AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best Performance Of A Song 2022

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2022? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 16 categories for our 8th annual Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2022.

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THEATRE REVIEW: Tammy Faye starring Katie Brayben & Andrew Rannells at Almeida Theatre

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Saturday 22 October (matinee), runs to 3 December 2022 RUNTIME: 170 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

There are so many male reasons – music by Elton John, lyrics by the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears and a book by James (Ink) Graham – to be excited for this musical life story of US tele-evangelist Tammy Faye Bakker but, ultimately, it is its leading lady Katie Brayben whose input shines brightest.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is a musical designed with a Broadway transfer in mind
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for October 2022 starring Tammy Faye at the Almeida

  1. New Elton John, Jake Shears and James Graham musical

Tammy Faye Messner was an American evangelist, singer, author, talk show host, and television personality. This musical about her life includes music by Elton John, lyrics by Jake Shears and a book by James Graham (Ink, Almeida and BBC1’s Sherwood). It stars Katie Brayben and Andrew Rannells (The Prom and The Boys In The Band). Runs 13 October through 3 December. Tickets Review

  • Read on for reasons including Brown Boys Swim, Simon Russell Beale and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
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FILM REVIEW: The Prom starring Meryl Streep, James Corden, Andrew Rannells, Keegan Michael-Key & Nicole Kidman


OUT: Netflix

‘Listen you bigoted monsters, just who do you think you are? Your prejudice and your repression won’t get past this Broadway star,’ sings Meryl Streep (pictured centre above) as two-time Tony Award winner Dee Dee Allen on a high school visit to champion a lesbian student unable to take her girlfriend to the prom.

  • Read on for reasons including how there are some 5* moments here to savour
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