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Hairspray review - 'as light and bouncy as a bubble of gum'

It's Baltimore, 1962. Penny Pingleton's mother (Sorelle Marsh – all angles and spite) "absolutely positively, permanently punish[es]" her daughter (Zizi Strallen – brilliantly transforming from gawky to gyrating) for being jailed after joining an atte

Do I Hear a Waltz?, Park Theatre, London

"Things are impossibly lyrical", we hear in the title song to Do I Hear a Waltz?, a deeply bittersweet 1965 Broadway musical about a Venice-based holiday romance that turns sour.

Do I Hear a Waltz?, Park Theatre, review

Do I Hear a Waltz? sounds like a dream ticket. It has a score by Richard Rodgers, a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. What could possibly go wrong?

Is I Can’t Sing doomed? X Factor spoof suffers second delay to opening night

It hasn’t even opened yet – but The X Factor spoof musical I Can’t Sing already appears to have run into trouble after its West End debut was delayed for the second time.

Made in Dagenham: The Musical - Adelphi Theatre

Essex 1968. Like millions of other working women, each morning Rita O’Grady is just trying to get her husband out of bed, get the kids off to school and get to work at the factory on time. But life is about to change forever when it’s announced that t

Fame - The Musical at New Wimbledon Theatre review: 1980 film gets reboot for reality age

AN energetic song and dance piece that will appeal to audiences too young to remember Alan Parker's brilliant movie.

Hairspray, Curve, Leicester

Against the backdrop of the Curve's state-of-the-art theatre space, director Paul Kerryson places television monitors relaying ads from the 1960s - the perfect setting for this excellent musical, and highlighting the influence of mass media against the st

The A-Z of Mrs P, Southwark Playhouse

The most ambitious musicals spring from the most unlikely sources – you need go no further than Stephen Sondheim to establish that – but turning...

Urinetown: can director Jamie Lloyd make a splash with a toilet musical?

Urination may not be the most unlikely subject ever dreamt up for a musical.

From the Duchess to Dagenham: Gemma Arterton cast in Made in Dagenham musical

Gemma Arterton is "beyond thrilled" to have landed the lead role in a new West End adaptation of hit British film Made in Dagenham.