Review | Islander: A New Musical, Southwark Playhouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Islander: A New Musical, Southwark Playhouse ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Two microphones, loop pedal equipment, our two performers, Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick and their A Capella voices. Put them in the more intimate of the two Southwark Playhouse performance spaces in the round and what do you get? Theatre magic. In this show, you're taken to an island somewhere on the Scottish coast where [...]

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Ordinary Days, The Cockpit ⋆⋆⋆⋆

In a game of Word Association, when asked to describe New York, ordinary is probably the last word to spring to mind. Although this musical is firmly grounded in the bustling city which never sleeps, the material which the musical centres on is, well, ordinary. Here we follow four New Yorkers: a romantic couple; a [...]

Review | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Review | Normality, Other Palace – Studio, First Thoughts

Normality is a tuneful new musical comedy about Norman Goodman, a computer and keyboard enthusiast who unexpectedly lands a job in the corporate world. The show, created by Nige Reid and Jules Kleiseris, is currently in development and had its first staging in the downstairs Studio space at the Other Palace. The actors had just ten days [...]

Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Bridges of Madison County, Menier Chocolate Factory ⋆⋆⋆

It’s no secret that I’m an ardent fan of Mr Jason Robert Brown. He possesses the unique ability to compose a rousing and heartfelt score (See Parade, Last Five Years). Although he’s received critical acclaim and awards for his music, his shows haven’t had much luck in enjoying a healthy run on Broadway. When Bridges [...]

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Review | Trial of Love, Bread and Roses Theatre ⋆⋆⋆

Trial of Love is a black comedy horror, loosely based on the Chinese story of Wang Kui Betrays Guiyung. Directed by Sally Jiayun XU, it’s a promising piece about dispelling mystic curses, fusing styles from Chinese and Japanese cultures. There are some strong performances, yet this production doesn’t quite feel like it has reached its [...]

Review | On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, London Coliseum ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan, London Coliseum ⋆⋆⋆⋆

The story of the unstoppable music duo, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, has been lovingly captured in the biopic musical, On Your Feet! Every once in a while, a show comes along where you’re forced to ignore your critical thoughts and enjoy it for the entertaining experience that it is, and that’s exactly what happened with [...]

Review | Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Review | Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Aldwych Theatre ⋆⋆⋆⋆

At this point, I’ve seen a lot of biopic musicals. So when Tina: The Tina Turner Musical opens with the star at a concert then cuts to her childhood, my immediate thoughts were that I’ve seen this before. However, what sets this biopic musical apart is the life of the star which it centres around. This [...]