It’s almost Christmas and what would the festive season be without some recognition of the best of 2019? Over the next month we’ll shortlist five nominees in each of 14 categories for our Oscars, or monstas if you will, of 2019.
Read on for nominees for the monsta for Best Performance Of A Song of the year. 2018 winner: Getting Married Today by Jonathan Bailey and Company cast
STOP PRESS: MUSIK returns to the Leicester Square Theatre 5/2 – 1/3/20. Tickets
‘About me, the critics lied. I ignored them – and survived,’ sang character Billie Trix in song Friendly Fire (see below) played by Frances Barber in ahead-of-its-time 2001 Pet Shop Boys’ musical Closer To Heaven.
Read on for reasons including how this show needs a longer West End run soon
Frances Barber brings MUSIK to London and Pet Shop Boys play Hyde Park
Billie Trix was the most compelling character from Pet Shop Boys musical Closer To Heavenand author Jonathan Harvey has brought the star played by Frances Barber back for an hour-long show with new songs by the duo. For Every Moment was our Song Of The Month for August. An Edinburgh Festival hit, MUSIK takes its bow at the Leicester Square Theatre 3-7/9. Tickets Pet Shop Boys also play Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park 15/9 Tickets
Read on for reasons including Reece Shearsmith, Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh and Big
We loved her in X Factor, Finland picked the best of three fine songs for her May Eurovision entry and she brings her Eurovision Wonderland show to Under The Bridge 25/4. We think her co-penned Monsters is our favourite song of the year so far. Tickets
Read on for reasons including Kathleen Turner, Mark Rylance and a Q&A for the return of The Bridge
Without his leading role in the film Richard III, which he also co-wrote, Sir Ian McKellen doubts whether he would ever have been cast as Gandalf and Magneto in the Lord Of the Rings and X-Men films respectively.
Read on for a review of Sir Ian’s new Heuristic Shakespeare app