Tag Archives: jazz

Hadestown, National Theatre

The road to full musical theatre production has been a long one for Hadestown. It began back in 2006, with Anaïs Mitchell’s song cycle – a folk/jazz take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth – toured around Vermont in a school bus, then … Continue reading

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Strictly Speaking: Week 6

Ah, Halloween Week – the annual dumbing down of Strictly. Why have subtext or delicate concepts when you can instead bumble about dressed in the most thuddingly literal, kids-dressing-up-box interpretations of groaningly repeated and/or entirely insane songs? Read my full Dancing … Continue reading

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Breakin’ Convention

Breakin’ Convention turns 15 this year – an impressive milestone for this constantly evolving, and notably inclusive, festival of hip hop. Both local and international, and an event well versed in formal traditions while also pushing boundaries, it’s a joyful … Continue reading

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Chicago, Phoenix Theatre

Chicago‘s hit West End revival ­- which featured a constant revolving door of big names – closed in 2012 after almost 15 years. Now, it returns with the requisite stunt casting (Cuba Gooding Jr), but also with a cast of … Continue reading

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Five Guys Named Moe, Marble Arch Theatre

New Orleans comes to Marble Arch via this energetic revival of Clarke Peters’ 1990 tribute to ‘The King of the Jukebox’, swing and blues bandleader Louis Jordan. Occupying a new pop-up, circus tent-style venue – complete with stylish bar serving Southern cocktails … Continue reading

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Follies leads September’s Top 10 new London shows

From starry Sondheim to political plays and the return of Florian Zeller. Read my full BroadwayWorld article here

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Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Wyndham’s Theatre

One American great inhabits another in this superior cabaret, as the Broadway legend Audra McDonald slips into the skin – and unforgettable voice – of jazz icon Billie Holiday. The emotional sensitivity makes it far more than just an immensely skilful impersonation, and … Continue reading

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BWW Interview: Hadley Fraser

The actor and singer discusses his Bill Evans/Tony Bennett show with Will Butterworth at Live at Zedel. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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Xanadu, Southwark Playhouse

It trashed Olivia Newton-John’s film career, halted the movie-musical revival, and was so critically reviled it led to the creation of the Razzies. How, then, could the stage version of hubristic 1980 flop Xanadu become a 2007 Broadway hit? The answer, … Continue reading

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Pick of the Week

It’s the best of the festivals this week on theartsdesk, with reports from Glastonbury, Hyde Park and Vortex Jazz Club, plus Rob Delaney, the Welsh in Patagonia and David Suchet’s Lady Bracknell. Read my full newsletter here

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