Shaun's Jukebox #6: Spongeday in the Park with Amber

I'm actually super excited to talk about the cast albums shown above in this edition of Shaun's Jukebox because we have such a brilliant selection: two new recordings from shows that I adore and an album for a new show that really shouldn't work but it totally does! All three of them feature completely different tones and sounds to one another, but all three of them are amazing.

Review: 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Play OSLO by J.T. Rogers at the National Theatre, Lyttelton

When Oslo opened on Broadway, I was only vaguely intrigued by it, but as I read more and more about the story that the play tells, I became almost obsessed with it. Then in June, the play went on to win the Tony for Best Play and now, the show is in London - quick turnaround, indeed. Currently playing at the NT before a West End run, Oslo is going to be as much of a hit here as it was in NYC.

Review: Lucy Kirkwood's MOSQUITOES at the National Theatre, Dorfman

When the National Theatre announced their Summer 2017 season, apart from the iconic revival of Follies starring Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, I was most excited about the new Lucy Kirkwood play Mosquitoes. I've been a fan of Lucy's work for a long time now ever since her hit play Chimerica and she's one of my favourites, so I was glad to see that Mosquitoes did not disappoint.

Review: Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee in Sondheim's FOLLIES at the National Theatre, Olivier

I'm a total Sondheim fan through and through and have been for as long as I can remember, so when news got out that Imelda Staunton (my favourite stage actress) and Janie Dee were to be starring in a lavish revival of Follies (arguably Sondheim's most stunning show) at the National Theatre (my favourite place on Earth), I'm sure you can imagine how my heart started to flutter at the thought.