Maria Friedman: Lenny and Steve, The Crazy Coqs, London ★★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: Maria Friedman has come to be regarded as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of Stephen Sondheim – both as actor and, more recently, a director, with her revival of Merrily We Roll Along. Her directing career – continuing with Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre and a forthcoming musical by…

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After You, The Crazy Coqs, London ★★★½

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: Over recent months, Brasserie Zedél’s live cabaret space, The Crazy Coqs, has been spreading its wings with comedy performers and plays complementing the more traditional cabaret. Now, it has a commissioned musical, written for and set in the venue by Alex Parker and Katie Lam. Apart from raising one of…

Audra McDonald, Leicester Square Theatre, London ★★★★★

Reviewed for The Reviews Hub: If your knowledge of Audra McDonald is limited to her role as the opera singer-cum-wardrobe, Madame de Garderobe, in Disney’s recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, you have so much more to learn. McDonald has won six Tony Awards – more than any other actor – and is…

January, Live at Zédel, London ★★★

TS Eliot was three months too late. The cruellest month is not April, but January – when the post-Christmas comedown collides with hard-to-maintain resolutions, topped off by grotty weather. Such is the premise of this nascent new cabaret show, with a variety of comedy songs by Patrick Stockbridge set in the first month of every year.

Broadway star Audra McDonald returns to London

Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she completely sold out her shows last year.The Broadway legend, who has won a record 6 Tony Awards, will be joined on stage this time by host & pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in…