Puttin’ on the Ritz in Blackpool

13/07/2019

Various composers, Puttin’ on the Ritz: Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 6.7.2019. (MC)

Company of Puttin’ on the Ritz

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Renée Fleming Headlines The Light in the Piazza Which Proves To Be a Flawed Italian Travelogue

20/06/2019

The Light in the Piazza (book by Craig Lucas, lyrics and music by Adam Guettel): Company of The Light in the Piazza, Orchestra of Opera North / Kimberley Grigsby (conductor). Royal Festival Hall, London, 19.6.2019. (JPr)

The Light in the Piazza (c) Dewynters London

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Bernstein’s Masterwork Comes Alive in Chicago

03/06/2019

Bernstein, West Side Story: Soloists, Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / James Lowe (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 18.5.19 (JLZ)

West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago (c) Todd Rosenberg
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Man of La Mancha is Staged, Acted and Sung Generally Well but Was Not Worth Reviving

01/05/2019

Man of La Mancha (Dale Wasserman [book], Joe Darion [lyrics] and Mitch Leigh [music]): Company of Man of La Mancha, English National Opera Orchestra / David White (conductor). London Coliseum, 30.4.2019. (JPr)

Nicholas Lyndhurst, Peter Polycarpou & Kelsey Grammer (c) Manuel Harlan

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Steven Skybell’s Moving Tevye at the Heart of Broadway’s Wonderful Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof

22/02/2019

 Fiddler on the Roof (Music by Jerry Bock, Book by Joseph Stein, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick): The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene / Zalmen Mlotek (conductor), Stage 42, New York, 20.2.2019. (RP)

Nick Raynor, Evan Mayer, Jon Quiggley & James Monroe Števko in The Bottle Dance
(c) Matthew Murphy

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A Superb Production of Sweeney Todd in Belfast

08/02/2019

Sondheim, Sweeney Todd:  Cast, Chorus and Band of Northern Ireland Opera and Lyric Theatre / Sinead Hayes (Conductor), Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 6.2.2019. (RB)

Steven Page (Sweeney Todd) & Julie Mullins (Mrs Lovett) (c) NI Opera

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The Global Phenomenon Notre Dame de Paris Makes a Captivating Return to London

25/01/2019

Notre Dame de Paris (Richard Cocciante [music] and Luc Plamondon [lyrics]): Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Acrobats and Break Dancers of the Notre Dame de Paris Company, English National Opera Orchestra / Matthew Brind (conductor). London Coliseum, 23.1.2019. (JPr)

Cast of Notre Dame de Paris (c) Alessandro Dobici

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Griff Rhys Jones is Superb as Scrooge in LMTO’s Joyous A Christmas Carol

20/12/2018

LMTO – A Christmas Carol (Mike Ockrent [book], Lynn Ahrens [book and lyrics] and Alan Menken [music]): Soloists, London Music Theatre Chorus and Orchestra / Freddie Tapner (conductor). Lyceum Theatre, London, 17.12.2018. (JPr)

LMTO’s A Christmas Carol – ‘Abundance and Charity’

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