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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Eating & Drinking: Joseph Pearce’s

Eating & Drinking: Joseph Pearce’s

For more than a century, Joseph Pearce’s was a traditional drinking man’s boozer. It has long since ditched the spit and sawdust feel. These days its white-walled, split-level interior is padded out with comfy sofas and armchairs under large windows, giving it a light, airy atmosphere. The revamp of this Elm Row, street-corner establishment came about in 2008 and was the work of Anna and Mike Christopherson, the Swedish couple behind Boda and The Victoria…

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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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High 5, with Will And The People

High 5, with Will And The People

Brighton four-piece Will And The People visit The Mash House in Edinburgh on Sunday (December 6). Consisting of frontman Will Rendle, his brother Jamie Rendle on bass, keyboard player Jim Ralphs and drummer Charlie Harman, the band released new album Past The Point Of No Return in late November. The album was self produced and recorded at The Libertines’ The Albion Rooms over the course of a week. Likened to The Police and The Specials,…

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Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

Review: Beauty and the Beast The Musical at Edinburgh Playhouse *****

What’s your favourite Disney film? We’ve all got one and mine happens to be Beauty and the Beast so the stakes were high when reviewing Disney’s latest production this week at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Afterall, how do you capture the movie magic of your beloved childhood film in a stage production?  Well, whatever your age, or your preferred Disney film, it would be impossible not to fall in love with this spellbinding musical. Members of…

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Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Chicago, The Musical – Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Jazz hands at the ready — Chicago has rolled into town for a week long run at the Edinburgh Playhouse. The critically acclaimed 1975 American musical by Kander and Ebb tells the story of Roxie Hart (played by the magnificent Faye Brookes of Coronation Street fame) who dreams of escaping the daily grind and her lacklustre husband, Amos (Joel Montague), for the bright lights of Chicago’s roaring 20s jazz clubs.  But dreams don’t always go…

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West Lothian band The Snuts on longlist for Scottish Album of the Year Award

West Lothian band The Snuts on longlist for Scottish Album of the Year Award

After being forced to cancel their TRNSMT gig last weekend, The Snuts finally got some good news after their debut album was longlisted for the Scottish Album of the Year award. The West Lothian indie outfit, who cancelled their festival appearance after one band member and a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, will go up against the likes Biffy Clyro, Mogwai and Arab Strap for the prestigious prize. Twenty albums released during the pandemic…

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Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

Review: 9 to 5 The Musical, Edinburgh Playhouse ****

There is a lot the world can thank Dolly Parton for: her multi award-winning country music; her iconic style and character; her philanthropy; and of course her $1 million donation to the lifesaving Moderna vaccine —which makes it so fitting for 9 to 5 the Musical to be the opening show as the Edinburgh Playhouse comes back to life. Based on the 80s cult film of the same name, 9 to 5 the Musical tells…

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