Saturday, 28 February 2015

Feature: February round-up

Star of the Month
Katie Brayben

Katie Brayben on Beautiful's Press Night / Photo Credit: Dan Wooller

It isn't every day you witness a career defining performance like the one Katie Brayben gives in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. Brayben's portrayal of King is masterful; it's rare to see such fresh, raw talent on a West End stage. Not only does Brayben excel during musical numbers, performing King's music to perfection, but she also brings truthfulness and compassion to the text. A star in born!

Show of the Month
Oklahoma! UK Tour 

Charlotte Wakefield & Ashley Day in Oklahoma! / Photo Credit: Pamela Raith

Shockingly I had never actually seen Oklahoma! onstage before, yet I still found myself resisting the urge to hum along to its famous and utterly joyous score. It is an iconic show that did big things for musical theatre. Rachel Kavanaugh's brand new production has heart and soul whilst Drew McOnie's choreography impresses throughout. Ashley Day and Charlotte Wakefield lead a sensational cast, nobody takes their eye off the ball.

Top News Stories
Interview Highlights

on taking over as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium
on directing Alice: A New Musical
on starring as Curly in Oklahoma!

Selected Reviews

WEST END PLAY
★★★★
"It's different, a little stylish and performed by a stellar cast."

WEST END MUSICAL
★★★★
"Ellis' rendition of 'Memory' is nothing short of triumphant."

OFF-WEST END PLAY
★★★
"...gritty, profoundly thought provoking... deeply disturbing."

TOURING MUSICAL
★★★
"...impossible to watch the show without tapping your feet"

TOURING PLAY
"...yet to find its feet."
Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

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