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Monday, September 9, 2019

London Evita Headliner Samantha Pauly on Channeling Beyoncé and Ariana Grande to Find Her Inner Superstar by Matt Wolf

Chicago actress Samantha Pauly has been in three previous productions of Evita, none of which can have been as conceptually daring as the director Jamie Lloyd’s provocative and edgy curren…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Who Are We, and What Defines Us? Big Questions on the London Stage by Matt Wolf

Two new productions, “The Doctor” and “Appropriate,” subvert ideas about identity.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Jac Yarrow on the Thrill of His Professional Stage Debut in London's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Matt Wolf

The Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a regular visitor to the London stage but there's never in my extensive experience been as likable an…

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

London Torch Song Star Matthew Needham on Making Harvey Fierstein's Iconic Protagonist His Own by Matt Wolf

Matthew Needham has cut quite a swath through the American repertoire of late, between the Olivier Award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke and the U.S.-set stage adapta…

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life by Matt Wolf

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe…

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Laura Pitt-Pulford on Starring in the U.K. Premiere of Falsettos and What Makes Her Feel Like 'Breaking Down' in Real Life by Matt Wolf

Laura Pitt-Pulford was a 2016 Olivier nominee for her zesty alfresco performance at Regent’s Park in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, but the English performer has cut a distinctive swathe…

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Onstage in Edinburgh, the Mood Is Grim by Matt Wolf

Theatrical productions at the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe give the impression of a world coming apart at the seams.

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Saturday, August 3, 2019

London's Witness for the Prosecution Star Lewis Cope on His Famous Former Co-Star & Huge Family by Matt Wolf

Witness for the Prosecution, the Agatha Christie thriller directed by Lucy Bailey, has turned into a sleeper hit inside its unusual location of a onetime debating chamber at Westminster’s …

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

London Equus Star Ethan Kai on Getting Comfortable with Onstage Nudity, Raves from Ian McKellen & More by Matt Wolf

Ethan Kai may be known to fans of British TV from the Yorkshire-set drama, Emmerdale, but the 25-year-old actor is making one of the most astonishing West End debuts in years playing the dis…

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A Quiet Take on Tennessee Williams by Matt Wolf

A London production of “The Night of the Iguana” starring Clive Owen asks for the audience’s patience, and rewards it.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

The View UpStairs, Soho Theatre review - well-intentioned but needs a rewrite by Matt Wolf

Name-heavy cast powers baggy, repetitive Off Broadway musical If good intentions were all, The View Upstairs would be Gypsy. As it is, the European premiere of this 2017 Off Broadway musica…

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Andy Mientus on Starring in London's The View UpStairs, Talking about Smash Every Day and Projects with Michael Arden by Matt Wolf

Andy Mientus has credits ranging from Spring Awakening and Les Miz to such TV series as Smash and Gone. But the Pittsburgh native can be found this summer within the intimate confines of Lon…

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, London Palladium review - bright, brash, largely irresistible by Matt Wolf

A giddy Sheridan Smith is back centre-stage but watch out for newcomer Jac Yarrow, too Cheeky and broad and (for the most part) as entertaining as seems humanly possible, this embryonic entr…

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Harold Pinter Theatre review - smart stagecraft, skimpy script by Matt Wolf

Melly Still brings her singular theatricality to bestselling novel on stage Better than the 2001 film but likely to disappoint devotees of the book, Captain Corelli's Mandolin onstage works…

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Tony Nominee Lia Williams on Starring in London's The Night of the Iguana Opposite Anna Gunn and Clive Owen and Being in Her Prime by Matt Wolf

Lia Williams needs no introduction as a supreme actress, whether on Broadway in Skylight [for which she was nominated for a 1997 Tony Award] or Arcadia or across a range of work closer to ho…

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13-3/4, Ambassadors Theatre review - needs a chill pill by Matt Wolf

2015 musical gets a belated, overly busy West End transfer Time hasn't necessarily been kind to this slow-aborning West End transfer of a show first seen (and lauded) in its 2015 debut in L…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

the end of history ..., Royal Court review - raises more questions than it answers by Matt Wolf

The starry director-writer team behind 'Harry Potter' onstage return to their frequent home at the Royal Court An apocalyptic title proves somewhat of a red herring for a slight if intriguin…

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In a New ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ Darkness and Wonder by Matt Wolf

Nicholas Hytner’s production at the Bridge Theater in London finds something fresh in a work that sometimes feels as if it’s being done out of duty.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Andrew Langtree on How the New West End Musical The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ Brings Up Cringeworthy Memories by Matt Wolf

Andrew Langtree has appeared in the world premiere productions of the musicals Mamma Mia!, Ghost and Groundhog Day, receiving a 2017 Olivier nomination for his performance as Ned Ryerson in …

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

Alex Mugnaioni on the Thrill of Making His West End Debut in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Matt Wolf

Alex Mugnaioni has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe, touring the Bard to North and South America, but only now is the actor making his West End debut, and in a work well away from the Bard. B…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Present Laughter, Old Vic review - Andrew Scott continues his rise and rise by Matt Wolf

The Irish star is sublimely funny - and moving, too - in Noël Coward classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" can be heard pulsating through the Old Vic auditorium as the curtain rises o…

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Monday, June 24, 2019

West End Mamma Mia! Star Mazz Murray on Graduating from Tanya to Donna, Performing in We Will Rock You for a Decade & More by Matt Wolf

Mazz Murray (the snappy first name is short for Marianne) has lent her distinctive rock sound to such West End musical mainstays as We Will Rock You, as the Killer Queen, and Chicago. The gu…

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

‘Bitter Wheat’ Misfires, in Monstrous Fashion by Matt Wolf

Despite the formidable presence of John Malkovich, David Mamet’s new play is as reprehensible as the predatory film tycoon at the center of it.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Light in the Piazza, RFH review - Broadway musical looks good and sounds even better by Matt Wolf

Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron align in starry London debut for six-time Tony-winner A Broadway show as melodically haunting and sophisticated as it is niche, The Light in the Piazza has t…

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Monday, June 17, 2019

London On Your Feet! Star Christie Prades on Meeting Gloria Estefan, Making Her West End Debut & More by Matt Wolf

Cuban-American performer Christie Prades is headlining the London premiere of On Your Feet!, the Broadway musical about Gloria Estefan opening June 27 at the London Coliseum, following a sho…

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point by Matt Wolf

Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age Terence Rattigan completists, and count myself among them, will leap at the chance to see a rare production courtesy th…

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Monday, June 3, 2019

London's The Light in the Piazza Star Dove Cameron on Her Friendship with Ariana Grande and Dream of Playing Wicked's Glinda by Matt Wolf

Onetime Disney Channel teen queen Dove Cameron has been spreading her theatrical wings of late. Last December the 23-year-old performer opened off-Broadway in the New Group production of the…

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

The Starry Messenger, Wyndham's Theatre review - Matthew Broderick gets all cosmic by Matt Wolf

Kenneth Lonergan's Off Broadway play trades heavily on deadpan as it crosses the pond A small-scale Off Broadway venture late in 2009, The Starry Messenger has arrived in London to mark the…

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In This ‘Death of a Salesman,’ Willy Loman Is Black by Matt Wolf

Three new theater productions in London explore questions of race and skin color in different ways.

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Monday, May 27, 2019

User Not Found, The CoffeeWorks Project review - solo play set in a café offers food for thought by Matt Wolf

Dante or Die's latest is mirthful and mournful in turn Who is that slithering on the floor by your foot, or coming to rest by or upon your knee? Audiences lucky enough to find themselves at…

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New West End Tina Star Nkeki Obi-Melekwe on Meeting Ms. Turner & What Adrienne Warren Gave Her by Matt Wolf

Nkeki Obi-Melekwe at only 22 has stepped into the starring role of anyone’s dreams, succeeding 2019 Olivier nominee Adrienne Warren in the title role of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at th…

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