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The theatre scene is about to have a new player slowly but surely making itself known in the American ranks. Developing and mastering itself over across the pond in Edinburgh, and then in London, this show has taken a patriarchal history, and turned it on its head. By focusing on the six wives of Henry VIII, SIX has given a new voice to iconic and influential women, who have seemed to been forgotten in history, outside of their marriage to King Tudor. Through the plot of this show, audiences are able to hear from each one of them in a score that forces all to ride a roller coaster of perspective, style, and genre. 

With music ranging from the pop-icon style in “Ex-Wives,” to the polka-house combo in “House of Holbein,” to the Iggy Azalea-esque rhythms of “Get Down,” listeners get to hear a musical that truly becomes a celebration of femininity. 

This celebration has caught the eyes and ears of critics and audiences alike from all over, with people such as Entertainment Focus stating:

“As soon as the show starts – genuinely – the second we see the six leads (because they are all leads) in all their resplendence we know we will not be disappointed. I say ‘we’ because the rapidity and seamlessness with which this production creates a sense of collectivity among us watching is artful and thrilling – bordering on magic.”

Currently open at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in what is seeming to look like a New York try-out, and with a cast album already released from the Original cast, the cult following of this show is right on the horizon. 

Hear me now. Do yourself a favor. Listen to this show. Get behind it. This show, now more than never, needs to thrive. There is power in women. And the female voice has been shut out for too long. 

This show is going places. And I am calling it now.

#WeAreSix

Review: ‘Be My Baby’ at the Leeds Playhouse

Review: ‘Be My Baby’ at the Leeds Playhouse

The Leeds Playhouse Pop-Up Season is almost drawing to a close, and as the theatre moves towards the completion of its major refurbishment over the coming summer months, it is welcoming audiences for its final Pop-Up production. Featuring the female members of the Leeds Playhouse Ensemble, and produced in association with Mind the Gap, Amanda Whittington’s play ‘Be My Baby’ is the final major play of the theatre’s current season.

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Review: ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Blood Brothers’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Willy Russell’s ‘Blood Brothers’ has well and truly become a classic of the British musical repertoire, and has been moving audiences around the world for over thirty years. After spending twenty-four years in the West End and touring nationally and internationally since, I looked forward to seeing the musical in its current guise, produced by Bill Kenwright, at its stop at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

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Review: "Rock of Ages" (UK & Ireland Tour)

Review: "Rock of Ages" (UK & Ireland Tour)

One thing that musicals lack, is a shift in structure. Mainstream musicals mainly always follow a linear plot structure, which have a very Stanislavskian style.  “Rock of Ages” completely tears that expected formula apart. Till Saturday 4th May, the UK and Ireland touring production is playing Edinburgh’s answer to the west end, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: 'Abigail’s Party' - UK Tour

Review: 'Abigail’s Party' - UK Tour

Mike Leigh’s 1970s kitchen sink drama, “Abigail’s Party”, is back on tour with an all new production and cast. Following the story of the troublesome couple, Beverley and Laurence, inviting their neighbors, Sue, Angela and Tony round for a get together. All this is happening, while Sue’s daughter, Abigail is having a house party down the road. What could possibly go wrong?

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Review: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at Leeds Playhouse

Review: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ at Leeds Playhouse

The refurbishment of the Leeds Playhouse is well underway, and as the theatre accelerates towards its completion later this year, its Pop-Up Theatre space is now playing host to its most physical production yet: ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, adapted from Jules Verne’s novel by Toby Hulse. Directed by Alexander Ferris, I looked forward to seeing this production’s take on the classic novel.

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Review: ‘Kinky Boots the Musical’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Kinky Boots the Musical’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Julian Jarrold’s 2005 film ‘Kinky Boots’, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth, was a hit with audiences after bringing a heartwarming story of acceptance to the screen against the backdrop of an unusual setting. Eight years later, the film was adapted into a musical and premiered in Chicago before transferring to Broadway and beyond, building on the film’s legacy and becoming a hit in the process. Now, a new regional tour is making its way around the UK, and I managed to catch the show on its stop at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

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Review: 'Matilda The Musical' - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: 'Matilda The Musical' - UK & Ireland Tour

You see maggots, in this world there are two types of musical, the winners and the losers, and since seeing “Matilda The Musical” in London, back in 2013, plus another two times since, it has been considered the ultimate winner to me. Now it is touring the UK and Ireland, and no surprise, tens of thousands of people are flocking to their nearest theatre to see this stonking hit. To see how the tour compares to the stunning London production, I attended it’s press evening and opening night, at the biggest theatre of its run, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: ‘Rough Crossing’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Rough Crossing’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Playwright Tom Stoppard has penned some of the most sparkling comedies and dramatic works throughout his career, including perhaps his most famous works ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead’ and ‘Arcadia,’ and has also penned the screenplays to ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘Parade’s End.’ Now, one of his lesser-known comedies, ‘Rough Crossing,’ is receiving a revival by Bill Kenwright Productions after two major productions in the last thirty years. Currently, on a national tour, I caught the show during its stop at the Leeds Grand Theatre.

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Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘The Full Monty’ at the Leeds Grand Theatre

Peter Cattaneo’s 1997 film ‘The Full Monty’, written by Simon Beaufoy, has gone on to become something of a cultural phenomenon, becoming one of Britain’s most successful and memorable films. Now over twenty years later, during which time the film has been adapted into a musical and seen a renewed surge in interest thanks to more recent films like ‘Magic Mike’, Beaufoy’s 2013 play based on his original screenplay has made a return to the stage. 

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Review: 'The Girl on the Train' - U.K. & Ireland Tour

Review: 'The Girl on the Train' - U.K. & Ireland Tour

“The Girl on the Train" by Paula Hawkins, is the latest novel to get a stage adaptation. And this adaptation is pretty special seeing as the novel in question has been a soaring hit since it was released in 2015. Following its huge popularity, fans wanted more, causing a film adaptation to be released the following year (October 2016). And now it has been adapted into a stage play, which is currently touring the UK & Ireland. I attended the press night at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre eagerly awaiting to see how this story would translate onto stage.

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Review: ‘Benidorm Live’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

Review: ‘Benidorm Live’ at Leeds Grand Theatre

ITV’s beloved television series ‘Benidorm’, now over twelve years old, really has become a smash hit sitcom phenomenon. After its humble beginnings as a short series following the idiosyncratic mishaps of the Garveys, a northern family who venture on numerous holidays in an all-inclusive Costa del Sol resort, the series continued to evolve over a further ten seasons. Now, as the show is available to stream on Netflix, creator and writer Derren Litten has adapted his series for a new medium: the stage. Featuring some of the show’s mainstay characters, I was intrigued to see how the show had made the transition to a live setting, now entitled ‘Benidorm Live’.

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Review: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” - U.K. Tour

Review: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” - U.K. Tour

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is a musical which was originally a theatre in education production, which toured schools. Nowadays, it is known for being a juggernaut of a musical which is a huge asset to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s library of creative credits. The musical has toured for the best part of fifty years, so audiences in the UK are very familiar with the music and the story. Therefore, in 2019 there has surely been some work done to the new UK touring production, to make this musical accessible to a new generation of younger audiences. To find out, I attended the press evening, in Scotland’s answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Review: "Hamlet" at the Leeds Playhouse

Review: "Hamlet" at the Leeds Playhouse

After a brief quiet period in the aftermath of its acclaimed ‘A Christmas Carol’, Leeds Playhouse has once again opened up the doors to its pop-up theatre space to inspire audiences from across the city and beyond. This time, however, we’re not in the land of misers, but instead, we’re in a land of treachery, tragedy and betrayal: Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’.

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Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Ghost The Musical" - UK & Ireland Tour

Overall, this musical is good for audiences looking for a fun and lighthearted evening/afternoon of entertainment, however, for the “Ghost” motion picture super fans, this may not be for you, as it is definitely directed in a different tone while keeping with the same story. This show does however, showcase some fantastic talent, who put their all in to providing you, probably the best production of this musical in recent years.

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Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

Review: "Jersey Boys" - UK & Ireland Tour

“Jersey Boys” Is a musical which has been touring the UK time and time again. It is one of the most iconic stage musicals of the 21st century and audiences have been lapping up the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons for fifteen years. And unbelievably, I had never seen the musical until this evening (Wednesday 20th February), in Edinburgh’s answer to Broadway, the Edinburgh Playhouse. So, did this hyped musical live up to expectation?

The story of “Jersey Boys” follows the bandmates of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi. It shows the roots of the bands, the trials they endured (literally), their personal life and of course how they created the iconic music that the world has come to love.

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Review: “American Idiot the Musical”- UK Tour

Review: “American Idiot the Musical”- UK Tour

Green Day’s hit musical, “American Idiot”, is hitting the road for its tenth anniversary UK Tour. It has been up and down the country many times before, and this time it’s a celebratory lap for fans of the musical to relive the rock. This week the musical is visiting Scotland’s largest and grandest theatre, the Edinburgh Playhouse, so I attended the press evening to see if this show still is entertaining the masses.

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Review: "Glasgow Girls" - UK Tour Review

Review: "Glasgow Girls" - UK Tour Review

Glasgow Girls” used to be a lesser known musical which was not within the mainstream eye, but since it’s 2016 Edinburgh Fringe appearance, and follow up tour, there has been a lot of talk about the musical based on a true story. Finally, the production is back on tour, and after it being five years since I saw the 2nd run of the show at the Citizens theatre in Glasgow, I thought it was time I revisited the production to see how it has aged. The tour, luckily, stopped off at one of my favourite theatres, the King’s in Edinburgh, so I popped along to see it in Capital theatre’s old girl of Leven street.

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Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

Review: “Six the Musical” - SEC, Glasgow/Arts Theatre, London

“Hamilton the Musical” is currently taking over the planet, being a contemporary musical with an incredible score, while also educating the world about how America was established, with some messages on diversity and race mixed in there too. Unfortunately, due to some of us being too busy and broke to see Hamilton, there has been whisperings of a low-costing ticket alternative, which has the potential of being just as big a hit.

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