Review: Club Tropicana, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Club Tropicana, Edinburgh Playhouse

As former X Factor star Joe McElderry bounces onto the stage and demands the audience stand up to learn a synchronised dance routine, it’s difficult to have high expectations for Club Tropicana The Musical. Thankfully, the only way is up after such an anxiety-inducing intro and what follows is a surprisingly fun and professional stage show bursting with cheese, laughter and nostalgic 80’s hits. The Club Tropicana story is simple: it follows what happens when…

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Preview: Bahookie, Edinburgh

Preview: Bahookie, Edinburgh

Scotland’s leading rock/ceilidh band Bahookie will bring their unique blend of traditional music and Top 40 hits to Edinburgh on June 21, allowing revellers to celebrate the arrival of summer with traditional Scottish dancing to some of the best-loved music acts of the 80s, 90s and noughties. The band, best-known for mixing hits such as The Prodigy’s Breathe into their tracks and for their pre-match performance at the recent Scotland-Wales Six Nations match at Murrayfield,…

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Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

Review: Dirty Dancing, Festival Theatre

“Sorry for the interruption, folks, but I always do the last dance of the season,” announces Michael O’Reilly as Dirty Dancing draws to a close on opening night. The iconic line is met with the type of deafening whoops and cheers that are usually reserved for chart-topping boy bands. Considering his likeness to the late Patrick Swayze, both physically and in the way he embraces his role as the tough-but-loveable Johnny Castle, it’s not surprising…

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The Walking Dead to get another spin-off series

The Walking Dead to get another spin-off series

The Walking Dead is to get another spin-off series, bosses of the hit zombie show have confirmed. Three films focusing on the continuing adventures of Rick Grimes have already been confirmed alongside Fear The Walking Dead – and now AMC CEO Ed Carroll says that storyboards are now being created for a third breakaway series. “We’re not at a stage where we’ll be announcing its plans to premiere,” he told Deadline. “But we have hired…

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Nirvana’s iconic ‘Live at the Paramount’ gig is being released on vinyl

Nirvana’s iconic ‘Live at the Paramount’ gig is being released on vinyl

Nirvana’s legendary Live At The Paramount concert is finally getting a release on vinyl. The 1991 Seattle gig was released on DVD and Blu-ray to coincide with the 20th anniversary celebrations of Nevermind in 2011 – and now, it is set to be released as a double LP set on April 5. According to reports, bonus features on the vinyl release will include a 12X24″ poster insert and a cloth replica Access All Areas pass…

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Review: American Idiot, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: American Idiot, Edinburgh Playhouse

When Green Day released American Idiot back in 2004, they went on to sell 15 million copies worldwide and were catapulted from being in the pop-punk ‘minority’ to an unanticipated level of mainstream success. Billie Joe Armstrong, clad in his signature black-shirt-red-tie-combo, became somewhat of a rock caricature overnight while sold-out stadium gigs and an extensive merchandise range became the norm. Most surprising of all, though, was the band’s decision to theatricalize the concept album…

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Review: Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Kinky Boots, Edinburgh Playhouse

As one of musical theatre’s biggest hits, expectations for the Edinburgh run of Kinky Boots were as high as the heel on sparkly red stiletto boot that’s featured on the show’s poster. Thankfully, the touring production is as polished, bold and glitzy as its West End and Broadway counterparts and promises to bring some much-needed sparkle to Edinburgh’s festivities. With original music and lyrics written by pop superstar Cyndi Lauper, the Tony Award-winning musical tells…

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Preview: Sing Sistah Sing!, Rose Theatre

Preview: Sing Sistah Sing!, Rose Theatre

A British-American opera singer and an award-winning Edinburgh-based former politician and professional pianist will perform a festive adaptation of a five-star Fringe hit show in the Capital next month. Andrea Baker, the internationally-renowned mezzo soprano, and former SNP councillor Richard Lewis will present a tinsel-tinged edition of Sing Sistah Sing, a celebration of Christmas and the sound and breadth of the African American female voice. It will run from December 20-23 and 27-30 show at…

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Review: Nativity, Festival Theatre

Review: Nativity, Festival Theatre

Nothing conjures up childhood festive memories quite like a traditional school nativity. The chaotic nature of the annual school show was captured perfectly in 2009’s big screen hit Nativity so it’s a pleasure to see that the nostalgic charm which made the movie such an unexpected hit has been translated so well to the stage adaptation. Debbie Issit’s Nativity the Musical opened on London’s West End in 2017 and follows the story of what happens…

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Review: Motown the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Motown the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

What do you get when you mix Motown Records’  biggest hits with a cast that’s talented enough to take on the label’s most iconic performers? A jukebox musical that’s worth dancing in the streets for. Motown the Musical, which runs at the Edinburgh Playhouse until Saturday 8 December, is based on the memoirs of Berry Gordy and tells the story of how he built the legendary pop empire from the ground up with nothing more…

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