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: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: The Band, Edinburgh Playhouse

The Smash Hits generation will be flocking to the Edinburgh Playhouse this week for the Scottish premiere of Tim Firth’s The Band which is, surprisingly, so much more than just a nostalgic run-through of the boyband’s greatest hits. First things first: The Band is not about Take That. Instead, it is a heartwarming tale about four estranged school friends – Rachel (Rachel Lumberg), Claire (Alison Fitzjohn), Zoe (Jayne McKenna) and Heather (Emily Joyce) – who…

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Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse

When Hairspray ran in London’s West End in 2008, the musical comedy won four Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical. So, naturally, Edinburgh had high expectations with the hit production coming to town. Based on John Waters’ cult 1988 movie of the same name, Hairspray tells the story of the big girl with the big hair, Tracy Turnblad (played by​ an ever-enthusiastic Rebecca Mendoza​), and her overnight transformation from high school nobody to television star…

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Review, Million Dollar Quartet, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review, Million Dollar Quartet, Edinburgh Playhouse

It’s a tall ask for a jukebox musical to do justice to the music of not one but four of the world’s most iconic performers. However, the team behind Million Dollar Quartet manage to do so with utter ease, resulting in a fun and uplifting show that transports its audience right back to the 1950s. Based on the popular book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, Million Dollar Quartet follows the true story of the…

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Review: Cilla the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Cilla the Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse

Given her status as TV royalty, it’s easy to forget that the late Cilla Black was initially thrust into the spotlight as a talented singer, championed by The Beatles. Based on the hit ITV biopic, Jeff Pope’s Cilla the Musical transports its audience back to the 1960s to chart her meteoric rise from being a young, working-class secretary in Liverpool to being a famous singer, riding high at the very top of the music charts. The…

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Review: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

Review: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

As the curtain rose at the Edinburgh Playhouse last night and the Grease orchestra launched into an overture featuring a melody of the musical’s most recognisable hits, the enthusiastic whooping, singing and dancing from the audience quickly set the tone for the evening. There are few musicals that are as universally loved as Grease and David Gilmore’s latest production of the original high school musical manages to do its popularity justice. Based on the 1971…

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Preview: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: Grease, Edinburgh Playhouse

The original West End production of the electrifying musical, Grease, is set to open at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight. The iconic high-school musical, which is widely considered to be one of the world’s greatest musicals, features back-to-back memorable hits including You’re the One That I Want, Grease is the Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’. Since opening on Broadway in 1972, Grease has been widely considered as one of the…

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Preview: Stand By Me, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: Stand By Me, Edinburgh Playhouse

A show charting the musical history of one of the most iconic R&B and doo-wop groups of all time is coming to Edinburgh for one night only. Stand By Me, which celebrates the music of Ben E King and The Drifters, will be performed at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Friday 2 June. The musical revue features a plethora of the group’s most well-known hits including Save the Last Dance for Me, Under the Boardwalk, Saturday…

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Wicked to fly back to Edinburgh

Wicked to fly back to Edinburgh

It has been confirmed that Wicked will fly back into Edinburgh for a limited run next summer. The musical, which was seen by more than 175,000 people when it took up residence in the Capital back in 2014, will return to the Edinburgh Playhouse for five weeks from Tuesday 8, May until Saturday, 9 June 2018. Based on Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel, the Broadway and West End phenomenon tells the incredible untold story of Oz’s…

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Preview: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: Mamma Mia!, Edinburgh Playhouse

Prepare to be transported back to the Eighties thanks to the arrival of Mamma Mia! at the Edinburgh Playhouse tonight (29 November) for an extended five-week run over the festive period. The upbeat and vibrant musical is set on a sunny Greek island and follows the story of a young woman named Sophie who sets out to find her estranged father the day before she gets married. In doing so, she brings her mother face…

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