Merrily she rolls along with a hit show set for West End

By John Nathan, April 17, 2013

It is the second day of rehearsals and one of the West End’s favourite leading ladies, Maria Friedman, is at the Harold Pinter Theatre singing every note and saying every word in Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant musical, Merrily We Roll Along.


Review: Once

By John Nathan, April 15, 2013

This is the tender little acoustic romance that kicked the hell out of bigger, brasher shows at New York’s Tony awards. And it is easy to see why. Once is based on the Oscar-winning Dublin-set film and uses the same, sometimes devastatingly beautiful soundtrack composed by Glen Hansard, of the indie band, Frames, and Marketa Irglová.


Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.


A genius, but funny with it — the way Marvin Hamlisch was

By John Nathan, August 16, 2012

There is a vague and unscientific theory that attempts to explain why some new melodies are instant hits while others miss by a mile. It is unscientific and vague because the theory is mine.


Leonard Bernstein, my wonderful dad

By Brigit Grant, June 14, 2012

Saturday September 8 1962
“Today is my 10th birthday and Daddy and I drove to Coney Island together. It was just him and me and we went on all the scary rides. We rode the horses on the Steeplechase, did the parachute jump, went up on the Wonder Wheel and the rollercoaster, and we had Nathan’s hot dogs. We just had the greatest time ever.”


Langdon going for a song to help earn £10k

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

Performers from West End musicals including Legally Blonde, Wicked and Les Miserables entertained a crowd of 400 in London to raise money for educational needs charity Langdon.

The Mash Up cabaret at the Leicester Square Theatre marked the end of Langdon's annual fundraising week.


Glyndebourne apology

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The executive chairman of the Glyndebourne festival has apologised for the production of a children's opera based on the writings of a pro-Palestinian activist.

Gus Christie said he could "understand and sympathise" with concerns raised over When I Am Old, written using the recollections of Rachel Corrie who was killed in Gaza in 2003.

Performed three times last month by members of the Glynd


Young singer voices her ambition for an O2 Arena showcase

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

An Arkley teenager has set her sights on singing at London's O2 Arena next year after progressing in a national competition.

Francesca Harris, 13, only found her singing voice two years ago when, listen-ing to music on the ra-dio, she started joining in.

Now the JFS pupil is a member of a gospel choir in Walthamstow and accustomed to performing to audiences of 600.


Fury over Rachel Corrie youth opera

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Glyndebourne festival has defended its production of a children's opera based on the writings of pro-Palestinian American activist Rachel Corrie, killed in Gaza in 2003.

When I Am Old was performed three times last month by members of the Glyndebourne Youth Opera after they spent five days learning about the Middle East conflict.

Organisers said they wanted to show "the courage and ideal


King David on CD

July 15, 2011

A CD has been released by the Manchester King David High chamber choir to help raise money for its musical activities.

Rhythm of Life was recorded in May by Steve Portnoi, a producer for the Manchester's Halle orchestra.The 19 tracks range from from pop and jazz to medieval and contemporary classical, performed by 30 GCSE and A-level students.

Head of music Trevor Siemens said proceeds would