Review UK Tour: Hairspray

Hairspray is a fun loving show that's sure to get you singing along and dancing in your seats. At first glance, it's a sweet as pie musical as a young Tracy Turnblad dreams of dancing on the teen favourite TV dance programme, The Corny Collins Show. However, the plot focuses on larger themes as Tracy … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Hairspray

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Review UK Tour: Sunset Boulevard

Based on Billy Wilder's acclaimed 1950 film of the same title, Sunset Boulevard features a book and lyrics by Don Black and Christopher Hampton, and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story focuses on has-been star Norma Desmond, who has been kept under the illusion that she is "the greatest star" decades after her career has … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Sunset Boulevard

Review UK Tour: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical is, in my opinion, the best jukebox musical out there. Following the life and career of Carole King, her husband Gerry Goffin, and friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, Beautiful features music which defined the latter half of the twentieth century. Carole King started songwriting as a teenager and wrote … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

Review UK Tour: Legally Blonde

Having previously seen Legally Blonde at the Leicester Curve two years ago, I was excited to see it again as a UK Tour. Based on the 2001 film of the same name starring Reese Witherspoon, Legally Blonde is a fabulously feminist story now adapted into a musical. The plot follows Elle Woods, a Malibu 'dumb blonde' who … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Legally Blonde

Review UK Tour: The Band

Following a career with multiple top hits, awards, and a reputation as a great British boyband, Take That have turned their attention to a staging a musical. Using their music and a book by Tim Firth, The Band follows five 16 year old girls as they obsess over their favourite group and the opportunity to see … Continue reading Review UK Tour: The Band

Review UK Tour: Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck's novella Of Mice and Men is renowned for being on the syllabus of many English literature qualifications. Published in 1937, the text is set during the Great Depression in the US and focuses on the idolised idea of the American Dream. Throughout its history, the novella has been challenged and criticised for its racist … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Of Mice and Men

Review UK Tour: Crazy For You

Crazy For You is a glorious romantic comedy musical. Whilst it may appear dated at first, Paul Hart's incredible direction leads the show to the present without forgetting its roots. Based on the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, Crazy For You includes well-known Gershwin songs such as 'I Got Rhythm' and 'Nice Work If You Can Get It', … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Crazy For You

Review UK Tour: The Little Mermaid

The Northern Ballet presents the world premier of The Little Mermaid for their autumn season. Based on the well known tale by Hans Christian Andersen, David Nixon's underwater dream is brought to life with an original score performed live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. From Disney's own classic adaptation of the story, the plot is engrained in … Continue reading Review UK Tour: The Little Mermaid

Review UK Tour: Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia! is a classic musical. Featuring the music of ABBA, this fun loving hit is sure to have you singing along to all your favourite songs. Mamma Mia! is arguably the most popular jukebox musical ever, and it is easy to understand why. Having been on the West End since 1999 at various theatres, the production … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Mamma Mia!

Review UK Tour: Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë's bildungsroman novel Jane Eyre comes to life in this production by the Bristol Old Vic and the National Theatre directed by Sally Cookson. The eponymous heroine lives and learns hardship from her childhood through to her adult life as she faces a turbulent upbringing at Lowood school, leading her to Thornfield Hall as … Continue reading Review UK Tour: Jane Eyre