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  • REVIEW: Waitress at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 1:00am

    It's fair to say that Waitress has become something of a musical theatre phenomenon. Thanks to a mix of social media and a new generation of theatre fan's latching on to the story, it's become the must-see ticket of the last few years - and it's easy to see why.

  • REVIEW: Playboy of the West Indies at Birmingham Rep

    Posted by Black Country Radio at Friday, June 17th, 2022 12:02am

    Based on the Irish classic The Playboy Of The Western World, Mustapha Matura’s hilarious reinvention Playboy Of The West Indies has been delighting audiences and critics alike world-wide for over 35 years

  • REVIEW: Singin' In The Rain at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, June 7th, 2022 5:44pm

    Singin' in the Rain is based on the 1952 romantic comedy film, starring Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds. It's a depiction of Hollywood in the late 20s, portraying performers caught up in the transition from silent films to "talkies".

  • REVIEW: Magic Goes Wrong at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 12:47am

    The latest instalment in Mischief Theatre's run of shows, Magic Goes Wrong, brings a wealth of performers to the stage under the guise of a charity benefit gig, the ‘Disasters in Magic Charity Fundraiser’.

  • REVIEW: We Will Rock You at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 12:22am

    We Will Rock You is a jukebox musical based on the songs of Queen. With a book by Ben Elton, the musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown.

  • REVIEW: The Wedding Singer comes to Birmingham

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 11:21am

    There is a plethora of “new” musicals out there that are based on hit films. Sister Act, Back to the Future, Pricilla – Queen of the desert, are all examples of theatre jumping on the movie/musical cross over bandwagon. The Wedding Singer is one such musical and it fits perfectly on the stage.

    The Wedding Singer - Bournville Musical Theatre Company

  • REVIEW: Animal Farm at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Roy Felstead at Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 1:25am

    Animal Farm is a satirical novella by George Orwell, first published in England in 1945. The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy.

  • REVIEW: Waitress at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Tuesday, May 17th, 2022 11:19pm

    It's fair to say that Waitress has become something of a musical theatre phenomenon. Thanks to a mix of social media and a new generation of theatre fan's latching on to the story, it's become the must-see ticket of the last few years - and it's easy to see why.

  • REVIEW: The Play That Goes Wrong at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, May 16th, 2022 11:04pm

    Comedy is something that divides audiences; some get certain genres, other's just...don't. When I saw One Man, Two Guvnors; a farce that made me cry with laughter, I absolutely adored the production and didn't think for a second that any show would come remotely close to it.

  • REVIEW: Sister Act at Kinver High School

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Wednesday, May 11th, 2022 12:38pm

    You should be fairly confident that you know the story by now - you’ve had 30 long years to get up-to-date - but just in case it’s passed you by, here’s the lowdown.

    KLOS - Sister Act

  • REVIEW: Kinky Boots at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, May 6th, 2022 12:51am

    Some shows are huge news and when one which is the winner of every major best musical award, including the 2016 Olivier, arrives in Wolverhampton, you know you're in for a good night!

  • REVIEW: Mamma Mia at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 11:59pm

    Whenever I think of Mamma Mia, it always falls into the category of 'new musical', so it's mind blowing to think it's been around for more than two decades and is still making audience faces ache from over-smiling!

  • REVIEW: Cluedo at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 1:40am

    The Cluedo 'franchise' has taken a few different forms over the years since its first incarnation in 1943. From board game to film to TV show and now stage-play - the ominously simple premise lends its hand so well to all of its variants.

  • REVIEW: Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at The Dormston Mill Theatre

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 8:07pm

    Priscilla – Queen of the Desert is a psychadelic, high energy, colourful, poignant, funny riot on stage!

    Willenhall MTC production of Priscilla - Queen of the Desert

  • REVIEW: Catch Me If You Can at The Alexandra

    Posted by Black Country Radio at Tuesday, April 26th, 2022 1:03am

    Dallas legend, Patrick Duffy and Happy Day's star, Linda Purl lead the cast in this new production of the gripping psychological thriller created by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert. 

  • REVIEW: Footloose at The Alexandra

    Posted by Black Country Radio at Tuesday, April 19th, 2022 5:30pm

    Based on the 1980s screen sensation which took the world by storm, Footloose sizzles with spirit, fun and the best in UK musical talent as it opens its doors at Birmingham's Alexandra Theatre.

  • Diversity: Connected at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, April 16th, 2022 1:28am

    It's fair to say that opinions on dance can be some of the most subjective across all of the major artistic styles and my feelings around Street Dance were fairly 'beige' - that is until I saw Diversity take to the stage in Birmingham on Thursday evening.

  • REVIEW: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Black Country Radio at Friday, April 8th, 2022 12:12am

    This revival of one of Lloyd Webber's most iconic pieces certainly lived up to the hype!

  • REVIEW: Bedknobs and Broomsticks at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 11:05pm

    Enter a world of magic and fantasy as Disney’s classic movie 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks' makes its world premiere as an exciting new stage musical.

  • REVIEW: Coming To England at Birmingham Rep

    Posted by Dan Richards at Monday, April 4th, 2022 11:37pm

    The world premiere of Coming To England was a poignant, emotive and immersive experience that should be shouted about from the roof tops - and shared with audiences around the world.

  • REVIEW: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 12:17am

    It's not often I begin a review with a defining statement, but when you've seen a defining show, it seems wholly appropriate. The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is possibly the most awe inspiring, mesmerising pieces of theatre I have ever seen.

  • REVIEW: Calendar Girls at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, March 24th, 2022 12:39am

    There's something incredibly endearing about a British musical with a gorgeous soundtrack, moments of laugh-out-loud humour and a whole lot of heart that means you leave the theatre beaming from ear to ear - and that's exactly what Calendar Girls brings to the stage.

  • REVIEW: Dreamboats and Petticoats at The Alexandra

    Posted by Black Country Radio at Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 11:44pm

    Arriving at The Alexandra this week, Dreamboats & Petticoats: Bringing On Back The Good Times is a simmering time capsule of energy and emotion, exploding into song at every given opportunity!

  • REVIEW: The Osmonds at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 16th, 2022 12:07am

    The Osmonds - a New Musical takes the concept of jukebox musical, flips it on its head and provides 2 and a half hours of world class entertainment.

  • REVIEW: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Saturday, March 12th, 2022 8:22am

    It’s thanks to C.S. Lewis that we have the mystical land of Narnia in our lives and now its closer than ever as the audience steps through the wardrobe into the Alexandra theatre for an experience like no other.

  • REVIEW: Beauty and the Beast at Birmingham Hippodrome

    Posted by Dan Richards at Thursday, March 10th, 2022 1:20am

    It truly is a tale as old as time. Beauty and the Beast is an iconic love story between enchantress and creature and, during March, Birmingham Hippodrome plays home to the show which is arguably one of Disney's best loved tales.

  • REVIEW: The Da Vinci Code at Wolverhampton Grand

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 9th, 2022 8:59am

    A beautiful, commanding and visually stunning production; The Da Vinci Code started as a book, became a film and has now found its forever home on stage.

  • REVIEW: Rent at Stourbridge Town Hall

    Posted by Matt Dudley at Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 2:15pm

    Jonathan Larson’s Rent is a masterpiece of 20th century musical theatre. If you’re a newcomer to Rent, where you been?! If this is the case, a brief explanation of the story is coming up but not before I tell you that this is the best production of Rent I have seen on stage. Fact.

    Unity Productions - Rent 2022

  • REVIEW: Fatal Attraction at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Wednesday, March 2nd, 2022 1:52am

    I must be in a very small minority of the population who hasn't seen Glenn Close's Oscar nominated portrayal of Alex Forrest in the big screen version of Fatal Attraction. The film was released in 1987 and was the second highest grossing film of the year in the United States.

  • REVIEW: Looking Good Dead at The Alexandra

    Posted by Dan Richards at Friday, February 25th, 2022 3:54pm

    Joshua Andrews and Peter James present Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett in Peter James’ “Looking Good Dead” at The Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham.

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