Review: Son Of A Preacher Man

With its combination of an all-star line-up of principals and the timeless music made famous by the late Dusty Springfield, this show looked and sounded promising as a good night out at the theatre and expectations were high. However, incorrectly referred to by many as ‘the Dusty Springfield musical’ (totally not the fault of the […]

Review: My Fair Lady ‪at Theatre at the Mill ‬

In recent years, new ‘modern’ musicals appear to come (and go!) at the drop of a hat and most of them would sit comfortably in the category of ‘musicals for the moment’. Indeed, how some of them ever reach the stage of even being produced is a mystery as only a small percentage of them […]

Theatre review: Hairspray

REVIEW: Hairspray (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast Mon 30 Oct-Sat 4 Nov, 2017 Despite highlighting serious issues such as prejudice and intolerance, this show remains a popular, light-hearted and fun night of musical theatre and this latest touring production – courtesy of Mark Goucher, Matthew Gale and Laurence Myers – certainly kept it in this […]

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Tour) Grand Opera House, Belfast – Tue 24-Sat 28 Oct Reviewed by Damien Murray on Tue 24 October **** The major appeal of this extremely popular biographical musical is that its subject, Carole King, really is a cross-generational artist, performer, singer, songwriter … and her eventful – but […]

REVIEW: Celui Qui Tombe (He Who Falls)

REVIEW: Celui Qui Tombe (He Who Falls) CCN2-Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble Grand Opera House, Belfast Thur 19 Oct-Fri 20 Oct, 2017 Contemporary dance may not be everyone’s favourite performance art form, but the beauty of this breathtaking piece is that it is so different, so engaging, so well-performed and so unique that it is […]

Review: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical (Tour)

REVIEW: All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical (Tour) Rock’n’Roll Productions Waterfront Hall, Belfast Wed 18-Thur 19 Oct, 2017 Having missed its planned opening night due to cast travel problems caused by Storm Ophelia, the touring production of All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical blew into town for its Belfast debut a night later […]

REVIEW: Monty Python’s Spamalot by Ulster Operatic Company

Making his directorial debut both with this company and at Belfast’s Grand Opera House this week, Neil Keery had a challenge every bit as difficult as King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail … because this irreverent parody of Arthur’s famous legend and unconventional send-up of musical theatre itself is like nothing else in […]

Review: Starlight Express

Thirty three years after rocking the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe’s famous ‘train’ musical has eventually rolled into Lisburn for its local amateur premiere and, by anyone’s standards, this was a stunning production for a youth group with Fusion Theatre’s high production values to the fore throughout. Boasting a bright and colourful […]

Theatre review: Rock Of Ages

With tongue placed firmly in its proverbial cheek, the rocking cast of the Belfast Music & Drama Society’s production of Rock Of Ages sent-up the 80s international glam metal rock scene with drum thundering accuracy in this musical comedy based on some of the genre’s biggest hits. Some jukebox ‘story’ musicals work well and others […]

REVIEW: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

It is often said that ‘pies can be wholesome’ and that ‘revenge can be sweet’, but there is nothing wholesome nor sweet about these two important ingredients in the story of Sweeney Todd. Stephen Sondheim’s classic chiller about the vengeful ‘Demon Barber of Fleet Street’ and his pie-filling side-kick, Mrs Lovett, throws up many difficulties […]

Theatre review: Godspell

The bad timing of the original off-Broadway opening of Godspell has plagued the show ever since in terms of its perceived popularity, as it was quickly eclipsed in success at the time by another biblical musical in the form of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s more commercial Jesus Christ Superstar, which followed only months […]

Review: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Returning for another Summer Youth Group production with the well-known story about Joseph (the young man gifted with dreams of future events), this highly talented youth company is gifted with attracting young performers of the calibre of Conor Cox, who’s angelic vocals and confident playing of Joseph here proved that his own stage future could […]

Theatre review: Carousel

In these days when shows by Gilbert & Sullivan have all but disappeared from the local amateur repertoire and ‘old-school’ musicals by the likes of Rodgers & Hammerstein are all too rarely staged locally, this production – as part of the venue’s annual Summer Youth scheme – was a most welcomed revival of an old […]

Theatre review: Angela’s Ashes – The Musical

From raw emotion to religious devotion and from high comedy to the woeful lows of the McCourt family’s daily existence, this unlikely musical version of the acclaimed novel has it all. Many doubters, and true fans of either the acclaimed book or film, would argue that such a transformation of the piece should not work, […]

Theatre review: Oliver!

Like the leading character in Lionel Bart's family musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist, we were all left wanting ‘more’ after watching this heavily populated, fast-paced, well-dressed and busy production, featuring over 230 young local talents (aged 9-18) in the seventh year of this acclaimed summer scheme. This slick and seamless production […]