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Musicals staring with letter J

Dr Jekyll Playbill 1

Jekyll and Hyde

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Jekyll and Hyde the musical is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Described as a musical thriller the show was conceived by Frank Wildhorn and Steve Cuden, with a book written by Leslie Bricusse. Set in London in the 1800’s Dr Jekyll longs to cure his father’s mental illness. He uses himself as a guinea pig to test his formula transforming him inadvertently into the evil Mr Hyde. The score has a contemporary rock vibe the most famous number being “This is the Moment”. Although not a success with the critics the show developed a cult More >

Joseph Broadway Revival

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the first musical offering from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The show is based on the Book of Genesis in The Bible and the story of the ‘coat of many colours’. The show started life as a 30 minute long cantata written for a primary school. After the concept album was released and the success of their next musical collaboration, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, the show mounted a full scale production. The show continued to be modest in size and developed with each production, until the ‘definitive’ London Palladium version that starred Jason More >

Jesus Christ Superstar Original Broadway

Jesus Christ Superstar

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Jesus Christ Superstar is one of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s most popular musicals. The show began life as a concept recording which become popular in America and the UK charts. Due to the scale of the show, Producers were scared to take it on, but the original production opened on Broadway in 1971, before opening in London in 1972. The musical is a loose account of the Gospels in the final week leading up to Jesus’ death, ending with the crucifixion. The main focus is on the relationship between Judas and Jesus that have been invented for the musical. Despite some controversy all over More >

Jerry Springer the Opera

Jerry Springer The Opera

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Jerry Springer The Opera came from humble beginnings to be one of the most talked about pieces of theatre in the past decade. Written by comedian Stewart Lee, the opera/musical uses the American chat show format to bring to life a colourful cast of characters and ensemble. After success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, used the piece in his inaugural season at the London venue which sparked much controversy. The adult nature of the script, combined with profanities both spoken and sung made this a highly controversial piece of theatre. The More >

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