sun 04/12/2016

musicals

Six of the best: Theatre

PLAYSDead Funny, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ Terrific revival of Terry Johnson's modern classic. Until 4 FebNo Man's Land, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★★ McKellen, Stewart and Pinter combine for a haunting, unmissable production. Until 17 DecHarry Potter and...

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The Best Musicals in London

THE BEST MUSICALS IN LONDON Aladdin, Prince Edward Theatre ★★★ Disney's latest blockbuster film-turned-stage show remains airborne – justLazarus, King's Cross Theatre ★★★★ David Bowie musical crosses the Atlantic, its intrigue intact. Until 27...

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Half A Sixpence, Noel Coward Theatre

That old saw about a star being born really is on view at the Noel Coward Theatre, where newcomer Charlie Stemp justifies and then some, the fuss being made about him in this "revisal" of the onetime Tommy Steele vehicle Half A Sixpence. Whether you...

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School of Rock: The Musical, New London Theatre

When's the last time you heard an Andrew Lloyd Webber show described as a gas, a hoot, an unpretentious delight? All those qualities, and more, are there for the savouring in School of Rock, which has reached the West End a year on from its Broadway...

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Lazarus, King's Cross Theatre

When David Bowie first met with the producer Robert Fox to discuss Lazarus back in 2013, you now have to wonder if he was seriously contemplating his own mortality. The clue, of course, lies in the title, and that of Bowie's extraordinary last album...

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The Last Five Years, St James Theatre

From Monteverdi to Schubert to Bernstein and Lloyd Webber the dramatic song cycle has travelled far and wide over the centuries, though not until Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years in opposite directions. His two-handed tour-de-force –...

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Side Show, Southwark Playhouse

Composer Henry Krieger’s highly anticipated Dreamgirls arrives later this month, but first up is the UK premiere of his less well-known but thoroughly likeable Side Show, based on the real story of a pair of conjoined twins who became 1930s American...

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Murder Ballad, Arts Theatre

Ye olde love triangle returns, this time as the centrepiece of a rock chamber musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 2013 and now makes its UK premiere. There’s a good guy, a bad boy, and the promise of a violent end, but despite the oft-referenced...

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Floyd Collins, Wilton's Music Hall

It's one of those true stories you couldn't make up: in 1920s Kentucky, Floyd Collins, visionary cave explorer, happens across the spectacular sand cave of his dreams only to become trapped on the way back to the surface. The media attention he...

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Kiss Me, Kate, Welsh National Opera

There are two ways of reacting to an opera company like WNO staging a musical like Kiss Me, Kate. You can ask yourself whether this is work that an opera house should concern itself with at all. Or you can take Confucius’s advice, and just lie back...

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Groundhog Day, Old Vic

The New York theatre is so consistently awash in "star is born" moments when one or another British actor crosses the Atlantic to copious praise that it's lovely for a change to be able to reverse the kudos. And as Phil Connors, the jaded weatherman...

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Allegro, Southwark Playhouse

Southwark's golden triangle – the Menier, the Playhouse and the Union – has given us so many "lost" musicals which only a decade or so ago would have been lucky to get in-concert airings. Chief gap-fillers in the Rodgers & Hammerstein oeuvre...

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