Babes in Arms at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – more details

Cast and creative details have been revealed for All Star Productions’ Babes in Arms which opens at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre next month. The rarely performed Rodgers and Hart musical, which will play the Walthamstow venue from 20 July until 7 August, will feature Jack McCann (as Valentine LaMar), Ruth Betteridge (as […]

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Funny Girl to tour UK next year

Michael Mayer’s critically acclaimed re-working of Funny Girl is to embark on a national tour early next year. The record-breaking Menier Chocolate Factory production is currently playing to packed houses at the Savoy Theatre. The touring production will begin at the Manchester Palace Theatre (20-25 February) and will then play Milton Keynes Theatre (28 February-4 […]

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Broadway musical Waitress to serve up London debut

Broadway show Waitress looks set to be on the West End menu by spring next year. Based on the cult classic 2007 film of the same name, the musical tale of love, friendship and perfect pies is currently one of the most popular shows on Broadway. The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has revealed the not […]

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Kristin Chenoweth joins NBC’s Hairspray Live!

Kristin Chenoweth is the latest big name to join the star-studded cast of Hairspray Live!, this year’s festive season TV show from US broadcaster NBC. The Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress who was the original Glinda in Wicked on Broadway, will play the manipulative Velma Von Tussle in the three-hour live broadcast on 7 December this year. […]

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Close to You – Burt Bacharach Reimagined by Kyle Riabko – album launch

Fans of the acclaimed Burt Bacharach review show Close to You will be pleased to hear that the original London cast has made a recording. The show started off its life in the UK as What’s it all About? at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2015 before transferring to the Criterion in Piccadilly, although its origins date back to a […]

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Shuffle Along and others set Broadway closings

Broadway closings continue apace, with Shuffle Along unexpectedly joining the farewell parade. The show, whose full title is the rather cumbersome Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, posted a 24 July closing notice. That’s the same date that its leading lady, six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, […]

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee – MPAA Broussais, Paris

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was reviewed at MPAA Broussais, Paris, and is playing at Comédie Nation, Paris until 29 June. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Tony Award-winning one-act musical written by Rebessa Feldman with music and lyrics by William Finn, a book by Rachel Sheinkin and additional material by Jay Reiss, The 25th Annual Putnam County […]

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Gobsmacked! – The Udderbelly

Gobsmacked! continues at The Udderbelly, London until 17 July, and then tours until 29 August. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A cappella performance is of course a great way of showcasing vocal talent. Performers can’t hide behind clever backing tracks, musical effects or a great band who carry a performance. Some performers flounder. Some performers […]

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Winners of Wicked Young Writer Awards revealed

The winners of the sixth annual Wicked Young Writer Awards were revealed at a special ceremony at London’s Apollo Theatre today (Friday). In an event hosted by Gaby Roslin with prizes presented by head judge How to Train Your Dragon author-illustrator Cressida Cowell, more than 100 finalists and their families gathered to discover who had claimed […]

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Veteran actress Thelma Ruby to return to the stage

Ninety-one-year-old stage and screen actress Thelma Ruby has been tempted out of retirement to take centrestage in the King’s Head Theatre’s inaugural Festival 46. The actress will offer audiences a glimpse into a 70-year career that has included roles alongside theatrical legends including Ian Carmichael, Judi Dench, Michael Horden and Terence Rattigan, in a revival […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro – details of full casting and creatives

Details of the casting and creatives for the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August have been revealed. The show, which was the legendary writing duo’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday […]

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Jason Robert Brown to direct his The Last Five Years at St James Theatre

Multi-award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will direct a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre in October. Stage and screen rising stars Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey will star in the production which will play the London venue from Friday 28 October until Saturday […]

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