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The Wild Party Original Broadway

The Wild Party

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The Wild Party was one of two musicals of the same name to open in the 2000 Broadway season. Whereas LaChiusa’s production opened on Broadway, the Andrew Lippa version opened off Broadway. Both use the same source content of the 1928 Joseph Moncure March narrative poem. The show is told in vaudeville style comprising a small number of vignettes which come together to tell an overall story. Each thread slowly comes together and develops into an orgy followed by a tragedy. The original Broadway production had an all star cast which saw Eartha Kitt return to the stage. The music is set within More >

Wicked Gershwin 2003

Wicked

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Wicked is one of the biggest musicals of recent years. After a lengthy tryout period around the USA, the show opened on Broadway in late 2003. The show continues to play to packed houses in both New York and London, where it has set many records for box office gross receipts. Despite its success, the show did not win either the Tony Award or Olivier Award for Best Musical, but has won dozens of awards voted for by members of the public. The show has developed a number of dedicated fans around the world, and many people see it over and over again. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same More >

The Woman in White London

The Woman in White

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The Woman in White is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that opened in the West End in 2004. Based on the Victorian novel of the same name by Wilkie Collins, the show featured lyrics by David Zippel with a book by Charlotte Jones. The original production featured a set made up mainly of projections and was one of the first shows to use 3D technology which was criticised by many reviewers. The musical features a small chamber cast, which was initially led by Maria Friedman and Michael Crawford, who suffered under the constrains of his costume and had to be replaced by Michael Ball, four months More >

The Wiz Original Broadway

The Wiz

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The Wiz is a musical adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz story, based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Featuring music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls and a book by William F Brown, the show uses the context of African-American culture to shed a different light on the classic story. The original production featured an all-black cast and was one of the first mainstream Broadway musicals to do so. The show became popular on Broadway, and a film version was later created staring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Although this was a commercial and critical failure, it became a cult classic and allowed More >

wonderful town

Wonderful Town

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Wonderful Town is one of Leonard Bernstein’s most impressive musical scores. Featuring a book by Joseph A Fields and Jerome Chodorov, the musical is based on the Chodorov’s 1940 play ‘My Sister Eileen’. Betty Comden and Adolph Green provided the lyrics to what became some of Bernstein’s most memorable standards such as ‘Ohio’, ‘Conga’ and ‘A Million Ways to Loose a Man’. The show received its Broadway debut in 1953 and went on to win five Tony Awards including the coveted Best Musical Award. The show transferred to London in 1955, but was more popular when it was revived at the Queen’s More >

West Side Story Palace 2010

West Side Story

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West Side Story is one of the most famous musicals in the classical canon and is regularly performed all over the world. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet the musical boasts one of the most memorable scores ever written for the stage, with songs such as ‘Tonight’, ‘Maria’, ‘America’ and ‘I Feel Pretty’ written by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Although the original 1957 production didn’t run for long, the success of the film adaptation helped cement the show into the American culture. Relocating the story to 1950s New York where two rival gangs The Sharks and The More >

The Wizard of Oz RSC

The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz is one of the most popular movie-musicals ever made by MGM. Based on the book by L Frank Baum the show follows young Dorothy Gale and her dog Toto as they are swept away ‘over the rainbow’ to the magical world of Oz. Aided by a talking Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion, Dorothy battles the Wicked Witch of the West in order to get home, whilst keeping hold of her Ruby Slippers. Numerous productions worldwide have failed to prove as successful as the film, although the RSC version is fondly remembered. In 2010 Andrew Lloyd Webber produced a new version of the show at the London More >

Witches of Eastwick

The Witches of Eastwick

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Based on the cult film of the same name, along with the famous John Updike novel, The Witches of Eastwick is a witty musical by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe. The show opened in London at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 2000 and was produced by Cameron Mackintosh. The show follows the plot of the film quiet closely, as three women from a conservative American town conjure up the devil to help them with their various problems. As Daryl Van Horne begins to woo the inhabitants of Eastwick, the women begin to let themselves go and attract negative attention. Despite the fantastic score and witty More >

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