Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas on stage in London and Oxford — reviews

Snowflake, Old Fire Station; The Messiah, The Other Palace; and Aladdin, Hackney Empire

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BWW Review: ALADDIN, King's Theatre, Glasgow by Fraser Macdonald

Under the direction of Nigel West, Glasgow's King's Theatre once again delivers a seriously entertaining pantomime.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Token Theatre Friends: All We Want For Christmas Is Telly Leung by American Theatre Editors

Telly Leung discusses 'Aladdin' and being a Broadway leading man, plus the Friends review holiday shows---and realize they may be too cynical for holiday shows.

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Aladdin review at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford – ‘panto perfection’ by Nick Ahad

Christopher Biggins arrives on stage as Widow Twankey in a cake emblazoned with a great 20™ and the curtain call ends with

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Aladdin review at Broadway Theatre, Catford – ‘marvellous fun’ by Jn Benjamin

Wayne Rollins’ Abanazar is a deliciously evil panto villain. In his quest for world domination, he learns of a wish-granting genie that

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Aladdin review at Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham – ‘Tweedy’s trademark tomfoolery’ by Jeremy Brien

Brazilian professional circus clown Tiririca (it means Grumpy) has just won a seat in his country`s parliament for the third election in

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In pictures (December 13): Hackney Empire, Hornchurch, Stephen Joseph, Acting for Others and more by The Stage

The latest press night parties, events and awards from the theatrical world in pictures. This week’s highlights include the press nights of Aladdin at

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Aladdin review at Orchard Theatre, Dartford – ‘action-packed but wildly uneven’ by Dave Fargnoli

Wildly uneven in terms of tone, Aladdin at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford, is more fantasy adventure than traditional panto, despite sticking close

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Aladdin review at New Wimbledon Theatre – ‘Paul Merton’s panto debut’ by Paul Vale

After a spectacularly ropey Jack and the Beanstalk last year, Qdos Entertainment has taken a giant step forward with this year’s New

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Aladdin review at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield – ‘clever script and skilfully woven local references’ by Natalie Douglas

The vibrantly-lit magic carpet taking flight above the stalls is a stand-out moment in Lawrence Batley Theatre’s production of Aladdin. A triumph

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Aladdin review at Pavilion Theatre, Worthing – ‘lazily written’ by Bella Todd

The trend for gender blind casting has spread as far as the Worthing family pantomime, where musical comedian Vikki Stone is drawing

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Aladdin review at King’s Theatre, Glasgow – ‘lacks a sense of cohesion’ by Thom Dibdin

Alan McHugh’s Aladdin both subverts panto traditions and celebrates them. He’s ditched the racist overtones and made sure the love story between

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Aladdin review – all hail Clive Rowe's terrific Twankey by Chris Wiegand

Hackney Empire, LondonThis show has a dastardly villain in Jacob Peas Bogg and some spirited performances but there is nothing like its dameWriter-director Susie McKenna and composer Steve E…

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Monday, December 10, 2018

‘Anything but washed out’: ALADDIN – Hackney Empire ★★★★ by Jonathan Baz

Writer/director Susie McKenna delivers her 20th festive production – Aladdin – with a show that captures the diversity of her London patch, yet cleverly avoids cultural appropriation and…

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Aladdin review at Cambridge Arts Theatre – ‘sweet and warm-hearted’ by Rosemary Waugh

Every town or city has its own take on pantomime and the Cambridge Arts Theatre’s festive offering is neatly suited to its

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Aladdin review at Forum Studio Theatre, Chester – ‘solid seasonal entertainment’ by Catherine Jones

Tip Top Productions’ Aladdin proves you don’t need a lavish budget or star names to stage a successful Christmas show. Promising “magic,

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Aladdin, Hackney Empire review - Clive Rowe returns as the Dame by Veronica Lee

Susie McKenna creates fast-paced fun in a busy mixSusie McKenna and Steven Edis have been creating pantos for Hackney Empire for 20 years, and over that time its seasonal offering has become…

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Mean Girls Holiday Song Just Released by Broadwaydirect

Pull out the schnapps ‘cause the hot elves have been hard at work at The North Shore North Pole & now they’re super excited to share their new track, “Rockin’ Around The Pole!…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Aladdin review at Hackney Empire – ‘Drop dead fabulous’ by Neil Norman

Pantomime is a uniquely British institution. A panto that isn’t rude, vulgar, raucous, smutty and mildly offensive isn’t a panto, it’s anaesthetised

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Flying high: @AladdinLondon’s @Matthew_croke releases his debut album #OnlyDreaming

Currently starring in the title role of Disney’s stage musical Aladdin, Matt Croke will release his debut album Only Dreaming – full of classic songs from stage and screen – on 7 Decem…

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Flying high: Aladdin’s Matthew Croke releases his debut album Only Dreaming

Currently starring in the title role of Disney’s stage musical Aladdin, Matt Croke will release his debut album Only Dreaming – full of classic songs from stage and screen – on 7 Decem…

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Photo Flash: First Look at Hackney Empire's ALADDIN by BroadwayWorld

They're here - oh yes they are Hackney Empire today releases production images for Aladdin, its landmark 20th anniversary Christmas pantomime from writer and director Susie McKenna and compo…

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bookfilter’s December Pick of the Month by Michael Giltz

Every month, BookFilter selects the best new theater book, exclusively for Broadway Direct readers. Practically Poppins in Every Way By Jeff Kurtti $50, Disney Editions Disney’s success on…

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Monday, December 3, 2018

ALADDIN Star Matt Croke Releases Debut Album ONLY DREAMING by BroadwayWorld

Matt Croke, currently starring in the title role of Disney's stage musicalALADDIN,will release his debut album,ONLY DREAMING, on Friday 7thof December digitally and Friday 14thof December on…

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Introduce Yourself(ie): 10 Questions with The Prom Star Isabelle McCalla

Isabelle McCalla talks The Prom, the book that changed her life, and touring the country as Princess Jasmine in Aladdin.

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Matt Croke, London’s Aladdin, Will Release Debut Solo Recording by Andrew Gans

Only Dreaming features songs from Aladdin, Big Fish, Sweeney Todd, and more.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Exclusive Photo Coverage: ALADDIN Cast Proves Carols For A Cure is Auld You Need This Christmas! by Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Below, check out exclusive photos of Telly Leung, Arielle Jacobs and the cast of Aladdin as they record their track, 'You're Auld I Need to Get By.'

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Friday, November 30, 2018

ALLEGIANCE TO BROADWAY Documentary To Premiere Nationwide In December by BroadwayWorld

Fathom Events will premiere a new documentary, 'Allegiance to Broadway The Dream. The Story. The Journey of A Musical,' by directorfilmmaker Greg Vander Veer on Tuesday, December 4th at 730 …

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Telly Leung stops by HQ to chat about Aladdin and more with Beth Stevens.

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Watch DCappella in a Sneak Peek at Their New Album and Upcoming Tour by Roberto Araujo

Disney's a cappella group sings Aladdin's "Friend Like Me."

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