TOMMY – Touring

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Ramps On The Moon’s production of Tommy, directed by Kerry Michael, is a truly wonderful production. As the rock opera created by The Who is famously about a “deaf, dumb and blind kid”, so does this work build upon a cast, at least half of whom triumph in their performance over a range of disabilities.

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Jonathan Baz: My top picks of 2015

In Features, London theatre, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Jonathan BazLeave a Comment

As 2015 draws to a close, here is my personal look back on the performance highlights of the last 12 months. This list is entirely subjective – and marks out the shows I have seen, that, as Sondheim’s Mary Flynn put it so eloquently in Merrily We Roll Along, ” will stay with me for a long time….”My list includes musicals, drama, cabaret and concert performances – together with an eclectic Best Of The Rest. Here’s are my favourites.

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Piss off, you miserable bastard! – My review of Dismaland

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Those words in the title above were the parting shot from the sales assistant as I exited through Dismaland’s gift shop, having dutifully paused to pick up catalogue and t-shirt. Whilst her valedictory message was (I hope) insincere (though I fear those who know me well may say the cap fits perfectly), it summed up the spirit of the faux-misery that Banksy’s Bemusement Park strives to achieve.

Rock operas: How much does American Idiot owe to Tommy?

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

Birth-wise, more than three decades separate The Who’s Tommy and Green Day’s American Idiot, but location-wise, the distance is only three short train stops, from London’s Charing Cross to Greenwich. That is, for the next few weeks in any case. It’s a happy coincidence that these two “rock operas” based on groundbreaking “concept albums” are both […]