Auburn Jam Music are delighted to be releasing ‘You Will Be Found’ by #CheerUpCharlie & West End Friends, a fundraising charity single in aid of youth charity The Diana Award, on Sunday 15 November to tie in with the start of National Anti-Bullying Week (16-20 November).
The star-studded single is led by ten-year-old Charlie Kristensen from Wokingham, whose experience of being bullied started the viral #CheerUpCharlie campaign. Charlie is joined on the song by numerous stage and screen stars including Wendi Peters, Layton Williams and Michael Xavier, with Iain Armitage, Michael Ball, Rufus Hound, and Faye Tozer amongst many famous faces reading their supportive messages on the song’s video. The single is available to pre-save now on iTunes, Deezer, Spotify and Tidal at https://ditto.fm/you-will-be-found. Continue reading “News: You Will Be Found by #CheerUpCharlie & West End Friends to be released on 15th November”
Fun, laughs and yes, a good time. You’ll sure get a tingle in your feet for this Sweet Charity at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury
“I don’t pop my cork for every guy I see”
You can never have too much charity it would seem, and as Rebecca Trehearn prepares to take on the role of Charity Hope Valentine in Nottingham next month, Gemma Sutton tackles it here at the beautiful Watermill Theatre in Newbury. Sweet Charity, the 1966 musical by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon is a curious choice for the constant revival it receives. Its sexual politics are askew, its dialogue cheesily dated, and these are issues that Paul Hart’s modernised take has to occasionally battle to address.
Setting it in contemporary New York has its pros and cons. Notions of metropolitan isolation and the trials of working in a gig economy are more resonant than ever. But without lyrical updating, ideas of female aspiration remain rooted in the last century – you win some, you lose some. The casting of Sutton (so very good recently in The Rink) is a definite win though, a bright splash of colour in a mostly monochrome world and it is nigh on impossible not to be enchanted by her determination to find love in a cruel world. Continue reading “Review: Sweet Charity, Watermill Theatre”
After a premiere in Birmingham last year…
Sean Mathias’ production of The Exorcist has resurfaced in the West End just in time for Hallowe’en in the hope of recreating the chills and thrills of the 1973 movie, despite the fact that it is notoriously difficult to get horror right in the theatre.
We saw a preview and there may have been wine involved, hence the gif mood-board presented here rather than your fully-fleshed review. So… Continue reading “Review: The Exorcist, Phoenix”
Most Legendary Show
Alice Fearn (understudy of Elphaba in Wicked)
Matilda the Musical
Noma Dumezweni (Hermione in Harry Potter)
New Play On The Block
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery
Tyrone Huntley (Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar)
Band That Rocked our World
School of Rock
Jaw Dropping Set’ sponsored by AKA:
Most Welcoming Venue
The Young Vic
Show That We’ll Miss In The West End
Welcome To The West End – Best Newcomer
Amber Riley (Dreamgirls)
Musical That Landed With A Bang
Half A Sixpence
Anna Kendrick – Life Upon The Wicked Stage
With The Last Five Years still not having a release date for UK cinemas, I thought I’d treat us all to a little Kendrick and Jordan action to tide us over. This inspired Showboat/Cabaret mash-up sees a 12 year old Kendrick showing off her already considerable MT chops.
Continue reading “Saturday afternoon music treats”