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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

‘Bob Marley songs are my DNA!’ – behind the scenes at the Get Up, Stand Up! musical by Alexis Petridis

Clint Dyer was asked to direct the eagerly awaited reggae rollercoaster the night before he started cancer treatment. He explains why he couldn’t say no Clint Dyer walks into the cafe of…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:54AM
Sunday, February 21, 2021

‘You can smell the sweat and hair gel’: the best nightclub scenes from culture by Peter Bradshaw, Claire Armitstead, Keza Macdonald, Simran Hans, Ammar Kalia, Lanre Bakare, Lyndsey Winship, Alexis Petridis, Arifa Akbar, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Jonathan Jones. Artist Interviews By Ben Beaumont-Thomas

Writers and artists including Róisín Murphy, Tiffany Calver and Sigala on the art that transports them to the dancefloor during lockdown There have been many notable nightclubs in film his…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:03PM
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Don Black: 'the Pele of lyricists' on Bond themes, Broadway and Born Free by Alexis Petridis

He’s written songs with everyone from Quincy Jones to John Barry – though his musical about premature ejaculation was a flop. ‘Everyone’s the same when they sit at the piano,’ he r…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:24PM
Friday, May 11, 2018

Problem in Brighton review – novelty wears thin in David Shrigley's indie panto by Alexis Petridis

The Old Market, Hove With songs about Jacob Rees-Mogg and moonboots, the artist gives us wacky indie rock for car exhausts and one-string guitars – but the truly quirky moments are spread …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:48AM
Monday, March 12, 2018

Ken Dodd's other life – as a mega-selling singer of romantic ballads by Alexis Petridis

The late comedian’s biggest hits weren’t novelty songs, but earnest romantic ballads that challenged psychedelic pop in a mid-60s generation-gap war From a distance, Ken Dodd’s musical…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:43AM
Friday, December 1, 2017

Break it down: how Hamilton mashed up musical theatre and hiphop by Alexis Petridis

It could have been excruciating: a historical epic told through rap and show tunes. But Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show became a sensation and its million-selling cast album is a triumph in its …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:33AM
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Strictly Come Dancing live: a crowd in love with the moves of Ed Balls by Alexis Petridis

Former shadow chancellor and what the programme tactfully calls his ‘entertaining approach to dance’ steal the showSeconds after the stars of the tenth anniversary Strictly Come Dancing …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 07:06AM
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos review – pop, poetry and politics collide by Alexis Petridis

Performance poetry might still be a niche concern, but Kate Tempest now gets to do hers on primetime TV – and deservedly so Related: The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest review…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:33AM
Friday, September 9, 2016

Pub Landlord Al Murray on his election strategy: ‘I could drink Nigel Farage and William Hague under the table’ by Jonathan Freedland, Peter Bradshaw, Ian Cobain, Imogen Fox, Richard Adams, Alexis Petridis, Amelia Gentleman, Susan Smillie, Jonathan Jones, Hugh Muir, Jay Rayner, Heather Stewart and John Crace

The comedian is to stand against Farage for South Thanet in the 2015 general election. But what are his guvnorment’s policies? Guardian experts question him on welfare, freedom, immigratio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:20AM
Monday, August 15, 2016

Dad jokes, Chilcot and pleasuring a cucumber: my day as an Edinburgh performer by Alexis Petridis

Involving the audience is the big trend at this year’s fringe. How did Alexis Petridis cope when he got up on stage in five shows?It is half past midnight and I am at the Edinburgh festiva…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Monday, October 26, 2015

Viva Forever! - review by Alexis Petridis

Piccadilly Theatre, LondonIt's a doughty soul indeed that doesn't flinch a little at the prospect of Viva Forever! The issue is not so much that it's a jukebox musical, written by a former a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:40AM
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jim Davidson’s white nights with Freddie and Kenny are a real cocaine hell by Alexis Petridis

The comedian claims he spent much of the 90s snorting coke with the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury and funnyman Kenny Everett. Anyone buy his implausible bohemian rhapsody? Continue readi…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:30PM
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pub Landlord Al Murray on his election strategy: ‘I could drink Nigel Farage and William Hague under the table’ by Joanthan Freedland, Peter Bradshaw, Ian Cobain, Imogen Fox, Richard Adams, Alexis Petridis, Amelia Gentleman, Susan Smillie, Jonathan Jones, Hugh Muir, Jay Rayner, Heather Stewart and John Crace

The comedian is to stand against Farage for South Thanet in the 2015 general election. But what are his guvnorment’s policies? Guardian experts question him on welfare, freedom, immigratio…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00PM
Sunday, February 23, 2014

Harry Hill: now giving his X Factor musical 110% by Alexis Petridis

TV Burp made Harry Hill the king of teatime telly. Now, with the blessing of Simon Cowell, he's written an X Factor musical, I Can't Sing – and he promises it will be funnyHarry Hill is si…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:00PM
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Viva Forever! - review by Alexis Petridis

Piccadilly Theatre, LondonIt's a doughty soul indeed that doesn't flinch a little at the prospect of Viva Forever! The issue is not so much that it's a jukebox musical, written by a former a…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 06:02PM
Thursday, April 14, 2011

Will Mohamed Al Fayed moonwalk into history? by Alexis Petridis

Michael Jackson's friend has been offered a singing and dancing role in a new stage musical about JackoMohamed Al Fayed's unveiling of a Michael Jackson statue at Fulham's Craven Cottage gro…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 03:00PM

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