Mamma Mia! tour makes Liverpool Empire only UK regional date in 2015

The Mamma Mia! international tour will perform for the first time ever at the Liverpool Empire from 20 February to 14 March, with Liverpool being the only UK mainland date outside of London to host the production in 2015. Tickets go on sale on 2 September at 1pm. There will be a gala performance on 24 [...]

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Aaron Sidwell and Louise English join Blockbuster the Musical

Aaron Sidwell and Louise English are joining Suzanne Shaw and Paul Nicholas in the world premiere of Blockbuster the Musical, which features the chart-busting hits of the songwriting team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. The book’s author is David Soames, who co-wrote the musical Time for Cliff Richard, which ran [...]

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Full casting for Urinetown the Musical at the Apollo

Actor Simon Paisley Day will be reprising his critically-acclaimed role as the tyrannical Caldwell B. Cladwell, the machiavellian Head of UGC (Urine Good Company) in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Urinetown the Musical. Returning to the show after its sell-out season at the St James Theatre, rising star Matthew Seadon-Young will be taking on a new role, [...]

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Everything’s Coming Up Jule Styne – interview with musical director Alex Parker

Composer Jule Styne wrote some 1500 songs in a long career in Tin Pan Alley, Hollywood and on Broadway. Everything’s Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Songbook, opening at London’s Crazy Coqs on 2 September, is a tribute to a great songwriter who died 20 years ago this month. Devised and directed by Alastair Knights (Putting It Together, The [...]

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Jill Winternitz is Ronan Keating’s Girl in Once from November

Actress and singer Jill Winternitz will be continuing in the role of Girl opposite the previously announced Ronan Keating as Guy in Once the musical. Keating will be joining the Olivier Award-winning musical on 17 November 2014 (press night is Tuesday 25 November). Once is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre to 4 July 2015.  Jill Winternitz studied at UCLA and the Moscow [...]

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The Lion – St James Studio Theatre

The Lion continues at St James Studio Theatre, London until 7 September. Benjamin Scheuer, singer-songwriter and winner of various awards, including the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics, has penned an original piece, comprising entirely of his own compositions and autobiographical narrative, taking us through the story of his turbulent relationship with his [...]

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Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music – Youth Music Theatre UK

Terry Pratchett’s Soul Music is performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at the Rose Theatre, Kingston, Surrey, from 28-31 August. The Youth Music Theatre’s love-in with the rich, imaginative writing of Terry Pratchett, which began when Mort: The Musical played the Rose two years ago, continues with Soul Music, here a full-blown rock‘n’roll musical performed by an energetic, talented cast of 40, [...]

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Marry Me a Little returns to St James Studio for extra week

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St James Studio, London for an extra week of performances from 6–11 October 2014. Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Stephen Sondheim to tell a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. [...]

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Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen star in new musical Before After

West End stars Hadley Fraser and Caroline Sheen are to feature in the world premiere of Stuart Matthew Price and Timothy Knapman’s new romantic musical, Before After, at London’s St James Studio. Everybody has one great lost love. They broke our hearts, they haunt our dreams, and we will never, ever forget it. But what [...]

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Michael Ball hosts 2014 West End Heroes gala concert

Double Olivier Award winner, recording artist and presenter Michael Ball will host the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert. Following the success of West End Heroes last year, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a performance that raised more [...]

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Rounding off Edinburgh Fringe 2014 plus MTN Awards

Fiona Orr rounds off Edinburgh Fringe 2014… This year has seen a general increase in the quality of musical theatre on offer and an international sample of the genre as well. Certain shows stand out in the memory for this reviewer: Land of Smiles from the USA via Thailand in a clear explanation of the tyranny of human [...]

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The Making of Ali & Nino – Youth Music Theatre UK

The Making of Ali & Nino was performed by Youth Music Theatre UK at Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell. Youth Music Theatre UK’s commitment to the presentation of new shows continues in its tenth anniversary year with The Making of Ali & Nino, an ambitious international collaboration between theatres in the UK, [...]

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