Written on Oct, 20, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
Disney Theatrical

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Disney Theatrical Group, created in 1994 by Disney’s then-CEO Michael Eisner, Peter Schneider and Thomas Schumacher. The latter serves today as President and Producer (and face) of the division and can be found most days in his Producer’s office above Disney’s New Amsterdam Theatre (currently home to ‘Aladdin’) on Broadway. Looking back at …

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herelieslove

With so much to see in London, both on the West End and further afield, it is almost impossible to try and attempt to catch everything. Whilst most people narrow down long lists to a reasonable amount of shows that fit their own budgets, other choose to see the same show over and over again. I’m always baffled by people …

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Written on Oct, 09, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.
Jukebox

Last night I took a trip down to the scaffolding-clad Harold Pinter Theatre to watch the next installment in a long line of jukebox musicals. The show is Sunny Afternoon, and it centres around the career and music of The Kinks – ambassadors of the British Invasion, who rose to fame in the mid-1960s. I am ashamed to say I …

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lindsaylohan

In what has become the biggest opening of the theatrical season, Lindsay Lohan’s West End stage debut has created a stir amongst audiences, critics and professionals within the industry. Whilst a Hollywood icon treading the boards is hardly a rare occurrence these days either in London or New York, the weight of expectation on their shoulders, and the sharks circling …

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Broadway

With a plethora of West End plays making the journey across the pond to entertain audiences on the Great White Way this season, it got me to thinking of what exactly the contemporary British influence on Broadway is nowadays. The National Theatre’s production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’, which swept the board at the Olivier …

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evita

This week one of my favourite musicals, Evita, returns to the West End. The show is somewhat of a guilty pleasure, but is one that even people who dislike Lloyd Webber can usually get on board with. I have always found the score to be his most exciting, driving and forthcoming, and teamed with Tim Rice’s lyrics, it purveys a …

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Faye Ellen as Amanda & Lynsey Simon as Bella Derrydown-Web. On Saturday, 13 September, I went to see a showcase performance of a brand new British musical called Feelgood Academy The Musical. A showcase is primarily aimed at producers and potential backers, or anyone else that can help a new show to move forward and become a success. The general …

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RegentsParkOpenAirTheatre11sep2014

As this unexpectedly warm and sunny British summer (on the whole) comes to an end, so too, sadly, does the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2014 season. I have to say that it is one of my favourite London theatre venues and I always look forward to each season with optimistic anticipation. Obviously it is one of the most unique …

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Written on Sep, 10, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
samuelbeckett

In Britain, and now across the world, it is common to see a mug, tea towel, T-shirt etc., which proudly displays the inspirational message, “Keep Calm, and carry on.” Words taken from a poster created by the British government in 1939 which was intended to raise the moral of the British public following the declaration of war. The poster was …

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Written on Sep, 08, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
fringe

The London fringe has long been a hive of activity. Many of the best productions I have ever seen lay far away from the glittery lights of Shaftesbury Avenue and the West End – often in the most modest and unassuming of venues in zones of London which many rarely dare to tread. The sheer amount of Fringe theatre means …

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