THEATRE REVIEW: Rent starring Blake Patrick Anderson at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Via recorded live performance 29/11/20, running to 20/12/20

WHERE?: Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

We first saw Rent when it arrived with a fanfare in London’s West End in the late 90s – and left disappointed.

  • Read on for reasons including why this production by & Juliet‘s director is the 1 to catch

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AWARDS SHORTLIST: MONSTAS: Best New Musical of 2020

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2020? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2020.

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for November starring A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre

  1. A Christmas Carol starring Simon Russell-Beale and Patsy Ferran

There are at least 2 other A Christmas Carols in London this festive season but we have chosen this 1 because Russell Beale is always good value and Ferran is an Olivier Best Actress award-winner. Runs 27/11 through 16/1/21. Tickets UPDATE: The 2nd lockdown means this run will now start on 3/12/20

  • Read on for reasons including new Steps album, Rent in Manchester and Kylie’s Disco set
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GIG REVIEW: Blake Patrick Anderson

WORTH A LOOK?: ***1/2

WHEN?: 25/7/20

WHERE?: via internet

SETLIST: Reach; Creep: To You; Waiting For You; Take On Me; Yesterday; My Heart; She Used To Be Mine; Stay; Break My Heart Again; I Wish I Had A River; For All Of Us; A Song For Our Time

Blake Patrick Anderson is one of our favourite musical theatre performers and so it has come as a pleasant surprise during lockdown to discover that he’s also a talented singer/songwriter.

  • Read on for reasons including why we’re comparing him with Gary Barlow and Elton John

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AWARDS: MONSTAS: Our Best Theatre Actor of 2020 so far

We awarded 14 monstas for the best pop, theatre, TV and film of 2019 in December – and here we look at the cream of 2020 so far and what’s to come. James McAvoy, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Arinzé Kene and Daniel Monks are previous winners in this category.

  • Read on for our top 5 best theatre actors of 2020 so far and our hopes for the next three months

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February (2020) starring Pretty Woman: The Musical

  1. Pretty Woman: The Musical opens starring Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac

Bryan Adams co-wrote this musical version of the beloved 1990 Julia Roberts/Richard Gere film which ran on Broadway starring Samantha Barks (performing in clip above) for a year until August. Atkinson has a Eurovision connection and we saw her in Six in the West End. Mac will be familiar to Strictly viewers. Opens at the Piccadilly Theatre 13/2, booking until 2/1/21. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Be More Chill, Melodifestivalen, Colin Morgan and La Cage Aux Folles

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THEATRE REVIEW: Closer to Heaven starring Adele Anderson, Blake Patrick Anderson, Maddy Banks & Ian Hallard at Above The Stag

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

WHERE? Above The Stag RUNTIME: 130 minutes (with 20 minute interval)

WHEN? 7/7, opens 10/7 runs to 31/8/19

STOP PRESS: Tickets for MUSIK’s London run in September go on sale at 10am 29/7/19 here.

We saw the original production of this musical in 2001 and authors Jonathan Harvey and Pet Shop Boys have written a follow up of sorts featuring lead character Billie Trix which premieres at this summer’s Edinburgh Fringe.

  • Read on for reasons including ticket details for MUSIK at the Edinburgh Fringe in August

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