Aljaž and Janette’s Remembering the Oscars is a happy hour to help you forget the past year

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara in Remembering the Oscars: Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara and company with Janine Johnson and Giovanni Spanó (singers). Available to stream until 17.4.2021. (JPr)

Aljaž Škorjanec and Janette Manrara ‘The Way We Were’

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Exuberant Jason Manford-led Curtains proves a perfect antidote to our coronavirus-blighted times

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Curtains (music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, book by Rupert Holmes, original book and concept by Peter Stone with additional lyrics by John Kander and Rupert Holmes): Company of Curtains, filmed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and directed for the screen by Martin Riley. Live online stream reviewed on 14.4.2020. (JPr)

The cast of Curtains © The Other Richard

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In Chicago, Renée Fleming shines in The Light in the Piazza

United StatesUnited States Adam Guettel and Craig Lucas, The Light in the Piazza: Soloists, Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago / Kimberly Grigsby (conductor), Civic Opera House, Chicago, 14.12.2019. (JLZ)

Renée Fleming in The Light in the Piazza (c) Liz Lauren

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

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!

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

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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