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Musicals staring with letter B

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The Bodyguard

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The Bodyguard is a brand new musical based on the 1992 award winning movie of the same name. The show has been in pre-production for some years, despite many thinking it was triggered by the death of Whitney Houston early in 2012. The musical features the songs of Whitney Houston exclusively, with no original material written for the production. Most of the songs are performed as performances by the lead character Rachel rather than to progress the story, resulting in a strange form that is half musical, half play with songs. The show stars Tony Award winner Heather Headley in the lead role More >

Original London Programme

Blood Brothers

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Blood Brothers is one of London's most popular musicals and has been playing for just under 25 years. The show started out as a simple production in a school hall, before being developed further by Bill Kenwright. The show opened originally in Liverpool where it is set, and later came to the West End after many tours, featuring a wide range of celebrities in th leading roles. The show transferred to Broadway where it enjoyed modest success where Kiki Dee starred as Mrs Johnstone. The London production recently announced it was closing at the Phoenix Theatre, just shy of its 25th Birthday, More >

Bye Bye Birdie Original Playbill

Bye Bye Birdie

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Bye Bye Birdie features music by Charles Strouse with lyrics by Lee Adams and book by Michael Stewart. This popular musical is a satire on American society in the early 1960s surrounding the teenage obsession with singers such as Elvis and the rock’n'roll movement. As teenage idol Conrad Birdie is conscripted into the Army, a legion of fans fight for publicity one last time. The original Broadway production won the Tony Award for Best Musical and spawned successful revivals and national tours. Although the show has never done as well in the UK, it is a popular choice for American High More >

Blitz!

Blitz!

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Blitz! features a score by Lionel Bart, renowned composer of 'Oliver!'. The musical is set in the East End of London during the Second World War, and takes its name from the aerial bombings inflicted on London by the Germans. The story brought together moments of Bart's Jewish upbringing and featured two star crossed lovers, a Jewish woman and a Cockney Man. The story is told through the eyes of Mrs Blitztein, the mother of the Jewish woman. The show has never been presented on Broadway, despite Bart's popularity with Oliver! as it was thought that the theme was too British orientated. One of More >

Bells Are Ringing Original Playbill

Bells Are Ringing

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Bells Are Ringing features music by Jule Styne with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. This show takes us back to a time before answering machines and high technology, when a real person answered your ringing telephone for you, if you couldn’t do it yourself. Welcome to Susanswerphone, where the lines are blurred between doing a job and eavesdropping. The story and musical numbers are delightful and uplifting. Just in Time, Better Than a Dream, Drop That Name and A Simple Little System keep actors and audiences smiling. The original Broadway production opened in 1956 and ran More >

Bugsy Malone

Bugsy Malone

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Bugsy Malone is one of the most popular movie musicals ever made, directed and written by film maker Alan Parker. The success of the film, which famously featured an all child cast, spurned numerous stage productions around the world, and the show is a popular choice for schools and amateur theatre companies, because of the heavy child involvement. The original London production opened in 1983 where it ran at Her Majesty’s Theatre. A particularly well received production opened in 1997, performed by the National Youth Music Theatre which starred Sheridan Smith.

Music:

Paul More >

Brigadoon

Brigadoon

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Brigadoon is a Scottish fantasy about a town that disappears into the Highland mist and returns for only one day every one hundred years. It includes Waitin' for My Dearie, I'll Go Home with Bonnie Jean, Come to Me, Bend to Me, Almost Like Being in Love, There But for You Go I, The Heather on the Hill and My Mother's Weddin' Day. This is a tribute to simplicity, true love and goodness, which is hidden from the ordinary traveler.

Music:

Frederick Loewe

Lyrics:

Alan Jay Lerner

Book / libretto:

Alan Jay Lerner

Producer:

Cheryl Crawford

Director:

Robert Lewis

Choreography:

Agnes de More >

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