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27 - The age at which a number of popular musicians died, including; Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
Ever feel like killing your boss? After 25 long years spent adding figures in the same soul-crushing job, Mr Zero suddenly finds himself replaced by a machine. For the first time in his life, Zero takes his destiny into his own hands. The consequences set him on a path through this world and beyond, offering him one last chance for love, life and redemption. Take an extraordinary journey with Mr Zero in this stirring and hilariously dark anti-musical as it asks us to consider the true price of a human soul, told through Joshua Schmidt's haunting score, inspired by gospel, opera, jazz and rock and roll.
In 1964, a new phenomenon exploded on to the dingy British streets. It was the essence of all that was cool. It was Mod. Mods stuck two fingers up at the class-ridden society and its dull redundant culture. They were working-class free spirits who rode sexy streamlined Italian Vespas or Lambrettas. The sharpest Mod of all was known as a 'FACE'. THE SMALL FACES encapsulated all that is Mod, a unique blend of taste and testosterone, neat, clothes obsessed, and street-wise. But these cult sophisticates shared another passion, their dedication to 'Rhythm n Blues.'
Featuring the music of the Small Faces
In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the life of this average Joe - through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his own medical career; from the tranquillity of his hometown to the hectic din of big city life and a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about, ultimately learning the most important lessons of all - the value of family, that money isn't everything and that home really is where the heart is. With a gorgeous, epic score by Richard Rodgers and a ground-breaking book by Oscar Hammerstein II, Allegro opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history.
Award winning musical. Assassins is a twisted celebration of America, "a land where any boy can grow up to kill a president". This show explores the motives of nine individuals who attempt to assassinate American presidents. Through Sondheim's witty lyrics and emotive score, it exposes a sinister underside to the American Dream. Compelling, innovative and yet disturbingly funny, this is one of the most controversial musicals ever written.
Hailed among critics as an innovative and gripping musical The Burnt Part Boys is an unforgettable coming of age story, following a group of teenagers living under the shadow of tragic mining accident, which claimed the lives of their fathers ten years prior. With a masterfully orchestrated and arranged score that will engross and mesmerize.
In 50 BC Cleopatra hollowed out a fruit stone and filled it with angry bees providing her with the right kind of buzz. In 2016, Angie finds herself out of her depth with what it means to be a woman taking control of her sexuality. Winner of the 2016 Stella Wilkie Award and shortlisted for the Les Enfants Terribles Award, Buzz is a hilarious musical journey through the history of the vibrator and a brutally honest story of a singleton's quest to fall back in love with herself. Bridget Jones meets the Book of Mormon.
From Stephen Schwartz (Wicked & Godspell) and John Caird (Les Miserables) comes this heartfelt and humorous musical tale about what it means to be a parent. When we bring our children into the world, all we want is to protect and cherish them. When they then begin to grow up, paradise is never quite as perfect again. The hardest part of love ...is letting go.
In Northern Italy, shortly after World War One, Death disguises himself as a handsome young prince to try to understand why life is so precious and death so feared. But when he unexpectedly falls in love with a newly engaged young woman, this mysterious stranger discovers that love may in fact be stronger than death.
Edges follows four twenty-somethings as they teeter on the edges of their lives. Written while they were still students at the University of Michigan, this contemporary song cycle confronts the trials and tribulations of moving into adulthood, figuring out how and who to be. The collection of songs interweaves the lives of two men and two women, and speak as much of such universal issues as love, loss, commitment, identity, ambition, growth, and connection, as the obsessions of youth. Each song stands as a story in itself: a son rages against his father, a woman lies next to a lover she doesn't quite love, and all the characters find themselves in front of a computer on a Friday night, desperate not to be alone. Each character and each song is vivid, imaginative and utterly relatable as they explore the full, messy range of this fraught decade. We've all been there... or we'll all be there: such is the draw of this moving, funny, compelling musical, whether you are 26 or 96.
Young photographer Jimmy Tucker faces the biggest and most exciting challenge of his life when a stranger commissions him to find and shoot the seven deadly sins alive and kicking in modern London. But in a break-neck race through the night, a series of extraordinary encounters involving girlfriends, family history and the intoxicating cult of celebrity begin to reveal that there's a whole lot more at stake than just money.
When the most popular presidential candidate dies between his mistress?s thighs his status-starved widow, Violet, decides that if she can't be the wife of the president, she'll be his mother! Thrusting her lacklustre son Cal into the spotlight, Violet is determined to create the perfect politician at any cost in this brutally comedic tale of lust, greed and scandal. With a rock-fuelled score, laced with scandalous lyrics, the team behind The Witches of Eastwick deliver a dark and spellbinding ride through the American political machine.
Off Broadway musical. The show tells the story of a young cave explorer who became trapped underground in 1925. Set above and below ground in the Kentucky hills, the ensuing dramatic rescue attempt shows how an extraordinary human adventure turned into one of the first American media circuses. Floyd went underground hoping to discover a gigantic cave which would bring him fame and fortune. Instead he is forced to come to terms with becoming that coveted tourist attraction himself.
Freud The Musical is a one-woman show about sex, madness and medicine. Based on the true-life account of Sigmund Freud's cocaine addiction this comedy gleefully annihilates the father of modern psychology. The show upends our conventional ideas about mental illness and sexuality in a flurry of cross-dressing and dick jokes. Natasha Sutton-Williams gives a fearless performance, playing the bombastic and desperately addicted Freud, his imaginary cat friend Oedipussy and his patients, from the raging lesbian Dora to Little Hans, the original Freudian motherfucker.
Part of Festival 46
The Last Five Years is a show about a marriage. It is told from two angles: from the man's point of view it starts at their first meeting and ends in the present, when the marriage breaks up. From the woman s point of view, it starts in the present and works back in time to the first meeting. Only at the wedding, in the centre of the piece, do the stories intersect. The relationship is between a 'nice Jewish boy' and an Christian girl in New York City. During a five year period, they fall in love, marry and their relationship gradually sours and they finally divorce.
In the autumn of 2006 the everyday life of the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. You automatically think it could be him. That s the scary thing, you know he could be amongst us walking around with us every day and we, we don t know. The residents of London Road had struggled for years with the soliciting and kerb-crawling that they frequently encountered. As Steve Wright, the occupant of No. 79, was arrested, charged and then convicted of the murders, the immediate community grappled with what it meant to be at the epicentre of this tragedy. We just wanna - wanna see an end - end to it and London Road getting back to London Road instead of being known for someone where - where the murderer lived. Adam Cork uses the melodic and rhythmic speech patterns captured on playwright Alecky Blythe s extensive recorded interviews with the people of Ipswich to create an experimental and challenging work which reveals the ways in which even the darkest experiences can engender a greater sense of our mutual dependence.
The true story of one refugee's epic quest across Africa, brought to life with music from the world-renowned Isango Ensemble. Asad is a young Somali refugee with a painful past, miraculously good luck and a brilliant head for business. After years in a refugee camp and then learning to hustle in the streets of Ethiopia, he sets off for the promised land of South Africa. But when he arrives, he discovers the violent reality of life in the townships - and his adventures really begin.
The musical tells the story of what could be one of the great, untold romances of our time, between Marco Polo the 13th century Venetian explorer and the beautiful and strong-willed Princess Kogajin, daughter of the great Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan.
A mixture of high camp, music hall-style smut and outrageous double entendres, Moby Dick sees the anarchic and nubile girls of St. Godley's Academy for Young Ladies and their unflappable headmistress trying to save their school from bankruptcy by staging Herman Melville's classic novel in the school's swimming pool
Noel Coward, Gertrude Lawrence and Ivor Novello together for one last time at The Desert Inn, Las Vegas. Coward was loved by American audiences but despite that, his dressing room is a lonely place - hence he is in a reflective mood. Through his friends and his music he looks back at happier times. Noel's greatest hits and wit, together with Ivor's beautiful melodies create a nostalgic evening of laughter, love and eternal friendship. A real talent to amuse wrapped up in an unmissable revue that premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe to rave reviews. Songs include: I'll See You Again, Someday I'll Find You, Parisian Pierrot, London Pride, Mrs Worthington and A Room with a View by Noel Coward. We'll Gather Lilacs, And Her Mother Came Too, Fold Your Wings, Keep the Home Fires Burning and I Can Give You the Starlight by Ivor Novello.
Part of Festival 46
A British musical set in a high-street bookshop. Aspiring writer Atticus Smith lives avidly through his novel's characters until the arrival of the spirited and audacious Lilly Sprocket. Paper Hearts is set in two parallel worlds, Atticus's own modern day life, and the 1940s Russia torn apart by the 2nd World War that his characters inhabit. The thumping upbeat numbers of the contemporary pop-folk score performed by a company of 11 actors - many performing as actor-musicians, guide you through a tale of love, passion, and betrayal, among books.
A new musical adaptation of one of Jane Austen's most admired novels - the story of a woman who has loved and lost and gets a second chance. Persuasion focuses on the regret and loneliness of the heroine, Anne Elliot, who has rejected a proposal of marriage from the one man she truly loved. Anne had allowed herself to be persuaded by her snobbish family's convictions that Captain Wentworth was unworthy, but after a separation of eight years, the tables have turned. Anne is nearly an old maid and her once rich family is on the verge of bankruptcy, and Captain Wentworth returns from sea with both rank and fortune. Can he forgive her for being persuaded to break off their engagement rather than following her heart? And can their lost love be rekindled? One of the most powerful love stories ever written, it will leave you breathless!
A true story of family, hope and survival told through the world's most beautiful music. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitz, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of Lisa Jura, a young Jewish pianist who is dreaming about her concert debut at Vienna's storied Musikverein concert hall. But with the issuing of new ordinances under the Nazi regime, everything for Lisa changes, except for her love of music and the pursuit of her dream - as she is torn from her family and set onto the Kindertransport to London.
Based on the screenplay The Apartment by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond. The story follows the tormented love affair of Chuck, a clerk, who achieves promotion by renting his room to his bosses for their extra-marital affairs. In the course of his career rise, Chuck learns that one of these 'temporary tenants' is having an affair with Fran, the girl he loves. Amongst the score's many delightful songs was 'I'll Never Fall in Love Again', which became a hit for Dionne Warwick in the US, and was a UK number one for Bobby Gentry.
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Set in London's Criterion Theatre in the Spring of 1941, Radio Times traces the struggles of the Cast of variety bandwagon a BBC Light Entertainment Show broadcasting for the first time Live to America. Unfortunately nothing is going right, Hitler is showing a total lack of tact with his Blitz and war damage has blocked off some of the Performers, but the show must go on and what a show - full of Song, Dance and non-stop laughter.
It is the turn of the twentieth century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. The story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, a Harlem musician; Mother and her family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America with his daughter seeking a new life. It features many historical figures, including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, JP Morgan and Henry Ford.
A musical based on La boheme. The musical updates the plot to modern day New York where a community of East Village dwellers battle to fulfil their aspirations against the tide of reality. The show opened off Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in February 1996 for a two month run before transferring to the Nederlander. 35 year old Jonathan Larson never lived to see the success of the musical, dying of an aortic aneurysm shortly after the final dress rehearsal. Winner of four 1996 Tony Awards, (including Best Musical), the film rights were snapped up by Robert de Niro and Miramax.
This legendary cult musical tells the true story of Daisy and Violet Hilton born in Brighton in 1908. Beautiful, talented, and joined at the hip, they were sold to Mary Hilton, who believed they would be a lucrative investment. They began touring with circuses and carnivals at the age of three and became the toast of the Vaudeville circuit where they gained fame and recognition, sharing billing with such luminaries as Harry Houdini and Bob Hope. Side Show includes songs such as Like Everyone Else, When I'm By Your Side, and Who Will Love Me As I Am? When Side Show opened on Broadway in 1997 it was hailed by the New York Times as "a bright and moving musical with poignancy, urgency, and a refreshingly unsentimental honest" and was nominated for 4 Tony awards.
When a young boy's snowman comes to life on Christmas Eve, the two set off on a night-time quest for adventure. On their travels they meet dancing penguins, reindeer and naturally, Father Christmas. Watch spellbound as the Snowman flies through the night sky above you, before escaping the clutches of the evil Jack Frost to return home for Christmas morning.
California 1961, and there's trouble in Pine City. This was a case for Lieutenant Al Wheeler. First call was delectable Deadpan Dolores, a strawberry blonde who worked at the Club Extravaganza. She didn't usually keep things under wraps, so what was she hiding? With a nose for crime and an eye for the ladies, Wheeler will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Characters from Carter Brown's classic pulp fiction jump off the page in this fast-paced musical from the writer of The Rocky Horror Show. Take 18 ice cool songs written and arranged by award-winning composer Richard Hartley added together with Richard O'Brien's witty lyrics and you'll be in adolescent pulp-fiction heaven.
Take a bitingly funny and deeply touching tour of modern London life with Izzy and Jonesy. With exciting jobs, great friends and even a tiny overpriced flat in Zone 2 - they've got it all. Or do they? Maybe having a baby is the one last thing that would make everything perfect. Or maybe life has other ideas... We're all busy people chasing our dreams and looking for instant gratification from the things we do - our online posts, our careers, our loves and our lovers. We're told we can anything we like, and that we have more choices than any other generation in history. Set against an instantly recognisable backdrop of eye-watering house prices, unreliable dating apps and over-friendly coffee baristas, This Little Life of Mine looks at what happens when we can't have everything that we want.
A Broadway hit and Tony award winning musical charting the true story of the most famous ship in history. With an award winning musical score, combining showstoppers and ballads. In the final hour of 14 April 1912 the RMS Titanic, on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, collided with an iceberg and ?the unsinkable ship' slowly sank. It was one of the most tragic disasters of the 20th Century.1517 men, women and children lost their lives.