At Croydon’s Ashcroft Playhouse: ‘Who’s Afraid of Angela’s Ashes – The Musical?’  

07/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Angela’s Ashes – The Musical (music and Lyrics by Adam Howell, book by Paul Hurt [based on a memoir of Frank McCourt]): Ensemble of Angela’s Ashes -The Musical and musicians / David Hayes (musical director). Ashcroft Playhouse, Fairfield Halls, Croydon, 5.10.2019. (JB)

Jacinta Whyte (Angela) (c) Pat Redmond

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Benke Rydman fashions another hit with Gothenburg Opera’s Oliver!

02/10/2019

SwedenSweden Lionel Bart, Oliver! (Lionel Bart [Lyrics and book] and a new Swedish translation by Ulricha Johnson): Soloists of Gothenburg Opera, ensemble and children’s ensemble, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Bjorn Dobbelaere (conductor), Gothenburg Opera, 27.9.2019. (NS)

Fagin (David Lundqvist, centre) with his gang (c) Lennart Sjöberg

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Hulks Ahoy as CODA’s The Producers reopens the Ashcroft Playhouse

23/09/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Mel Brooks, The Producers (lyrics and music by Brooks and adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan from the 1967 film): Ensembles and musicians of CODA (Croydon Operatic and Dramatic Association) / Joshua Hickin (musical director and arranger). Ashcroft Playhouse at Fairfield Halls, Croydon. 20.9.2019. (JB)

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Puttin’ on the Ritz in Blackpool

13/07/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 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

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 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

United StatesUnited States 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

United KingdomUnited Kingdom 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

United StatesUnited States 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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