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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Rather than trying to mitigate the outlandishness and supremely dodgy sexual politics of this classic American musical, Rachel Kavanaugh’s smartly knowing production makes its absurdity a giddy virtue. A 1954 MGM Golden Age oddity adapted for stage in 1978, it … Continue reading

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The Glass Protégé, Park Theatre

Hollywood has never met a cliché it didn’t love; unfortunately, neither has Dylan Costello. His peek behind the curtain of Tinseltown’s Golden Age employs every stock type imaginable, from the boorish, chain-smoking manager to a pill-popping Marilyn-lite. It’s a play … Continue reading

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Ready for his close-up

Legendary movie musicals director? You’re thinking Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly – not Charles Walters. But, as Brent Phillips argues cogently in his illuminating new book, that exclusion is simply unjust. Charles “Chuck” Walters’ work has certainly left an … Continue reading

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Cats, globe-trotting, ball games and striking out

My articles in the December issue of Dance Today, out tomorrow: Strictly international From India to Finland, South Africa to Turkey, how the hit BBC show travels around the world Top cat As the West End revival opens, groundbreaking choreographer Gillian Lynne recalls the creation of Cats … Continue reading

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