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All Star Productions to present 110 in the Shade

All Star Productions’ latest choice from the back catalogue of rarely-produced musicals will be 1960s western drama 110 in the Shade. Written by the songwriting team behind the world’s longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, the rare London revival of the show which has only played the West End once (in 1967) […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Maxwell Caulfield and Simon Lipkin join cast

Maxwell Caulfield, Rosemary Ashe, Nicolas Colicos and Simon Lipkin have joined the principal cast for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium on 12 March. Caulfield (Guys and Dolls), Ashe (Sister Act), Colicos (Annie Get Your Gun) and Lipkin (Guys and Dolls) will join the previously announced […]

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Major new musical project to launch at Stratford East

British musical theatre is to receive a major boost with the launch of a new partnership between Theatre Royal Stratford East and New Musical Development Collective (NMDC), an organisation set up to develop homegrown musicals and genre artists. Joining forces with the prestigious London venue, NMDC will launch its inaugural Musical Theatre Lab (MT-Lab) on […]

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Shrek The Musical is heading for Blackpool in 2018

The hit fairy tale with the green-tinged twist, Shrek The Musical will take over the Blackpool Opera House next May as part of its second major tour. Nigel Harman will once again take charge of the touring production of the show when the musical tale of Shrek, Princess Fiona, Donkey and co hits the road […]

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Sara Bareilles set to serve up her Broadway debut in Waitress

Sara Bareilles is to make her Broadway acting debut when she steps into the leading role in Waitress, the hit show which features the pop singer songwriter’s Tony-nominated original score. Bareilles will take over from the musical’s original leading lady Jessie Mueller who will give her last performance in the role on 26 March. Bareilles’ […]

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Chichester season – Omid Djalili to star in Daniel Evans’ Fiddler On the Roof

Comedy favourite Omid Djalili’s performance as Tevye in a major new production of Fiddler On the Roof is set to be one of the musical highlights of Daniel Evans and Rachel Tackley’s first season at the Chichester Festival Theatre. The British-Iranian comedy actor whose many credits include taking on the role of Fagin in Oliver! […]

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Broadway’s Newsies – cinema screenings on Sunday

UK audiences will get their first glimpse of the Tony Award-winning musical Newsies when it makes its cinema debut on Sunday (19 February). The one day only screenings in the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand follow on from similar events in the US on 16 February and precedes screenings in various other countries on 22 […]

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Yank! at the Hope Mill Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the international premiere of Off-Broadway musical and Second World War love story Yank! in Manchester next month. The first production in the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment will run from 9 March to 8 April. Leading the cast are Scott […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – James Gant takes over from Chris Peluso

Death will have a new face from today (13 February) when James Gant will take over from Chris Peluso in the European premiere run of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre. Gant (Titanic), whose previous role in the production as the manservant Fidele will now be played by Ken Christiansen […]

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Girl power-fuelled 2 Become 1 returns to the King’s Head Theatre

Kerrie Thomason and Natasha Granger’s nineties girl power play 2 Become 1 returns to London’s King’s Head Theatre in April. Following sell-out runs at two successive Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and a run at the Islington venue last year, the show – taking its audience on a female-fuelled trip through the music and mood of 1990s Britain – will run […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – news of concept album

A concept album has been released to coincide with the world premiere run of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Theatres, running until 25 February (and opening tonight, 13 February). Featuring vocals from cast members John McCrea (The Busker’s Opera, Park Theatre), Josie Walker (War Horse, West End) and […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards – Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone to host

Stage and screen favourites Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone will present the 17th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at the sold-out concert event at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 19 February. Lipkin and Stone will take charge of the popular awards concert which will feature performances from cast members of some of the West End’s biggest […]

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Young Frankenstein to be brought to life in the West End

The UK premiere of Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein will arrive at London’s Garrick Theatre in October. Based on the much-loved hit 1974 hit film which was written by Brooks and his regular collaborator the legendary Gene Wilder, the musical will arrive in the West End nearly 10 years after its Broadway debut. The London […]

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Wilton’s Music Hall to revive How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying will return to London over 50 years after its West End debut when it plays Wilton’s Music Hall in April. The revival of the show which launched on Broadway in 1961 will play the distinctive East London venue from 8 until 22 April with a […]

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Interview – Karis Jack on her role in The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

A nominee for the WhatsOnStage Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Little Sally in Urinetown (Apollo Theatre), actress KARIS JACK has taken on another challenging role in the UK premiere of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The actress, whose recent theatre credits include […]

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Sell a Door Peter Pan plays Blackpool Opera House in December

Peter Pan will fly once again this Christmas when the award-winning Sell a Door family bring its version of the classic tale of Neverland to the Blackpool Opera House. Peter Pan A Musical Adventure will play the iconic Blackpool venue from Saturday 16 December 2017 until Sunday 7 January 2018. Announcing details of the Opera House’s festive […]

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I Capture the Castle premiere at Watford Palace – casting news

Casting has been announced for Watford Palace Theatre’s world premiere presentation of the musical version of Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle. A co-production with the Octagon Theatre Bolton and Kevin Wallace Limited ,the musical is due to play the Palace from Friday 31 March until Saturday 22 April, with a press night on Wednesday […]

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Stratford East and Jermyn Street theatres – changes at the top

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s Kerry Michael and Jermyn Street Theatre’s Anthony Biggs have both announced their intention to step down as artistic directors of their popular London venues. Michael, who has spent 12 highly successful years in the post, will leave Theatre Royal Stratford East at the end of this year. In a statement announcing […]

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Hamilton star Cleve September takes on creative role in Birmingham youth production of In The Heights

One of the stars of the much-anticipated West End debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will take on a guiding role in a Birmingham youth production of Miranda’s debut musical In The Heights. Cleve September has signed on as associate director of the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) summer production of Miranda’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning […]

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This Joint is Jumpin’ – Lillias White to make London debut

Multi award-winner Lillias White will make her London debut in jazz-infused This Joint is Jumpin’ at The Other Palace Studio in April. Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award winner White (Dreamgirls, The Life) will join British actor Samuel Anderson (best known for his role as Danny Pink in Doctor Who), internationally known tap […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Jason Robert Brown to conduct LMTO concert debut

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will be the guest conductor when London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s plays a concert staging of his musical Honeymoon in Vegas next month. A patron of the LMTO, Brown will be the 30-strong orchestra’s first guest conductor when Honeymoon in Vegas receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium on 12 […]

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Sleepless musical premiere postponed until further notice

The premiere of Sleepless the musical, based on Nora Ephron’s hit movie Sleepless in Seattle, has been postponed until next year at the earliest. A statement from the producers of the show, which was due to open at Plymouth’s Theatre Royal in April ahead of dates at The Lowry in Salford and Dublin’s Bord Gais Energy Theatre […]

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National Theatre 2017 season – Pinocchio and Follies provide the musical interest

There will be ‘no strings to hold him down’ when Pinocchio steps on to the stage at the National Theatre this Christmas as part of the prestigious venue’s packed 2017 season. Directed by John Tiffany, the world premiere of Pinocchio by Dennis Kelly joins the new production of the 1970s Broadway musical Follies as two of […]

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Sondheim’s Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Matus and Rae head cast

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, will receive its UK premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre from 14 March until 8 April. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original 1974 work, the production will […]

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Maria Friedman to direct new Dusty Springfield musical in 2018

The turbulent life of one of British pop’s most distinctive singers, Dusty Springfield, will be the subject of a new musical to be directed by one of the West End’s most accomplished leading ladies, Maria Friedman. Billed as the first ‘authorised’ musical about Springfield, Dusty will be written by playwright, novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey […]

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Grease UK tour – casting complete

Full casting has been revealed for this year’s national tour of the original West End production of Grease featuring Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope, The Wanted’s Tom Parker and former EastEnder Louise Lytton. Completing the cast are Tom Senior as Kenickie, Michael Cortez as Sonny, Oliver Jacobson as Roger, Ryan Heenan as Doody, Callum […]

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Tracie Bennett to lead cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice concerts

Double Olivier Award winner and Tony award nominee Tracie Bennett will head the cast for two special concert presentations of new musical The Sorcerer’s Apprentice on 7 February (Broadway Theatre, Letchworth) and 8 February (The Ambassadors, West End). Audiences will get their first glimpse of the show based on the 18th century poem by German […]

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Dirty Dancing tour extended to include return visits

Return dates in Manchester, Blackpool, Liverpool, Woking and Sunderland have been added to the schedule of the newest touring production of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Following a successful Christmas season at London’s Phoenix Theatre and dates in Bremen and Cannes, Baby and Johnny are having the time of their lives once again […]

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My Land’s Shore premiere – cast and creatives revealed

Full casting and creatives have been announced for All Star Productions’ world premiere of the historical Welsh musical My Land’s Shore. Based on the true story of the tragic hero of the Merthyr Rising of 1831, when iron workers and coal miners were involved in bloody clashes with soldiers drafted in to protect industrialists, the […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour to open at Duke of York’s in May

Lee Hall’s critically acclaimed Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour will open at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in May following a sell-out run last summer at the National Theatre. Reuniting original cast members with director Vicky Featherstone, Hall’s musical adaptation of Alan Warner’s best-selling novel The Sopranos will preview from 9 May ahead of an […]

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The Devil Wears Prada musical – Elton John joins the team

Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Elton John is reportedly working with playwright and screenwriter Paul Rudnick on the Broadway musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada. Multi award-winning producer Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, Rent, In The Heights) has reportedly confirmed the latest development in his plans to take author Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 tale set in the world of […]

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Olivier Awards 2017 – special red carpet access to fans

Audiences across the world will be able to tune in to the Olivier Awards’ first red carpet live show when the stage honours make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Details of the innovative broadcast show, aimed at allowing theatre fans across the world to get closer to the glamour […]

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Half a Sixpence – booking extended into September

For the second time booking has been extended for the critically acclaimed West End transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre and Cameron Mackintosh production of Half a Sixpence. Tickets for show at the Noel Coward Theatre are now available until 2 September. An extra midweek matinee performance on Thursdays at 2.30pm will also be added from […]

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Dieting drama Fat Friends shapes up for musical debut

This November a major new musical re-shaping of popular ITV drama Fat Friends will make its debut in Leeds, the hometown of its creator, top TV writer Kay Mellor. Written and directed by prolific Mellor and with original music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber, Fat Friends – The Musical will star West End favourite Jodie Prenger […]

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Nicholas Lyndhurst joins ENO Carousel

Small screen favourite Nicholas Lyndhurst will return to the West End stage for the first time since 2011 to join the previously announced Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins in the much-anticipated Carousel at the London Coliseum in April. Last seen in on the London stage in Trevor Nunn’s 2011 production of The Tempest, the much-loved […]

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Wicked tour will fly back to UK in 2018

The touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked will make a return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities. A success at venues across the world, the tour played its last UK dates at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in July 2016 before embarking on an international leg of the tour […]

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Paperless ticketing for Hamilton in West End

Priority booking for the much-anticipated London debut of the multi-award winning Broadway hit Hamilton will open at noon tomorrow (16 January). In a bid to beat the touts the team behind the show’s debut in the capital are operating ‘paperless ticketing’ which means they will not be issuing any physical tickets in advance. Powered by […]

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Ben Stock brings new show to Live at Zédel

West End theatre actor Ben Stock returns to London cabaret venue Live at Zédel this week with his new show Land of Make Believe. Aimed at chasing the ‘January Blues’ away, Stock’s new offering will feature the music of some of musical theatre’s best-loved writers including Stiles and Drewe, Jerry Herman, Noel Coward, Stephen Sondheim and […]

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Curtain Up album awards – winners revealed

The original London cast of Kinky Boots, the Broadway stars of Waitress and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda were crowned the winners of The Curtain Up radio show’s second musical theatre album awards. The original cast recording of the multi award-winning Kinky Boots was chosen as the Album of the Year – Best UK Cast Best Original […]

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Joseph tour – Lucy Kay back as narrator

Britain’s Got Talent runner-up Lucy Kay will reunite with fellow TV talent show alumni Joe McElderry in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from Tuesday 24 January. The soprano who captured hearts as the runner-up in the 2014 season of BGT and went on to release best-selling albums and tour […]

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Original Bacharach musical Some Lovers heads for London workshop

Members of the creative team behind Promises, Promises, due to begin previewing on Friday (13 January), have revealed they are working on the European premiere of Burt Bacharach’s second original musical Some Lovers. Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson and Senbla’s Ollie Rosenblatt will present an industry-only workshop reading of the show written by music legend Bacharach and […]

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Funny Girl tour extended – Chris Peluso to play Nick Arnstein

Show Boat’s Chris Peluso will play Nick Arnstein opposite Sheridan Smith when she takes her acclaimed performance as Fanny Brice on the road for part of the Funny Girl tour which begins in Manchester on 18 February 2017. Smith’s leading man for the show’s hugely successful London runs, Darius Campbell, will also return to the […]

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My Fair Ladies to celebrate Broadway divas

Three of the West End’s rising stars are joining forces for My Fair Ladies, a celebration of Broadway’s iconic ‘Divas’ at London’s Live at Zedel for four nights only this month. Presented by Scala Theatre Ltd, My Fair Ladies will showcase the talents of Lisa-Anne Wood (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera), Maeve Byrne (Ghost the […]

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Musical La La Land breaks records at the Golden Globes

Feel good musical La La Land was the big winner at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday with a record-breaking haul of seven trophies. The tuneful love note to Los Angeles that has been described as a ‘throwback to the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical’ won in every category for which it had been nominated at […]

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Line-up for Gilbert and Sullivan Festival 2017

New productions of four of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular shows will be presented at the 24th International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival this summer. The annual celebration of the enduringly popular work of librettist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan will take place in Harrogate from 4-20 August 2017. Highlights of the festival will include the […]

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World premiere of The Braille Legacy – Thom Southerland to direct at Charing Cross Theatre

Critically acclaimed director Thom Southerland will follow his highly successful first season as artistic director at the Charing Cross Theatre with the world premiere production of a major new musical based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille. Announced on World Braille Day on 4 January, The Braille Legacy will star Olivier Award nominee Jérôme […]

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Audra McDonald makes West End return in April

Record-breaking American stage and screen star Audra McDonald will return to London for four concerts in April at Leicester Square Theatre just over a year after her sell-out shows at the same venue. The singer and actress who has won a string of awards including six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy Award, will take […]

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New Year Honours – Richard Eyre, Clive Rowe and Sharon D Clarke recognised

Ray Davies, Ken Dodd, Bryn Terfel, Patricia Routledge, Mark Rylance, Richard Eyre, Clive Rowe and Sharon D Clarke are among the famous names from the entertainment world celebrating their inclusion in this New Year Honours list. Receiving MBEs are Rowe and Clarke, while Kinks frontman Davies, veteran comedian Dodd, opera singer Terfel and stage and screen actor Rylance have all […]

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School of Rock – more box office records fall

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical has reached new milestones on both sides of the Atlantic. In the West End the production has broken the box office record previously held by War Horse at the 1,000-seat New London Theatre, while over on Broadway the show has smashed its own record at the Winter Garden Theatre. […]

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Tributes flood in for Debbie Reynolds

Tributes are being paid to Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds who died just a day after losing her daughter, the actress and writer Carrie Fisher. One of the few remaining stars from the Golden Age of the movie musical, the 84-year-old actress created the role of Kathy Selden opposite Gene Kelly in the classic movie musical Singin’ […]

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