School of Rock – Rocking out, his biggest hit in years

When Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that he was working on a musical version of the 2003 film ‘The School of Rock’, I was surprised. I wouldn’t normally associate the lord of musical theatre with rock music, but as it turns out, this has been his biggest hit in years. Lloyd Webber has always talked about the importance of children knowing how to play musical instruments and the impact that music in a whole can have on children’s lives. This musical show cases the idea that music can change lives and give children the confidence that they did not have before, and the idea is brought home by the children all playing their own instruments live on stage. Continue reading

Stagey Double Ups – over and over again 

Most people love to have a look through their programmes whilst waiting for a show to begin, reading through to find whether or not they’ve seen someone before on the to or film screens, hoping that they are about to see a celebrity on the stage. I do the same, but I am more interested in reading through to find whether or not I’ve seen a performer in another show elsewhere. Continue reading

Clap hands! Stamp your feet! Shake the auditorium! What a triumph! 

If there is one theatre outside of London that has played home to some of the most critically acclaimed musical productions of recent times, it is the Chichester Festival Theatre. In recent years, productions have included Guys and Dolls, Gypsy and Mack and Mabel, all of which have either made the move to the West End or embarked on a UK Tour. This year, it was a reworking of the Tommy Steele star machine Half A Sixpence that came to the Chichester Festival Theatre with a new book by Julian Fellowes, new music by musical masters Stiles and Drewe and a cast led by some shining new stars. Continue reading