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Hyer's Highlights: Hamilton

24th December 2017 | Theatre

Hyer's Highlights: Hamilton

The smash-hit musical phenomenon which has taken Broadway by storm is beginning its run here in the UK, carrying the story of America’s beginnings across the Atlantic and into the heart of our capital city.

Hamilton - heart-breaking work of staggering genius that changes the form of musical theatre for ever - had its official opening night in the West End this week, where celebrities in the Victoria Palace Theatre witnessed the incredible tale of American independence.

What is miraculous about Hamilton is the overwhelming success it has undergone when you consider the story-line and its antiquated setting. Yet it is no surprises that people are flocking to see a unique production about America’s Founding Fathers, because unlike textbooks for instance, this form of education is unequivocally captivating.

However, in a debate on Benji Hyer’s show on whether musical theatre is becoming a new way to learn about history and politics, Aaron says that tickets in London's West End are extremely expensive and "not accessible enough to the average person".

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Benji Hyer on Hamilton

Benji Hyer responds to listener Aaron about how, if Hamilton is to start a wave of productions educating young people, ticket prices need to become more accessible. (3 minutes)

Review: Wicked

1st December 2017 | Theatre

Review: Wicked

The story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Good Witch of the South is perhaps one of the best known fictional stories in the world.

But, what isn’t as well-known is that Elphaba (the Wicked Witch) and Glinda (the Good Witch) actually used to be friends who shared a room in college and, ultimately, became entangled in a complicated love rivalry.

Well, it’s not as simple as that.

For 11 years, Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked has ruled over the West End – having won 15 awards in the city (including the prestigious Olivier “Audience Choice” award twice). It has consistently remained a “must see” in the city, despite the fact that it is constantly touring around the world, and it’s not difficult to see why.

Sitting in most West End theatres in mid-November on a Monday night, even the most popular show may be slightly emptier than usual. Unless you’re a fresh new import such as Hamilton (being housed next door to Wicked at the Victoria Palace), to put it bluntly, most shows would be dead. However, even after 11 years, the Apollo Victoria (where Wicked has been housed since it landed in London in 2006) is still lively and busy with an audience spanning generations.

For some visitors, this is their first time seeing the much talked-about production. For others, it’s their fourth or fifth visit. The references are globally known – based on the Wizard of Oz – but it’s how the story of Wicked builds on that which is what has kept it so relevant.

Some of the subject matters feel more relevant than ever – as Glinda and Elphaba first loathe each other simply based on nothing but a book-cover type perception, the musical touches on how…

James Gilmore saw 'Hair' with his parents

14th October 2017 | Theatre

James Gilmore saw 'Hair' with his parents

At The Vaults theatre in London lives a production of the award-winning musical, ‘Hair’.

For those not in the know, ‘Hair’ (first performed 50 years ago) follows a group of drug-fuelled hippies as they protest against war and demand peace with a message which is still crucial today.

Its comments on societies impression of young people along with drug taking and nudity has ensured that ‘Hair’ has always been seen as one of the shows that pushes the boundaries, and this production is no different.

However, here’s where it gets a bit awkward.

James Gilmore saw the new production of ‘Hair’ (an IMMERSIVE production, to be noted) with his parents despite warning that half way through the production the entire cast get naked on stage.

Entirely naked. No underwear. No socks. Fully naked. In an IMMERSIVE production. With his parents.

On his Friday radio show, James Gilmore spoke about how he totally wasn’t ready for this experience – but also how great the show is. It really is pretty good.

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James Gilmore saw the musical Hair with his parents

and there was a nude scene which he can't get over... (6 minutes)