Beyond The Lights

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This rag to riches music industry drama starts off in a grubby Town Hall in Brixton one of London’s rougher areas where Nona a frizzy-haired schoolgirl is stunning the audience at this Talent Show with her capella rendition of Nina Simone’s classic song Blackbird. She wins second place which immediately enrages her potty-mouthed pushy stage … Continue reading


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Footnotes is a charming French musical about a group of striking female workers who want to save their livelihoods when the powers-that-be threaten to close the factory which makes expensive couture women’s shoes. It’s the story that makes it a delight and the characters who are the core of the plot, but it’s just that … Continue reading

Into The Woods

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Hollywood has a knack of bungling the adaption of hit Broadway musicals when it tries to capture the same magic for the silver screen. Just think of the turgid ‘Les Miserables’ in 2012, or the excruciatingly painful ‘Nine’ in 2009.  However when they get it right as with Tim Burton’s take on ‘Sweeney Todd’, or discovering … Continue reading

La La Land

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The wonderful astonishing opening sequence of a full scale choreographed musical number on a flyover in the middle of an L.A. traffic jam sets the pace for what is clearly one of the most exhilarating movie musicals for years.  La La Land is only the third film helmed by 31 year old Damien Chazelle (he … Continue reading


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The story of Nine is loosely based on Federico Fellini’s  (masterpiece) movie ‘8 ½’, which itself is even more loosely based on Snr. Fellini’s own life.  At middle age, the Italian filmmaker found himself with a bad case of writer’s block, and whilst the words wouldn’t come, a lot of memories about the women he … Continue reading

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