Rebecca Howell

Rebecca Howell Portrait

CHOREOGRAPHER/MOVEMENT DIRECTOR

Current and forthcoming work includes: THE SECRET DIARY OF ADRIAN MOLE AGED 13 3/4 : THE MUSICAL (Menier Chocolate Factory): FUNNY GIRL (UK Tour 2017, Associate to Lynne Page).

 Choreographer/Movement Director credits include: THE COUNTRY GIRLS (Chichester Festival Theatre); SHE LOVES ME (Menier Chocolate Factory); SPAMALOT (English Theatre Frankfurt); THE LIFE OF THE PARTY (TheatreWorks, San Francisco); THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL (Waterloo East Theatre); TOMMY: THE ROCK OPERA (Blackpool Opera House, Peter Frosdick Productions); THE GLASS MENAGERIE (English Theatre Frankfurt); BLOCKBUSTER (UK Tour); NATIVITY! (Workshop, Mark Rubinstein); FALSTAFF (Royal Opera House); THE TAMING OF THE SHREW; AS YOU LIKE IT (Guildford Shakespeare Company); JEST END (Jermyn Street, Players Theatre, Leicester Square Theatre).

As Associate Choreographer to Lynne Page: MY FAIR LADY (Chicago Lyric Opera). AMERICAN PSYCHO (Almeida Theatre & Broadway); FUNNY GIRL; A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC; LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Menier Chocolate Factory & West End); OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR (Theatre Royal, Stratford East); VIVA FOREVER (West End); MY FAIR LADY (St. Petersberg & Théâtre du Châtelet); ASPECTS OF LOVE (Menier Chocolate Factory); ASSASSINS (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); BAD GIRLS THE MUSICAL (Playhouse, Leeds).

Other Associate/Assistant Theatre credits include: WE WILL ROCK YOU (Netherlands; Associate to Arlene Philips); BILLY ELLIOT (Tap Tutor, West End); La Cage Aux Folles (Menier Chocolate Factory, West End – Tap Consultant).

Associate/Assistant Choreographer Film, Music & Commercial credits include:  BURBERRY FESTIVE EVENT & BURBERRY SHANGHAI EVENT (2014); PET SHOP BOYS ELECTRIC TOUR (2013); PET SHOP BOYS PANDEMONIUM TOUR (2010); PET SHOP BOYS BRIT AWARDS 2009; ELLIE GOULDING – STARRY EYED (music video); DUFFY – WELL WELL WELL (music video); FRED CLAUS (Warner Bros).

Rebecca Howell trained at the London Studio Centre.

 

24 February 2017

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL in Manchester

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL in Manchester

Following a run in the West End, FUNNY GIRL starts its UK tour at Manchester Palace with Sheridan Smith continuing her role as Fanny Price. Choreography by Lynne Page, Rebecca Howell is Associate Choreographer. Touring until August 2017.

Manchester Evening News ★★★★★

“brilliant choreography” 

“jaw-droppingly fantastic”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/funny-girl-review-manchester-palace-12647344

The Reviews Hub ★★★★★

“a colourful and pleasingly-effective version of a classic but not often seen masterpiece of musical theatre.”

http://www.thereviewshub.com/funny-girl-palace-theatre-manchester/ 

The Guardian ★★★★

“The staging has the same delicious silliness as Fanny’s Ziegfeld Follies acts”

“production, like its heroine, never takes itself too seriously. Likewise, Lynne Page’s choreography tickles more than it dazzles, the exaggerated leaps and twirls gleefully embracing the humour of the show.”

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/feb/23/funny-girl-review-sheridan-smith-uk-tour 

Manchester Confidential ★★★★

http://www.manchesterconfidential.co.uk/entertainment-and-sport/theatre-and-comedy/review-funny-girl-palace-theatre

12 December 2016

Rebecca Howell is Choreographer on SHE LOVES ME at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Rebecca Howell is Choreographer on SHE LOVES ME at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Directed by Matthew White, this 1963 Broadway musical is revived at the Menier and opens to rave reviews. Running until March 4th 2017.

The Independent ★★★★★ 

“enormous charm”

“romantic and witty, sensitive and absurd all at the same time” 

“I can't think of a happier seasonal treat than watching this show” 

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/she-loves-me-menier-chocolate-factory-london-matthew-white-revival-fiddler-on-the-roof-vanilla-ice-a7464486.html

The Observer ★★★★★

“It is hard to imagine a more beguiling staging of this macaroon musical”

“This bijou evening has no lazy moments.” 

https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/dec/11/she-loves-me-review-menier-chocolate-factory 

The Stage ★★★★★ 

“A scintillating and delightful revival”

“no show has been more exquisitely and perfectly realised there than She Loves Me." 

“a fragrant delight in every sense” 

https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/she-loves-me-review-at-the-menier-chocolate-factory-london/ 

What’s On Stage ★★★★★ 

“a jewel and one perfectly served by this delicate revival”

“Rebecca Howell's choreography fills the tiny space with great flair.”

“Utterly heavenly.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/she-loves-me-menier-chocolate-factory_42439.html

Financial Times ★★★★

“full of such delightful notes”

“Rebecca Howell’s choreography is perky rather than flashy, which is as it should be. All in all, the show comes up smelling of roses." 

https://www.ft.com/content/90640840-bd3b-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

The Telegraph ★★★★ 

“with much ingenious choreographic input crammed into a confined space from Rebecca Howell”

“gift-wrapped perfection.” 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/loves-mes-shop-floor-romance-gift-wrapped-perfection-review/ 

A Younger Theatre

“The end of the show is perfectly timed with the Christmas season with the delightful song, “Twelve Days to Christmas” which is beautifully choreographed to show the panic of shoppers in the lead up to Christmas day”

http://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-she-loves-me-menier-chocolate-factory/

Broadway World ★★★★ 

“Throughout, Rebecca Howell's choreography is invested with detailed, kooky character, cleverly supporting ravishing numbers that really do reveal inner lives in a way that advances the story.”

“both a period charmer and oddly resonant” 

“A swoon-worthy seasonal treat that captures the wonder and absurdity of love.” 

http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/BWW-Review-SHE-LOVES-ME-Menier-Chocolate-Factory-20161208

The Times ★★★★

“The directing, from Matthew White, is extraordinarily good, as is the witty choreography from Rebecca Howell. The scene in the café where Amalia is waiting to meet her “Dear Friend” (as she calls him) is hilarious, slapstick meets Strictly Come Dancing, with a bit of Dating Direct thrown in. It is a joy to watch, fun, fast and furious.” 

“The whole experience turns out to be a bit of a gift. Anyone would think it was Christmas.”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-she-loves-me-menier-chocolate-factory-se1-l373nv5dn

25 April 2016

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy

Lynne Page and Rebecca Howell open FUNNY GIRL at the Savoy

After a sold-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, FUNNY GIRL transfers to the West End starring Sheridan Smith. Lynne Page is Choreographer, with Rebecca Howell as her associate. Playing until 8th October 2016.

The Telegraph ★★★★

“such full-hearted charm that you can only surrender to it.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/theatre/what-to-see/funny-girl-savoy-theatre-review/ 

Evening Standard ★★★★

“Triumphant reinvention is full of heart”

“sassy production”

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/funny-girl-theatre-review-triumphant-reinvention-is-full-of-heart-a3230311.html

Gay Times ★★★★★

“Funny Girl finds itself landing straight into your heart come curtain call”

“Lynne Page’s choreography is brave in its want to stick with tradition. Regularly adding light to the piece, there’s a sense of charm that’s painfully addictive throughout; seen most noticeably in this gorgeous ensemble of dancers.”

“perfects the art of finding new life in a piece of theatrical gold.”

“With heart, heartache and one killer leading lady, this is a production of Funny Girl you’ll be talking about for years!” 

https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/culture/34609/review-funny-girl-at-the-savoy-theatre-london/ 

Financial Times ★★★★

“has the wit, charm and energy to carry it through.” 

“There’s a nice pinch of salt to Lynne Page’s sparky choreography, which revels in both the stately absurdity of Ziegfeld beauties in towering headdresses and the daftness of waiters pirouetting with chairs.”

https://next.ft.com/content/f0c51580-07b5-11e6-a623-b84d06a39ec2

Official London Theatre 

“What should I look out for?

Lynne Page’s choreography, especially for the opening night party at Mrs Brice’s saloon, where aging Jewish matriarchs shimmy like showgirls.”

http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/first-nights/article/item360574/funny-girl/ 

The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Lynne Page provides both po-faced, lithe-limbed splendour for the Follies and a spirited Brooklyn knees-up”

“transforms a good musical into a great one.”

http://www.theartsdesk.com/theatre/funny-girl-savoy-theatre

City AM ★★★★★ 

“uproariously funny and energetic to the end.”

“Streisand be damned, you won’t see Funny Girl performed with this kind of comic bravado again soon.” 

http://www.cityam.com/239445/funny-girl-review-sheridan-smith-is-show-stoppingly-hilarious-in-this-hit-comedy-musical

Radio Times

“This is a good old-fashioned West End show with 11 o’clock numbers that will put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.”

“Unmissable” 

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-04-21/sheridan-smith-steals-the-show-in-funny-girl---theatre-review

 What’s On Stage ★★★★ 

“Lynne Page's neat choreography”

“will make you laugh, cry and want to see the show again.”

http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/funny-girl-savoy-theatre_40246.html

The Times ★★★★

“Lynne Page’s choreography makes good use of the conveyor belts on Michael Pavelka’s layered set, and looks happier on the big stage.” 

“pretty great production, pretty unforgettable star turn”

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/theatre-funmy-girl-savoy-theatre-wc2-z3lxm2tzk

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