Tags : musical theatre

The Forgotten World of Anthony Newley

Anthony Newley, who died 22 years ago today, was a true renaissance man. Actor, writer, composer, pop star, cabaret singer, comedian: his achievements are too extensive to list here. Unfortunately, despite the rediscovery of his film and television appearances, his contributions to theatre have gone largely unrecognised. The occasionally problematic nature of the scripts, as […]Read More

My Dream Cast: The Lightning Thief

Despite the widely negative reviews it received during its Broadway stint, The Lightning Thief is a deeply enjoyable musical. It has a great score and it’s packed with well-timed comedy and creative staging. And most importantly, it is so much more faithful to the Percy Jackson books than the films that came before it. The […]Read More

My Dream Cast: Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is often criticised for being a bad musical, but it’s really not. Yes, it’s wacky, nonsensical and arguably shouldn’t have been made into a musical, but it has some amazing songs (written by the incredible Alan Menken and Howard Ashman) and I find its characters and storyline impossible to resist. For the past few years, there has been […]Read More

Does Everything Need To Be A Musical?

Earlier this week, it was announced that Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit would be adapted into a stage musical. To many fans of the show, this may have been exciting news, however it left others feeling frustrated by the way in which musical adaptation has become a marker of success for other art forms. This […]Read More

My Dream Cast: Six The Musical

How many times have you seen a show and had a brainwave about who you would cast, if you ever got the chance? I know that I have a lot. I was fortunate to see Six twice, once with the original London cast, and once with the original tour cast: both sets of performers were incredible! Still, […]Read More

BBC Radio 2’s ‘Greatest Songs From A Musical’ Announced

Last weekend, BBC Radio 2 celebrated all things musical theatre, playing hours upon hours of the nation’s favourite show-tunes. During the show, musical theatre royalty Elaine Page OBE announced the top twenty greatest songs from a musical, which were voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners from a shortlist of songs, compiled by a panel of […]Read More