AWARDS SHORTLIST: Best Film of 2021

It’s been quite the year, it’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2021? Over the next week we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 15 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2021.

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FILM REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire & Richard E Grant

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

John McCrea originated the part of Jamie in the Sheffield and West End productions of this musical and for us his appearance in the film’s most moving segment illustrates beautifully one of the piece’s themes about passing on the wisdom about gay life from 1 generation to the next.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see Jamie songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells’ band The Feeling on tour next year
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9 reasons why we can’t wait for September starring The Normal Heart (2021)

  1. The Normal Heart beats at the National

This revival of Larry Kramer’s play about the American AIDS crisis is timed beautifully after the National’s unforgettable Angels In America in 2017 and Channel 4’s It’s A Sin earlier this year. Starring Ben Daniels we’re excited for the return of monsta winner Daniel Monks (Teenage Dick, Donmar), director Dominic Cooke (Follies, National) and Dino Fetscher (Torch Song, Turbine Theatre). Runs 23 September to 6 November 2021. Tickets

  • Read on for reasons including Saoirse Ronan’s London stage debut, Jennifer Saunders, new Blow Monkeys album and Jamie film released finally
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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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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for February 2021 starring Lucy Spraggan

  1. Lucy Spraggan releases new album

Spraggan won our gig of the year monsta in 2020 and we said then: ‘Her warmth and empathy really shine bright in the guitar-based, folk-influenced material that she writes and performs.’ Her 6th album Choices is released 26/2/21 and includes Sober, a song of the month for us in November. Tickets were on sale for an April tour which has now been cancelled because of Covid-19 but you can watch that gig of the year. Details

  • Read on for reasons including the return of KEiiNO, Melodifestivalen 2021 and Deutschland ’89

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THEATRE REVIEW: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie starring Luke Latchman, Faye Tozer & Bianca Del Rio

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHERE? Apollo Theatre RUNTIME: 2 hours and 40 minutes (including a 20-minute interval)

WHEN? 10/5 and booking until 25/1/20

Faye Tozer is a member of pop supergroup Steps who was a runner-up in 2018’s Strictly Come Dancing and now takes on a West End role as a teacher in this award-winning musical.

  • Read on for reasons including whether the cast changes work for this fabulous show

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PREVIEW: 9 reasons why we can’t wait for May 2019

  1. Death Of A Salesman starring Sharon D.Clarke and Arinze Kene

D. Clarke (pictured 2nd from right, top) won our Best Actress monsta last year as well as the Olivier for Best Actress In A Musical for her star turn in Caroline, Or Change and is here directed by Marianne Elliott (pictured left in video, hot from Company) and appears alongside Arinze Kene (winner of our Best Actor monsta for Misty and far left in the picture). Their revival of the Arthur Miller classic runs 1/5 through 29/6 at the Young Vic. ReviewTickets

  • Read on for reasons including Madonna, Eurovision, Anne-Marie Duff, Faye Tozer and Oti Mabuse

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