About Howard

Author Archive | Howard

School Of Rock – The Musical – open auditions planned to find new band members

Auditions are being held to find new young classmates for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking School of Rock – The Musical. Open auditions will take place on Saturday 25 March in Cardiff, Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 May in London, Saturday 10 June in Sheffield, Saturday 15 July in Birmingham, Saturday 23 September in Liverpool and […]

Continue Reading ·

Kenwright brings Norris’ Cabaret back to Blackpool

Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of Cabaret is heading back to the Blackpool Opera House as part of a nationwide tour. Presented by Bill Kenwright, the show which previously played the seaside venue in 2013 when the show featured former Pop Idol Will Young as the Emcee, will return to Blackpool from Tuesday 3 until Saturday 7 […]

Continue Reading ·

Stars line up to record composer Alexander S Bermange’s comic catalogue

Musical comedy composer Alexander S. Bermange has assembled a star-studded line-up of stage and screen favourites to record a double album of his songs. Whit & Whimsy features special performances of some of Bermange’s most popular comic creations by stars including Miriam Margolyes, Nigel Planer, Tracie Bennett and Ian Bartholomew. Produced by Mike Dixon, the […]

Continue Reading ·

Olivier Awards 2017 – Groundhog Day receives eight nominations

Groundhog Day leads the musical theatre field in the list of nominations for this year’s Olivier Awards, revealed today by Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things). The well-received show which makes its Broadway debut later this month picked up nominations in eight categories including the Mastercard Award […]

Continue Reading ·

At Last – The Etta James Story to tour UK for first time in March

At Last – The Etta James Story, the hit show about the turbulent life and music of one of soul’s most legendary voices, will make its UK debut next month. Featuring a portrayal of the troubled star by Vika Bull, half of popular Australian duo Vika and Linda, the show will begin its UK tour […]

Continue Reading ·

Rachel Tucker to go on first solo UK tour

Wicked star Rachel Tucker will follow up her triumphant nine-month Broadway run and her recent return to the show’s West End 10th anniversary cast by heading out on her first solo UK tour. Tucker, who has played Elphaba longer than any other actress in the multi award-winning production’s history, will take a break from the […]

Continue Reading ·

Music Theatre International presents Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration

Leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (Europe) Ltd will present the Europe’s first Junior Theatre Celebration at Leicester Curve next Sunday (12 March). Following on from similar annual events across the USA and in Australia, the UK’s inaugural Junior Theatre Celebration is designed to bring together schools and youth groups who have been introduced […]

Continue Reading ·

Darren Coggan brings Cat Stevens musical tribute to tour UK

Australian country music star Darren Coggan will bring his hit show Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story to UK in August for a nationwide tour. An evening of musical storytelling featuring a full live band, the show features all Cat Stevens’ hits and stories behind his most famous songs. Launched in 2010, with a […]

Continue Reading ·

Collabro releases third album – Home – read our review

Musical theatre group Collabro releases their much-anticipated third album Home today (3 March) following on from a live launch show at the London Hippodrome. The first release on the group’s own record label, Peak Productions, marks the Britain’s Got Talent winners’ debut as a quartet exactly 1,000 days after they first shot to fame on the TV […]

Continue Reading ·

Olivier Awards 2017 nominees to be revealed on Monday 6 March

Kinky Boots star Matt Henry and fellow Olivier Award winner Denise Gough (People, Places and Things) will announce the nominees for this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard at 12 noon on Monday (6 March). The list of nominees will be revealed in a live broadcast via Facebook.com/OlivierAwards and a Nominees Celebration event will follow on […]

Continue Reading ·

Take That musical The Band – Gary Barlow reveals first details and dates

With Gary Barlow’s Let It Shine TV talent search now over, work has already begun on preparing the star’s latest foray into musical theatre which is expected to make its debut at the end of August. The fast turnaround means rehearsals have already begun for the stage show The Band, which will feature the winners of […]

Continue Reading ·

La La Land at the Oscars – Hurwitz, Pasek and Paul win Best Song

Feelgood musical La La Land may have been involved in the biggest mix-up in Oscar history when it was mistakenly named Best Picture at Sunday’s ceremony, but the tuneful love note to Los Angeles still took home six trophies. Composer Justin Hurwitz won the Academy Award for Best Original Score for his work on the movie […]

Continue Reading ·

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) […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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’ […]

Continue Reading ·

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! […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·

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 […]

Continue Reading ·
Copyright: Musical Theatre Review Ltd 2013. All rights reserved.