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EVITA – Southampton

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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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In search of a producer: Tim Rice backs new British musical Tess

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Legendary lyricist Sir Tim Rice has put his considerable support behind the new British musical TESS. The wordsmith behind some of the world’s best-loved musicals – including Evita, Joseph, Chess and From Here to Eternity – praised material from the new show as “very well crafted” and “very professional in all departments”.

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ALADDIN – West End

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Bright, lighthearted and fun, this is a great family show that has the power to enchant audiences of all ages. This latest Disney theatrical production has finally landed in the West End and what a show it is. Filled with plenty of glamour, fantastic songs and a great charm, you will leave the Prince Edward theatre with a huge smile on your face.

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ALADDIN – West End

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

The moment you arrive at the Prince Edward Theatre it feels as if it has been “Disneyfied”. I mean that in the nicest possible way. All the staff are super-friendly and helpful. Now it might just be the Disney magic or extra training. Whatever the reason, by the time you take your seat you are already regressing to childhood and beaming from ear to ear.

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PHOTOS: West End production shots released for Disney’s Aladdin

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First production images for ALADDIN have been released today ahead of its official opening night at the Prince Edward Theatre on Wednesday 15 June 2016. Disney’s new West End musical began preview performances on Friday 27 May and tickets for the spectacular production are now on sale for performances up to and including 11 February 2017.

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NEWS: Tyrone Huntley, David Thaxton & jazz singer Anoushka Lucas join Jesus Christ Superstar, Full cast

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As rehearsals start for Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, full casting is announced. Joining Declan Bennett as Jesus are: Tyrone Huntley as Judas, with Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton as Pilate, Cavin Cornwall as Caiaphas, Peter Caulfield as Herod, Phil King as Peter, Joel Harper-Jackson as Simon Zealotes and Sean Kingsley as Annas.

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THE DREAMERS – St James Theatre

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The Dreamers might have fared better if it hadn’t been billed as a musical. It is hard to find a category for it – part centenary celebration, part video documentary, part community theatre, part contemporary oratorio about British participation in the battle of Gallipoli but since they don’t hand out Off West End awards for Worthiness, it’s not surprising critics dismissed it.

THE DREAMERS – St James Theatre

In Awards, Musicals, Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

The Dreamers might have fared better if it hadn’t been billed as a musical. It is hard to find a category for it – part centenary celebration, part video documentary, part community theatre, part contemporary oratorio about British participation in the battle of Gallipoli but since they don’t hand out Off West End awards for Worthiness, it’s not surprising critics dismissed it.

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What did I miss? Part Two: Musical chairs

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Before we were so rudely interrupted by the weekend and my boyfriend Peter’s demands (schlockily entertaining by the way, even while having to wear 3D glasses), I was recapping “The Month That Theatre Terri Lost”. The point being: a lot has happened, and generally always does happen in Theatreland, amen, let us count our blessings. So […]