A newly launched magazine dedicated to celebrating all things theatre, Musicals features a repertoire of exclusive West End and Broadway content in print for you to enjoy.
Distributed at various major stockists- WHSmiths, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury's- the magazine will become bi-monthly from April. This first issue is retailing at £9.99, and it may initially seem a bit steep, but from the gold detailing on the beautiful cover, to the high quality pages absolutely packed with features, interviews and reviews about a vast range of shows, it is quickly justified. Furthermore, it is said to be likely that the price will be reduced for future additions beyond the first.
The content grabs your attention and while often wordy, is valuable, and supplements the magazine. However, in correspondence to the fast moving nature of the theatre world, it is almost impossible for the reviews featured to remain relevant for a fair duration, unless they are always surrounding long running shows. There are few adverts, and any that have made the cut are all related and therefore not spoiling the overall aesthetic of the product. It would be nice to have included some more larger production shots, like in programmes, but with so much content available to share, it is understandable that this might come foremost. With multitudes of listings showing you what's on offer, it's easy to seek out your next live show to get yourself to.
Iconic industry greats such as Elaine Paige, Carrie Hope Fletcher, and Marisha Wallace discuss their careers and current works in interviews that are engaging and easy to read. Other ventures are explored too, such as movie musicals, which are making their mark- particularly Matilda of late. There are even cast recording reviews for those of us who love to listen when not in front of a stage!
You'll have to give it a look yourself for much more, since there are no spoilers here. As not only a great read, but the perfect collection of a snapshot in time, it is a delight to be able to seek another avenue for sharing the joys of the arts industry, and an essential for every big theatre fan to get their hands on a copy if you can, whether you're an avid consumer, or new to the wonder it can bring.
Buy your copy of the launch issue here: