Sheridan Smith and Danny Mac were among the winners at the Manchester Theatre Awards – which were announced at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, while HOME led the way with five awards for its productions and performers. The annual awards – regarded as the most important theatrical prize-giving outside London – honour productions seen in Greater Manchester during 2017. Janet …
This year I saw 105 shows so picking my top 10 was pretty tricky!
I love a bells and whistles musical as much as the next person. But the true magic of musical theatre is in the musical storytelling magic that sometimes if we’re really lucky, happens. As much as gold tap shoes and magic sets and a chorus of 20 is gre…
Yank!, a musical by Joseph Zellnik with books and lyrics by David Zellnik, follows the fortunes of a young (nearly 19) squaddie, drafted into the American army in the early 1940s. The fictional story of Stu, played by a very impressive Scott Hunter, is told through diary entries.
A ‘Privates on Parade’ for the war in the Pacific, YANK! is everything you don’t expect from the cheesy title – a cleverly-constructed and original musical about illicit gay love which avoids all the cliches and turns in some outstanding musical and emotionally realistic performances
YANK! comes to London after a successful opening at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester from March 2017. Set in 1943, it tells the story of a young man’s struggle to understand both himself and his feelings, during a period where being a typical headstrong guy in war was seen as the norm.
What sets Yank! apart is that this is more than a campy boy meets boy tale amongst the khakis and star and stripes but a no holds barred look at LGBT history, it even includes a bit of L.
It’s so powerful that whilst fighting got their country and lives, men were also fighting for their right to love.
Dressed in the drag of the old MGM musicals, Yank! becomes both a homage to 1940’s Hollywood glamour and a testament to the bravery of the gay American men and women who fought on the front lines during World War II.
Most of the original Manchester cast of YANK! will reprise their performances when the UK premiere production transfers to London next month.
War-time gay love story musical YANK!, which recently received its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, transfers to London’s Charing Cross Theatre in July.
Manchester’s Hope Mill theatre yet again presents another powerful show with their energetic and touching production of Yank!, a show first brought to life off-Broadway in 2010.
Aria Entertainment and Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre have today announced three headline musicals for 2017 – the UK premieres of American musicals Yank! and Little Women and the regional premiere of The Stationmaster.