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Contents What to expect, from news reports and features to reviews of live shows and recordings, in Issue 8 of Musicals Magazine


6 Curtain Up! The latest Musical Theatre news plus featurettes, our specialist columnists, exclusive interviews and more

13 Elaine’s Page Beloved legend of Musical Theatre

Elaine Paige on how Boublil and Schönberg’s revolutionary epic Les Misérables continues to enthrall and amaze audiences across the world to this day

FEATURES 24 Being Lea Salonga As she prepares to embark on a new UK tour, star of the stage and screen Lea Salonga talks to

Edward Seckerson about breaking the fourth wall with audiences, diversity in Musical Theatre and how she took the world by storm as Kim in Miss Saigon at just 18

30 Education Special

Which school to choose? Which course to opt for? Matthew Hemley talks to leading figures at the UK’s

4 Musicals Apr/May 2024

most prominent places of study, as well as several notable alumni, all of whom share their tips and tricks for how to find the right school and give the best audition

38 Another Openin’… The world premiere of Opening Night, a show-within-a-show based on the cult 1977 film, sees

Sheridan Smith dig deep as Myrtle – a Broadway actress rocked by tragedy who takes the saying ‘the show must go on’ to a whole new level


42 Super Troupers As Mamma Mia! ventures into its 25th year on the West End stage

Ruth Deller speaks to TV winners Stevie Doc and Tobias Turley, leading lady Mazz Murray and producer Judy Craymer about the ABBA show’s huge popularity


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