The theatrical among us are often likely to be fairly romantic, waffley and write in a constant stream of thoughts. There are ample theatre bloggers out there; some, like me, have tried to keep to a more magazine-y format of reviews, interviews and theatre features. Others are bold enough just to offer their thoughts on life, art and love. Here is my pick of the theatrical blogosphere…

Gavin Creel Click on the little thought-bubble logo at the top and you’ll read the Hair star’s well-documented thoughts and opinions. One of the chattier, more off-the-cuff blogs on this list, as the actor/bloggers tend to be. But be warned: Gav never met a capitalised word that he didn’t like.

Alexandra Silber This post caught my eye a while ago, for being very frank and cathartic-sounding. Actress and singer Silber blogs about people in her life, her work, and even charming little lists of her favourite things.

Jason Robert Brown On the other side of the piano, but as much of an artiste as the actor types, JRB’s blog is great reading. He uses it to post setlists from his gigs, answer fan questions and set the record straight about pretty much anything. An essential for the hardcore admirer [that would sound less creepy if they had a ‘Renthead’-style name. JRBrains? Answers on a postcard.]

Mark Evans Time for a Brit. Our brand spanking new Fiyero has been blogging about the build-up to taking on the role. He also uses the space to answer fan questions and give an insight into his work. I loved him in Oklahoma last year and really hope to catch him in Wicked soon.

West End Whingers Absolutely, 100% reviewing Marmite. I’ve heard seething accounts and raucous praise for these gents, but I’ve always found it to be a witty read, and a fab alternative to the mainstream, greying purist critics’ drivel that Michael Coveney keeps banging on about.

Love Theatre A young, fresh, British perspective on the theatre world. As well as reviews and interviews, check out the most recent post for Catherine’s guide to getting your thespian fix on a shoestring budget.

Kooman & Dimond This writing duo (and winners of the 2010 Larson Award) blog from New York blog about people singing their songs, preparations for their musical Dani Girl, and recently & passionately, on the closure of Broadway show The Scottsboro Boys.

Ought to Be Clowns For reviews with a pulse, (see again Coveney’s flatlining efforts), this blog opens reviews with a meaningful quote, and deconstructs a production in a chatty, accessible way.

Life & Musicals Looking for someone who blogs with their heart on their sleeve, but remains articulate (and punctuated)? That’s Ava. My only criticism would be that she doesn’t blog enough!

So to summarize, Michael Coveney can kiss my West End butt; bloggers and online reviews enrich my cultural experience, send me off on different creative paths and often offer the most stripped-down, honest opinions on the industry.

If you’d like to add your blog to my list, just comment below with a link and a quick summary of your site.


Encore! / Refund!

November 19, 2010


Julie Atherton’s album No Space for Air – this continues to receive plenty of Twitter love. Personally WEG is loving        I Never Saw Blue Like That.

The Public Reviews who have asked me to do an interview and three reviews for them in the next few weeks just off of the back of this little blog. Look out for them!

Kerry Ellis guesting on Alfie Boe’s new album, apparently with a rendition of Come What May… the odd couple thing sort of works for me.

Budget theatre on the big screen – you won’t get the goosebumps of live theatre, but in a recession it’s the more the merrier.

The We Will Rock You tour. I’ve never been much inspired to go and see this questionable Queenfest, but I may well stroll down to Wales Millenium Centre when it comes to Cardiff next spring.

The West End Whingers. They’re controversial, camp and crochety, but also a damn good read. Along with TPR, they’re changing the face of theatre criticism for the better – and I for one am sick of reading the opinions of old white guys who already hate musicals.


Yet more oversharing from the Dorothys:

@LaurenSamuels88 I was just sick in my mouth on stage…had to swallow it to risk embarrassment. Definitely turned a funny colour…Egypt belly go please!!

Chronic name-droppers… it’s nice that you know talented people, but maybe put some energy into your day job as well.

Panto. It may be a great chance to see your favourite stars at your local theatre, but the cheesiness, audience participation and predictability of panto just leaves me cold. I hope to have my mind changed this winter!

Pricey programmes. I like knowing who’s who, but £3.50 or £5 for a big glossy pile of nothing? If they could be made more like mini-magazines with fascinating facts and quirky interviews with the cast, as well as some behind the scenes insight, they might be worth the cash. Millions of ads and waffle about the theatre’s history are not items to be treasured.

Pushy mums. Sophie ‘Over the Rainbow’ Evans on Welsh TV last night: ‘my mum first noticed I had something special…. my mum first saw the ad for the show…’ Obviously it pays off, but it makes me a little sad. No one knows they want to be a singer at the age of three.