‘Groundhog Day,’ All Over Again, Now With Song and Dance

In case you didn’t book tickets based on my recommendation a while back, the reviews are in and you might reconsider.   The NY times says “a hip, cuddly and cunningly sadistic musical adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray movie has just opened in London.”  “Who knew that déjà vu could smell this fresh all over again?’ and “I grinned pretty much all the way through “Groundhog Day,” unexpectedly happy to be stuck with Phil in Punxsutawney (and please never make me spell that again).”

Review: ‘Groundhog Day,’ All Over Again, Now With Song and Dance – The New York Times

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Home Chat first time in 90 years at Finborough

A unique rediscovery in its first UK production since its premiere in 1927.

From the finborough “Janet Ebony and her best friend Peter Chelsworth are innocently sharing a sleeping compartment when their train to Paris is involved in a disastrous railway accident. Outrage and scandal ensue as Janet’s husband Paul and her fearsome mother-in-law accuse Janet and Peter of adultery. Aghast at their families’ accusations, Janet and Peter decide to take revenge by inventing an adulterous affair…

Written with Noël Coward’s trademark wit and insight, Home Chat is a distinctly modern comedy about female sexuality and fidelity, in a society rigidly governed by decorum and reputation.”

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Amadeus opens at National Theatre October 2016

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Vienna: the music capital of the world.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives determined to make a splash.

Awestruck by his genius, Court Composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy it.

Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music and, ultimately, with God.

Peter Shaffer’s iconic play premiered at the National Theatre in 1979, winning multiple Olivier and Tony awards before being adapted into an Academy award-winning film.

In this new production, Lucian Msamati (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) plays Salieri – with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia.

Amadeus | National Theatre

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5×15 – 5 speakers 15 minutes each-June 20th, July 12th

From 5×15:  “Things pass, but memory remains. It’s ancient wisdom, but apposite for Harry Pearce’s talk on June 20th. This is your official last chance to hear SIX great speakers presenting on subjects ranging from tales of true murder in the Victorian era, all the way to the wonders of unexpected beauty.”
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Then, on July 12th we will be giving you a final chance to walk the corridors of BBC Television Centre’s East Tower before its demolition. Guided by ‘interns past’, you will be immersed in the magic of an old-time radio station, where five fantastic speakers and performers will take to the stage. Emmy the Great will sing from her most recent album, Second Love; journalist Luke Harding will reveal truths about the murder of Litvinenko; and author DBC Pierre will teach us how to write.”fd6d05cd-e8db-4c4f-ae77-8d083b6707ac

5×15 | 5 speakers 15 minutes each

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RENT The Musical has a limited London run

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The 20th anniversary production of RENT  by Jonathan Larson  (inspired by Puccini’s opera La Bohème) will be at the St. James theatre for a limited run in December. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City’s East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian excess.

Winner of four Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the New York Times review was a love letter to the show, calling RENT an “exhilarating, landmark rock opera”. RENT ran on Broadway for 12 years, from 1996 to 2008.

RENT The Musical – St James Theatre

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The Big Summer Gig! St. James’s Piccadilly

7.30pm: THE CHOIR WITH NO NAME

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Be uplifted by The Choir with No Name, who run choirs for people who have experienced homelessness or live on the margins of society, as they sing up a storm at their Big Summer Gig! After their hugely successful show at St James’s last summer, CWNN returns for another evening of quirky pop classics, copious audience participation and plenty of exciting surprises along the way!
Tickets: £12
Click here to book online

The Big Summer Gig! | Tickets 

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre opens Aug 8th

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Winning Review reader NB enthusiastically recommends this award-winning production which arrives at the National following a sell-out run at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a national tour. It’s adapted by Billy Elliot author Lee Hall and directed by Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director of the Royal Court, with music arranged and supervised by Martin Lowe (Once).  The show was the winner of a Scotsman Fringe First Award, Herald Angel Award and Stage Ensemble Award at the Fringe 2015.

From the NT:Funny, sad and raucously rude, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour is adapted from Alan Warner’s brilliant novel about six girls on the cusp of change. Young, lost and out-of-control, they’re hit by love, lust, and pregnancy and death over the course of a single day.”

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour | National Theatre

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