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REVIEW: The Ocean at the End of the Lane at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, May 24th, 2023 12:36am
Quite often, the productions that stick in your mind are the big West End musical transfers with the glitz and glamour and the infectious soundtrack. However, every now and again something so incredibly special creeps onto the stage of your local theatre that blows you away. Right now, that show is The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
REVIEW: Heathers The Musical at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 11:58pm
Following two smash hit London seasons, a UK tour and fresh from winning the WhatsOnStage award for Best New Musical, Heathers the Musical is back and has arrived in Birmingham!
REVIEW: The Bodyguard at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, May 9th, 2023 11:40pm
The Bodyguard is the perfect storm of an emotional plot and an outstanding soundtrack - and it's visiting Birmingham for two weeks.
REVIEW: The Commitments at Birmingham Hippodrome
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 1:04am
The Commitments could be described as a celebration of soul music, wrapped in the premise of a working class fairytale. However, what it definitely is, is two hours of feel-good, laugh out loud brilliance.
REVIEW: Titanic The Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 1:02am
Titanic The Musical comes to Birmingham with a string of Tony's under it's belt and expectations were high for this relative unknown in the musical theatre landscape.
REVIEW: Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of!) at The Rep
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, April 18th, 2023 1:19am
Direct from its triumph in the West End, where it won the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, Pride and Prejudice (Sort Of) is a unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s most iconic love story.
REVIEW: The SpongeBob Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome
Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, April 14th, 2023 12:41am
Having a six-year-old son, you'd have thought that any mention of 'Spongebob' would send me running for the hills - however after taking a chance with the stage musical, I couldn't be happier I persevered.
REVIEW: Annie at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, April 4th, 2023 11:25pm
Annie is, without doubt, one of the best loved musicals around. It's a perfect medley of brilliant songs, a stand-out sore and beautifully crafted characters that take you through the full range of emotions.
REVIEW: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 29th, 2023 5:48pm
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stage show is based on the Sunday Times bestseller and inspired one of this most treasured and most watched films released in 2012.
REVIEW: The Rocky Horror Show at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 12:20am
Sometimes, when a show's been running for a while, it can become stale - something that's wheeled out to keep the fan's happy but with a complacency that reeks of 'I'm in it for the pay cheque'. That couldn't be a description any further from the reality of the current UK tour of The Rocky Horror Show.
REVIEW: Steel Magnolias at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023 12:15am
The hysterical and heart-warming Steel Magnolias has brought a perfect mix of laughter, tears...and gossip to the stage at The Alexandra.
REVIEW: Death Drop Back In The Habit at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 15th, 2023 12:43am
It's not often you leave a theatre dumbfounded, jaw on the floor and brain whirring - but the new production of Death Drop at The Alexandra is the perfect mix of camp, funny, self depreciating brilliance.
REVIEW: The Wedding Singer at The Rose Theatre
Posted by Alex Griffiths at Tuesday, March 14th, 2023 8:07am
The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.
REVIEW: My Fair Lady at Birmingham Hippodrome
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, March 9th, 2023 12:53am
First brought to life by Dame Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison on the Broadway stage, and winner of a host of Tony and Olivier Awards, My Fair Lady is one of the most loved musicals of the twentieth century.
REVIEW: The King And I at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 12:49am
Some musicals are so well established, they seem to be woven into the fabric of British theatre - and The King And I definitely fits that bill!
REVIEW: Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at The Alexandra
Posted by Zyllah Moranne-Brown at Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 12:57am
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel stage show is based on the Sunday Times bestseller and inspired one of this most treasured and most watched films released in 2012. The film featured a stellar cast including Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith.
REVIEW: Mother Goose at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 23rd, 2023 12:50am
The magic of pantomime never seems to fade - especially not when the new production of Mother Goose is hitting the road until April!
REVIEW: Spitting Image at Birmingham Rep
Posted by Matt Dudley at Saturday, February 18th, 2023 6:28pm
It was a TV favourite for years and now Spitting Image has taken to the stage in Birmingham!
REVIEW: The Mirror Crack’d at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, February 16th, 2023 12:10am
Based on the Agatha Christie novel 'The Mirror Crack’d From Side to Side', this production of the stage show brings mystery, intrigue and humour to The Alexandra stage.
REVIEW: Strictly Ballroom at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, February 13th, 2023 11:42pm
Based on Baz Luhrmann’s award-winning worldwide film phenomenon, Strictly Ballroom: The Musical has arrived at Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre as part of a brand-new UK tour.
REVIEW: Girl From The North Country at Birmingham Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, February 8th, 2023 12:34am
Girl From The North Country is a double Tony and Olivier award-winning musical which has wowed audiences around the country with it's hard hitting, emotional - and exceptionally well performed - story which resonates with so many facets of the community.
REVIEW: Mamma Mia! at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, January 18th, 2023 11:40pm
Whenever I think of Mamma Mia, it always falls into the category of 'new musical', so it's mind blowing to think it's been around for more than two decades and is still making audience faces ache from over-smiling!
REVIEW: Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, December 21st, 2022 12:00am
In what seems like one of the purest moments of escapism this year, Matt Slack, Marti Pellow and the cast of Dick Whittington are bringing some much-needed laughter to Birmingham this festive season.
REVIEW: Dreamgirls at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, December 8th, 2022 1:50am
Dreamgirls is a musical based on the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts such as The Supremes, The Shirelles and Jackie Wilson. The musical follows the story of a young female singing trio from Chicago "The Dreams", who become music superstars.
REVIEW: Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, December 7th, 2022 12:10am
For the first time in years (literally!) tonight, we were allowed to experience pantomime again in its truest sense. A talented cast, a packed auditorium and a buzz that's palpable in the air.
REVIEW: An Inspector Calls at The Alexandra
Posted by Alex Griffiths BEM at Tuesday, November 29th, 2022 6:36pm
Stephen Daldry’s multi award-winning National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s classic thriller returns to the second city!
REVIEW: Saturday Night Fever at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022 1:31am
Saturday Night Fever is a jukebox musical based on the 1977 film of the same name, starring John Travolta and Karen Lynn Gorney.
REVIEW: Calendar Girls at The Cornbow Hall
Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, November 17th, 2022 11:50pm
Calendar Girls is a typically British, typically northern musical with a gorgeous soundtrack, moments of laugh-out-loud humour and a whole lot of heart that means you leave the theatre beaming from ear to ear.
REVIEW: Noughts and Crosses at The Alexandra
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 16th, 2022 12:21am
Noughts & Crosses is a stage play, inspired by a series of young adult novels by British author, Malorie Blackman.
REVIEW: Peter Pan at Wolverhampton Grand
Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, November 9th, 2022 12:05am
Whether you've read the book, seen one of the various film incarnations or shaken his hand at Disney World, the story of Peter Pan is synonymous with the childhood of most young people across the country.