Lanza – St Mary’s Church, Perivale (Ealing Autumn Festival)

Lanza was performed at St Mary’s Church, Perivale as part of the Ealing Autumn Festival. Andrew Bain has brought off a remarkable double act by starring in his own play about singing legend Mario Lanza. Lanza was a singing phenomenon of the post-war years who from 1949 onward, when he made his screen debut in [...]

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Willemijn Verkaik joins the Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

New musical comedy Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown will boast an international cast with Ricardo Afonso, Haydn Oakley and Willemijn Verkaik joining the previously announced Tamsin Greig, Haydn Gwynne, Jérôme Pradon and Anna Skellern. Additional cast members include Marianne Benedict, Holly James, Michael Matus, Rebecca McKinnis, Sarah Moyle, Alastair Natkiel, Nuno Queimado and Dale Rapley. In addition, the song ‘Madrid’, the opening number from David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s score for the [...]

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Lennon: Through a Glass Onion – Union Square Theatre, New York

Lennon: Through a Glass Onion continues at the Union Square Theatre, New York until 22 February 2015. John R. Waters (a noted London-born Australian performer not to be confused with the quirky American filmmaker John Waters) makes an imposing figure as he takes to the stage in Lennon: Through a Glass Onion. The production, created and performed [...]

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Comedian Jason Manford plays lead role in UK tour of The Producers

Comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK tour of The Producers. Based on Mel Brooks’ Academy Award-winning movie, The Producers won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards. The musical opens its UK tour at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in March 2015. Manford will take on the role of downtrodden accountant Leo Bloom in his [...]

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Cats at the London Palladium – full cast revealed

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show Cats. The musical returns to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014 (press night is on 11 December). Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and [...]

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Memphis the Musical – Shaftesbury Theatre

Memphis the Musical continues at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. If you happen to be pining for the Great White Way, then a trip to the Shaftesbury Theatre may be in order, for while Memphis the Musical isn’t perfect, it boasts many of the qualities that make Broadway shows so special. Set in 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, [...]

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Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris – Charing Cross Theatre

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 22 November. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (conception, English lyrics and additional material by Eric Blau and Mort Shuman and based on Brel’s lyrics) could be considered the original ‘jukebox musical’. Originally staged Off-Broadway [...]

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Elaine Paige in Concert – Royal Albert Hall, London

Elaine Paige in Concert (50th Anniversary Farewell Tour) at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It seems strange to imagine but to anybody under the age of 20, Elaine Paige is probably more regarded as a Sunday afternoon radio presenter than as a musical theatre star. Certainly her presence on the Radio 2 show has given musical theatre a [...]

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Gregg Edelman – Broadway State of Mind – Crazy Coqs

Gregg Edelman: Broadway State Of Mind continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 25 October. London cabaret fans are being thoroughly spoilt: while the incomparable Maria Friedman’s two-week residency continues to thrill at The Pheasantry, another master of the craft, Gregg Edelman has sidled into town at the Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly. This is only Edelman’s [...]

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The Scottsboro Boys – Garrick Theatre

The Scottsboro Boys continues at the Garrick Theatre until 21 February 2015. Any play dealing with America’s troubled racial history can struggle to feel like it has a place on a British stage at times. There isn’t quite the same sense of shared history, so what can feel raw and visceral to US audiences risks leaving their [...]

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Found – Atlantic Theater Company, New York

Found continues at the Atlantic Theater Company until 9 November. Have you ever heard of the magazine Found? I confess I hadn’t until the emergence of this new Off-Broadway musical that is based on the publication and carries its name. It’s resulted in a tremendously winning show, giving a lot of freshness to a rather [...]

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Don’t forget Urinetown the Musical Water.org gala on 20 October

The multi Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, hosts a special charity performance gala to support Water.org tomorrow, Monday 20 October at the Apollo Theatre. In conjunction with the show’s West End transfer, the gala will introduce this new collaboration with Water.org to raise awareness of the global water crisis. Urinetown the Musical is set in a futuristic, [...]

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