Broadway royalty, six time Tony award winner Audra McDonald has finally graced the West End with her presence, her grace and her stunning performance as Billie Holiday. The show follows one of Billie Holiday’s last performances before her death in 1959. In this two hour show, McDonald completely inhabits the spirit and voice of Billie Holiday in this fantastic presentation of her back catalogue. McDonald is … Continue reading Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill @ Wyndham’s Theatre
Nearly 40 years after premiering in the West End, the musical adaptation of Harold Gray’s comic strip Little Orphan Annie, Annie the Musical has landed back in the West End with a crash, louder than Miss Hannigan when she’s had a few bottles of gin. Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin’s famous score sings proudly and loudly by this very talented group of actors in Nikolai … Continue reading Annie @ Piccadilly Theatre
The currently touring production of Jules Verne’s classic book Around The World in 80 Days has made a pit stop in London in the beautiful Cadogan Hall, just off Sloane Square. The play follows Phileas Fogg who gambles his fortune to prove that he can navigate around the globe in 80 days with the help of his valet Passepartout and strangers they meet along the … Continue reading Around The World in 80 Days @ Cadogan Hall.
Enda Walsh’s debut play Disco Pigs has taken over the stage in the intimate Studio Two at the Trafalgar Studios with life, love and lasers. Disco Pigs follows the close friendship between Pig and Runt, two teenagers who were born in the same hospital on the same day and have been inseparable ever since. Until their 17th birthday when they start to grow apart from … Continue reading Disco Pigs @ Trafalgar Studios 2
It’s been well over two weeks since London Pride and as a born and bred Londoner, I’m always so proud when the city comes together to celebrate people being comfortable and free within themselves. Unfortunately I didn’t get to attend the annual parade, but I did get to attend one of the readings (thanks to Olivia) at the National Theatre as part of their Queer … Continue reading LGBTQ+ Protagonists & Storylines In Theatre
The Barbershop Chronicles is a new play by Inua Ellams following groups of men based in barber shops across the world that discusses masculinity within black male communities. The play takes place around a Chelsea v Barcelona football match and travels between barber shops in Accra, Lagos, Kampala, Harare, Johannesburg and Peckham. Over the course of two hours we see how relationships between the characters … Continue reading The Barbershop Chronicles @ the National Theatre
Hir by Taylor Mac is the latest production at the Bush Theatre’s newly renovated theatre. The play follows Isaac who comes home from being away in the marines to find his sister Maxine is now his non binary sibling called Max. At the same time, their mother Paige has rejected contributing to the patriarchy and has stopped doing what is expected of a housewife, including … Continue reading Hir @ Bush Theatre
An impromptu decision back in September and a very low bank balance later, I was thrilled to see, what is rightfully described as “the best musical of the 21st century” at the show’s Broadway home. Hamilton created an earthquake in the theatre industry when the show opened at the Public Theater in February 2015. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s score is infused with inspiration from a mix of … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Seeing Hamilton on Broadway
The final two shows of the trip! It’s an Andy Blankenbuehler special! It’s a very late post, but the jet lag has been winning me over. I ended my trip with two wonderful and very American shows. I was worried (particularly with Hamilton) that I wouldn’t feel a connection to the shows but I pleasantly enjoyed Bandstand and, as expected, Hamilton was simply perfection. Bandstand … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Bandstand on Broadway.
When it rains, it absolutely pours in New York. But that didn’t stop me being stoked to see the award winning Dear Evan Hansen. The show is about a 17 year old called Evan Hansen who suffers with social anxiety. After the suicide of Connor, a fellow student at his school, Evan finds himself tangled up in Connor’s family based on a lie. With a … Continue reading NYC ’17 | Dear Evan Hansen, here’s why you won best musical.