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Monday, August 20, 2018

News, reviews & controversies: Mark Shenton has plenty to discuss as he views the week ahead by Mark Shenton

News, reviews, controversies and interviews of the week from London to Broadway, by way of Edinburgh, including the ‘banning’ of Mazz Murray from singing a song from Dreamgirls, Edinburg…

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Pretty Woman – The Musical review at Nederlander Theatre, New York – ‘peppy, with winning performances’ by Mark Shenton

In this stage musical adaptation of the 1990 film Pretty Woman, Sweet Charity meets My Fair Lady, but with a happier ending.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Life outside of Edinburgh? Mark Shenton rounds up the week in theatre from both sides of the pond by Mark Shenton

Mark Shenton rounds up news of singalong performances of Bat Out of Hell, reviews of Aristocrats, Bring It On and Little Shop of Horrors and an extract from an interview with Kathleen Turner.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Gettin’ the Band Back Together review at Belasco Theatre, New York – ‘feeble and undernourished rock musical’ by Mark Shenton

Classic rock tracks are played as you enter the theatre. But the show that follows could only dream of containing a single

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Mark recaps last week: Ruthie Ann Miles, Ian McKellen, Moulin Rouge, big openings & best reviews by Mark Shenton

From news headlines and Twitter gems to must-read columns and the biggest openings in London, New York and Edinburgh, Mark Shenton - currently resident in Provincetown, Massachusetts for the…

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Mark Shenton: What’s the etiquette if a theatre critic falls asleep? by Mark Shenton

Earlier this week, Fiona Mountford, theatre critic for the Evening Standard, raised the question: “I am so tired of seeing some male

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

Moulin Rouge! The Musical review at Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston – ‘a knock-out’ by Mark Shenton

The first thing that knocks you out is the theatre itself. The stage is covered in glistening and glowing reds and features

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Monday, July 30, 2018
Saturday, July 28, 2018

The farmer and the cowman can be friends: How Twitter led to a critic and writer becoming friends by Mark Shenton

I’m reminded more than ever of a time, not so very long ago, where instead of using Twitter to attack each other, we used to use it to engage with each other and find common ground, even f…

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Head Over Heels review at Hudson Theatre, New York – ‘boundary-pushing fun’ by Mark Shenton

After the short-lived West End disaster of Viva Forever! in 2012, based on the back catalogue of the Spice Girls, building another

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Diary of a theatre addict: Time for a critical reboot by Mark Shenton

I came to a belated realisation: my life was not a dress rehearsal — and it really didn’t matter if I missed a few (dozen) shows. So when it came to booking this year’s P-town trip, wh…

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Mark Shenton: A busman’s holiday in historic Cape Cod where theatre is thriving by Mark Shenton

Provincetown, a historic town at the farthest tip of Cape Cod where the pilgrim voyagers aboard the Mayflower first made landfall in

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mark Shenton: In 2018, it’s extraordinary there are still glass ceilings for diverse theatremakers by Mark Shenton

You can only be first once – so it’s amazing that there are still glass ceilings for minority theatremakers to break. From

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This Ain’t No Disco review at Linda Gross Theater, New York – ‘a visual and aural assault course’ by Mark Shenton

With a with a title like This Ain’t No Disco it’s tempting to reply that this ain’t no musical, either. Instead, it’s

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Playwright Mart Crowley: ‘Showbusiness is about luck – God knows, we’ve all had flops’ by Mark Shenton

After Mart Crowley found success with his groundbreaking 1968 play The Boys in the Band, about the lives of gay men in

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Mark Shenton: What does The Stage survey tell us about the future of theatre criticism? by Mark Shenton

It’s a bittersweet fact that Lyn Gardner topped the lists of both the most regularly read and most valued critics from respondents

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mark Shenton: Reinterpreting ‘problematic’ classics keeps them alive by Mark Shenton

When The King and I opened at the London Palladium earlier this month, more than one critic trotted out the current favourite

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Mark Shenton: Deputising deja vu, as an understudy saves the day… yet again by Mark Shenton

Yet again, an understudy has saved the day. Only last month I was writing about how these unsung heroes embody the essential

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Mark Shenton: After harassment, is bullying theatre’s next big challenge? by Mark Shenton

Theatre has begun to confront its long-time problems around sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. This has led to the

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Mark Shenton: Critical mix-up suggests more must be done to give credit where it’s due by Mark Shenton

The Stage was one of several publications this week that believed it had seen Ruthie Ann Miles reprise her Tony-award winning performance

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Director Sally Cookson: ‘Sitting among the audience is painful and absolutely terrifying’ by Mark Shenton

After making her name as a director adapting much-loved, classic stories, Sally Cookson is now bringing a contemporary novel to the stage.

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Mark Shenton: Civility is critical when it comes to debating the industry’s problems by Mark Shenton

The current culture wars of civility, or the lack of it, stretches to the White House. Donald Trump’s election victory, and the

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Mark Shenton: Hitting high notes on the high seas by Mark Shenton

I’ve just experienced my first ever ocean cruise… okay, it was only the North Sea, not trans-Atlantic, but I’m a convert to

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Mark Shenton: Theatre names tell us histories of creation, culture and commerce by Mark Shenton

In America, naming rights for theatres and concert halls aren’t just an honour, but something to be bought, sold and traded. In

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori: ‘Musicals are slippery, but I love the puzzle of them’ by Mark Shenton

Jeanine Tesori has been described as ‘the most prolific and honoured female theatrical composer in history’. Now two of her hits, Fun

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Mark Shenton: What makes a theatre star? by Mark Shenton

The West End, similar to Broadway, thrives on a bit of star power. As Matt Wolf recently noted in the New York

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Producer Edward Snape: ‘At West End prices, the least we can do is provide a comfy seat’ by Mark Shenton

From Cromer pier to the Garrick, and Jimmy Tarbuck to Kenneth Branagh, producer Edward Snape has worked his way up to the

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Mark Shenton: Understudies embody the essence of theatre – its liveness by Mark Shenton

Chorus dancer Peggy Sawyer is told: “You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star,” when she

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Taylor Mac: ‘Spending 24 hours on stage is the easiest part – getting the support is hard’ by Mark Shenton

Two years ago, Taylor Mac combined eight three-hour shows into a one-off event that saw the performer on stage for a full

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Mark Shenton: Like London’s airports, the West End needs more runways by Mark Shenton

Football clubs have transfer windows – specific periods throughout the year when they can sign and sell players in and out of

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Imperium star Richard McCabe: ‘I would much rather have been a composer’ by Mark Shenton

Whether in a supporting part or as a leading man, the Olivier and Tony award-winning actor always leaves his mark. As he

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