AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best performance of a song in 2018 so far

We awarded 13 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2017 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2018 so far and what’s to come. Tight Connection To My Heart by Sheila Atim from Girl From The North Country is the previous winner in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 performances of a song of 2018 so far and our hopes for the next half year

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GIG REVIEW: Jake Shears at the Scala

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Scala

WHEN?: 15/8, tour runs to 24/8/18

SETLIST: Good Friends; I Can’t Decide; Big Bushy Moustache; Fit Ain’t One Thing; Laura; Sad Song Backwards; Everything I’ll Ever Need; Take Your Mama; Clothes Off; S.O.B; The Bruiser; Palace In the Sky; I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’; Creep City; Mississippi Delta

The line: ‘The Londoners are swell, and they seem like they adore me’ from new song Mississippi Delta is received rapturously here – and with good reason.

  • Read on for reasons including how Jake Shears sounds very Scissor Sisters

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THEATRE REVIEW: Chicago starring Alexandra Burke at the Phoenix Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE?: Phoenix Theatre WHEN?: 13/8, Ms Burke appearing until 14/10/18

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

This production won middling reviews when it opened earlier this year starring Hollywood’s Cuba Gooding Jr but it was only until the casting of Alexandra Burke, who debuted tonight, that we were persuaded through its doors.
  • Read on for reasons including all the opening night gossip featuring Martin Kemp as Billy Flynn

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THEATRE REVIEW: Aristocrats starring David Dawson & Elaine Cassidy at the Donmar

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE?: Donmar

WHEN?: 10/8, runs to 22/9/18 RUNTIME: 2 hours and 20 minutes (with 20-minute interval)

We’ve admired David Dawson (pictured above with Cassidy) in TV’s The Last Kingdom and The Hollow Crown but we’ve never seen him perform in theatre until now.

  • Read on for reasons including how Dawson’s turn in this Brian Friel play will move you most

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THEATRE REVIEW: Little Shop Of Horrors starring Vicky Vox, Jemima Rooper, Marc Antolin & Matt Willis at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WHEN: 4/8, press night 10/8, runs to 25/8/18 NOTE: Extended to 22/9/18

RUNTIME: 2 hours and 5 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Drag queen Vicky Vox (pictured above) makes her theatrical debut here as the voice of the mysterious plant named Audrey II which is hungry for blood at the heart of this fun-packed musical revival.

  • Read on for reasons including how Julian Clary and Strictly‘s Ian Waite featured

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