Like a hardy sunflower, “Calendar Girls” re-emerges season after season in a slightly different variation each time. First a film in 2003 featuring a bouquet of top female comedy talent, then as a stage play and, now in what must be its most confident, liberating and life-affirming incarnation, as “Calendar Girls - the Musical”.
You may have read the book, but this production brings the story new energy as it erupts onto the stage in a mix of nerve-jangling tension, anger, teenage love and raw emotion underscored with a 70’s soundtrack. Fans of the book will enjoy the new dimension and the visuals created.
With the unsettling rise of right wing ideology on both sides of the Atlantic this production could not have been timelier and politically apposite. Rufus Norris has snatched the Broadway classic and deftly and intelligently reimagined it for a twenty first century audience.
For the first time in its 120-year history Birmingham Hippodrome has produced its own youth show staring 16-24-year olds from the region, in a bold and colourful production of West Side Story
Books and films, by nature, are more literal mediums than theatre and translating one to the other can often be fraught with problems many of which are encountered in Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel’s adaptation of the book and film version of Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train.”
“Hair” erupted before a stupefied Broadway audience way back in ’67 and single handed re-invented the well-made musical. The show platformed, with sincerity and exhilaration, the true experience of the hippy counter culture’s confrontation with draft-dodging, segregation and political freedom.
This family favourite comes to Birmingham for 3 weeks of the summer holidays to entertain both adults and children.
Annie follows the story of a little girl in a New York orphanage in the early 1930’s. The orphanage is run by a jaded drunk (Miss Hannigan) who resents the girls in her care. When a billionaire (Oliver Warbucks) decides to have a child stay with him over Christmas Annie is chosen, much to the disgust of Miss Hannigan. Will the billionaire and Annie get along? Will Annie find her parents who left her as a baby with a promise to return? You will have to see the show to find out.
‘New York High School for the Performing Arts’ arrived in Stoke on Monday night in the guise of Fame the Musical. The stage version of Fame was created by David De Silva following the film in 1980. Having premiered in London back in 1995 it has since been shown in many countries and tells the story of a group of students who attend the New York City High School for the Performing Arts.
Warhorse is the spectacular retelling of Michael Monpurgo’s heart-breaking novel of the same name. The stage show, originally performed at the National Theatre, is crafted so beautifully that it is a hard catch to find someone who wasn’t reduced to tears by this awe-inspiring production.
Following incredible success on Broadway and the West End, not to mention a Vegas season and even a movie, Rock of Ages has certainly been a phenomenal hit.
Following its huge success in Broadway and The West End, Kinky Boots is now strutting its stuff around the rest of the country. Arriving in Stoke this award winning musical with lyrics and music by Cyndi Lauper is certainly making an impact.
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