Edinburgh Musicals

I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical, Underbelly Bristo Square, Review Vivien Devlin Fri, 23 Aug '19 2.30pm

From Phantom of the Opera to Wicked, from West End to Broadway and beyond,  Musical theatre is big business. Wannabe actors dream of their big break and this is their behind-the-scenes story about the long hard struggle to become a star of the musical stage.

Rather than the classic “show within a show,”  this a light hearted, often hilarious, song and dance revue.

AcadePitch Presents – Romeo and Juliet: An A Cappella Tragedy, theSpace Triplex, Review Angela Milton Wed, 21 Aug '19 6.25pm

Taking Romeo and Juliet as an inspiration for this production, two a cappella groups battle it out for supremacy in this entertaining and light-hearted show. This is very loosely connected to Romeo and Juliet - with its tongue firmly in cheek, the story unfolds of two groups with a long-term grudge and a ban on romance between the two sides.

The Drowsy Chaperone, Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Review Kenneth Scott Wed, 21 Aug '19 6.14pm

“Let’s disappear for a while into the decadent world of the 1920’s …”

The time machine comes in the form of a gramophone, a device that our host uses whenever he is feeling a little blue. His favourite Broadway show, “The Drowsy Chaperone" provides the needed escapism with “a story, and a few good songs” that will take him away.

Friendsical: A Parody Musical About Friends, Assembly Rooms, Review

Friendsical is a great excuse for nostalgia over one of the nation’s favourite TV shows. The cast are phenomenal and incredibly convincing. In particular Mitchells (Chandler), Lee-Morgan (Ross) and Goggins (Monica) really sell the part and have the mannerisms down. The set is a gorgeous, brightly coloured haven, featuring both flats and the iconic 'Central Perk'. 

Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area, Underbelly Cowgate, Review

An unexpected item in the bagging area might be the least of your worries in this particular struggling supermarket.

A number of things seem surprising, such as the fire threatening to run out of control in the aisles or the pilfering armed school children and the rabid rodents.

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical, Assembly George Square, Review

A deliciously dark romp through the tortured actions of stepsiblings Sebastian and Kathryn, this musical brings unexpectedly hilarious moments within its biting teenage satire. The songs are used particularly well, with the unusual timing and application of familiar songs into the fabric of the storyline, one of the highlights and a strength of this production.

Vulvarine: A New Musical (2019), Gilded Balloon, Review

This comedy musical focuses on the life of ordinary office worker Bryony Buckle who, with the help of a big, scary syringe and a blast of lightning, is transformed into Vulvarine: the saviour of womankind. Complete with meninist arch-enemy The Mansplainer and love interest/ dude in distress Orson Bloom, this production flips the tired tropes on their heads and plays out-with the gender norm.