Kevin Sherwin is originally from Dublin and enjoys watching Grease 2 and theatre-going. His favourite kind of musical is one with a lot of ridiculous belting and he patiently awaits news of a London production of Next to Normal.
The Best New Musical category seems tighter than usual this year - of the four nominees, I can see three of them winning (sorry, Sunny Afternoon) but my money is on Memphis.2014 Year in Review: Kevin Sherwin's Picks December 30, 2014
Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins is the kind of show that, with its precise historical reference points and barely pronounceable surnames, makes you feel smarter just for looking at it.BWW:UK AWARDS 2014: Kevin Sherwin's Picks! October 29, 2014
There's a popular theory that, in order to have a good chance at success, a new West End musical must be based either on a well-known film or on the back catalogue of a well-known music act - or in the case of The Bodyguard, both - and indeed, if you were to cast your eye over a list of hits and flops over the past few years, you might be inclined to agree. But then there's Memphis.BWW Reviews: DOGFIGHT, Southwark Playhouse, August 13, 2014 August 14, 2014
Even as ritual humiliation goes, this is particularly cruel: a group of US marines, in San Francisco for one last night in 1963 before they head to war, initiate a game whereby each must lure the least attractive girl they can find to a party, with money in the pot for whoever brings the 'ugliest' date. Though fairly simplistic, the premise of Dogfight - making its European debut at the Southwark Playhouse - is an instantly intriguing one and a highly effective set up for the pathos that's to come.EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: SHOW 6, Summerhall, August 3 2014 August 5, 2014
Is it annoying if I? If my sentences never seem to? And for an hour, could you? Welcome to Show 6, a play in which no single sentence is allowed enough words for it to make sense, but which seems convinced of its importance, for one reason or another.EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: LIGHT, Pleasance Dome, August 2 2014 August 5, 2014
I'll admit it: I'm a fan of a theatrical gimmick. Generally speaking, a production that has a bit of a high-concept twist that can be summed up in ten words or less is in with a good shot at a positive review from me. And so, White Rabbit Red Rabbit, with its pitch of 'actor opens envelope and performs play without ever reading it' was already off to a good start.BWW Reviews: ORDINARY DAYS, London Theatre Workshop, March 12 2014 March 13, 2014
Thanks to director Ray Rackham's gentle, uncluttered approach, a bouncy score played wonderfully by musical director Thomas Lees and a small but strikingly talented cast of four, this brisk 80-minute soujourn to the Big Apple is consistently and undeniably enjoyable.BWW Reviews: COOL RIDER, Lyric Theatre, Jan 27 2014 January 28, 2014
Some people call Grease 2 a guilty pleasure. Many more consider it to simply be a bad film. And then there's the rest of us: people who come across it at an early age (often too young to understand what the 'Reproduction' lyrics we like to sing at the dinner table mean), genuinely love it to pieces and never let it go, who at various points in our lives come across fellow fans - there is no quicker bond - with whom we can recite the dialogue and sing the songs, fuelling our shared fervour, and on and on it goes.2014 Theatre Preview: Kevin Sherwin's Picks January 2, 2014
It's probably fair to say I didn't approach this screening from the most objective of standpoints: having seen the West End production of 'Merrily We Roll Along' four times, and having wanted to fit a few more trips in before it closed, I was already very much on board with the general critical consensus, overwhelmingly positive as it was.BWW Reviews: THE HERD, Bush Theatre, September 18 2013 September 19, 2013
The Herd is an entirely engrossing, emotional affair which offers a window on a situation which is relatively unique, but one that is experienced in a very real way by characters who will immediately resonate with anyone who has ever had a family.BWW:UK: Reviewer Kevin Sherwin's Autumn Theatre Preview September 10, 2013
The London theatre scene has got plenty to shout about this Autumn, with plenty of interesting stuff on the way. Kevin Sherwin has a look at what we've got to look forward to.