Musicals

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Leslie Bricusse obituary
Oscar-winning composer and lyricist known for his hugely successful songs for Willy Wonka and Doctor Dolittle

Michael Coveney

20, Oct, 2021 @2:08 PM

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Dear Evan Hansen review – satanically ingenious musical is suffocatingly ersatz
Story of lonely boy who feigns friendship with a dead peer has a smart premise but is wretchedly executed

Peter Bradshaw

20, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Leslie Bricusse, songwriter behind Goldfinger and Willy Wonka, dies at 90
The Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter, whose work drew acclaim on stage and on screen, has died

Benjamin Lee

19, Oct, 2021 @8:13 PM

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West Side Story at 60: the dazzlingly modern musical that’ll be hard to beat
With Steven Spielberg’s remake almost out, the 1961 original still feels thrillingly contemporary, a tough act to follow

Guy Lodge

18, Oct, 2021 @2:52 PM

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Desperately seeking Diana: can any actor get to the heart of the people’s princess?
The princess is now a constant presence on our screens, from a camp musical to The Crown. Such a blank canvas is a dream for directors and a nightmare for actors, writes Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman

16, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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From Annette to Shang-Chi: eight new films to watch as Australian cinemas reopen
As locked-down regions reopen this month, here’s our guide to the best bet for your next night out

Michael Sun

11, Oct, 2021 @2:01 AM

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Diana: The Musical review – a right royal debacle so bad you’ll hyperventilate
This filmed version of the Broadway show, with its accidental comedy and cringeworthy lines, is a guilty-pleasures singalong in waiting

Peter Bradshaw

01, Oct, 2021 @2:31 PM

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Jane Powell obituary
American singer and dancer who played Milly in the classic 1954 film musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Ronald Bergan

21, Sep, 2021 @6:17 PM

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Arrested development: why are adults still playing high-schoolers on screen?
The casting of 27-year-old Ben Platt to play a 17-year-old in Dear Evan Hansen is the latest example of a weird trend that shows no sign of abating

Stuart Heritage

21, Sep, 2021 @6:13 AM

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‘We didn’t want to do a Grease’: how Everybody’s Talking About Jamie became a film
How do you turn hit musicals like Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Dear Evan Hansen into films? You axe songs, throw out plots and don’t worry about anyone’s favourite bit

Ryan Gilbey

20, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review – superficial charmer with a star turn
Newcomer Max Harwood sparkles in this adaptation of the musical about an aspiring young northern drag queen

Wendy Ide

19, Sep, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie review – The Full Monty in drag
This gutsy musical comedy about a wannabe drag queen teenager adheres firmly to the Britfilm plucky outsiders template

Peter Bradshaw

16, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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