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#WIN A Pair of Tickets to see Forever Jackson at Marina Theatre

Saluting 30 years of Michael Jackson’s multi-million-selling album Bad. . . the Forever Jackson stage show comes to Marina Theatre, Lowestoft on 10th March 2017.

Bad sold 500,000 copies within just five days of its UK release. It was No1 in 25 countries, shifting an incredible 45 million copies. Five of its songs topped the UK charts and the supporting tour grossed £100m.

Forever Jackson captures the moment with superb musicianship, electrifying choreography, stunning audio visual projections and jaw-dropping special effects. More than that, ittakes you from The Jackson 5, through The Jacksons and on to MJ’s rise to become The King of Pop.

Bad’s The Way You Make Me Feel, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, Smooth Criminal, Another Part of Me and its title track climax a brand-new production that also featuresThriller, Beat It, Billie Jean, Can You Feel It and many more.

The star of the show Robin Parsons:

·         * Sounds – precisely like Michael. . . featuring 100% live, pitch-perfect vocals

·         * Looks – exactly like Michael. . . perfected thanks to three-hours in make-up and elaborate, finely-detailed costumes

·         * Moves – just like Michael. . . mirroring every moment, from the legendary dance moves right down to the smallest nuance and mannerisms. Michael Jackson’s HIStory Tour manager Norbert Sinnhuber describes Robin as “a revival and reincarnation”.

Celebrate 30 years of Bad with (borrowing from 80s vernacular) the baddest Michael Jackson show on tour!

To be in with the chance of winning a pair of tickets, answer this simple question:

Forever Jackson’s brand-new 2017 production celebrates the 30th anniversary of which Michael Jackson album:

a) Thriller, b) Bad, c) HIStory

Closing Date: 5th March 2017

Send your answer by email to  stating Forever Jackson in the subject line or post your answer with name, address and email or phone number to : Forever Jackson Competition, Mill farm Cottage, Mill Road, Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth NR31 9QS

The winner/s will be drawn at random. Editor’s decision is final and there is no cash alternative.

To buy tickets contact the theatre’s box office: 01502 533200

Siberian Ballet presents Swan Lake

Neva and I were invited along to watch Swan lake performed by the Siberian Ballet on Saturday evening, they performed three different ballets during their time at the Norwich Theatre Royal, Coppelia Thursday evening, La Fille Mal Gardee on Friday and finishing on Saturday with a matinee and evening performance, of Swan Lake, which were both sold out. Continue reading

La Cage aux Folles Norwich Theatre Royal

Last night Xene and I were invited along to the opening night of La Cage aux Folles, which is at the Norwich Theatre Royal  from Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21st January, all I can say is AMAZING! It is the first time that the Hit West End and Broadway show has been on tour in the UK and I would urge you to check out if it is coming to a theatre near you.

If you live in Norfolk, book your tickets now, if you are not local, do not fear, the tour continues countrywide, check here for dates and venues. You will not want to miss it.

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Georges (Adrian Zmed) and the dazzling drag artiste Albin,(John Partridge) star of la Cage aux Folles, live an idyllic existence in the heart of St Tropez, but all may be about to change. Georges’ son announces his engagement to the daughter of a right-wing politician and drama and hilarity ensue when a meeting of the parents forces them to cover up their vibrant lifestyle. Will Albin be able to play the role of his life…?

My memories of Adrian Zmed are from the TJ Hooker days as Romano, he may well have been one of my first childhood crushes! His role as Georges was exquisite, he sang with such grace and beauty, playing alongside John Partridge, it was a perfect pairing, I am not a soap opera fan, so did not know him from that role, but I had read the reviews from his time in Chicago and knew we were in for a real treat, and we were not disappointed, he was Fabulous Darling!

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The entire cast were fantastic, and the Cagelles dancing was nothing short of outstanding, how they managed those kicks and splits in heels was mesmerising! A special mention to Samson Ajewole as Jacob the Butler/Maid who was hilarious. West End legend Marti Webb as Jacqueline was perfect, and Jordan Livesey playing the part of Hannah was a pleasure to watch!

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The staging was stunning and the costumes marvellous, an absolute delight and a perfect reason to leave the warmth and comfort of your house for a very frosty January evening.

There was laughter (lots of it) there was raw emotion, at one point I did actually have a tear in my eye, but most of all, a whole heap of fun and an absolutely amazing evening.

So if you are looking for the perfect evening in Norfolk this week, head to Norwich Theatre Royal.