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The joint is jumpin’ at Southwark Playhouse, now hosting an irresistible Fats Waller-inspired, Manhattan-set musical revue (a co-production with Colchester’s Mercury Theatre, where it opened last month). Though originating in the Seventies, this sizzling show benefits from a fresh infusion of talent, with actor … Continue reading
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
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
My articles in the July issue of Dance Today, out now: Practice makes perfect How to master the art of practising The naked truth Is flashing the flesh a necessary part of dance? Stepping Out The Brits impress at the competitive German Open Championships New in … Continue reading
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
In my Compass magazine Arts pages this month: Swing when you’re winning with the Lyme Regis Jazz & Blues Festival Seek out Thomas Hardy’s lost love Become a star baker Catch two Northern Ballet gems on tour Enjoy your culture al fresco with Dorset Art … Continue reading