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: 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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Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Review: The Last Ship, Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Opened on Broadway in 2014, Sting’s The Last Ship tells the story of the closure of the Swan Hunter shipyard in his hometown of Newcastle. Earlier this year, the musical set sail across the UK and Ireland for its first ever national tour and it has finally docked at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. It’s refreshing to see that Sting, one the music industry’s most well-known figures, has used his fame to create a truly interesting debut…

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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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Review: The Wedding Singer, King’s Theatre

Review: The Wedding Singer, King’s Theatre

Nothing brings out the best, the worst and the downright ridiculous in people more than a good wedding. It’s an ideal premise, then, for an upbeat, laugh-a-minute musical about love, heartbreak and the skewed idea of living happily ever after. The UK tour of The Wedding Singer has a lot to live up to in order to satisfy its excited audience, most of whom probably spent their formative years rooting for Adam Sandler and Drew…

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Casting announced for UK tour of Sunset Boulevard

Casting announced for UK tour of Sunset Boulevard

Hollyoaks star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Danny Mac will lead the cast of Sunset Boulevard when it arrives in Edinburgh this later this year. The actor, who has previously performed in both Wicked and Legally Blonde, has been cast as male lead Joe Gillis in the upcoming UK tour of the popular musical. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning production of Sunset Boulevard, which opens at the Edinburgh Playhouse on Tuesday 3 October, tells the…

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Review: Marvel Universe Live, The Hydro

Review: Marvel Universe Live, The Hydro

Fast-paced, loud and thrilling, Marvel Universe Live is an immersive superhero experience that more than managed to justify its expensive price tag. Produced by Feld Entertainment, the team behind the renowned Disney on Ice franchise, the all-new arena show will appeal primarily to children who have outgrown the company’s Princess-centric tours, as well as teens and adults familiar with the Marvel comic books and movies. Whilst the show’s plot, which follows a gaggle of iconic…

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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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Preview: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

Preview: The Rocky Horror Show, Edinburgh Playhouse

It might be months until Halloween but be prepared for costumes galore in Edinburgh this week as The Rocky Horror Show rolls into town. Starring Diana Vickers as Janet, Ben Freeman as Brad and S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr Scott, the latest touring incarnation of Richard O’Brien’s hit musical looks set to be non-stop party – bursting with risqué jokes, memorable songs and outrageous costumes. The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad…

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