Hair Aria Entertainment. The Vaults Waterloo
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The musical Hair lays claim to being the world’s first ‘Rock Musical’. I’m not qualified to argue the point, but there can be little doubt that, when it arrived on Broadway in April 1968 following its i...
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The Toxic Avenger – The Musical

The Toxic Avenger, which has just opened at The Arts Theatre, is never going to win any awards in the originality stakes as far as its score is concerned. It’s very much an ‘homage’ to The Rocky Horror Sh...
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Oh dear. I’ve got some bad news for all the people who headed north for the dubious delights of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August… Whilst you were away the funniest, sexiest, campest show since ...
4.0★ ★ ★ ★

I Loved Lucy

Although Lucille Ball has somewhat fallen from the public consciousness over recent years there was a time at the height of her fame when she was – allegedly - just about the most famous woman on the planet. ...
Boys In The Buff - The Musical

Boys In The Buff

Friday the thirteenth is often thought to be unlucky. If that’s so, I must be doubly cursed, for this thirteenth of July falls on a Thursday and yet I have just had to sit through one of the most interminably...
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Blondel – The Musical

There’s a song towards the end of Act One of Blondel when Richard the Lionheart and Saladin are seated behind a desk discussing the crusades, titled ‘Call it a Draw’. It’s done in the style of a foot...
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The Mikado

Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic masterpiece is all but Teflon coated in its ability to withstand whatever ‘concept’ is imposed upon it. It must therefore have seemed a jolly wheeze to set it at what I tak...
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The Braille Legacy

Being the story of a man with apparently boundless devotion to his chosen field, who died relatively young (43) had the moral rectitude of a saint, and containing absolutely no hint of sex whatsoever, the story...
I Capture The Castle Palace Theatre, Watford
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I Capture The Castle

Adapting a novel into a musical, especially when the novel is as well-loved as Dodie Smith’s 1948 I Capture The Castle, is never going to please everybody. That being said there are some story-telling conv...
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Adam and Eve and Steve

There are some stories which should be taken with a LARGE pinch of salt. ‘The Creation’ story is just such a one. However, in Chandler Warren and Wayne Moore’s take on events in the Garden of Eden, Ada...