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The Mystery of Edwin Drood Original Broadway

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

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The Mystery of Edwin Drood, or ‘Drood’ as it is known to some is a unique musical in which the audience have the chance to choose the outcome. Based on the unfinished novel of the same name by Charles Dickens, the show concerns a murder mystery plot, leaving the audience to select the offender from a range of suspects. The quirky play within a play setting of the musical, along with the different outcome every night helped this musical win the Tony Award for Best Musical, going on to achieve cult status. The show was first seen in the 1980s but has been revived in 2012 in both London and New More >

Mame

Mame

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Mame is based on the 1955 novel and subsequent play ‘Auntie Mame’ by Patrick Dennis. The musical version features a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The show is set in New York during the Great Depression and focuses on the eccentric bohemian Mame Dennis. Her ridiculous lifestyle is upset when her young nephew comes to stay with her, which leads to all sorts of misadventures. The musical was made into a film by Warner Brothers pictures which starred Lucille Ball, after taking over the role from Angela Lansbury.

Music:

Jerry More >

Man of La Mancha 3rd Broadway Revival

Man of La Mancha

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Man of La Mancha was one of the most popular stage musicals of its day, clocking up an impressive 2,328 performances for its original production. Countless Broadway revivals have each achieved varying levels of success, and the 2002 production was particularly popular. The show features music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, and some of its songs have become Broadway standards such as ‘The Impossible Dream’ that has been recorded by artists all over the world and translated into languages ranging from Hebrew to Japanese. The book is inspired by Cervante’s novel ‘Don Quixote’ and tells More >

Mack and Mabel Original London

Mack and Mabel

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Mack and Mabel features a book by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman, and features the Broadway standards ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ and ‘Tap Your Troubles Away’. The show follows the relationship between film director Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand in the roaring twenties and the early days of the Hollywood film studios. The show has had many successful outings on Broadway, including benefit concerts starring actors such as Robert Preston, Bernadette Peters and Francis Roufelle. A recent London revival at the Southwalk Playhouse received rave reviews for its simplicity and More >

The Music Man Original London

The Music Man

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The Music Man tells the charming story of con man Harold Hill and his 76 Trombones has been parodied by various forms of media over the past half a century. Meredith Wilson’s 1957 musical was one of the biggest Broadway hits that year, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. In small town America, con artist ‘Professor’ Hill convinces the town of Rock Island that he can create a boy’s band, getting them to part with their money. He falls for the stubborn librarian Marian Paroo and attempts to charm her and her whole family. The show starred Robert Preston in the lead role alongside Barbara More >

My Fair Lady Original Broadway

My Fair Lady

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My Fair Lady features music by Frederick Loewe along with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and is based on the play ‘Pygmalion’ by George Bernard Shaw. The show follows cockney flower girl Eliza Doolitte who takes speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins, who boasts that he can pass her off ‘as a Duchess’. The show was extremely popular on both Broadway and in London and has played many successful runs around the world. The original cast included Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, and the impressive film starred Audrey Hepburn.

Music:

Frederick Loewe

Lyrics:

Alan Jay Lerner

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Miss Saigon Original London

Miss Saigon

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From the writers of Les Miserables came one of the most successful musicals of the 1990s – Miss Saigon. Originally opening in London, the show was a huge success running for over 10 years at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The Broadway production had the largest advance in history, and was almost called off after controversy with Actors Equity and the casting on non-asian actors in Asian roles. The show is a modern retelling of ‘Madame Butterfly’, relocated to the Vietnam War.

Music:

Claude-Michel Schönberg

Lyrics:

Richard Maltby Jr & Alain Boublil

Book / libretto:

Alain Boublil

Based More >

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along

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Merrily We Roll Along is one of Sondheim's most undervalued work, with an infamous original production of only 16 performances. Featuring a book by George Furth, the show is based on a 1934 play by George S Kaufman and Moss Hart. The narrative runs backwards, and further revisions have attempted to make the structure fully cyclical. Although the score features some of Sondheim's most popular work, audiences have often struggled with the over ally concept and book and the show has never been a commercial success.

Music:

Stephen Sondheim

Lyrics:

Stephen Sondheim

Book / libretto:

George More >

Memphis

Memphis

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Memphis is a Tony Award winning musical featuring music and lyrics by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. What happens when a 1950′s Memphis DJ with white listeners decides to play African-American music? Is Memphis ready for it? Is America? The story was inspired by the legendary DJ Dewey Phillips and the music that became known as “rock ’n’ roll.” The show was a hit in New York in 2009 and clocked up an impressive number of performances, finally recouping all its original investments. The show has been videoed and released commercially, and is rumoured to be travelling to the West End in More >

Mary Poppins Prince Edward 2004

Mary Poppins

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Disney Theatrical and Cameron Mackintosh present Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney Film. Featuring direction by Richard Eyre and choreography by Matthew Bourne, this production features new songs by Geroge Stiles and Anthony Drewe, supplementing the original classic Robert and Richard Sherman tunes. The show was a hit for Mackintosh in the West End and successfully transferred to Broadway where it still continues to play to packed houses. Directed and choreographed by Richard Eyre and Matthew Bourne, this fantastic show is engaging and More >

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