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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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Mary Poppins cast revealed for Zurich and Dubai tour dates

Lisa O’Hare and Zizi Strallen will take flight in the title role of Mary Poppins in 2017 when Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s multi award-winning musical plays Switzerland and United Arab Emirates. O’Hare, who has previously played Mary Poppins in the West End, on the UK tour and in Australia, will return to the role in […]

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Interview – Sophie Evans on her role in The Night Before Christmas at Salisbury Playhouse

SOPHIE EVANS, the Welsh singer who first captivated national TV audiences as a 17-year-old in the star search show Over the Rainbow, has rapidly established herself as a stage and screen rising star. Although she just narrowly missed out on the top spot in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC TV talent search in 2010, the girl […]

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Tina Turner backs new project, Tina the Musical

Pop superstar Tina Turner made a special appearance at a workshop presentation of a major new musical based on her life story. The legendary ‘Simply the Best’ singer joined the creative and producing teams behind Tina the Musical at the event in London on Friday. Award-winning writer Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) has been working with […]

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Thoroughly Modern Millie tour – further cast details

Further details have been revealed for the 2017 UK touring production of the musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie. Opening on Tuesday 17 January at the New Wimbledon Theatre, the production stars Strictly Come Dancing’s Joanne Clifton as Millie with former soap star Michelle Collins as the sinister Mrs Meers in the show until Saturday 4 […]

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Casting for The Wild Party includes John Owen-Jones and Donna McKechnie

Full casting has been revealed for the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at The Other Palace early next year. Joining the previously announced Frances Ruffelle are John Owen-Jones, Simon Thomas, Donna McKechnie, Dex Lee, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Ako Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Genesis Lynea, Melanie Bright, Lizzy Connolly, Steven Serlin, Sebastian […]

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Cameron Blakely joins The Addams Family on tour

Cameron Blakely has joined the cast for the touring production of The Addams Family musical which will debut in the UK next year. The actor, whose previous credits include a two-year stint as Thenardier in Les Misérables in the West End, will play Gomez, the head of the distinctively creepy and kooky Addams Family opposite […]

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Sneak preview of Ferris & Milnes’ West End debut

Popular musical comedy partnership Dominic Ferris and Martin Milnes have released a YouTube preview of their medley ‘The Entire Score of West Side Story’ ahead of their West End debut next week with Ferris & Milnes – Christmas Cracker. Featuring classic numbers including ‘Maria’ and ‘Tonight’ with Ferris and Milnes taking on the characters of Maria, Tony, […]

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Jack Thorne’s Junkyard to play Bristol Old Vic in February 2017 before short tour

Award-winning writer Jack Thorne’s Junkyard will open in Bristol early next year ahead of a mini tour. The writer who is currently enjoying critical acclaim and audience success for his work on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child provides the book and lyrics for the new musical based on a true story and set in […]

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Death Takes a Holiday Euro premiere – Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso cast

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso will head the cast of the much-anticipated European premiere of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre next month. The third production in Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director, following on from the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime (which has just received a […]

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Alex Gaumond joins Robert Lindsay in LMTO A Christmas Carol

Alex Gaumond will join his Dirty Rotten Scoundrels co-star Robert Lindsay in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of the 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Gaumond, who joined Lindsay in the hit West End production of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the Musical from November 2014 until the end of the run […]

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Nominees for 2017 WhatsOnStage Awards revealed

Groundhog Day and Half a Sixpence lead the way in the musical theatre categories featured in the nomination list for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards announced in London today (1 December). Half a Sixpence received eight nominations, while Groundhog Day was recognised in seven categories. The play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child topped the list with 11 nominations. The […]

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Curtain Up Show – nominees for album awards to be announced

The nominees for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 in association with TodayTix will be revealed live on Resonance FM this Friday (2 December) at 4pm. The second set of musical theatre album awards will allow the public to vote in three categories (each with six nominees). Voting will open half an […]

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The Wedding Singer tour – more casting details

Further casting details have been released for next year’s national tour of The Wedding Singer which is due to open on Friday 10 February 2017 at Leicester Curve. Based on the much-loved 1998 film which starred Adam Sandler as the lovelorn Robbie Hart and Drew Barrymore as Julia, the waitress who captures his heart, the […]

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From Page to Stage festival goes global

Writers from across the world will for the first time compete with homegrown talent for a place in next year’s From Page to Stage summer festival. Opening the doors to the world’s aspiring musical theatre writers, the event’s creators Aria Entertainment also revealed From Page to Stage (FPTS) will be moving to its new home at Andrew […]

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Theatre Royal Stratford East spring and summer 2017 season announced

Just days before the launch of its festive pantomime Sinbad the Sailor, Theatre Royal Stratford East’s artistic director Kerry Michael has unveiled further details of next year’s spring/summer season at the East London venue. Alongside the already announced European premiere of The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin, highlights of 2017 will include the […]

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Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at Sheffield Crucible – casting revealed

Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Robert Hastie has revealed details of the cast for the world premiere of Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. John McCrea (The Busker’s Opera, Park Theatre) will take on the central role of Jamie in a cast that also includes Mina Anwar, who previously appeared in Sheffield […]

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Robert Lindsay to star in LMTO’s A Christmas Carol concert

Triple Olivier Award-winning Robert Lindsay will take on the central role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of the 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Based on Dickens’ timeless tale of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors the show features music written by Tony, Olivier and eight-time […]

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Lizzie musical at Greenwich Theatre – casting details

Casting has been announced for Lizzie, the ‘new gothic rock musical with a killer edge’, which will receive its UK premiere at London’s Greenwich Theatre early next year. Inspired by the story of notorious alleged axe-murderer Lizzie Borden, the musical will arrive in the capital in February following a European premiere at Frederica Teater in […]

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StageFaves offers Christmas gifts for musical theatre fans

The perfect gift for the musical theatre fanatic who has everything is just a click away this Christmas on the website StageFaves.com with its range of personalised merchandise. With a new design created by graphic artist Metin Salih, a range of specially commissioned StageFaves merchandise is now available. In the run-up to Christmas for a […]

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Alan Menken’s A Christmas Carol to play Lost Theatre

The 1994 Broadway musical reworking of Charles Dickens’ timeless A Christmas Carol will be this year’s seasonal offering from Wandsworth’s Lost Theatre. Co-directed by Lost artistic director Mark Magill and Martin John Bristow, with musical direction by Randy Smartnick, A Christmas Carol – The Musical will run from 19-31 December with a press night on 21 December. […]

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Full cast for Jest End at the Waterloo East Theatre

Casting has been announced for satirical musical Jest End ahead of its return to Waterloo East Theatre on 29 November for a limited run. The 2016 cast includes Jemma Alexander (Bat Out of Hell, Manchester Opera House and London Coliseum, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Waterloo East Theatre); Bronte Barbe (Shrek the Musical, UK and […]

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Flashdance the Musical back on UK tour in 2017

Flashdance the Musical will return to the UK for the first time since 2011 next summer when a year-long tour begins at Glasgow’s King’s Theatre on 31 July 2017. Produced by Sell A Door Productions, the award-winning team behind popular productions of Footloose and Avenue Q, and Runaway Entertainment, the producers of hit shows In The Heights […]

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Disney in Concert – The Jungle Book to play the Royal Festival Hall

Much-loved animated classic The Jungle Book will swing into London’s Royal Festival Hall next year for two special symphonic cinema concerts. The UK premiere of Disney in Concert –The Jungle Book will feature the enduringly popular film which was to be the last produced by Walt Disney on the big screen accompanied by a live orchestra […]

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