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Why Richard Linklater’s time-twisting movie musical could already be doomed

His ambitious 20-year shoot of Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along is mired in casting misery – and the show itself has a notorious history. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Commemorate Stephen Sondheim’s birthday in the West End

The late, great composer would have been 92 today. Here’s how to mark the occasion. Read my full London Theatre article here

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Maria Friedman & Friends – Legacy, Menier Chocolate Factory

Among the many reflections on the legacy of the late, great Stephen Sondheim, here comes a touchingly personal one from his frequent collaborator Maria Friedman. Read my full BroadwayWorld review here

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Meet the doorstep carol singers determined to get the nation wassailing

As coronavirus restrictions threaten to steal Christmas cheer, carol singing has been at the forefront of people’s minds this week. An open letter sent to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, signed by heavyweights like composer John Rutter, singer Aled Jones, violinist … Continue reading

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Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Never mind Stepping Out – the real wonder of this production is Anna-Jane Casey stepping in for the injured Tamzin Outhwaite at such short notice. It’s a plot twist worthy of the backstage shenanigans in Richard Harris’s genial 1984 play … Continue reading

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A swellegant elegant party

Ten years after beginning his tenure with The Philadelphia Story, departing artistic director Kevin Spacey finishes in grand style with Arthur Kopit’s stage version of High Society, made a fully-fledged musical with the addition of several – tangentially related – … Continue reading

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Swing, Champagne-swilling and Carrie

My articles in the June issue of Dance Today, out now: Swing while you’re winning Scott Cupit, our Teacher of the Year 2015, recalls his journey from struggling start-up to leader of a swing revolution Bloodless Carrie: The Musical at Southwark Playhouse needs more guts … Continue reading

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Shooting the past

To paraphrase Julie Andrews, let’s start at the very end, a very good place to start. Composer Franklin Shepard is the toast of Hollywood, but the collateral damage of his meteoric rise is strewn around his gleaming Modernist apartment, in … Continue reading

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