A Little Night Music

I was first introduced to A Little Night Music when I heard a 10 second snippet of the glorious 'Night Waltz' provide a neat segue into the Sondheim 'section' of Hey, Mr Producer. I was hooked by the show's sumptuous three-four time, so when it came to London in 2008 (first at the Menier Chocolate Factory and later at the Garrick) I booked immediately. I always measure a musical on whether I head home to listen to the cast recording straight away and I remember listening to the continual theme and variation of this seductive score on repeat for weeks, wishing for another chance to see it on stage.

Last night that wish was fulfilled in Alex Parker's one night only 40th Anniversary Concert Production at the Palace Theatre, and what a treat it was!

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Memphis in the West End

A good musical is one to enjoy, to maybe make you smile or even cry a little.  

A remarkable musical takes a story that’s been waiting - imploring - to be told. That story jumps right from the stage and makes it into your heart and your head; that’s Memphis, and precisely why I love it. This show has soul. It makes you think, feel, laugh and cry - and proves that musicals can provide the very best vessel for storytelling. 

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Charlie and the (Bittersweet) Chocolate Factory

I had what some might call an unhealthy obsession with movie musicals as a child.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a particular favourite video tape, and it got worn out at least once. I'm sure you'll understand my nervous apprehension upon approaching the latest re-make, Sam Mendes' Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, currently showing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The stakes were pretty high: I wept with disappointment on seeing Tim Burton's 2005 film. I hoped the dream creative team could cook up something I could stomach. 

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