THEATRE REVIEW: Motown The Musical

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE: Shaftesbury Theatre

WHEN: 15/9 (matinee), booking to October 2017

We’re sitting on the end of the third row and there’s a moment in the second act when the actress playing Diana Ross appears in the audience looking for someone to duet with and is stood directly in front of us.

  • Read on to discover whether monstagigz made its West End stage debut

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9 reasons why we can’t wait for October

  1. Lazarus rises

This 18-song David Bowie musical ran off Broadway for three months from November 2015 and features hits including Life On Mars?, Heroes and Absolute Beginners. It was written by Bowie with Once author Enda Walsh.¬†Starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall and directed by Ivo van Hove, it runs 25/10 – 22/1 at the King’s Cross Theatre and seems a fitting salute to the star who died 10 days before curtain down on the US show. Tickets.

  • Read on for reasons including Star Trek, Anne-Marie Duff and Glenda Jackson’s return

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LIVE REVIEW: Billy Joel

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Wembley Stadium

WHEN: 10/9

SETLIST: Miami 2017; Angry Young Man; Just the Way You Are; The Entertainer; Zanzibar; My Life; Vienna; The Lion Sleeps Tonight; The Longest Time; Movin’ Out; Leningrad; Allentown; New York State Of Mind; Don’t Ask Me Why; Sometimes A Fantasy; Highway To Hell; We Didn’t Start The Fire; She’s Always A Woman; Keeping The Faith; The River Of Dreams; Nessun dorma; Scenes From An Italian Restaurant; Piano Man; Uptown Girl; It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me; Big Shot; Only The Good Die Young; You May Be Right.

Welcome to Billy Joel’s only UK gig of 2016 and his first concert on these shores since November 2013.

  • Read on for the thoughts of someone who’s never listened to much Joel, until recently

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ALBUM REVIEW: Familia by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: 2/9

TRACKLIST: Wild Forever; Death of Love; Crystallise; Hush Little Voices; Here Comes The Rapture; Come With Us; Cassandra; My Puppet Heart; Unrequited; The Saddest Happiness; Don’t Shy Away

The single which launched this album, Come With Us, is, in our opinion, Ms Ellis-Bextor’s best since 2002’s Music Gets the Best Of Me.

  • Read on for all the gossip about Sophie’s February tour

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INVESTIGATION: Should you join your favourite theatre as a member?

Would becoming a member of your favourite theatre make it easier for you to get the most in-demand tickets? We became a member of five of our favourite London venues to see what the value for money is.

  • Read on to find out what membership of the Almeida, British Film Institute, Menier Chocolate Factory, National Theatre and Old Vic gets you.

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