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Cinderella Broadway 2013

Cinderella

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Rodgers and Hammerstien’s musical take on the classic fairy tale stated life as a made for TV movie. One of their first shows to be created not directly for the stage, Cinderella was a huge hit and has been remade a further twice after the original Julie Andrews starred in the original 1957 film, which was updated 40 years later to include Bernadette Peters and Whitney Houston. Many of the songs became hits, including ‘In My Own Little Corner’ and ‘Stepsister’s Lament’. The show has enjoyed success in many forms, and in the UK many of the songs were used in more pantomime versions traditional More >

Copacabana

Copacabana

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Barry Manilow’s Copacabana brings the Grammy Award winning song to life on stage. After starting life as a made for TV movie, the show became a hit in London’s West End where it played for over a year and enjoyed numerous UK tours. The show originally opened in Plymouth and appealed to fans of Manilow, becoming one of the very first jukebox musicals. With an original story patched around Manilow songs, this was a fun filled, action packed musical full of feathers and sequins. The show failed to appear on Broadway but has enjoyed life on the US amateur theatre scene, where many companies are More >

Candide Original Playbill

Candide

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Candide is billed as an opera/operetta and has been revised in a wide variety of forms over the past fifty years. Although it began life as a play with music, it quickly became a favourite project of composer Leonard Bernstein who wrote the entire score. The Overture has become widely recognised as one of the most famous from its genre and is regularly performed by orchestras all over the world. The book has been adapted on various occassions for different forms of performance, and is now regularly performed in a concert format, complete with narration to make it as clear as possible. The More >

City of Angels

City of Angels

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City of Angels features music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. The book by Larry Gilbert weaves together two plots – a writer attempting to turn a novel into a screenplay and the world of the fictional film. The show harks back to the 1940s film noir genre that was popular in Hollywood, and provides an interesting look at the film making industry. The show was extremely popular on Broadway, winning a number of Tony Awards and running for an impressive 2 years. An LA production proved to be similarly successful, although the London version did not take off as hoped when it opened in More >

Cabaret Broadway Revival Studio 54

Cabaret

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Cabaret is a musical based on the Christopher Isherwood novella ‘Goodbye to Berlin’, and the Druten play ‘I am a Camera’. The show is set in a nightclub in 1930s Berlin just as the Nazi party begin to rise to power. Featuring music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the show has been revived countless times in both London and New York, but is perhaps most well known for the 1972 film adaptation which starred Liza Minelli. The show has gone through various re-writes, with new songs added for each new production. Numbers were written specifically for the film, and in many new productions More >

Carrie Original Broadway

Carrie

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Carrie: The Musical is one of the most infamous musicals of all time, after opening on Broadway and closing after only 5 performances. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen, music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. The show originally opened in Stratford in a production by the RSC, before transferring to Broadway in an $8million production. After unanimous negative reviews, investors pulled their money out of the project, forcing it to close. The show has had a number of revivals around the world, with an official 2012 More >

Camelot 2nd Broadway Revival

Camelot

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Camelot was a favourite musical of the Kennedy Administration, and one of the most popular Broadway shows of the 1960s. Not only did the show run for over a year, but its original cast album was one of the top selling albums of the year. The show features Music, Book and Lyrics by creative duo Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe (My Fair Lady, Brigadoon) and is based on the King Arthur legends found in T.H White’s novel The Once and Future King. The show has had more success on Broadway than in London, despite the obvious British interest in the show and legends overall. Julie Andrews and More >

Cats

Cats

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Cats is one of the most successful musicals ever produced. Both the West End and Broadway productions held the record for the longest ever running musical, amounting to over 14,000 performances in both cities combined. The show uses TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ for its inspiration and libretto and is extremely dance heavy. The show doesn’t follow the usual linear format, instead it combines a number of stories to give an overall concept.

Music:

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Lyrics:

T. S. Eliot,Trevor Nunn, Richard Stilgoe

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Company

Company

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Company features a book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The musical is one of the pair’s most successful shows, and the original production was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, although it only won 6.   The show features a 35 year old single man Bobby who lives in New York and is unable to commit to marriage. Through a series of vignettes we see each of his friends showing different sides to their marital relationships.

Music:

Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics:

Stephen Sondheim

Book / libretto:

George Furth

Producer:

Harold Prince

Director:

Harold Prince

Choreography:

Michael More >

Chitty chitty Bang Bang London

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Music:

Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

Lyrics:

Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman

Book / libretto:

Jeremy Sams

Based on:

the novel by Ian Flemming

Screenplay:

Roald Dahl & Ken Hughes

Director:

Jeremy Sams

Productions Original London Production

London Palladium - Opened 16 Apr 2002, closed 1 Sep 2005

Cast: Michael Ball – Caractacus Potts, Emma Williams – Truly Scrumptious, Anton Rodgers – Grandpa Potts, Brian Blessed – Baron Bomburst, Nichola McAuliffe – Baroness Bomburst, Richard O’Brien – The Child Catcher, Edward Petherbridge – Toymaker. 

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Carousel - Original Broadway

Carousel

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Carousel is one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most famous musicals, and was reportedly the composer’s favourite score. Stephen Sondheim, a close personal friend of Hammerstein agreed with this and said of the show “whilst Oklahoma! is about a picnic, Carousel is about life”. The musical has been revived all over the world on numerous occasions, with Nicholas Hytner’s 1992 National Theatre production setting the standard for new revivals. The show was turned into an MGM film in 1956 which starred Gordon McRae and Shirley Jones. In the UK the show’s score can be heard on the football stands as More >

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