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Press Pass: All the 42nd Street overnight reviews (& Kate Middleton pics)

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

The second massive New York import in less than a month, 42nd Street brought its lullaby of Broadway to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane last night. In addition to their transatlantic journeys, An American in Paris and 42nd Street are both dance-based shows – with big budgets (£8 million is the word on the latter), huge casts and stunning designs – that have won over critics in dramatic fashion.

CAROUSEL – Touring

In Musicals, Regional theatre, Reviews, Touring by Thom DibdinLeave a Comment

Opera North’s production of Rodger and Hammerstein’s Carousel is a curious combination of drama, dance and song that on occasion both hits and misses the mark.

Meant to be a story about love, loss and redemption, this version feels more like a story about anger, resentment and possibly the glorification of domestic abuse.

Opening on a busy fairground scene, we meet the protagonists of the tale: fairground barker Billy Bigelow played by Keith Higham and millworker Julie Jordon, played by Gillene Butterfield. Among the magic of the carousel – and it really is a magical and stunningly visual set designed by Anthony Ward – Billy and Julie seemingly fall in love, losing both of their jobs in the process.

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Review: Cowardy Custard (Richmond Theatre)

In Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Kit and the Widow are a sophisticated and enduring cabaret act of much skill and polish, at least when not reading the words from a music stand.  Dillie Keane, founder and stalwart ofFascinating Aida has become the sort of national comedy institution round whom people should be taken in boats to marvel at her brilliance, […]

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