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Musicals On Stage:

A Capsule History<p>by John Kenrick<p>(Copyright 1996-2003)<p>The ancient Greeks had plays with songs, and Roman comedies included song and dance routines. …

Musicals

Dennis Kelly: Matilda, the musical? A risk only subsidised theatre would take

In 2006, Jeanie O' Hare at the RSC approached me about adapting Roald Dahl's Matilda into a musical. This was strange for two reasons: the first was that musicals generally start with the director or composer, not the person who's going to write the script, which can often be seen as an …

Bullets Over Broadway review – Woody Allen musical opens with a bang

A medium-calibre musical comedy with a substantial body count, Bullets Over Broadway begins with a spray of machine-gun fire and ends two and a half hours later with an absurd ode to bananas. The scenes in between feature girls, guys, guns, gams, a satire of modernist drama, and further phallic …

West Side Story: musicals we love

When asked to defend musical theatre – and this happens annoyingly often – I always return to one show: West Side Story. For every criticism levelled at the genre, West Side Story has the answer. There is Leonard Bernstein's rich score, Stephen Sondheim's vibrant lyrics and Jerome Robbins's …

Musicals we love: Into the Woods

There are Sondheim shows that are showier, snappier, sarkier, sadder, and I love every one, but if I gotta pick, it has to be Into the Woods, soon to get the Hollywood treatment with Meryl Street as the old witch. It's Sondheim's plainest work, a default high-school production choice, with its plot …