Propeller, Edward Hall’s all-male ensemble, is back on tour with a revitalised version of The Winter’s Tale,a production originally seen in 2005. I didn’t see it that time round, but the 2012 version seems to be curiously imbalanced… Read the rest of my review at WhatsonStage.
It’s December, so that means every theatre in the country will cover its costs for the next year by running a pantomime for the next six weeks. As ever, I am on panto duty and have been all over the place reviewing pantomimes for www.whatsonstage.com and here are two of my favourites so far. Snow White
The best new musical of 2011 is here!
Movies are ace. Musicals are cool. Theatre is mega. Cheerleaders are awesome. So it stands to reason that Bring It On: The Musical is going to be the best thing in the world.
I know what you’re thinking: “That’s not a real show… it’s going to suck”, but you’re as wrong as wrong can be. The show has already premiered and the director and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler won a Tony Award for In The Heights, a show currently on in Broadway. Furthermore, the book is by Jeff Whitty who won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for the very, very, very funny Avenue Q. My point is, shut your piehole, dummy, it’s got a pedigree.
Yes, there’s a dog in The Wizard of Oz.
He scampers about, gets carried a lot, and (on the night I was there) doesn’t poo on the stage. That’s the first and last mention of the Westie (one of four) who ‘plays’ Toto, and is apparently the only thing many other critics focused on. It’s quite amazing how they managed to ignore the rest of the show and the cast, and churn out 500 words on a dog. They’re really giving their readers what they want.
The Wizard of Oz has never been a particularly popular stage show over here, but when Andrew Lloyd Webber picked the L. Frank Baum classic as the subject of his new TV talent search, it was obvious that popularity would soon soar.
Jukebox musicals haven’t got a great reputation but Million Dollar Quartet might just change all that. Generally, jukebox musicals are less fun than being beaten with a knotted rope, but Million Dollar Quartet sidesteps many of the usual pitfalls thanks to having an authentic storyline, brilliant cast and seriously great music. The story goes, that