God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater – New York City Center

God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, an Encores! Off-Center production at New York City Center, continues until 30 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater is hardly a well-known title in the musical theatre canon, but it turns out to be a terrifically entertaining gem that’s spookily relevant […]

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American Idiot plans ‘Rock-A-Long’ performance for September

The critically acclaimed UK touring production of Green Day’s award-winning rock musical American Idiot will perform a special one-night only ‘Rock-A-Long’ show at London’s Arts Theatre in September. Following on from a similar event last year, audience members will be encouraged to ‘rock out’ with the cast on Thursday 8 September in celebration of the […]

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Babes in Arms – Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

Babes in Arms continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown, London until 7 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ All Star Productions once again digs deep into the bowels of musical theatre to find a lost show that – as you watch it – you realise isn’t actually all that lost. […]

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Theatre lights to be dimmed in honour of James M. Nederlander

The lights in the West End and Broadway will be dimmed on Wednesday (3 August) in memory of impresario James M. Nederlander whose death at the age of 94 was announced this week. The chairman of The Nederlander Organization, whose career spanned more than 70 years, will be honoured with the traditional tribute to the biggest […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical at West Yorkshire Playhouse – full casting

The full cast has been announced for Strictly Ballroom the Musical, with an international company coming together ahead of the first UK staging of the show, which is to premiere on Wednesday 30 November at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (press night is Tuesday 6 December). Gemma Sutton, who starred in the hugely-acclaimed production of Gypsy and is currently in […]

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All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical – The Vaults

All Or Nothing – The Mod Musical continues at The Vaults, London until 27 August, then on tour until 12 November. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ As someone who didn’t know his ‘Itchycoo Park’ from his ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’ until the other night, this edgy, noisy Small Faces musical […]

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La Poupée Sanglante – Théâtre de la Huchette, Paris

La Poupée Sanglante at the Théâtre de la Huchette, Paris. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ After the disappointing but successful Kiki, le Montparnasse des années folles last year, the Théâtre de la Huchette is presenting for an open run this summer a new thriller musical called La Poupée Sanglante (The Bloody Doll), based notably on […]

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Evita tour returns to UK in 2017

Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita is to return to next year for another major UK tour. The revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical last toured the country three years ago ahead of a successful London run at the Dominion Theatre in the autumn of 2014. Although there is no news yet on the […]

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New Adventures’ The Red Shoes – full casting

New Adventures has announced full casting for the much-anticipated world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s version of The Red Shoes, due to begin a UK tour at the Plymouth Theatre Royal in November. Cordelia Braithwaite and Katrina Lyndon will join the previously announced Ashley Shaw in the central role of ambitious dancer Victoria Page. All three featured […]

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Half a Sixpence – Chichester Festival Theatre

Half a Sixpence continues at Chichester Festival Theatre until 3 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The revival of this 1960s hit musical has not just been given a facelift, but major surgery. Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes has gone back to HG Wells’ original novel and radically reconstructed the show’s book, while George Stiles […]

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Bumblescratch gala concert – Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin star

Darren Day will star alongside Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin in the special gala charity concert of Robert J. Sherman’s new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre. The performance is in aid of Variety, the children’s charity, and is staged as part of commemorations for the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East […]

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Great Expectations at Blackpool Opera House – casting news

The Bill hard-man Chris Ellison will take on the pivotal role of the convict Magwitch in the Blackpool Opera House’s Christmas musical production of the classic Great Expectations. The television favourite will join former soap and pop star Adam Rickitt who will play the central character of Pip alongside musical theatre regulars Maureen Nolan as […]

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