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Post-show video and photos: Jason Manford on why Kander & Ebb’s Curtains is made for the West End

By |2021-01-05T07:07:00+00:0016 December 2019|

Curtains, the murder mystery musical comedy by Chicago and Cabaret creators Kander & Ebb, had its Broadway premiere in 2007 in a production starring Frasier's David Hyde Pierce. Why has it taken so long for it to at last receive its West End premiere? And why is it so very perfect for the West End?

David Walliams on getting the RSC’s ‘stamp of approval’ with The Boy in the Dress musical

By |2020-01-08T10:14:50+00:0024 October 2019|

During rehearsals for The Boy in the Dress, I spoke to David Walliams about his inspiration for the original story, his burgeoning career as a children’s writer and how he feels having his work adapted by the RSC.

Sinatra: Raw post-show video and photos: What makes Frank Sinatra such an enduring icon?

By |2020-01-25T15:13:13+00:0023 October 2019|

Despite singing the songs of Sinatra since he was a teenager, Richard Shelton was turned down multiple times for a part in concert show The Rat Pack. When he was invited to audition for Rat Pack Confidential, he went in angry and impatient... and finally got his man. 

Q&A video and photos: How does the musical of Cabaret differ from the film?

By |2020-01-25T21:38:16+00:0030 August 2019|

I've seen Rufus Norris' multi-award-winning revival of Kander & Ebb's Broadway musical classic Cabaret twice before in the West End, when it first opened in 2006 and when it returned in 2010. It now kicks off a brand-new tour and it's more powerful than ever.

Queen of the Mist Q&A video and photos: Why should we have more Michael John LaChiusa in the UK?

By |2020-01-25T21:05:50+00:0021 August 2019|

Michael John LaChiusa was on his way back to the States by the time I chaired my post-show Q&A at the West End (and UK) premiere of his musical Queen Of The Mist - but I wonder if his ears were burning badly en route?

The View Upstairs video and photos: What happened in New Orleans on 24 June 1973? Why should we remember?

By |2020-01-25T21:29:10+00:004 August 2019|

I had just enough time to wipe away my tears - I was sobbing - at the end of The View Upstairs before jumping up after the curtain call to announce this post-show Q&A at Soho Theatre.

Q&A photos and video: What would the late Michel Legrand think of this chamber version of his musical Amour?

By |2020-01-25T22:54:03+00:0015 May 2019|

I'm in love with love... or more precisely with Amour, as in the lushly romantic Michel Legrand musical fantasy now receiving its UK professional premiere at Charing Cross Theatre.

The Ministry of Biscuits Q&A video and photos: Sharing biscuits and a love of G&S with Philip Reeve and co

By |2020-01-26T00:50:48+00:001 February 2019|

Charming, delectable, delicious. And those are just the custard creams... It's not often I get offered biscuits at the post-show Q&As I chair, but at a show called The Ministry of Biscuits, it would have seemed remiss not to.

The Showstoppers Q&A video and photos: ‘Just give us something with heart’ say the musical improv masters

By |2020-01-26T00:53:50+00:001 February 2019|

I've been following the insanely talented improv geniuses of The Showstoppers for most of their eleven years. How do they do it? I still can't really fathom it, but I was pleased to gain a few more insights - and a new well of admiration - after chairing a post-show Q&A with them this week.

Songs for Nobodies Q&A video and photos: How did Caroline O’Connor motivate Bernadette Robinson?

By |2020-01-26T01:00:27+00:0014 January 2019|

How does it feel to have a one-woman show written especially for you by one of your country's leading writers? Pretty damn good, according to Songs for Nobodies' Bernadette Robinson - though, to be clear, there was nothing passive about this privilege in her case.
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