Day 3: “We dream in the dark”

In a show with a cast recording that boasts 46 tracks, it’s understandably hard to pick out a single song from Hamilton to call your favourite – or even the best. Despite the ‘hip-hopera’ label it’s occasionally given, there is a range of genres included which provides variety as well as an opportunity to bring […]

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…and Peggy

Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margarita ‘Peggy’ Schuyler has become something of a cult figure in musical theatre circles; “Angelica, Eliza… And Peggy” introduces the three sisters, with Peggy pouting her way across the stage and not being keen about the impending revolution. Napier University Drama Society want to turn that on its head, however, and […]

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Working (Royal Academy of Music)

Guest reviewer: Ellen Casey Working is a musical based on the book of the same title by Studs Terkel. It chronicles the varied experiences of the American working world, from waitress to corporate bigwig, delivery boy to socialite. It was updated in 2009 with new songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda – Delivery and A Very Good […]

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Olivier Awards 2018

So, that just happened! Despite some small disappointments in the nominations (nothing too much, just some things felt unnecessarily overlooked), I was rather looking forward to this year’s Oliviers. And I was also rather glad that I wasn’t on site to cover the ceremony this time – partly because of the damp forecast, partly because I […]

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Favourite shows of 2017

Any number of shows could have been included in this post; frankly it’s ludicrous that I decided to stick with my whole top 12 idea… As I’ve seen about 90 more individual shows than last year, it’s almost a question of picking some of the shows out of a hat to be able to split […]

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Hamilton

“And the world’s gonna know your name…” Thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda, the name Alexander Hamilton has been firmly reestablished in the American consciousness – and is steadily taking the world by storm, with London’s West End the latest opening for hit musical Hamilton. After a bit of a delay, the show has now officially opened […]

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