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Show Boat – The Lowry, Salford

Book and Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II Music: Jerome Kern Director: Janice Honeyman Musical Director: Gareth Jones &Stefan Lombard Reviewer: Laura Orton Premiered on Broadway in 1927, Show Boat was a show stopper. It was a radical change from all its predecessors and set a new standard in the musical genre. It was also the first ever racially integrated musical, allowing ...

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The Perfect American – ENO at the Coliseum, London

Composer: Philip Glass Libretto: Rudy Wurlitzer Director: Phelim McDermott Reviewer: Natalie Barker [rating:5] Having premiered at the Teatro Real Madrid in January, Philip Glass' The Perfect American comes to ENO for a short run. Reviewers of the Madrid performance accused the opera of a hatchet job on Disney's reputation but, although not pretty, this is not a character assassination rather ...

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BIANCO – Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Director: Firenza Guidi Reviewer: Jacqui Onions [Rating:3] In 2012, NoFit State Circus created BIANCO_Time for Beauty with the Eden Project in Cornwall. Re-worked for touring, they now present a new incarnation of the show – BIANCO_Turning Savage. Although described as “the story of a great journey inside and outside ourselves,” a story of any kind is barely detectable throughout the ...

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Welsh National Opera: Madame Butterfly – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Giacomo Puccini Librettists: Luigi Illica &Giuseppe Giacosa Director: Joachin Herz Reviewer: Marina Spark [rating:4] Madame Butterfly is part of the Welsh National Opera's spring 2013 Free Spirits tour. This classic opera tells a tale of absolute adoration and devastating heartbreak. Set near Nagasaki, Japan the story focuses on a young Japanese woman who falls in love with and marries ...

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