The Phantom Of The Opera Review

 The Phantom Of The Opera (Wed 13 Mar – Sat 4 May)

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The Phantom Of The Opera arrived at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on the 13th March as part of its new UK tour and it definitely did not fail to please the audience. The audience lost themselves in the story, captivated by Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of the musical.

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Birmingham Hippodrome Updates #2

The latest updates at Birmingham Hippodrome!
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The latest from GirlsLikeGossip

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GirlsLikeGossip is a web show, bringing music, fashion, film, TV, celebrities and exclusive interviews.

We’ve interviewed: Ryan O’Shaughnessy, Tyler Hilton, Jamie Laing, Louise Thompson and Edward Page, Letitia Herod and Danny Shah which can be viewed here and an Owl City interview that can be read here.

Lawson, Ollie Garland, Jamie Laing and Spencer Matthews have also given us shout-outs that can be viewed here

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The Full Monty – Review

 The Full Monty (Tue 26 Feb – Sat 2 Mar)

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As soon as I heard that ‘The Full Monty’ had been rated 5* by the Independent last week in Sheffield, it definitely made me excited to see it. I had heard so many good things about the show and couldn’t wait to see it for myself; it certainly did not fail to please! I, along with the audience, was laughing from start to finish.

Click here to read the full review!

Upload Tour Review

On Thursday 21st February 2013, the Upload tour came to Birmingham. It’s safe to say that you could tell it was going to be a good night just from the excitement in the atmosphere before the show had even started. The audience, mainly made up of teenagers, were thrilled to be seeing some of their favourite YouTube stars.

Tom Law hit the stage first, playing songs off his ‘Dropping In’ EP. He started with ‘If I Ever Lost You’ with the crowd singing it back to him. His voice sounded incredible and his guitar skills were insanely good. You could tell from his first song alone how passionate he is about music and performing and he really connected with the audience throughout his time on stage. By the end of Tom’s performance, the crowd knew that if they were going by what he sounded like, they were going to be in for a treat for the rest of the night.

BriBry was up next and from the moment he stepped on the stage he was wooing the crowd with his accent. When he began to sing, his 6’5″ presence was captivating and his irish lilt gave an individual flair to all of his songs. His real life experiences successfully impacted his songwriting and this showed through his truly delightful voice. After playing her numerous videos, he’s also now my Mum’s favourite YouTube acoustic artist.

Eddplant followed and this original Brummy expressed his joy for playing to his home crowd. My favourite song that he performed was definitely ‘Girl Can’t Dance’ and despite the irony, got me dancing. I originally had heard of Eddplant from singing songs in ‘Sons of Admirals’ but I must say, I love his originals twice as much. His talent really shone on stage and he put so much energy and effort into his performance, which really paid off.

Dave Giles was last but certainly not least to hit the stage, singing songs from his album ‘Love, Life, Loss and Tea’. He started with ‘I Am What I Am’ which was a favourite of mine and the crowd responded by laughing at the humerous anecdotes he intertwined with the lines of his song. This up-tempo performance resulted in an energetic atmosphere and the audience were loving his set. Even when the mood was taken down a notch with his song ‘Waiting Room Blues’ the crowd did not fail to sing along and appreciate the amazing talent that Dave has!

Throughout the whole night you could tell just how much all the acts enjoy performing, putting 110% into their performances and showcasing all of their incredible talent. They finished with a big surprise, leaving the audience craving more and all I can say is you’re definitely in for a treat if you’re lucky enough to be heading down to one of their final shows.

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Highlights at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre and Updates #1

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Highlights so far

From all the events and theatre performances I’ve been to as part of being a ‘First Night Blogger’ at Birmingham Hippodrome, a few have certainly stood out to me. Porgy and Bess, being the first show we saw was definitely a memorable one. I’d never seen an opera before and it was so different to any other show I’d seen.

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Review

 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb)

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Before the dancers had even taken centre stage, I knew I was in for a treat. As the audience took their seats, and just minutes before the performance was about to begin there was a few minute long voice-over which left the audience in hysterics. Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo was certainly a show I will never forget.

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Backstage Hippodrome tour!

On 7th January 2012, Chris and I got the chance to have a backstage tour at the Birmingham Hippodrome theatre. ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates’ has been being shown at the theatre and we got the opportunity to see backstage with the Robinson Crusoe set and props etc.

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Review of ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates’

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My full review of Birmingham Hippodrome’s panto ‘Robinson Crusoe and the Caribbean Pirates’, starring Brian Conley and Lesley Joseph can be viewed here

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