Five years ago Matthew Kelly made his Curve debut as the cantankerous patriarch in a dark play about family secrets. Now he’s preparing to return as the, erm, cantankerous patriarch in a classic romantic comedy. It’s the kind of role he loves, but he’s missing his sofa, he tells Lizz Brain.
Let’s cut to the chase: amid a season of pantomime and festive shows, can the original stage version of a blockbuster cult musical film be a Christmas smash hit? First let’s manage expectations for audiences: all the favourite songs are there, just not necessarily in the same order. And there are ones you may not know unless you know the Grease stage show: Freddy My Love, Mooning and Shakin’ At The High School Hop to name a few.writes Lizz Brain.
Elaine Paige has spent more than half a century being hailed the first lady of musical theatre. But her latest tour is something of a departure, writes Lizz Brain. From her early appearance as an urchin in the 1968 film of Lionel Bart’s Oliver!, to her West End debut in cult show Hair, her career story is well-known.
Curve associate artist and acclaimed choreographer and dancer Akram Kahn is heading to Leicester with a startling new work which he can describe in just three words. “Love, betrayal, revenge,” he says of the story of Until The Lions, writes Lizz Brain.
Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn’t know anything about scene, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.
Smash hit award-winning comedy is on its way to Leicester – with a tiptop comedian in the lead role. Lizz Brain catches up with Rufus Hound.
Off-stage, Sara Poyzer shows no signs of saying “mamma mia, here we go again”. And that’s somewhat surprising given that she’s played the lead role in the Abba jukebox musical for more than 1,000 performances in 22 countries, writes Lizz Brain.
Behind the cutting criticism of his TV persona is a talented director and perfectionist choreographer. Lizz Brain talks talent with Craig Revel Horwood. As a judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing he’s the one whose opinion the contestants most dread, whilst simultaneously craving his approval.
He is a prince of puns, a lord of language, and an undisputed wizard of wordplay. He’s taken to the boards in everything from Shakespeare to his own musicals, is in demand as an after-dinner speaker and is author of royal biographies, political diaries and historical fiction.
John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men is almost as old as one of the stars of its latest tour, and just as politically astute, writes Lizz Brain. Actor Dudley Sutton was four years old in 1937, when the novella was published, yet he’s now touring the country in a revival of the classic tale.