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Quarantine Q&A: Young Frankenstein

If you’ve been following me for a while, you might know that two years ago a bulk of my summer was spent at the Garrick Theatre in London, watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein the musical. I had such a great time supporting that show and cast from the very start, I first went to see it in previews in early October 2017, and fell in love with its madcap humor and energy. I saw it for the 20th and final time on its closing performance in August 2018, and it’s a time that taught me a lot and gave me some wonderful memories.

In that time, the cast got to know my face as one of the regulars and were always kind enough to stop and say hello when able. I still love to support them all as much as possible, and keep in touch from time to time – therefore I was thrilled when ensemble members Nathan Elwick and Emily Squibb agreed to answer a few questions in my next Quarantine Q&A!

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The (Lockdown) Last Five Years

If you’re a theatre fan, you’ll probably have heard of the iconic Jason Robert Brown musical The Last Five Years. However, have you heard of The (Lockdown) Last Five Years?

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Quarantine Q&A: Only Fools and Horses

I’m taking a leap of faith and challenging myself to do more questions and answers/interviews – especially in the midst of all the lockdown mania. I want to encourage my own creativity and confidence, as well as keep the conversation of theatre alive, and get to know a few of my favourite performers a little better with some fun questions.

Therefore, I figured what better place to start than with one of my favourite shows on the West End of the past year, Only Fools and Horses Musical. I was thrilled when three fabulous cast members agreed to join in the fun and get involved with my Quarantine Q&A.

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10 Stagey Dream Casts

For musical theatre fans, ‘dream casting’ is a common occurrence. The premise is simply when people pluck ideas of which actors they would like see play specific roles! Therefore, I thought I would share some of my dream casting ideas.

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5 Underrated Musicals

It’s no secret that I love musicals. I appreciate all shows, and I believe they are all a success in their own way. However, I thought it would be fun to showcase a handful of shows that I feel are slightly underrated and deserve a little bit more love and appreciation.

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Isolation Entertainment

The world is in a strange and scary place now, I’m approaching the third week of lockdown here in the UK. Adjusting to my new life of sharing a house with my parents and dog 24/7, working from home, unable to physically socialise, see shows and all the normalities we didn’t realise we took for granted.

However, it isn’t all doom and gloom as there are a few means of Isolation Entertainment going on so I thought I’d share some of my favourite things I’ve spotted that have been raising a smile as I spot them.

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5 Reasons To See… Come From Away

This is a post I’ve intended to write for a very long time, but for some reason, failed at achieving. However, since Come From Away has recently celebrated one year on the West End, welcomed in a new cast and won a What’s On Stage Award for Best New Musical; I thought it was time I made up for my sin by at long last writing a blog about this brilliant show and why you simply must buy a ticket to see it.

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&Juliet

&Juliet has done nothing but rise over the past year, and rightfully so. From the minute it was workshopped and previewed at West End Live, it was deemed one of the hottest tickets to get your hands on. Following a hugely successful Summer tryout in Manchester, ahead of it’s West End opening in November, it has quickly picked up a strong force of fans – and I finally caught up with it a few weeks ago.

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Dressing Room 9 & Jennifer Hepburn

A week ago, I got the pleasure of enjoying not one incredible gig but TWO, thanks to four of my favourite West End Wendies. First up was “Dressing Room 9” aka Dianne Pilkington, Samantha Seager and Pippa Duffy who currently share a room at Only Fools and Horses the musical with an afternoon at The Theatre Cafe. With just a brief interval between shows, next up was Jennifer Hepburn: One Night Only at the Above the Arts cabaret venue. To those who may not know, Jen is currently starring in Mamma Mia! in the ensemble and cover for all three Dynamos.

Both gigs were so stonkingly good, that I wish I had time to give them the full individual reviews they deserve, but due to time constraints this little summary will have to do – but I think neither party will mind me shouting out about powerful women empowering women!

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