REVIEW: Bitches Down Under, Above The Stag ✭✭✭

Bitches Down Under

Bitches Down Under! Above The Stag 17th January 2018 3 Stars Book Now Fans of light, frothy, gay-flava’ed serials will welcome this third instalment in the continuing saga of our friends from ‘Alright Bitches!’ and ‘Bitches Ahoy!’, where they take their exclamation marks all the way to Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, in an epic of soap-opera proportions by the indefatigable Martin Blackburn.  In Andrew Beckett’s workman-like production, an entirely predictable, but wholesomely enjoyable sequence of comic exchanges then follows, as witticisms old and very old and even older get tossed this way and that between our chummy crew.  If memory serves me correctly, in this particular entanglement Liam Mooney’s affable Drew and Ethan Chapples’ likeable Garth are on their holidays in the famed antipodean metropolis, in three-wheeled tandem with arch fag hag, Hannah Vesty’s spry Pam.  They arrive in a bar presided over by Lucas Livesey’s even more archly … Read more

REVIEW: When Midnight Strikes, Drayton Arms Pub Theatre ✭✭✭

When Midnight Strikes at Drayton Arms

When Midnight Strikes The Drayton Arms Pub Theatre 24th October 2017 Book Tickets Charles Miller and Kevin Hammonds are one of this country’s most prolific and inventive musical writing teams, and yet they are still comparatively little known by the general public.  One wonders why this is so: their songs are highly crafted, intensely melodic and memorable.  Surely, they should make more of an impact.  Over many years, their work has been commissioned by leading drama schools, and shows have been produced to fit the needs of companies wanting to produce varied stories with lots of parts, each well represented with solo material as well as a good mixture of duets, trios, quartets, ensembles and choruses. It is, of course, very difficult to predict what will seize the public imagination, but in the case of this work, the answer may lie in the choice of story and the nature of … Read more

Title Of Show Comes To Waterloo East

Award-winning musical [Title of Show] to be presented at Waterloo East Theatre

One of the more original musicals seen in recent times is coming to the Waterloo East Theatre. [Title Of Show], with music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and Book by Hunter Bell will play for a limited season in September presented by SR Productions. [Title of Show] has music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen & Hunter Bell. The musical received a Tony Nomination for the best book of a musical. [Title of show] began life in 2004 as an entry into New York’s Musical Theatre Festival. With three weeks to go before the submission deadline, and knee-deep in balled-up show ideas, the struggling writer-composers decided to write a musical about two struggling writer-composers trying to write a musical with the help of their two best friends. In short it’s a musical about two guys writing a musical with countless musical theatre references. It’s a show that feels like a rummage … Read more

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