Music Theatre International picks up rights for classic Lerner and Loewe musicals

Timeless My Fair Lady is one of five classic Lerner & Loewe musicals acquired by leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (MTI). The legendary writing team’s much-loved re-working of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, lines up alongside the duo’s much loved Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and their newly restored early work The Day Before […]

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The Color Purple in Concert – Cadogan Hall

The Color Purple in Concert was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There are some musicals which grow in stature the more they get stripped back. The Color Purple is one such musical. The recent Broadway revival – a transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2013 […]

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Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018. With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a […]

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Elf the Musical is back for Christmas with Ben Forster returning to title role

Ben Forster will be back in green this Christmas when he returns to the role of Buddy in Elf the Musical. The actor who shot to fame when he won Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television talent search for his leading actor in the stadium tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently winning acclaim for his performance in […]

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Mamma Mia! film sequel to dance into cinemas next July

Universal has confirmed work has begun on a sequel to the studio’s hit film version of Mamma Mia! in advance of a 20 July 2018 launch date. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will feature Abba songs not used in the 2008 film and the studio has brought in Ol Parker, the writer of The […]

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Blondel premiere at the Union Theatre – cast details

The cast has been revealed for a brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel which will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver. The book is by Tom Williams […]

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Crazy For You tour – Charlotte Wakefield to play Polly

Charlotte Wakefield will play Polly in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of classic George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You.  Wakefield joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as Bobby and Caroline Flack as Irene. From the producers of Sister Act and Nativity! The Musical, the national tour of Crazy For […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – finalists revealed

The 12 students who will perform at this year’s West End gala for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize have been announced. Chosen from performing arts schools across the country the finalists are: Tom Blackmore, Verity Blyth, Katie Buchholz, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Georgia […]

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Stevie Songs – Natalie Douglas – The Pheasantry

Stevie Songs: Natalie Douglas at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Larger than life and with a husky warm glow of a voice that defies an audience not to fall in love with her straight away, Natalie Douglas’ Pheasantry debut was a delight. The multi award-winner came across the Atlantic for […]

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Miss Saigon UK tour – final casting

Cameron Mackintosh has announced final casting for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer. Ryan O’Gorman will play John, and Marsha Songcome will play Gigi until 1 August when Na-Young Jeon will take over the role. They join the previously announced award-winning […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was performed at the Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ 27 Saville is a French theatre company created and run by English-born and Guilford School of Acting-trained Jessica Capon. With no less then 30 artists who specialise in musical theatre on board, recent productions […]

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West End Daddy Warbucks Alex Bourne on appearing in ‘dream musical’ Annie

ALEX BOURNE is playing Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie which opens at the Piccadilly Theatre this week, with opening night on 5 June. Bourne knows the role of Warbucks well after touring with the show across the UK during 2015/16. His other theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! and The Rocky Horror Show on tour in the UK, Midsummer Songs at the New […]

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