So it’s almost time for Simba and co to come to Birmingham! The Lion King opens at Birmingham Hippodrome next Friday (the 28th June). It’s the big summer show this year, running until September 28th. Having seen the show in London I can assure you that it is a fantastic production that brings the classic film to life. I still need to get my tickets for the tour (hint, hint to any generous readers!) but let me know what you think if you see it.
I came across this video on YouTube – it’s by an amazingly talented guy called Nick Pitera who has done several videos in which he performs as multiple people – including a lot of Disney. In this video, made to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Broadway production, he got a little bit of help to make a special Lion King video…. Enjoy!
Earlier this week I shuffled down to the New Alexandra Theatre to see and review a new play about the life of Tommy Cooper. Only knowing Cooper through seeing clips on TV and hearing things from my Dad to base my knowledge of him on, the play provided a new insight into the sometimes troubled life of an entertainment giant.
Although not really my cup of tea, the play was really good with some brilliant performances from the small cast. I think it would have been better in a smaller theatre as the audience only filled a very small percentage of the seats in the auditorium and it may have made certain parts of the production more effective, but would highly recommend the show to Cooper fans everywhere.
My full review can be found on WhatsOnStage.com (follow this link!) and here is a small snippet to wet those whistles:
Williams’ performance as a drunk Cooper is sublime and the closing image of the play of him slumped in a drunken stupor alone in a hotel room is moving, even if the end of the play just seems to fizzle out.
It’s also lovely when people share the review – I got a smile seeing this tweet from Ben Richards (he from Footballers Wives, The Bill and currently in 9 to 5 the Musical sharing the review!)
This week I’d thought I’d try to start a new feature – hopefully I’ll remember to do this weekly – showcasing some of the fantastic array of productions gracing stages across the West Midlands. Being Birmingham based I’m in a fortunate position (literally) to get to some great theatres hosting or producing theatre of all sorts. So new month, new blog name, new feature – kind of makes sense!