Cleopatra’s Key – The Musical – Bridewell Theatre

Cleopatra’s Key – The Musical continues at the Bridewell Theatre, London until 10 July. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ Lunchtime theatre, unless I’ve missed something, has never really taken off in London, but the cosy Bridewell Theatre, nestled away in a Blackfriars back street, has thankfully kept the tradition alive and it’s a slot […]

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Kiss Me, Kate – new production to tour from September

A new production of Kiss Me, Kate, presented by Opera North with Welsh National Opera, is set to heat up stages across England from September. Cole Porter’s classic musical comedy opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on 21 September, before touring to Theatre Royal Newcastle, The Lowry Salford Quays and Theatre Royal Nottingham. The show will be performed by a […]

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Mrs Henderson Presents – Tracie Bennett replaces Janie Dee

Rehearsals started today for the new British musical Mrs Henderson Presents, now starring Tracie Bennett (taking over from Janie Dee who has had to withdraw for personal reasons), which concludes the Theatre Royal Bath summer season, playing 15 August to 5 September, prior to a West End run. Bennett will be reunited with director Terry Johnson, having last […]

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Seven Brides at Regent’s Park – recording to be released plus new images

A new recording of songs from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is to be released by JAY Records to coincide with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production, which runs from 16 July to 29 August. The recording features cast members Laura Pitt-Pulford, Alex Gaumond and Sam O’Rourke performing iconic songs from this classic musical, alongside the National Symphony Orchestra. The CD, which is now available for pre-order […]

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Stiles and Drewe’s Peter Pan presented in London concert

Peter Pan – A Musical Adventure, featuring music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, will be presented live in concert at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 25 October for a matinee and evening performance. Producers Ollie Rosenblatt (for Senbla Ltd) and Elliot Davis said; “We are so proud to present Peter Pan as art […]

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The World Goes Round – The Pheasantry

The World Goes Round – The Songs of Kander and Ebb continues at The Pheasantry, London until 8 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Those Broadway giants John Kander and Fred Ebb are so much more than Cabaret, Chicago, Funny Lady and that anthem to the Big Apple, ‘New York, New York’, and this classy confection, by […]

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It Shoulda Been You sets Broadway exit

The disappearing act among the Broadway musicals opened during the 2014–15 season continues apace, with It Shoulda Been You announcing its final performance will be 9 August. Its demise follows in the vanished footsteps of the revival of Gigi, which said adieu on 21 June; The Visit, which packed up 14 June; Doctor Zhivago, whose […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Above the Arts Theatre

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues at Above the Arts Theatre, London until 18 July. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ These days Joe DiPietro is best known for Broadway and West End musical Memphis, for which he wrote the book and, with composer David Bryan, co-wrote the lyrics. But the smaller scale […]

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The Songs of Maltby and Shire – The Keep, Guildford

The Songs of Maltby and Shire was performed at The Keep, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The third of Fasten Your Seatbelt’s evening cabarets was dedicated to the work of lyricist Richard Maltby, Jr and composer David Shire, the songwriting partnership behind the musical revues Starting Here, Starting Now and Closer Than Ever as […]

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wonder.land – Palace Theatre, Manchester

wonder.land continues at the Palace Theatre, Manchester (as part of Manchester International Festival 2015) until 12 July. Star rating: 2 stars ★ ★  Fittingly, this big-budget, multi-media reinvention of Alice in Wonderland is something of a curiosity. On paper, it looks like a real masterstroke to place Lewis Carroll’s classic surrealist stories in the modern age of social […]

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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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