In Profile with Nadim Naaman from The Phantom of the Opera

By | November 22, 2014

The Phantom of the Opera is probably my favourite musical. The story, the characters and, of course, the music, all come together to create a musical which is as close to perfect as I think you can get. It holds a special place in many people’s hearts, and former Phantom cast member Nadim Naaman would count himself among those too. He has continually spoken about the two years he spent… Read More »

Why every day is #LoveTheatre day

By | November 20, 2014

Wednesday 19th November 2014 was the first ever #LoveTheatre day, with hundreds of venues and companies offering fans live updates and exclusive backstage photos/videos on Twitter throughout the day. Over 300 venues and drama organisations joined in with the online celebration of British, European and global theatre, reaching out to audiences with a torrent of theatre-related news and information and engaging fans in conversation about life in the theatre as… Read More »

Shakespeare In Love 72 Hour Theatre Ticket Offer

By | November 19, 2014

Reworked for the stage by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot, The Pitman Painters) from the screenplay of the smash-hit 1998 movie romantic comedy by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard, this Shakespeare In Love screen-to-stage adaptation brings together a prestigious, multi-award winning creative team and has been rapturously received by audiences and critics alike. Among a slew of five-star reviews, the Mail called it ‘a swooning delight’. The production is directed by… Read More »

Best of British: Alexander S. Bermange cabaret at the Pheasantry tonight

By | November 18, 2014

I’ve come across many new musical theatre writers in my years of writing, a certain number of which have just had that Something Special that made them stand out from the rest. Some I’ve found through Twitter and such social networking sites, some I’ve discovered through showcases, concerts, cabarets and other such events, some I’ve been introduced to through other people, and some I’ve developed an appreciation for through reviewing… Read More »

In Profile with Joanna Goodwin

By | November 15, 2014

In October 2011, I paid a visit to the Novello Theatre to review Crazy For You. Harking back to a golden age, the Gershwin musical is a feel-good show of big dance routines, classic music numbers and tongue-in-cheek farcical humour, and proved that it’s just as popular as ever when it transferred to the West End after an acclaimed run at the Open Air Theatre. In the cast at the… Read More »

Godspell in Concert to tour UK in 2015

By | November 13, 2014

Musicals draw inspiration from a wide variety of places: books, films, real-life events and people…and even religion. One of the best known musicals to have a religious theme to it would be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar, which first opened on Broadway back in 1971 and was most recently seen when The Lord revived the award-winning show as a modernised production for an arena tour in 2012. It was… Read More »

The S&S Award returns to St James Theatre for November gala evening

By | November 11, 2014

In all the years that I’ve been writing these blogs, one aspect of theatre which I’ve often returned to as a focal point is new musical theatre. I’ve always been an advocate for original work, believing that new shows from fresh talent is not only beneficial to the musical theatre industry, but indeed vital for its continual well-being in the years to come. There are many supporters of new work… Read More »