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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

David Benedict: Understudying can make a career by David Benedict

It’s possible you were there but I sincerely hope not. I refer to the performance of a community theatre show by Solent

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Monday, November 11, 2019

David Benedict: Piccadilly Theatre incident should put restoration levies in the spotlight by David Benedict

The best news of the week was that not only were mercifully few people injured in last Wednesday’s frightening partial ceiling collapse

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

David Benedict: Where are the great musical theatre lyricists? by David Benedict

When he wasn’t busy composing musicals as impressive as On the Town, Candide, West Side Story and Wonderful Town plus a slew

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

David Benedict: Food for thought – has Waitress missed a trick with its pies? by David Benedict

What is it we dream about? What brings on a sigh? Piled peaches and cream, about 6ft high… No, I’m not indulging

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

David Benedict: What’s the most illuminating thing for an actor? Sit in on a casting session by David Benedict

I’m not exactly sure of the precise Venn diagram between readers of The Stage and viewers of Doctor Who but I think

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Director Bill Buckhurst: ‘Having a female balladeer gives Assassins a fresh perspective’ by David Benedict

Since directing a pie-shop Sweeney Todd that transferred to the West End and New York, Bill Buckhurst has been in demand, with

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

David Benedict: Annilese Miskimmon is a good choice to produce ‘bankers’ at ENO by David Benedict

Last week, English National Opera produced shocking news. It arrived on the back of the previous week’s season openings of two operas

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

David Benedict: Don’t overdo the exposition – bio-dramas should focus on the drama by David Benedict

Here’s your starter for 10: Who said: “I hate being interviewed and I have refused altogether to allow it. But I have

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Glass. Kill. Bluebeard’s Friends. Imp. review at the Royal Court, London – ‘extraordinary’ by David Benedict

Experimental art is usually synonymous with forbidding high seriousness. The outstanding exception to that is the consistently inventive yet audience-friendly theatre of

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

David Benedict: It’s time producers killed off ‘The Musical’ by David Benedict

I’ve seen the belated London premiere of a Broadway musical and I have a bone to pick, but first: Harry Secombe. I’ll

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

David Benedict: Everyone’s a critic – but only a few know what they’re talking about by David Benedict

“I think the people in this country have had enough of experts…” So opined Michael Gove to Sky News’ Faisal Islam on

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

David Benedict: Identity politics are stirring up division. Someone call The Doctor by David Benedict

Unlike musicals, so-called straight dramas don’t do showstoppers. Even a speech as famous as “To be or not to be” won’t elicit

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Falsettos review at the Other Palace, London – ‘an effortful staging’ by David Benedict

If Broadway plays are notorious for taking a long time to address contemporary mores, Broadway musicals are slower still. This made the

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Friday, August 30, 2019

David Benedict: Make time for Sondheim – why Linklater’s 20-year Merrily is the reel deal by David Benedict

Musical theatre is good for your health. Look at Jule Styne, composer of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gypsy and beyond. He was working

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

David Benedict: How to avoid turning Romeo and Juliet into musical farce by David Benedict

Angela Lansbury, furiously lit up with self-belief, slaying the audience as she devoured Rose’s Turn in Gypsy; Elaine Stritch weaving seamlessly in

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

David Benedict: Like Leicester Curve’s The Entertainer, some shows are ripe for reinvention by David Benedict

In the Olympics of Great Movie Taglines, I long ago declared a dead heat between the two horror pictures The Dentist 2

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

David Benedict: Awards should bring in experts to illuminate the judges’ decisions by David Benedict

Anyone lucky enough to have seen Ian Rickson’s magnetic recent production of Duncan Macmillan’s version of Ibsen’s Rosmersholm at the Duke of

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

David Benedict: Hal Prince was a theatre visionary when a producer really produced by David Benedict

Long before the current row about the Society of London Theatre possibly limiting the number of producers eligible for Olivier award statuettes,

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

David Benedict: Star wars – why ratings should be banned from theatre reviews by David Benedict

At the risk of appearing pernickety (or, intriguingly, for American readers, persnickety) there are theatreland words and phrases I truly loathe. Jostling

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

David Benedict: Tabby or not tabby – Cats trailer shows film lacks theatrical touch by David Benedict

“Everybody’s pickin’ up on that feline beat.” That was Floyd Huddleston and Al Rinker’s thinking in 1970 when they wrote the line

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

David Benedict: Les Mis is not the only classic show to beat the vicissitudes of time by David Benedict

Regrets, as Frank Sinatra was given to singing, I’ve had a few, but then again is missing the musical Time among them?

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

David Benedict: It’s not just shows, theatres thrive on imaginative reworkings too by David Benedict

While some musical theatre aficionados, myself included, know more than our fair share about queens, we know rather less about the Queen’s.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

West End musician Mike Davis: ‘In a theatre pit, virtually every player is a soloist’ by David Benedict

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Davis has played for shows from Follies and Gypsy to Grease and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. He tells David Benedict

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

David Benedict: Is gender-fluid casting finally going mainstream? by David Benedict

“Never does one understand so well the failure of women in art as when one sees them deliberately impersonating men upon the

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

David Benedict: When it comes to musicals, the place is the thing by David Benedict

Over an eye-widening 32 seasons, Kirstie and Phil have consistently reminded us of the importance of location, location, location. What they have

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

David Benedict: What’s in name? The key to a box office hit… by David Benedict

It was songwriter Irving Berlin who, in 1946 for his Annie Get Your Gun, taught the world that: “There’s no business like

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

David Benedict: Going back in time is a complicated business by David Benedict

When someone buys me a theatrical time machine, the first place I shall travel to will be the opening of Harold Pinter’s

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

David Benedict: Downton Abbey effect shows the highs and lows of star casting by David Benedict

Theatre, in days gone by, made its own stars. Neon lights shone with the names of actors whose careers had been made

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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

David Benedict: Theatre loves nothing more than a discovery – unless it’s a rediscovery by David Benedict

“Ladies, this is your final call.” Emilia, the rumbustious, fiercely feminist biographical drama of Shakespeare’s ‘dark lady of the sonnets’, closes on

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

David Benedict: What makes a good musical? The book, the book, the book by David Benedict

Musical theatre quiz: hands up who knows the names and jobs of Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Hint: their work has been

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David Benedict: Did Arthur Miller’s Jewish identity inform many of his plays? by David Benedict

“I do not at any point, in any way whatsoever, think of myself as a Jewish writer, except that I happen to

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