Made in Dagenham – Isla Blair and David Cardy join cast

Renowned stage and screen actors Isla Blair and David Cardy will complete the cast of Made in Dagenham, the new musical that will open at the Adelphi Theatre on Wednesday 5 November, with previews from 9 October. Blair and Cardy will play Connie and Monty respectively, in the musical stage adaptation of the hit British film, which has [...]

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Musical Altar Boyz has UK premiere at Greenwich Theatre in October

After five years and more than 2,000 performances Off-Broadway, Altar Boyz will have its UK premiere in a strictly limited run of 14 performances at Greenwich Theatre from Friday 3 October 2014. The musical has a book by Kevin Del Aguila, and music and lyrics by Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker. It is conceived by Marc Kessler and Ken Davenport, [...]

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The Ladies Who Lunch – The Pheasantry

The Ladies Who Lunch: A Celebration of Sondheim’s Women was performed at The Pheasantry, London. It’s hard to think of any composer who writes better songs, funny or sad, for the opposite sex than Stephen Sondheim and that view was strengthened when 22 of his best were given the full treatment by the talented quartette of Katy Secombe, Rebecca Caine, [...]

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Brush Up Your Sondheim – Royal Academy of Music

Craig Glenday writes… Brush Up Your Sondheim was a two-day Sondheim seminar organised by the Stephen Sondheim Society at the Royal Academy of Music. The event served up a smorgasbord of academic research, recitals, workshops and chat in celebration of Broadway’s greatest living composer/lyricist. Is it possible to spend two whole days discussing the work of Stephen [...]

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Stacy Sullivan – A Tribute to Peggy Lee – Crazy Coqs

Stacy Sullivan performs her show It’s a Good Day – A Tribute to Peggy Lee at the Crazy Coqs, London until 2 August. Returning for a second time after her highly acclaimed debut at this venue last year, Stacy Sullivan pays homage to musical legend Peggy Lee. And she delivers what it says on the tin – [...]

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Anything Can Happen – St James Theatre

A workshop presentation of Anything Can Happen, a revue celebrating the songs of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, took place at the St James Theatre, London. Composer George Stiles and lyricist Anthony Drewe have been creating musicals together for 30 years now. So a revue which aims to catalogue those three decades in a two-hour [...]

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Up From Paradise – New Wimbledon Studio

Up From Paradise was performed at the New Wimbledon Studio, London. Arthur Miller is not a name you associate with musical theatre. Up From Paradise marks the playwright’s only foray into the genre. It’s a curious piece, based on Miller’s play The Creation of the World and Other Business, a rare flop from the Pulitzer-winning scribe. [...]

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Menier’s Forbidden Broadway transfers to Vaudeville with Christina Bianco in cast

Following a sold out and critically acclaimed run, the Menier Chocolate Factory’s production of Forbidden Broadway will transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from 9 September-22 November, with press night on 15 September. Joining the cast is YouTube sensation Christina Bianco who has played in Forbidden Broadway: Goes to Rehab in New York (Drama Desk nomination for [...]

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The Phantom of the Opera – West End cast changes

There will be a number of key cast changes in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End from Monday 1 September 2014. Liam Tamne will star as Raoul, and making their West End debuts are John Ellis as Piangi and Alicia Beck as Meg. The Phantom of the Opera will continue to star Gerónimo Rauch as The [...]

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David Baddiel’s musical version of The Infidel – casting revealed

The Infidel – The Musical, an original stage musical comedy from David Baddiel (book and lyrics) and Erran Baron Cohen (music), based on the hit comedy film, follows in the tradition of such subversive musicals as The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q and Spamalot. The show tells the story of an ordinary British Muslim man, Mahmoud, to be played by [...]

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Mamma Mia! Blackpool season breaks box office records

Hit musical Mamma Mia! has broken box office history in Blackpool with more than £2 million in ticket sales in just six weeks. The figure makes the show Blackpool’s highest-ever grossing show. It is more than ten years since Blackpool hosted a full summer season but with the Mamma Mia! international tour in the town for a 12-week run, theatre bosses [...]

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Original Billy Elliot Liam Mower makes his return

On Sunday 28 September at 2pm, Liam Mower will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical for a special performance to be broadcast live from the Victoria Palace Theatre to cinemas across the UK and around the world. Mower, who will play the role of Older Billy, originated the role of Billy Elliot in 2005 along with George [...]

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