Thirty years after Roald Dahl’s Matilda was published by Jonathan Cape, the stage musical it inspired is primed for its North East premiere. Tickets for the show have been snapped up at Sunderland Empire where the show is running for a month. It promises to be one of the theatrical events of the year in a region not short of good shows, big and small. Many people settling down to see the show in Sunderland will have grown up with Roald Dahl, loving the author’s anarchic, child-friendly humour. Matilda, telling of Matilda Wormword, a little girl with special powers, was published towards the end of Dahl’s life and was followed only by Esio Trot, The Vicar of Nibbleswicke and The Minpins. The latter pair were published posthumously in 1991. Matilda has always been many people’s favourite. It was made into a film in 1996, directed by Danny DeVito and with Mara Wilson as Matilda and Pam Ferris as scary headmistress Miss Trunchbull. Then in 2009 the Royal … [Read more...] about Here comes Matilda! The hit musical will be packing them in on its North East premiere
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Ian Stuart Colman: December 19, 1944 - April 19, 2018 Shakin Stevens was among those paying tribute to a Harrogate-born music industry legend who died last week after a long battle with cancerThe 80s hitmaker paid tribute to his friend and former producer Stuart Colman on Twitter saying: "In memory of our close colleague and long time friend, who still had a lot more to give."Rest in peace, Stuart, and carry on listening to the music you loved so much. Much love to Annie, who was the rock he needed. "But who was Stuart Colman and why was he so famous in the music industry in both the UK and USA?Put simply, he was the single most important music industry figure to emerge from Harrogate - or most other places - since the war.One of a kind, he made his mark everywhere he travelled in an illustrious career, and he travelled far.His status can be judged by the fact Colman was a godparent to one of late 50s guitar legend Duane Eddy’s children.Born Ian Stuart Colman in Harrogate on … [Read more...] about Obituary: Yorkshire music legend Stuart Colman
You probably didn't know it, but when you're humming to old classics by Britney or new music from Nicki Minaj or Katy Perry, a lot of the time you're actually enjoying the musical composition of talented Swedes. The untimely death of Swedish DJ Avicii brought to light that many people knew his name and the fact he was a producer, but did not realise they were already familiar with much of his work.Some of the biggest hits today - and indeed in previous decades - haven't come out of the UK or America.They have actually come from Sweden, and haven't been written by the artists who sing them.Dag Krister "Dagge" Volle, or Denniz Pop as he was known before he died aged 35 from stomach cancer, was one of the pioneers of catchy pop song writing in the 1990s.He set up Cheiron recording studios in Stockholm in 1992 with Tom Talomaa, writing songs for the likes of Backstreet Boys and N'Sync.Denniz Pop later recruited Max Martin, who has become one of the most popular songwriters, not just in … [Read more...] about From ABBA to Avicii: How Sweden dominates pop music
YOU'D be hard to find someone who didn't know the name Kylie Minogue, who launched to fame in the 80s. But what are the singer's biggest songs, did she really date Jason Donovan and just when was she in Neighbours? Here's the lowdown... Who is Kylie Minogue? What is her background? Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, 49, was born May 28, 1968 and is often known simply as Kylie. She is an Australian singer, songwriter, actress and dancer. Kylie began her career as an actress, appearing in teen drama The Henderson Kids in 1985, but it wasn't until 1986 that she shot to international stardom when she played Charlene Ramsey in Australian soap Neighbours. Following Kylie's success in Neighbours she launched her music career with the single I Should Be Lucky and was renamed the Princess of Pop. She is recognised as the highest-selling Australian artist of all time by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Kylie has also starred in numerous movies including The Delinquents, Street Fighter … [Read more...] about How old is Kylie Minogue, what are her greatest hits and when did she date Neighbours co-star Jason Donovan?
PUBLISHED: 11:37 24 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 24 March 2018 Simon Parkin Martine McCutcheon who is appearing on her Up Close and Personal tour. Photo: BMG/Pip Archant Martine McCutcheon is still remembered as Tiff off EastEnders, but she’s also had a number one single, won an Olivier for My Fair Lady and starred in Love Actually. Ahead of her show in Hunstanton, she tells us how her love of music has helped her overcome debilitating illness. Martine McCutcheon who is appearing on her Up Close and Personal tour. Photo: Sonya Jasinski “It’s the most personal thing I’ve ever done, it was really never meant to be for public consumption it was just meant to be for me, so it was nerve-wracking to release it,” says Martine McCutcheon, about her return to public prominence for music. “I was sharing with people some of my inner most demons. But what is nice is there are also moments where I was ready to grab life again. The song Any Sign of Life … [Read more...] about ‘I was ready to grab life again’: Martine McCutcheon on her return to music