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Clumsy look at Jewish Broadway history is toe-tapping nostalgia

Lacking the shrewd lampooning instincts of Spamalot, from which it takes its name, revue You Won’t Succeed On Broadway If You Don’t Have Any Jews is a muddle: too solemn for satire, too grandiloquent for cabaret, and too fractured for musical … Continue reading

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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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Top teachers, best adverts and the world of showdance

My articles in the February issue of Dance Today, out now: Just ad dance How does fleet-footed advertising affect the dance industry as a whole, and what made our top 10 ads? Teacher of the Year 2015 As we open our competition, dance luminaries pay … Continue reading

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Dominion Theatre

’Tis the season to be nostalgic, but even the most misty-eyed yuletide reveller will struggle with the sheer volume of syrup in White Christmas – the theatrical equivalent of marinating in cheap eggnog. Based on the 1954 film, a wholesome … Continue reading

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Sentiment snowdrift, Strictly surprises and 2015 preview

My articles in the January issue of Dance Today, out now: Snowed under The saccharine sentiment of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre is downright suffocating Strictly surprises Following another series of Strictly celebrities being saddled with the “dark horse” mantle, my top five genuinely surprising contestants Stepping … Continue reading

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