Buxton Opera House was alive with excitement this evening for the opening night of the Broadway musical; Hairspray, with a red carpet entrance and the most fantastic new hampers of posh pickings available; it really made the whole theatre experience special before you've even taken your seat.

Musicals are everywhere at the moment and the choice is getting bigger and bigger; from convents with singing nuns to dictator ruled dystopian lands, there is plenty of choice perhaps even too much, well now here is another that you may have forgotten, and it's one of the most least likely stories I thought would ever go on to a musical, more so than when they tried a Coronation Street musical at the arena.

Macbeth is known to most as an extremely passionate and emotional Shakespeare tragedy which tells the story of Macbeth who returns from battle to encounter a witches who prophesy that he will be King of Scotland and with his wife realising that Macbeth has the ambition but needs the strength to do it, they work together in tangling a web of murder and betrayal.

If there has ever been a more perfect film to be turned into a stage musical, it must surely be the Kevin Bacon classic; Footloose.

It's got that fantastic story that you'll probably already know of a small town which bans music and dancing and a new kid who moves there that can't stand still, rebelling against the preacher to change its laws, add to that a fantastic soundtrack and surely that's musical Gold.

There are certain artists and songs that are and will always be; timeless greats.

The hits of Frankie Valli and the four seasons are exactly that and provide the perfect soundtrack for a summers evening, so I jumped at the chance to see a new musical 'Let's Hang On' at Buxton Opera House based on the music of the man himself.

Steve Steinman is back with a new show and it doesn't feature the usual vampires we have become accustomed to at one of his stage shows, the new show however entitled 'Iconic' is a sort of greatest hits from the silver screen featuring iconic movie themes and songs, hence the name 'iconic'.

I love the theatre, it brings out such emotions in me that the television or the cinema simply cannot. One moment, you can be laughing gleefully, the next; in floods of tears, and in most cases, that's before the prologue. Okay maybe not before the prologue, but my point has hopefully come across.

There's no greater suspense that can be enjoyed than at the theatre, taking you on twists and turns and the theatre itself plays a huge part in the ambience and making of most plays and no theatre could be better at playing such a part than Buxton Opera House, the very building itself is filled with intrigue and wonder and tonight I have the pleasure of once again taking a seat to enjoy R.C Sherriff's Home at Seven directed by David Janson.

It seems every musician or band are having musicals based on them at the moment, from Michael Jackson, The Kinks, Abba and a new addition to the list, The Small Faces. So with all these new musicals opening thick and fast, there has been some that never should have been made, The Spice Girls musical is one that I can recall definitely shouldn't have made it to opening night.


So, I'm at the beautiful Buxton Opera House to see 'All or Nothing' The Mod Musical based on the rise and fall of The Small Faces.