REVIEW: Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Palace, Manchester

Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was one of my least favourite musicals until I saw the Bill Kenwright production featuring the magnificent Joe McElderry last year.

And as the show returns to the Palace this week there is no sign that those numerous performances have made the X-Factor winner jaded in any way.

McElderry’s performance is just as strong, delivered with the same energy that has made this version of the  Lloyd-Webber and Rice classic such a winning formula.

McElderry is excellent as Joseph,showing why he won the X-Factor but also that musical theatre is his natural home. He is comfortable on stage delivering the comedy as well as the music.

But it isn’t all about Joe. A very strong cast throws everything at the audience with an energy and enthusiasm which is instantly infectious. Trina Hill is excellent as the narrator and Ben James-Ellis is a hoot as the Pharaoh. Read More…

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REVIEW: Son of a Preacher Man @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

son_of_preacherThis is a superb celebration of the songs of Dusty Springfield held together with an original and convincing story.

Son of a Preacher Man is not a juke-box show purely for die-hard Springfield fans, although the excellent delivery of those classic tunes by a very strong cast is sure to please. Read More…

REVIEW: The Band @ The Opera House, Manchester

The cast of The Band, credit Matt Crockett

Pic: Matt Crockett

Take That fans, prepare yourselves for something you’re not going to like. You won’t like this review much, but I’m sure you’ll love The Band, a show featuring the music of that iconic boy group.

I have to admit I came to this show with fairly low expectations. I’ve never been a massive Take That fan, and I thought the X-Factor-style TV show which searched for five lads to star in the show was an afront to Saturday night TV. Read More…

Man who tried to drive stolen car down wrong side of M-way is jailed

Drew McWilliamsA Wythenshawe man who tried to drive down the wrong side of the motorway in a stolen BMW and smashed into a police car has been jailed for three years. 

Drew McWilliam (25) of Cotefield Road, Wythenshawe was sentenced yesterday, Monday 25 September 2017, was jailed for three years for handling stolen property and one year for dangerous driving, to be served concurrently.

Manchester Crown Court at Minshull Street was shown footage of him running from a stolen car. He was found guilty following a three-day trial.

On 29 October 2016, McWilliam was spotted driving a stolen BMW from a home in Timperley and changed its plates in Wythenshawe, before driving onto the M6. Read More…

Man in court over attack on Wythenshawe doctor

73d0d3362d94fb78079e51f711f7aa2da1593e730fc53604e0f82b03610038dd_4110195A man has appeared in court in connection with the attack on a Wythenshawe Hospital doctor when he attended a Mosque in Altrincham on Sunday.

Ian Anthony Rook, aged 28, of no fixed address, was remanded in custody until October when he will appear at Manchester Crown Court. Read More…

Two in custody following stabbing of Wythenshawe doctor attending mosque

2643922800_962838c834_zTwo people are being questioned by police following the stabbing of a surgeon, who works at Wythenshawe Hospital, when he was attending a mosque in Altrincham. Read More…

Wythenshawe MP wants more Catholics to stand for office as he helps launch new group

wp-1478947269179.jpegWythenshawe MP, Mike Kane is to launch a “Catholics for Labour” group at the party’s annual conference this weekend.

The shadow schools minister, is among eight Catholic Labour MPs who will establish the group at the 5pm Mass at the Church of St Mary Magdalen in Brighton on Sunday. Read More…

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