Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Review

Ain't Misbehavin' : Southwark Playhouse, London Reviewed 24th April 2019 ★★★★★ Marking Tyrone Huntley's directorial debut Ain't Misbehavin' celebrates the legendary sass musician Fats Waller. Audiences are taken back to the 1920's and the raunchy nightclubs of Manhattan. Featuring choreography by Strictly Come Dancing's Oti Mabuse, who also makes her theatrical choreographing debut with this... Continue Reading →

Maggie May – Reviews

Maggie May: Finborough Theatre, London Reviewed 29th March 2019. ★★★★ Fifty-five years after its premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in 1964, Maggie May is playing a strictly limited run at the intimate Finborough Theatre in London. This production marks the 20th Anniversary of the death of Lionel Bart winner of the Ivor Novello Award for... Continue Reading →

Emilia – Review

Emilia: Vaudeville Theatre, London Reviewed 14th March 2019 (preview performance). ★★★★   Over 400 years ago Emilia Bassano wanted her voice to be heard. It wasn't. Now 400 years later it is finally being told. Having been a success at The Globe in 2018 Emilia has transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for a... 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 →

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 →

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