SONG OF THE WEEK: While You’re Still Young by Sophie Ellis Bextor & The Feeling (week beginning 15 August 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

4-and-a-half years ago we took the train from London to Sheffield hoping that the 1st musical by The Feeling frontman Dan Gillespie Sells (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) would be something special and we weren’t disappointed.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see the movie of the musical in September
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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Crying On The Bathroom Floor by Will Young (week beginning 14 August 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

TRACKLIST: Daniel; Crying On The Bathroom Floor; Till There’s Nothing Left; Indestructible; Strong; I Follow Rivers; Everything Is Embarrassing; Losing You; Missing; Elizabeth Taylor

We last saw Will Young on stage in 2018 in Strictly Ballroom in London’s West End and for this, his 1st studio album since 2019’s Lexicon, he has decided to cover songs made famous by female artists.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Will on tour in London next month
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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our best album of 2021 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2020 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2021 so far and what’s to come. Previous winners in this category are 2020: SAWAYAMA by Rina Sawayama, 2019: Sucker Punch by Sigrid, 2018: Wild, Wild Wonderland by Saara Aalto, 2017: Melodrama by Lorde, 2016: Joanne by Lady Gaga and 2015: How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful by Florence and the Machine.

  • Read on for our top 5 best albums of 2021 so far and how to see each act live
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THEATRE REVIEW: Bagdad Cafe starring Sandra Marvin & Le Gateau Chocolat at the Old Vic

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

RUNTIME: 90 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Thursday 29 July, booking to 21 August 2021

We’re here because director Emma Rice has given us so many memorable theatrical moments and deep-voiced star Le Gateau Chocolat is a performer we’ve loved in cabaret but never on a West End stage like this one.

  • Read on for reasons including why the Old Vic is the most Covid-cautious of all the theatre venues we’ve visited recently
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THEATRE REVIEW: Carousel starring Declan Bennett, Carly Bawden & Joanna Riding at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: Monday 2 August 2021, opens 9 August, booking until 25 September 2021

RUNTIME: 150 minutes (including 20-minute interval)

Song You’ll Never Walk Alone features here and has transcended its origins to be a favourite on the football terraces as well as last year topping the charts as a riposte to coronavirus.

  • Read on for reasons including how Riding makes a triumphant return to a show she won an Olivier for in 1993
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THEATRE REVIEW: Constellations starring Russell Tovey & Omari Douglas at Vaudeville Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

RUNTIME: 75 minutes (no interval)

WHEN: matinee and evening Sunday 1 August 2021, booking to 12 September 2021

‘Is someone’s alarm going off?’ We’re watching a play and can hear an iPhone alarm going off and, while pleased it’s not ours, Russell Tovey is distracted by it and has come out of character to find out more.

  • Read on for reasons including how Tovey and Douglas’ pairing compares with Atim and Jeremiah’s
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THEATRE REVIEW: Anna X starring Emma Corrin & Nabhaan Rizwan at the Harold Pinter Theatre

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RUNTIME: 75 minutes (no interval)

WHEN?: Matinee Saturday 31 July, runs to 4 August 2021

On 19 September Emma Corrin will discover whether she has won an Emmy to add to her Golden Globe for her portrayal of Princess Diana in The Crown.

  • Read on for reasons including how Anna X is an impressive piece of new writing imaginatively staged
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