How many hoots do I give? … at a glance

5/5 Hoots: Muse (Black Holes and Revelations)ChicagoMuch Ado about Nothing (West End)Matilda the MusicalThe Book of MormonLady Gaga’s ARTPOP BallThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeLes MiserablesIn the HeightsPink (The Truth About Love)Muse (Drones)The Phantom of the OperaFunny GirlHarry Potter and the Cursed Child42nd StreetDon Juan in SohoRene MarieHamiltonMuse (Simulation Theory)Lizzo (Cuz I Love You Too)

4/5 Hoots: Speed the Plow,  WickedLegally BlondeLove Never DiesOne Man, Two GuvnorsSingin’ in the RainCabaretLa ReveHow to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingGypsyGuys and DollsToscaRob Delaney (Meat)Katy Perry (Prismatic)Richard IIIThe Prisoner of Second AvenueKinky BootsSwan LakeHamletGroundhog DayVanities the MusicalThe Last Five YearsDreamgirlsRed Hot Chili PeppersThe NutcrackerRentProkofiev’s Romeo and JulietHalf a SixpenceMusic for Two ViolasAn American in ParisRosencrantz & Guildenstern are DeadAngels in AmericaThe Lion KingApologiaThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4AnnieLittle Mix (Glory Days)The KillersEverybody’s Talking About JamieBeethoven / Stravinsky concertFun HomeGershwin / Messiaen concertKing LearBritney Spears (Piece of Me)CompanyJoanna Lumley – It’s All About MeStar Wars Live In Concert (A New Hope)WaitressFolliesPink (Beautiful Trauma)Star Wars Live In Concert (The Empire Strikes Back)LM5Six the Musical

3/5 Hoots: Elbow (Cast of Thousands)Oliver!Sweet CharityGreaseGlee Live!The Boy FriendThe TempestNicki Minaj (Pink Friday: Reloaded), A Chorus LineWest Side StoryCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryMamma Mia!MystereThe Pajama GameEvitaThe Scottsboro BoysCatsMiss SaigonStravinsky ballets concertBend it like BeckhamMrs Henderson PresentsAladdinwill.i.amLa Cage aux FollesInto the WoodsThe Wizard of OzDirty Rotten ScoundrelsRock of AgesKanye West (Glow in the Dark)Murder BalladThe Planets concertSchool of RockMy Fair LadyLove in IdlenessYoung FrankensteinMuch Ado About Nothing (Kingston)The Muppets Take the O2Dear Evan Hansen

2/5 Hoots: Shakespeare in LoveThe Girls

1/5 Hoots: None so far …

Explanation: Within each show review, I set out my ‘hoot’ rating out of 5. I have also built up a list of special Music Owl awards for different elements of shows.

Here is a guide to what the number of ‘hoots’ indicates:

5 hoots = an excellent example of what it is trying to achieve; worth multiple visits; unforgettable

4 hoots = a very good example of what the show is trying to do; some special points; memorable

3 hoots = a fairly good / solid example of the standard it is trying to achieve

2 hoots = some minor flaws, and/or a lack of special points and/or quality of music, lyrics, writing or performance

1 hoot = seriously lacking in what the show is trying to do; major flaws

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