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PULLING THE PLUG ON PHANTOM OF THE OPERA? FOR PHANTOM’S SAKE! OVER MY DEAD BODY!

During a bout of insomnia in the early hours of yesterday morning, I drowsily stumbled upon an article written by Sky News journalist, Chris Robertson. The Phantom of the Opera is to close, permanently, in the West End. They’re pulling the plug on Phantom? I was immediately wide awake.  Over my dead body! We have to save our great British theatre! Covid-19 has done enough damage already; it cannot be allowed to destroy our cultural heritage. For phantom’s sake, whatever happens, our world-class theatre cannot be allowed to pale into insignificance.

Sunday Feel Good Factor – I will follow him from Sister Act

I will follow him, is featured at the end of the 1992 film Sister Act and performed by the nuns’ chorus, conducted by Sister Mary Clarence, also known as Deloris Van Cartier brilliantly played by Whoopie Goldberg. A fantastic cast which also included another stage and screen icon Dame Maggie Smith.

The JADC and Dominic Ferris produce a West End Experience

I frequently wax lyrical about how many incredibly talented people live on the small island of Jersey.  Visitors to the island that were in the audience at the Opera House last night to see the Jersey Amateur Dramatic Club’s performance of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables could have been forgiven for thinking they were in …

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Collabro – and then there were four

Don’t worry. Social Media maybe awash with crying imojis, but I can assure you there is nothing to worry about. All it means is that the fabulous five have now become the fantastic four as the show goes on with Jamie, Matt, Tom and Michael as a four piece. We all wish Richard well and eagerly await news of his plans.

Collabro to perform in Jersey, Channel Islands – June 2016

Despite a rearranged date, Collabro will be performing @ Fort Regent on 4th June 2016 – click here to buy tickets.  The guys will be supported by some Jersey’s home grown talent and members of the Bird College. And, just to get you in the mood, here is a little treat for you … Collabro performing Ed …

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Fascinating Aida – Solo Tour Dates 2016

Whilst The Dame has been stoically recovering from illness, both Dillie and Liza have been going it alone on the road to stem our withdrawal symptoms. Dillie is performing her first solo tour in 557 years.  Such a remarkable feat.  Her show includes brand new tunes as well as her hilariously funny back catalogue that keeps me …

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LET’S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN – but you need to be quick

To coincide with Halloween 2014, I blogged about one of my all time favourite musicals The Rocky Horror Show.  I ruefully concluded that the show was not on tour in the UK and left readers with a video of Tim Curry as Frank’N’Furter. A year later I am very happy to report that the show is …

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WARNING! Collabro – Act Two

If you are of a sensitive musical theatre disposition, then do not listen to Collabro’s Act Two whilst you are driving your car, which is where I started listening to it the other day.  If I want completely uninterrupted listening time, I play CDs in my car. There are 10 tracks on this album and by track 2, I thought that I …

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The Phantom is still very much alive at Her Majesty’s Theatre

The Phantom of the Opera is here … inside my mind Andrew Lloyd Webber If you love the musical theatre, you will love the work of Andrew Lloyd Webber. I think it would surprise you to know just how much of his music you are familiar with, even if you haven’t seen the musical in …

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The Phantom of the Opera – God’s Gift to Musical Theatre

With just a handful of days to go before my long overdue West End culture fix, I thought  I would try and find out exactly when the creative spark fired Andrew Lloyd Webber into writing what has to be one of the greatest music phenomenons of all time. The story itself was published in 1911,  Le Fantome …

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HALLOWEEN SPECIAL – The Rocky Horror Show

I saw The Rocky Horror Show with Tim Curry as Frank N. Furter in the West End in 1973. I was very young and, without question, it was the most avant garde musical production I had ever seen. I certainly don’t think I had ever seen a bloke wearing stockings and suspenders before. My eyes …

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Copacabana The Musical – Caught up in the Razz!

Barry Manilow’s Copacabana The Musical 2014 tour has been at The Opera House this week and I went to see their final performance last night. Barry Manilow recorded the song “Copacabana” also known as “Copacabana (At the Copa)”, in 1978. The song was written by Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and it tells the …

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