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Strictly Speaking: Week 9

Ah, Blackpool Week: forced VTs, drama, sky-high scoring and the odd great performance amidst the hysteria. The best part for dancers is the chance to use that giant sprung floor – or at least it would be, but once again … Continue reading

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Top 10 Screen To Stage Musical Adaptations

From Once and Spamalot to The Producers and Hairspray, 10 of the best medium-jumpers. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews, St James Theatre

Well, here’s an oddity. You Won’t Succeed… is too fragmented for musical theatre, too bombastic for cabaret, and about as profound as a first-draft Wikipedia page. Channelling the self-referential levity of the Monty Python show from which it takes its … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking Week 8

BREAKING NEWS: while our stars were distracted by feathery fans, camp cowboys and dizzying hyperbole, their Blackpool dressing rooms were beset by seaside bandits. Possibly pirates. Rumours that their haul included all of the judges’ low scoring paddles remain unconfirmed. Yet … Continue reading

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All sugar, no spice

There once lived a towering creative genius with the power to change children’s lives, who believed in both embracing the euphoria of silliness and relishing the very nasty consequences of natural justice. That statement applies to Willy Wonka, beloved titan … Continue reading

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June issue of ‘Dance Today’

The new issue of Dance Today is now on sale. My features this month include: Strictly uncovered A spectacular new stage show reveals the truth behind the sequins. Creator Craig Revel Horwood and star Lisa Riley tell all… Love on the dancefloor In ‘Stepping … Continue reading

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