Annie tour – Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph both play Miss Hannigan

Full casting details have been revealed for the brand new production of the musical Annie starring Craig Revel Horwood and Lesley Joseph as Miss Hannigan. The musical will open on Saturday 11 July 2015 at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle. With its award-winning book (Thomas Meehan) and score (Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin), this new production includes the songs ‘It’s the Hard Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, […]

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Next Thing You Know – American Musical Theatre Live! Paris

Next Thing You Know is presented by American Musical Theatre Live! Paris at the Highlander Pub Bar and continues until 9 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Off-Broadway is taking Paris by storm, thanks to the effort of American Musical Theatre Live! Paris. After Edges by Pasek and Paul and the Jason Robert Brown […]

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Early look at Hairspray UK tour cast in action

New images have been released of Tony Maudsley, Claire Sweeney, Peter Duncan, Freya Sutton, Ashley Gilmour, Layton Williams and Vanessa Fisher who will star in the 40-week UK tour of Hairspray this autumn. The photographs are by Ellie Kurttz. This musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester’s Curve theatre on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to more than 25 […]

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The Adventures of Pinocchio at Greenwich Theatre – casting details

Casting has been announced for a new musical adaptation of the classic children’s story The Adventures of Pinocchio which arrives in London this summer at Greenwich Theatre from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 23 August, with a press performance on Friday 7 August. The cast features Christian James as Pinocchio, Martin Neely (Les Misérables, Mary Poppins) as Geppetto, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables, Joseph) as Fairy/Storyteller, Ceris Hine (Alice: A New […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Snoopy: The Musical

Snoopy: The Musical was performed by MA Musical Theatre students from the Guildford School of Acting at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The world of Charles M. Schulz’s immortal Peanuts newspaper comic strip (and its subsequent iterations on television) presents itself as an obvious candidate for adaptation […]

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Rent Boy – The Musical – Above the Stag Theatre

Rent Boy – The Musical continues at Above the Stag Theatre, London until 2 August. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ The Above the Stag Theatre continues to play to its strengths by scheduling a raft of plays and musicals geared towards an LGBT audience. For the last two years, its revival of Bath House – The […]

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Interview – Kyle Riabko on the inspiration behind What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

KYLE RIABKO is the 27-year-old actor-musician Canadian behind the Menier Chocolate Factory’s upcoming production, What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. As the title suggests, it’s a show that explores the contribution that songwriter Burt Bacharach has made to popular music, but rather than a jukebox rehash of this unparalleled songbook, it’s a respectful and impassioned reworking, performed by a small […]

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New cast for the Jersey Boys UK and Ireland tour from 18 August

From Tuesday 18 August 2015, Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli in the ongoing UK and Ireland tour of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys. Corner previously played the role at certain performances. Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi and Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito will […]

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Musical The Spitfire Grill has UK professional premiere at the Union Theatre

The UK professional premiere production of The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq and Fred Alley, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, will run at London’s Union Theatre from 23 July to 15 August 2015 (press night is 24 July). The production is directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together, A Little Night Music 40th Anniversary Concert), with musical direction […]

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American Idiot at the Arts Theatre – news of full casting

Full casting has been announced for Green Day’s award-winning Broadway musical American Idiot as it prepares to open in the UK from 17 July to 27 September 2015 (press night is 22 July), at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square. The full cast are Luke Baker (Theo), Natasha Barnes (Heather), Alexis Gerred (Tunny), Llandyll Gove (Gerard), Raquel Jones (Extraordinary girl), Natasha Karp (Alysha), Robyn Mellor (Libby), Lucas Rush (St. Jimmy), Steve Rushton (Will), Aaron Sidwell (Johnny) and Ross William Wild (Joshua). They join the […]

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The Last Five Years – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The Last Five Years continues at the Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast until4 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s touching two-hander The Last Five Years finds Belfast’s Blunt Fringe Productions measurably growing in confidence in a compact but altogether captivating production by director Stephen Whitson. Founded in late 2013, […]

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Royal Academy of Music – Carousel

Carousel was performed by the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre Company. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Unlike many other Rodgers and Hammerstein titles, from Oklahoma! to The Sound of Music, Carousel was kept in cold storage for more than four decades between its London premiere in 1950 and Nicholas Hytner’s production for the RNT in […]

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