Saturday Night Fever (UK Tour) – Review

Saturday Night Fever UK Tour: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Reviewed 5th February 2019 ★★★   More than 40 years since Saturday Night Fever hit the big screen, the new stage production is transporting audiences back to the 1970's in their UK tour. Telling the story of Tony Manero who escapes the harsh realities of working-class Brooklyn life when... Continue Reading →

Aspects of Love – Review

  Aspects of Love: Southwark Playhouse, London Reviewed 2nd February 2019 ★★★   Following its acclaimed première at Manchester’s award-winning Hope Mill Theatre, Jonathan O’Boyle’s brand-new revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Aspects of Love is currently playing at the Southwark Playhouse for a strictly limited season. Aspects of Love is billed to be a 'sweeping,... Continue Reading →

Company – Review

  Company: Gielgud Theatre, London Reviewed 21st January 2019 ★★★★ The hit Broadway show, Company has been reimagined by Marianne Elliott in this new, gender-swapped version of the iconic production. Having quickly receiving outstanding reviews from critics and audiences alike, Company tells the story of Bobbie, who is inundated with questions from her friends at her 35th birthday party. Why isn't she married?... Continue Reading →

Violet – Review

Violet: Charing Cross Theatre, London Reviewed 19th January 2019 (preview performance) ★★★ Based on the short story 'The Ugliest Pilgrim' by Doris Betts, VIOLET tells the story of Violet, a young woman with facial disfigurement, as she embarks on a life-changing journey across the country to where she hopes she will find a miracle. This... Continue Reading →

Kinky Boots (UK Tour) – Review

Kinky Boots (UK Tour): Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury Reviewed 15th January 2019 ★★★★★ Kinky Boots may have closed down its factory in London this month but the hit show, winner of every major Best Musical award, including the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Musical,  is still strutting its way around the UK. With songs by Grammy® and... Continue Reading →

Ghost the Musical (UK Tour) – Review

Ghost the Musical (UK Tour): Churchill Theatre, Bromley Reviewed 12th January 2019 ★★★★   The musical adaptation of the hit 1990 film starring Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze came to the stage in 2011 and mesmerised audiences with its stylish choreography, impressive illusions and spellbinding score. The 2019 Bill Kenwright touring production of Ghost the... Continue Reading →

November & December 2018 Round Up

November and December have been unusually quiet here at MusicalManda so I have condensed them together. During the two months I managed only to see 8 shows including some sensational concerts. Hadestown at the National Theatre, London was a stand out performance for me. Its mixture of modern American folk music and jazz really made... Continue Reading →

2018 Top Ten Shows

What a year 2018 has been! With new shows opening, famous revivals, some fabulous new touring productions starting not to mention some of the most well-received shows of recent years taking to the stage (Six, Heathers and Eugenius to mention just some). I have smashed my last years target of 53 shows and have seen... Continue Reading →

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