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Monday, July 17, 2017

X & Y – Lyric Hammersmith by Jonathan Baz

In 2011 Beyoncé Knowles proclaimed in a mightily catchy hook that girls run the world, a far cry of course from James Brown's 1966 declaration that "This is a man’s world”.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

THE TEMPEST – Barbican Theatre (RSC) by Jonathan Baz

In a literally magical production, the London transfer of Stratford-upon-Avon's 2016 hit sees Simon Russell Beale as Prospero shipwrecked on an enchanted island in the Med.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

BREXODUS! – The Other Palace by Jonathan Baz

The performances in Brexodus! are, for the most part, top notch – it’s only a shame that the written material doesn’t quite match up to the acting talent on stage.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

KING KONG – Vaults by Jonathan Baz

Ridiculous, slightly bizarre, but also just a little bit brilliant - this is Owen Lewis and Daniel Clarkson’s delightfully comic spin on Hollywood’s classic tale of adventure, love, wond…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

TITUS ANDRONICUS – Stratford by Jonathan Baz

Blanche McIntyre strives to give an aura of political correctness to her take on the bloodiest of Shakespeare’s plays - but she misses the point. Titus Andronicus is always going to be mor…

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TOMMY – Touring by Jonathan Baz

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”…

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THESE TREES ARE MADE OF BLOOD – Arcola Theatre by Jonathan Baz

These Trees Are Made of Blood is quite the title, and “political musical cabaret” is quite the concept. Inspired by the director’s study year in Buenos Aires and the harrowing yet insp…

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Monday, July 3, 2017

BLONDEL – Union Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Set in the 1180’s, King Richard the Lionheart (played by Neil Moors) proclaims he will set off on a Crusade, and go to war with Saladin in the Middle East, leaving the county in the hands…

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BAT OUT OF HELL – West End by Jonathan Baz

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out Of Hell has just landed in the West End and with no intention of being a quiet neighbour in theatreland either. From the onset the audience are confronted with an im…

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

HAMLET – West End by Jonathan Baz

Andrew Scott’s take on Hamlet, in Robert Icke’s Almeida production that has just transferred to the West End, is a testament to the versatility of Shakespeare’s prose. With Benedict Cu…

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: After Anatevka by Jonathan Baz

Alexandra Silber’s first novel After Anatevka is a carefully crafted study into love and life in Russia in the early twentieth century. Much like Marc Chagall was to paint enchanted images…

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

BROMANCE – Henley On Thames by Jonathan Baz

With a story that, in principle, is timeless Bromance is all about the beer, the ball games and the bravado that fuels male bonding. Tom, Dick and Harry are three buddies whose friendship ex…

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

WORKING – Southwark Playhouse by Jonathan Baz

It is remarkable how the mundane, simple and modest elements of hard graft, so often taken for granted, become the catalyst for the way you think and live your life, despite your best effort…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

INTERVIEW: Spotlight On… Luke Sheppard by Jonathan Baz

Any new musical from either Stephen Schwartz or Lin-Manuel Miranda makes for big news - so it is even more intriguing and exciting that this week at Southwark Playhouse sees Working make its…

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO – Geffreye Museum by Jonathan Baz

The idea that opera can pop-up is delightful and Pop-Up Opera’s simple approach to the genre, even more so. It’s no wonder Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, or The Secret Marriage, is …

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

THE COLOR PURPLE IN CONCERT – Cadogan Hall by Jonathan Baz

The Color Purple’s book, movie and musical have all told the extraordinary story of a Celie, a brutally oppressed woman who against all odds, overcomes racism, abuse and misogyny to find h…

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – West End by Jonathan Baz

Long before the era of the modern day jukebox musical, Hollywood was already hard at work re-hashing classic George and Ira Gershwin numbers from the 20s and weaving them into Vincente Minne…

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110 IN THE SHADE – Ye Olde Rose and Crown by Jonathan Baz

Adapted by N. Richard Nash from his original play The Rainmaker, 110 In The Shade tells the story of Lizzie Curry, an intelligent lonely woman, living in a small town in the western USA that…

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MUSICALS SHARED WITH FRIENDS – Union Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Highlights from the evening were excerpts from The Wonderful Musician, two specific numbers from Gould’s most recent project performed by Hywel Dowsell and new graduate Danny Michaels. The…

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

THE ADDAMS FAMILY – Touring by Jonathan Baz

From the moment the overtures commences with the iconic clicks from the cartoon/TV series the audiences are not only on side but clicking along. The story, characters and settings are iconic…

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

LATE COMPANY – Finborough Theatre by Jonathan Baz

Set around the dinner table of the bereaved parents, their guests for the evening are Bill and Tamara Dermot together with their son Curtis, a peer of Joel’s at school and the ringleader o…

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

THE BRAILLE LEGACY – Charing Cross by Jonathan Baz

There's a magnificent story behind The Braille Legacy. Louis Braille, the blind French boy who applied himself to developing a language of tactile dots that brought literature to the sightle…

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

HALF A SIXPENCE – West End by Jonathan Baz

It's rare to watch a West End musical that is so wonderfully British - and Half a Sixpence really is just that, in so many ways. The direction, choreography and music of the piece frame the …

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

CAROUSEL – West End by Jonathan Baz

Rodgers and Hammerstein considered Carousel to be their finest work. The show is this year's semi-staged Coliseum offering from Michaels Grade and Linnit and they have laid on a sumptuously …

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

THE PLAGUE – Arcola Theatre by Jonathan Baz

In the unnamed town that the five characters inhabit, any hope or joy is promptly quashed and left in a pool of despair on the floor, just like the mysteriously dying rats that plague the st…

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

AUDRA McDONALD IN CONCERT – Leicester Square Theatre by Jonathan Baz

One wonders if McDonald, being such an idolised performer in the world of musical theatre can live up to the sheer gravitas behind her name and will deliver?

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

THE STORY OF BART – Mirth, Marvel and Maud by Jonathan Baz

The script is sprinkled with as many songs as anecdotes – who knew for example that Bart could not write music? He would hum out a tune on his kazoo, while his good friend Eric Roberts (wh…

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

POSH – Pleasance Theatre by Jonathan Baz

If you need convincing that women can be just as derogatory, obtuse and vulgar as certain men can sometimes be, get your bottom down to the Pleasance Theatre in Islington and check out Posh,…

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

42nd STREET – West End by Jonathan Baz

42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is a feast of musical theatre. This revival of the 1980s show, itself inspired by the 1930s recession busting movie of the same name, is nothing l…

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THE LIFE – Southwark Playhouse by Jonathan Baz

Cy Coleman has a fine track record of taking an acerbic view of iconic American cities. With City Of Angels his score parodied a film noir view of Los Angeles - and here, with The Life, he p…

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Monday, March 27, 2017

YANK! – Manchester by Jonathan Baz

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.

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