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: Son of a Preacher Man, King’s Theatre

Review: Son of a Preacher Man, King’s Theatre

While some jukebox musicals feature a strong story, expertly woven together by an endless stream of classic hits, others fail to hit the mark by relying purely on musical nostalgia and overlooking the need for a strong cast and a plot that is both interesting and relevant. Son of a Preacher Man, which is on at the King’s Theatre until Saturday, falls somewhere in the middle. Inspired by the music of Dusty Springfield, the show…

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Final chapter of Leonard Cohen poetry to be released by Edinburgh publishers

Final chapter of Leonard Cohen poetry to be released by Edinburgh publishers

The ‘final chapter’ of Leonard Cohen’s poetry is set to be released next year by Edinburgh-based publishers Canongate under the title The Flame. The iconic Canadian musician and poet, who died aged 82 on November 7, 2016, selected and ordered the poems in the book, of which “the overwhelming majority” is new material. Before his music career took off in the late 60s, Cohen first published a collection of poetry in 1956, and published 12 more volumes throughout his career. He…

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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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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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Edinburgh Fringe: Stan Hodgson (No Miracles Here), interview

Edinburgh Fringe: Stan Hodgson (No Miracles Here), interview

Tighten your laces, look to the band, don’t let your knees hit the ground. The music has started, and they can’t leave the floor. There’s no rule book, but as far as they know, the aim is just keep going; that’s what everyone else seems to be doing. A tale of resilience, strength and the need to just stay on your feet, The Letter Room present a sweat-soaked marathon with a northern soul. Packed with…

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Edinburgh Fringe: The Naked Magicians, review

Edinburgh Fringe: The Naked Magicians, review

The Naked Magicians have been dubbed “one of the world’s naughtiest magic shows” and indisputably you’d be struggling to find a magic show where you can also spot the magician’s penis. After all, magicians haven’t exactly been selling their shows based on sex. It might not be something that The Magic Circle aims to consider any time soon but regardless Aussie duo Christopher Wayne and Mike Tyler have managed to tap into a market the…

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Heverlee Beer Festival to open in Edinburgh

Heverlee Beer Festival to open in Edinburgh

The Arches are set to host Edinburgh’s first Belgian-inspired food, art and music festival later this month. Four of the iconic East Market Street arches will be transformed into a beer garden and pop-up street food market selling dishes inspired by Belgium including moukes-frites and carbonade flamande for the three-day Heverlee at New Waverley festival which will open on 21 July. Organised by Heverlee Beer, the free event will also feature contemporary street art murals…

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Emeli Sande’s Edinburgh Castle gig cancelled

Emeli Sande’s Edinburgh Castle gig cancelled

Emeli Sande’s eagerly-anticipated gig at Edinburgh Castle has been cancelled. The chart-topping Scottish singer was due to perform the massive outdoor concert in the Capital on Thursday, 13 July. Sande, who recently played a sell-out gig at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, had also been due to perform in Cork, in Ireland three days earlier on July 10, but that show has also been cancelled. The bequiffed singer, who was raised in Aberdeenshire before going on to study medicine at…

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MagicFest Interview: Juan Esteban Varela

MagicFest Interview: Juan Esteban Varela

All this week, we’ve been counting down to the opening of MagicFest 2017. The popular festival returns to Edinburgh tonight, kicking off over a week of spellbinding performances from some of the world’s most fascinating magicians. Earlier this week, we caught up with Juan Esteban Varela to find out more about his show, From the Dark, which takes place at the Assembly Rooms on Sunday and is the only magic show in the world to…

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