Stars to bring Broadway to Edinburgh

Stars to bring Broadway to Edinburgh

G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell is teaming up with fellow star of London’s West End and Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall to bring the glittering lights of Broadway to Edinburgh this evening. The smash-hit live concert Ansell’s Les Musicals opens as part of a UK tour at The Usher Hall tonight (Wednesday 23 March) for one night only, bringing together two of the world’s finest voices delivering sensational performances from some of the most beloved…

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Review: Six, Festival Theatre ******

Review: Six, Festival Theatre ******

Ever wondered what it would look and sound like if you put Little Mix, a history book about Henry VIII and a bucket-load of sass into a blender? Welcome to Six, the unlikely superstar Fringe show that continues to break records and take the musical theatre world by storm, grossing over $1million in its opening week on Broadway. With a modest running time of just 80 minutes, Six is a fast-paced, upbeat and empowering show…

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Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: Hairspray, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

“Please sit back and enjoy this show, but remember in life “Just to sit still would be a crime”, writes Producer Mark Goucher in the programme for the new UK tour of Hairspray. The latest production of the iconic musical takes its audience on a whirlwind tour of 1960s Baltimore through the eyes of vivacious teen Tracey Turnblad as she battles against social prejudice in her quest to dance on live TV.  From the moment…

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Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The King’s ****

Review: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The King’s ****

Nearly 50 years before Harry Potter started enchanting readers, C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia was captivating fantasists by transporting them to another world. Thankfully, director Michael Fentiman has reignited the magic of Narnia with a stunning new stage adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe which is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.  Set in WW2 Britain, the show follows evacuated siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they embark on…

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Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Review: School of Rock The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ***

Air guitars at the ready – it’s time to join the coolest kids in town as the School of Rock rolls into Edinburgh Playhouse. Based on the hit Noughties movie of the same name, School of Rock The Musical tells the story of a down-on-his-luck musician, Dewey Finn, who fraudulently finds work at a top private school by posing as his teacher roommate, Ned Schneebly. Dewey knows nothing about teaching or kids, so instead brings…

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Review: White Christmas, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: White Christmas, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Latest reports say the UK might be in store for a white Christmas – but whatever the odds, snow is falling at the Edinburgh Playhouse this December as Irving Berlin’s sparkling Hollywood musical, White Christmas, rolls in town. Based on the 1954 Bing Crosby movie, White Christmas tells the story of army veterans Bob Wallace (Matthew Jeans) and Phil Davis (Dan Burton) as they join forces with singing sisters Betty and Judy Haynes (played by…

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The Slow Readers Club announce new album – and Edinburgh gig

The Slow Readers Club announce new album – and Edinburgh gig

Manchester indie band The Slow Readers Club have announced their fifth studio album – and a tour for 2021 that will see them make a welcome return to Edinburgh. 91 Days in Isolation is due to release on October 23 via the band’s own label, SRC Records. The Slow Readers Club will play at the Liquid Room in Edinburgh on March 18, 2021. The band’s forthcoming newbie follows hot on the heels of Top 10…

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Mountain Goats announce new album – listen to lead single here

Mountain Goats announce new album – listen to lead single here

The Mountain Goats have announced details of new album Getting Into Knives – and you can listen to the lead single here. The announcement of the band’s 19th studio album comes with the release of the LP’s first single, As Many Candles As Possible, which features American organist Charles Hodges. According to Mountain Goats’ Twitter, the 13-track record was recorded in Memphis and March and will be released on October 23 through Merge. Getting Into…

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Shirley Manson reveals new Garbage album will be released next year

Shirley Manson reveals new Garbage album will be released next year

Edinburgh-born singer Shirley Manson has revealed that Garbage‘s next album is currently being mixed and is due for release next year. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Stockbridge-raised Shirley said that 2020 was set to be the band’s “most fun year we’ve had in quite some time” until the Covid-19 crisis put things on the backburner. “We’re restructuring our business and changing the way we release records from the way we have in the last eight years….

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Cast to visit Edinburgh on All Change anniversary tour

Cast to visit Edinburgh on All Change anniversary tour

Liverpool indie legends Cast have rescheduled their eight-date UK tour – and added new shows in Edinburgh, Oxford, Leicester, Southampton and Sheffield. The tour scheduled for October 2020 will now take place in April and May 2021. The live dates will see the band celebrating the 25th Anniversary of debut album All Change. Originally released on 16 October 1995 (with a deluxe edition released in November 2010), it became the highest-selling debut album in the…

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