the incredible performances that are still coming to our screens, and Disenchanted is one not to be forgotten.
‘Not simply a journey through history’: The Road to Prominence / Break Free – Thespie (Online review)
Thespie has launched its newest concerts in celebration of Black musicians and composers, and of LGBTQIA+ performers. These are now available on demand, and their proceeds go to Black Lives Matter and Stonewall respectively.
‘Weirdly retro’: BE MORE CHILL – The Other Palace
Clearly something in Be More Chill has touched a chord with today’s youth, but catchy songs written by committee to hit the teen feelz doesn’t make up for a weak book and problematic politics.
NEWS: Be More Chill extends run & becomes longest running show at The Other Palace
The producers of the UK premiere of Joe Iconis’ Be More Chill which premiered last week have announced a six-week extension to 14 June 2020, making it the longest running musical at London’s The Other Palace.
NEWS: Casting announced for London production of Be More Chill
Casting for the UK premiere of Be More Chill, the hit Broadway musical has been announced. The lead roles of Jeremy Heere will be played by Scott Folan and Michael Mell by Blake Patrick Anderson
‘The cast can certainly sing’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre
With a few modern updates, this new interpretation of the Cinderella story in Soho Cinders boasts several top notch musical theatre ballads.
‘An alternative festive treat’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre
This amiable revival of Soho Cinders makes for an alternative festive treat at the Charing Cross Theatre.
‘Filled with charm & personality’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre
Soho Cinders, a contemporary twist of the fairytale Cinderella, is filled with charm and personality – performed with great gusto by all of the cast.
‘A naughty, feel-good & fun show’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre
Will Keith’s production of Soho Cinders brings out the emotional heart of the piece, while also celebrating the comedy and spectacle.
‘Certainly turns the classic tale on its head’: SOHO CINDERS – Charing Cross Theatre ★★★
Soho Cinders isn’t life-changing but it allows us to experience tongue-in-cheek, energetic performances which will entertain for the duration of the show.
‘It honestly had me hooked by the first scene’: Millie O’Connell swaps Six for Soho Cinders
Actress Millie O’Connell chatted to us about Soho Cinders at the Charing Cross Theatre.
‘Could use a dose of Emilia’s fiery rage’: SIX – Arts Theatre
I can’t begrudge anyone their enjoyment of Six, a fast-paced display of talented women – I enjoyed it, too. However – rather like the history it’s trying to tell – such awesome performers deserve a much better frame for showing what they’re capable of.
‘Something truly special’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★)
A brief but hugely memorable history lesson awaits you at the Arts Theatre. Sexy, sassy, sensational, seductive, stunning and superb, are just Six ways that you can describe this show and its awesome cast.
‘Upholds the notion of women supporting women’: SIX – Arts Theatre ★★★★★(★)
This week the 2019 Olivier Awards nominations were announced and Six is up for five. For a show which started as a university project, it’s pretty amazing and inspiring that Six is reaching such levels of stardom, and rightly so.
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