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GOOD GIRL/BAD GIRL

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Jody is a writer & a good one. She has been commissioned to write a book of short stories based on the seven deadly sins. Unfortunately only 3 of those stories have been written … deadlines have come & gone, she is skint, under pressure & suffering writer’s block….So in a last ditch attempt to redeem both herself & her project she goes to Writer’s Anonymous to seek help & support.Good Girl/ Bad Girl is a modern day look at the seven deadly sins & heavenly virtues & was inspired by Audra Macdonald’s 2004 song cycle of the seven deadly sins.

Through Jody, her confessions, stories & the characters she creates & with a wonderfully eclectic array of songs written by the likes of Ricky Ian Gordon, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Stephen Flaherty & Lyn Ahrens , Stephen Sondheim, John Bucchino & Lance Horne to mention but a few, we experience a funny, poignant & sometimes startling evening.

Just how relevant are the seven deadly sins/ heavenly virtues, do they still stack up in our modern world, mean the same things, or have they changed & morphed so that they are no longer clearly defined as sinful or virtuous? Come & see what Jody discovers, it may be both enlightening to her & to us.

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HEY WORLD, HERE I AM – THE STREISAND STORY

StreisandFor over 50 years she has been a star! Feisty, bold, a trail-blazer and a perfectionist. Her career has spanned all aspects of the entertainment industry: recording, film, TV & stage. She has produced, directed, written and acted. But most of all, she has sung!This show is a celebration of Streisand through her music. Her story told through her songs. All the favourites and then some! It’s a chance to explore the “funny girl “from Brooklyn who took the world by storm!

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FINGERPRINTS

fingerprintsA funny, heart-warming show about all of us through the eyes of one of us. What really identifies us as individuals? What stories do we have to tell? Avigail tries to identify her own fingerprint ten years after her first one woman show.Accompanied by her long time musical director Peter Bailey & through an eclectic array of songs written by composers as diverse as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Jason Robert Brown, William Finn & Amanda McBroom, Avigail asks the question what is a fingerprint? An individual ID card, our own personal entrée into the world. It’s just like a heartbeat, unique yet universal.

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FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD – A MUSICAL JOURNEY WITH HAROLD ARLEN

ArlenJust who is Harold Arlen? Well actually, he was one of the 20th century’s most gifted composers, having written the scores to The Wizard of Oz and A Star Is Born both starring Judy Garland!He wrote over 400 songs for some of the best. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby & they in turn made sure that his songs entered into the realms of the popular classics.Songs like Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather, That Old Black Magic, Get Happy, It’s Only a Paper Moon, Come Rain or Come Shine, Acc-en-tuate the Positive, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), the list is endless…

So why is it we know so little of the man ?….George Gershwin said “He’s the most original of all of us” whilst Irving Berlin said “He wasn’t as well -known as some of us, but he was a better songwriter than most of us.”

Come and “follow the yellow brick road” and journey through a magnificent musical world and perhaps through this magical experience learn a little bit of the genius that is Harold Arlen!

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THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS: THE MUSICAL!

musical-of-musicalsMusical of Musicals: The Musical! is a fabulous five-part cabaret-style musical, which honours and spoofs five writers and writing teams that have shaped the modern musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb.This show is a wonderful opportunity not only to celebrate these iconic artists but also to showcase four incredible singer actor dancers who will do it like it should be done! In this hilarious satire of musical theatre, one story becomes five delightful musicals, each written in the distinctive style of a different master of the form. June, an ingénue who can’t pay the rent, is threatened by her evil landlord. Will the handsome leading man come to her rescue? In an evening of variations on a theme, this basic plot is musicalised the way Rodgers & Hammerstein might have envisioned it, taking place in Kansas in August, complete with a “dream ballet”.The story is then done in the style of Stephen Sondheim, featuring the landlord as a tortured, artistic genius who slashes the throats of his tenants in revenge because they don’t appreciate his art. When presented a la Jerry Herman, the story becomes a splashy star vehicle and in the style of Andrew Lloyd Webber it’s a rock musical, with “borrowed” themes from Puccini. The story is re-told one last time in the style of Kander and Ebb, set in a Cabaret in Chicago.

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