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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Stephen Mear travels from Gypsy to the City of Angels in Part Two of our exclusive interview

Last week Gypsy opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and among the rave reviews were comments such as: “Stephen Mear’s choreography is a joy” (The Stage) and “Stephen Mear’s choreography has a bright-eyed wit” (London Evening Standard).  Olivier Award-winning STEPHEN MEAR has become hugely respected in the industry as both a choreographer and director. At Chichester, where he is [...]

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Mary Poppins – Ronacher Theatre, Vienna

Mary Poppins continues at the Ronacher Theatre, Vienna until June 2015. Ten years after Mary Poppins opened in the West End, the musical version of the 1964 Disney classic finally sees itself conquering the German speaking world, and yes, it is ‘practically perfect’ or ‘völlig ohne Fehler’. The cast consists of Annemieke van Dam as Mary [...]

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Interview – US composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt makes her West End debut

US composer, lyricist, arranger, performer, teacher and producer Georgia Stitt makes her West End theatre debut on Sunday 26 October at the Garrick Theatre. In her new show, My Lifelong Love, she will be performing some of her best-known songs from her many albums, with guests including Simon Bailey, Norman Bowman, Cynthia Erivo, Jamie Muscato, Eva Noblezada [...]

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Curve’s The Sound of Music – Michael French and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Michael French and Laura Pitt-Pulford will lead the cast of Leicester Curve’s production of The Sound of Music – directed by Paul Kerryson – as Captain Von Trapp and Maria Rainer respectively. Also in the cast are Emma Clifford (Baroness Elsa Schraeder), Emma Harrold (Liesl Von Trapp), Mark Inscoe (Max Dettweiler), Lucy Schaufer (Mother Abbess), Annie Wensak (Frau Schmidt) and Jack Wilcox (Rolf Gruber). The production opens on [...]

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