Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MUSICAL SHREK WAS A BIG (GREEN) WINNER ; the Rip-Roaring Adaptation of the Film Franchise Took the Crown as Ambassador Theatre Group Took Lion's Share of Nominations

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MUSICAL SHREK WAS A BIG (GREEN) WINNER ; the Rip-Roaring Adaptation of the Film Franchise Took the Crown as Ambassador Theatre Group Took Lion's Share of Nominations

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MUSICALS are just about the most fun any family can have together - and don't our theatres know it? A solid set of musicals is a critical part of any entertainment calendar these days, but the city centre theatres continue to dominate in this arena, attracting the big touring shows when they head up here from the West End.

That's not exclusively true. On our shortlist were two stellar shows in Salford and at the Royal Northern College of Music: Cape Town Opera's Show Boat, over at The Lowry in July, and RNCM Opera's presentation of Stephen Sondheim's exceptional musical comedy Company in June.

Dominating the shortlist, though, was the Ambassador Theatre Group venues, the Palace Theatre and Opera House, which stole three of the five places in our 2014 Best Musical category.

The first of these was Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which arrived at the Opera House in February staring My Family's Robert Lindsay, Samantha Bond and comic presenter Rufus Hound. Gushing reviews were echoed in September when Tony and Olivier Award winner Jersey Boys - the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons - came to the Palace Theatre. …

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