Wonderful Town

Wonderful Town was the second of Leonard Bernstein's trio of 'New York' musicals begun in 1944 with On The Town and completed with 1957's West Side Story. If it is the least well remembered then the fault does not  ...

Annie Get Your Gun

Irving Berlin’s score for Annie Get Your Gun is one of only a handful, like Guys and Dolls and The King and I, in which virtually every number is instantly familiar. The show is also indelibly identified with its  ...

The Life of Galileo – Bertolt Brecht

Online references on Galileo Online references on Brecht ... As you find your seat and wait for Berkeley Repertory Theatre's production of The Life of Galileo to begin, you're sure to be caught off guard.  ...

Candide

Stephen Sondheim and Leonard Bernstein ... Like virtually every other major production before it, the Royal National Theatre’s Candide has undergone considerable alteration. One of the great flawed Broadway musicals, the show has been endlessly  ...

Chicago – The Musical

Walter Bobbie's revival of Fred Ebb and John Kander's Chicago (seen by your reviewer in London in January) is, seemingly, unstoppable. Productions are opening the world over to ecstatic reviews and the London mounting, which had its first  ...

Fascinating Aida

Fascinating Aida are three women whose shows are part cabaret, part review. Their performances are unapologetically old fashioned in style yet utterly contemporary in content. They sing wickedly satirical songs, usually in immaculate three part harmonies, and combine  ...

The Beautiful Game

Theatregoers walking into the Cambridge Theatre are greeted by the site of a black stage surrounded by a bombed out proscenium. Lloyd Webber’s latest is an attempt to get away from the theatrical spectaculars of Phantom, Starlight and Sunset  ...

I Know You by Heart – Lee Lessack

... Review of San Francisco appearance with Joan Ryan Lee Lessack has been one of the US' most successful cabaret performers for some years and his second solo CD amply demonstrates just how he has maintained  ...

Need My Sugar – Kim Nalley

Kim Nalley has been a fixture on the San Francisco music scene for the best part of a decade and with this album, her sophomore release, looks set to increase her profile significantly in both her native US and  ...

Bad Love – Randy Newman

To the extent that Randy Newman is known at all, it's as a purveyor of sentimental Americana in the soundtracks of mediocre films. Every ten years or so, he scores a minor hit single with a novelty song like  ...