Review: Musicals Unsung (St James Theatre Studio)

MusicalsUnsung-ParallelProductionsSheSeesStars: ★★★★☆

Having seen a couple of editions of West End Switched Off, which showcases well-known songs from musicals presented in a different light, I was keen to pop back to the St James Theatre’s Studio space to see another show put together by musical director Kris Rawlinson: Musicals Unsung. The concept of this show is a sort of flip-side to Switched Off, giving an airing to songs that have been cut from popular musicals. This appealed to me because I like to know what goes on behind the scenes, and get an insight into how the writing process leads to the final result.

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (Semi-final 2)

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© JessicaGow/AFP/Getty

Spurred on by my blog receiving its first ever visits from readers in the Czech Republic, Croatia and Armenia (and The Gambia!?) after Semi-final number 1, I’m back with a round-up of Semi-final number 2! I found Tuesday’s first semi a bit underwhelming, finding it tricky to pick even 10 out of the 18 songs that I thought deserved to qualify. I guessed that Moldova, Croatia, the Netherlands, Armenia, Russia, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Malta and Bosnia would qualify. Of my picks, 7/10 made the cut, with Moldova, Iceland and Bosnia losing out to Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic. Anyway, based on Tuesday’s slightly disappointing offerings, I had high hopes that the songs drawn in Thursday’s semi-final would bring a bit more interest, musical flair and, ideally, hilarity to the proceedings…

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Review: Eurovision Song Contest 2016 (Semi-final 1)

Eurovision_Song_Contest_2016_logo-sm-blCan you believe it’s already been a year since the last Eurovision Song Contest? Some would say it’s come around again far too quickly, but not me. I LOVE it. Even the awful stuff. Especially the awful stuff. Eurovision would be on twice a year if I was in charge. This year’s Contest is taking place in Stockholm after Måns Zelmerlöw stormed to victory for Sweden last year with the absolute corker Heroes, and this blog provides a sideways glance at the songs featured in the first semi-final.

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