Musical

4 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Cabaret, Musical, Performance

STAC @ Northbrook Musical Theatre Showcase 2017

The STAC @ Northbrook Showcase featured 14 Musical Theatre Degree students, advertising their many performance talents in just over an hour of song and dance. The fourteen-strong company deftly tackled material across a wide range of classic and contemporary styles, from haunting numbers from Carrie and Sweeney Todd to the sugar-sweet harmonies of Waitress. The showcase also featured a number of well-arranged…read more
5 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Comedy, Musical

Urinetown

Performance: 13/05/17 Two decades of drought result in a ban on the use of private toilets, and citizens are forced to pay through the roof to use public amenities, a privilege we currently enjoy in the real world without the excuse of a drought. A classic story of underdog vs. megalomaniac corporation, Urinetown ticks all the musical clichés through witty…read more
Articles, Film, Musical

Clothes Make the Musical: The Costumes that Coloured Les Misérables

It’s a musical that has enjoyed worldwide acclaim on both West End and Broadway stages, and has since seen fresh success on cinema screens through Tom Hooper’s 2012 adaptation. It seems only right that a story written with such painstaking attention to detail should be showcased through costumes that have been created with a similarly perceptive eye, an eye that…read more
3 Stars, Brighton, Brighton Fringe, Cabaret, Dance, Musical, Performance

Two Singular Sensations

Performance: 11/05/17 Statistically, January is the month in which tickets to musicals sell best, largely due to the miserable weather and post-Christmas blues. Two Singular Sensations, in the intimate Purple Playhouse Theatre, proved once again that in these gloomy times, both politically and weather-wise, musical theatre is an excellent antidote. As promised, an evening with great singing and exciting dance…read more
5 Stars, London, Musical, West End

Les Misérables

Performance: 22/04/17 For those unfamiliar with the story of Les Misérables, some spoilers may lie below. '...so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.' Victor Hugo, 1862. So begins Les Misérables, the epic novel by equally epic French author, Victor Hugo. Now in its 32nd year, the musical adaptation of Les Misérables is still attracting millions of…read more
4 Stars, Brighton Fringe, Comedy, Musical

Point and Shoot: A New Musical

The year is 2042: Hollywood is dead, the film industry buckled under the weight of hefty blockbuster films. Independent filmmakers have transformed society into a cultural paradise, but all this is threatened when a young actress hands over the rights to Selma, a dated TV show of the 60s. With this comes the opportunity for a restless and ambitious screenwriter…read more
3 Stars, Brighton Fringe, Musical

My Friend Lester

A gentle, low-key musical exploring the relationship between jazz stars Billie Holiday and Lester Young, My Friend Lester offers an hour of soulful music against a story of struggling love. The show was structured around performances of Holiday’s songs bookended by monologues and short dialogues between the characters. No song was out of place and the story’s circular narrative tied…read more
4 Stars, Brighton Fringe, Comedy, Musical

I Need a Doctor: The Whosical

A sci-fi musical isn’t something often seen gracing theatre stages, but this whirlwind production proves that it can be done, and done well. Cackling villains, fairy godmothers, makeshift monsters, tweed-clad Time Lords – and these all played by just one man – it’s a hybrid destined for madness. A well crafted musical disguised as a shoddy amateur production, I Need…read more