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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Grim: A New Musical – Rose Theatre, Kingston/Charing Cross Theatre

Grim: A New Musical is at the Rose Theatre, Kingston until 27 July, and then continues at the Charing Cross Theatre from 4-30 August. For obvious reasons it’s a brave shout calling any show ‘Grim’ as the title is asking for a cheap jibe, but I’m happy to report this gothic musical with distant echoes of Wicked [...]

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Calamity Jane – Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Calamity Jane continues at the Watermill, Newbury until 6 September before touring to 20 June 2015. The Watermill is a renowned producing house whose shows have toured not only regionally but nationally with Sunset Boulevard in the West End and internationally with Sweeney Todd on Broadway. Despite the intimacy of the 220-seat auditorium and the confines [...]

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The Ragged Child – National Youth Music Theatre

The Ragged Child was performed by the National Youth Music Theatre at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and continues until 27 July. Whether there were any Jude Laws or Jonny Lee Millers in the latest edition of The Ragged Child we shall have to wait and see, but this NYMT flag-bearer received an enthusiastic, worthy and full-of-promise performance in [...]

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John Bucchino is ‘so proud’ of new cd with David Campbell

John Bucchino is one of New York’s most beloved composers. His work has been recorded by artists such as Art Garfunkel, Liza Minnelli and Kristin Chenoweth and performed at venues across the world – from the Sydney Opera House to the White House. His work with Harvey Fierstein, A Catered Affair, opened on Broadway in 2008 [...]

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The Bodyguard begins tour at Mayflower Southampton in February 2015

The two-year UK and Ireland tour of Thea Sharrock’s hit production of the West End musical The Bodyguard will open at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on Thursday 12 February 2015. Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Oscar nominated Warner Bros. film, The Bodyguard has a book by Alex Dinelaris and opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End [...]

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The Boy Who Fell Into a Book – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

The Boy Who Fell into a Book continues at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough until 31 August. There are some who would be surprised to learn that Alan Ayckbourn is not entirely new to musical theatre. He opened the Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) with By Jeeves, which he co-wrote with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, in 1996. The current production at [...]

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