Mad About the Musicals – M A Promotions – Louth Riverhead Theatre


Billed as ‘Songs from the Greatest Shows of the West End and Broadway’; Mad About the Musicals was certainly a feast of Musical Theatre, with a mixture of well known favourites and lesser known delights.  The show, part of a UK tour, features Michael Courtney, from Lincoln; Jai McDowall, from Scotland and winner of Britain’s Got Talent in 2011; Rosanne Priest from near Sheffield, and Kerry Whiteside from Lancashire.


The cast were supported by a wonderful live band, and despite only 4 members, Musical Director Michael Lovelock on Keys 1; Marc Hayes on bass guitar (who I believe was also part of the orchestra for the Lincoln Cathedral Production of Jekyll and Hyde in August 2017); Rich Craig on drums and percussion and Josh Weaver on Keys 2.

Some of the early numbers included Don’t Rain on my Parade from Funny Girl, and songs from Little Shop of Horrors and Song and Dance, but one of my favourites from the whole show was ‘This is the Moment’ from Jekyll and Hyde.  Having recently seen the Lincoln production (mentioned above) it was wonderful to hear an alternative live version of the powerful ballad, and Jai’s rendition was beautiful.


Act 1 ended with songs from Phantom of the Opera, Cabaret, then a medley of a number of musical favourites melded together wonderfully.


Act 2 started with a lovely medley from Chicago and then some numbers one of my favourite musicals, Evita.  Rosanne Priest gave a stunning performance of Don’t Cry for Me Argentina which was a highlight for me.


After a feast of other great musical theatre power ballads, including I Know Him So Well from Aspects of Love and Love Changes Everything from Chess, we were delighted with ‘It Sucks to be Me’ from Avenue Q, puppets included!

The whole show was brought together with some brilliant compering from Michael Courtney who linked the numbers with some funny comedy lines; breaking up the music with great banter.  The audience were thrilled with the whole show, and they weren’t left disappointed with the finale of a brilliant Les Miserables medley.

Vocals from all performers were spot on, the sound and mic balance was just right and the lighting effects all added to the professional performance.

There are tickets left for this evening if you are near to Louth and want to take advantage of a wonderful night of song; click here Louth Riverhead Theatre or visit:

Box Office

Telephone: 01507 600350
The Box Office is open for advanced booking every Monday to Saturday from 10.00am – 1.00pm.

The Riverhead Theatre
Victoria Road
LN11 0BX


For details of the whole UK Tour visit Mad About the Musicals



(Photos from Mad About the Musicals Facebook Page)




Preview – ‘Songs from Stage & Screen’


I was delighted to read an advert that Peter Merrick, who played the fabulous part of Pilate in Lincoln Cathedral’s Production of Jesus Christ Superstar in 2015 and 2016, posted on Facebook a few days ago.  Peter is going to be performing with Kate Fenn, to raise awareness and much needed funds for the Ethan Maull ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ Foundation.  He’ll be singing with Kate Fenn, a selection of songs from musicals and Christmas at The Friendship Inn, Laughterton on 9th December at 7.30pm.

Peter commented:

“We can start Christmas off early, have some fun and a jar or two. Hope to see you there”.





The Ethan Maull Foundation commented:

“I’m delighted to share this fabulous event with you – what better way to welcome the Christmas season? Come along and join in as Peter Merrick & Kate Fenn entertain you with songs from the musicals and Christmas songs in the warmth of the fabulous Friendship Inn at Laughterton.

It’s going to be a cracking Christmas night – it’s free entry and everyone is welcome so make a note in your diary and keep the date free 

About the Ethan Maull “Up Yours to Cancer” Foundation

Helping Young Children With Cancer

When a family friend was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Ethan Maull, at just 6 years old, helped his father Darren raise over £4,000 for Cancer Research. Darren and his friends, first took on the Yorkshire Peaks and a short time later completed the National 3 Peaks. On the last climb, Ethan joined his father making the final ascent to the top of Snowden, an amazing fete for a small boy!

Just 2½ years later in 2012, Christmas brought a devastating blow to the Maull family when Ethan, at just 8 years old was diagnosed with a rare form of Osteosarcoma, a children’s bone cancer.

In reading about the really tough battle Ethan went through in his young life I would urge anyone who can make this event to make an effort and join Peter and Kate in Laughterton and raise funds for this great cause.


Preview – ‘Anything Goes’ – Curtain Up Productions

I’m really looking forward to going to see this production next week… While there’s still chance, make sure you get your tickets before it’s too late!



The S.S. American is sailing between New York and England with a comical and colourful set of passenger including Reno Sweeney a popular nightclub singer and Evangelist, her pal Billy Crocker a love lorn Wall Street Broker who has come aboard to win the heart of his beloved Hope Harcourt and a second rate conman named Moonface aka “ Public Enemy 13 “

Set on board the ship throughout song, dance and farcical antics ensue as Reno and Moonface try to help Billy win his love.

Adults: £12.00
Children: £8.00 (16 & Under)
Senior Citizens: £10.00 (Sat. Mat. Only)

7:30pm Nightly plus Saturday Matinee at 2:15pm.

Book online at:
By telephone at: Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre
Telephone: 01472 323111

About Curtain Up Productions:

Affiliated to the National Operatic & Dramatic Association (NODA),  Grimsby & Cleethorpes Amateur Operatic Society was founded in 1909.

The production team are very proud of the fact that that they have been performing professional standard Musicals and Variety Shows for Grimsby, Cleethorpes and the neighbouring areas for such a long period of time.