✭✭✭✩✩ Luft for life:
When you’re Lorna Luft, the shadow of Judy Garland is inescapable. The Hollywood legend introduced her daughter to the world in a touching segment on her TV show, singing a new song, Lorna, to her. And now she’s singing back with a 20-date tribute to her mother.
✭✭✭✭✩ Star quality:
Seventies rock bombast and the story of the death of Jesus are brought together to thrilling effect in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s early rock musical, which lights into the Playhouse for a week.
✭✭✭✭✩ Medieval dead funny:
There’s no pork, but plenty of spice and some jolly enjoyable ham as the Monty Python musical returns to Edinburgh – with far fewer Spam references than you might expect from the title.
✭✭✭✩✩ Faithful and affectionate:
Technically impressive, the touring production of Dirty Dancing avoids any suspicion of cynically trading on the affection felt for the original film while never really succeeding in its own right.
✭✭✭✭✩ Poster colours:
Big, slick and growing ever more gaudy, Bill Kenwright’s record-breaking touring production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse with sparkling new narrator Amelia Lily at the helm.
Stunning dancing, melodic interludes and brazen humour combine in Dance ‘Til Dawn. It is a package that defies any rational analysis, but is so bursting with skill and chutzpah that the result is impossible to dislike.
✭✭✭✭✩ Skills and thrills
Breathtaking to the last, Cirque Berserk delivers the circus thrills of the big top on the theatre stage for three nights only at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Satisfaction is pretty much guaranteed at the Playhouse this Christmas, where the magnificent touring production of Wicked is defying gravity until well into the New Year.
✭✭✭✭✭ Magic and majesty:
It has been 20 years since Irish shoes first tapped into the hearts and minds of Europe and the 20th Anniversary Tour of Riverdance, playing the Playhouse to Sunday, proves that it still has the power and magic to wonder and delight.
✭✭✭✭✩ True showmanship:
Roll up, roll up! Cameron Mackintosh and Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Barnum, revised in 2013, illuminates the stage at the Edinburgh Playhouse every night until Sunday.