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.
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.
A slim blonde wearing dark sunglasses and an impatient expression sits at a bar, fingers tapping against her thigh. Despite her tight black jeans and slim-fitting jacket, Pixie Lott is looking decidedly un-popstar, writes Lizz Brain. There’s only a hint of make-up, her hair is scraped back and the glimmer of a frown crosses her forehead as she concentrates both on her lines and her American accent.