Read more about the article REVIEW: Jersey Boys, Trafalgar Theatre (2021)
Adam Bailey as Bob Gaudio, Ben Joyce as Frankie Valli, Benjamin Yates as Tommy De Vito and Karl James Wilson as Nick Massi (Photo: Darren Bell)

REVIEW: Jersey Boys, Trafalgar Theatre (2021)

Although Jersey Boys is a musical made up of a back catalogue, and what a back catalogue it is, it has a good content of interesting biographical detail about these remarkable singers which drives the show. Tommy De Vito (Benjamin Yates) is the driving force getting the group together and recruiting the amazing Frankie Castelluccio (Ben Joyce) with his incredible falsetto voice. He changed his name to Frankie Valley and later to the more Italian ending Valli after a Texan hillbilly singer, Jean Valli.

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Read more about the article REVIEW: Carousel, Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park (2021)
The Clam Bake from Carousel (Photo: Johan Persson)

REVIEW: Carousel, Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park (2021)

there is Drew McOnie's astounding and meaningful choreography.  He has taken on board the occupations of these whalers and labourers and his dance is full of muscular exertion and hard work, amazing leaps and jaw dropping pirouettes.  The women haul laundry baskets but dance in pairs with the men controlling them.  The men dance earthily to "Blow High, Blow Low" with water droplets thrown over each other, and picked up by the lights in an image I shall never forget.

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Read more about the article REVIEW: Anything Goes, Barbican Theatre (2021)
Sutton Foster and Company in Anything Goes (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

REVIEW: Anything Goes, Barbican Theatre (2021)

Every so often in London we get a treat which is the essence of a Broadway big musical and this is the case with Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre.  This is essentially the production that wowed New York in 2011 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall and winning Tonys. 

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