Category: Musicals

The musical – a descendent of the comic opera and variety show, musicals represent a wonderful marriage of story and music.

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Sunset Boulevard (2019)

In the pool of a Hollywood mansion on Sunset Boulevard, Joe Gillis floats face-down with a bullet in his back. Flashing back to the previous six months – Joe is a struggling screenwriter whose life becomes dangerously entangled with that of faded silent movie star, Norma Desmond. Norma is convinced she is only one script away from making a dramatic comeback to the movies.

Based on the 1950 Oscar-winning movie, Sunset Boulevard features some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most magnificent music, including the songs “With One Look”, “As If We Never Said Goodbye” and, “Sunset Boulevard”.

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Titanic The Musical (2018)

The story of the RMS Titanic, which in 1912 collided with an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, is one of the best known and most tragic disasters of the 20th Century.

Based on real people aboard the ship, Titanic the Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the passengers and crew who each boarded with stories and ambitions of their own.

With music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, the original Broadway production of Titanic The Musical won five Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

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Mack & Mabel (2017)

Mack & Mabel, originally released in 1974 (Michael Stewart’s book was revised for this version in 2015 by his sister Francine Pascal), is a fabrication of fact and fiction – delivered in flashback from the point of view of Mack Sennett (1880-1960).

Mack admits to two obsessions: movies and Mabel Normand (1892-1930). He is the struggling director in the teens of the 20th century, who transplants his studio “family” to California, sets up Keystone Studios and rat-a-tats out slapstick two-reelers. She is the girl from the deli who erupts on to the set with a sandwich delivery. Mack spots potential. Mabel becomes a star.

They fall in love, but he’s not romantic (“I won’t send roses”); she is (dreamily reprising this declaration of non-commitment). He wants “to make the world laugh”; she wants acting to be more than pratfalls and guffaws. Artistic differences tear them apart – spectacularly when Mabel’s on-set explosion sets off a custard-pie fight! She leaves to make feature films; he launches the Bathing Beauties, Keystone Cops and a thousand pie-in-the-face gags: “No one pretended that what we were doing was art.”

With spectacular production numbers and recreations of iconic silent film scenes mixed with a healthy dose of laughs, romance, action and tragedy – topped off with the genius of Gerry Herman’s score – this show is pure entertainment.

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Forbidden Broadway Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (2017)

This year’s spring production was a departure from the “norm” with our presentation of “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1”. For those who know, the Forbidden Broadway team affectionately send-up of many of musical theatre’s most popular shows.

Chita Rivera and Rita Moreno battle it out over which of them was the best Anita in West Side Story. The Phantom of the Opera is advised to ditch his radio mic and use his diaphragm by none other than Ethel Merman. Spending night after night as downtrodden peasants is taking its toll on the cast of Les Miserables, while Eponine reveals how she kills time between scenes. Finally we discover how Sir Cameron Mackintosh made his name as the Napoleon of Broadway.

And there is so much more in this hilarious review, set to the legendary tunes we all know and love.

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