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Darren Day and Oliver Tompsett lead White Christmas cast at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Casting has been revealed for the first major new UK production of White Christmas, produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse and directed by Nikolai Foster. Taking centrestage in the Quarry Theatre from 24 November 2014 to 17 January 2015, this original staging of Irving Berlin’s iconic musical brings together an ensemble of 17 led by Darren Day and Oliver Tompsett as entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil […]

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Lambert Wilson cast in Yul Brynner role in The King and I

French film star Lambert Wilson is to play the Yul Brynner role in The King and I for 18 performances at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris from 13-29 June. This is the third Rodgers and Hammerstein show the Chatelet has staged, following The Sound of Music (twice) and Carousel. Wilson is best known internationally for playing the part […]

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More images from the Olivier Awards red carpet

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical […]

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MTN & MMD Joint Conference 2014 takes place this week

Olivier Award-winning writer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) West End producer Kim Poster, and writer Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) have joined the line-up of practitioners taking part in the Musical Theatre Network/Mercury Musical Developments annual joint conference at the Almeida Theatre on 21 March. The day runs from 10am–4.30pm and includes a number of […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – New York

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical continues at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. According to the programme for Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, the songwriter has had more than 400 of her compositions recorded by more than 1,000 artists, generating 100 hit singles. And many of those tunes, which […]

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Menzel and Morrison Perform at Olivier Awards

Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel and Petula Clark will perform exclusively during this year’s Oliviers ceremony. Emmy, Tony, and Golden-Globe nominated Morrison is best known for his onstage leading roles in Hairspray, South Pacific and The Light In the Piazza, as well as for his role as Mr Schuester in the hit TV show Glee. His […]

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The Book of Mormon

Currently running at The Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Thank God for The Book of Mormon. Not only is it performing miracles at the box office – recently breaking records by taking £2.1 million in a single day – this original musical also offers a shining beacon in a market saturated with film remakes. No […]

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And the nominations are…

Top Hat and Sweeney Todd are this year’s musical theatre front-runners at the 2013 Oliviers with the greatest number of nominations. Top Hat, still running at the Aldwych with a new cast in place, is named in seven categories, while the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd is in close […]

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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert – The Musical

Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton. 11-16 March, then touring the UK until 5 January, 2014. Bringing to the stage a musical version of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert was always going to be something of a risk. Priscilla is, after all, the nickname given to a second-hand bus and Stephan Elliot’s masterpiece of cinematography […]

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The Hired Man

Reviewed at Mercury Theatre, Colchester. Transfers to Curve, Leicester, 12-27 April. The Hired Man, devised by Melvyn Bragg from his 1969 book of the same name, is based on the few facts he knew about his grandfather who was born about 1890. Bragg got to know him well during the Second World War when his […]

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Stephen Ward is focus of Lloyd Webber Musical

It has been reported that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical about the 1963 Profumo Affair (reuniting him with Sunset Boulevard team, lyricist Don Black and playwright Christopher Hampton) is likely to be far more about the fate of the scandal’s scapegoat Stephen Ward, than Profumo. In the past, the composer has spoken sympathetically about Ward […]

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Leigh Zimmerman in The Producers. Picture: Roy Tan

Every Little Step She Takes

Broadway and West End actress Leigh Zimmerman is always true to the characters she plays, as Lisa Martland discovers. It’s hard to argue with Leigh Zimmerman’s record when it comes to musical theatre. Alongside a string of impressive TV and film credits, she has made a habit of playing and creating leading roles in Broadway […]

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Quasimodo

King’s Head Theatre, London. 20 March to 13 April. Since the 19th century, the bells of the best-known cathedral in Paris have been ringing out with deafening clangs. So bad were they, that they were mocked as having deafened Quasimodo, the lead of Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. But on Palm […]

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A Chorus Line

Currently running at the London Palladium. A major London revival of the iconic Broadway musical that is A Chorus Line has been a long time coming for those of us who weren’t around to catch the original West End production in 1976. Sadly, as the programme credits so poignantly point out, most of the original […]

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Singin’ in the Rain hits the road

The West End production of Singin’ in the Rain will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, 8 June 2013, before it heads off on an extensive UK tour. The musical opens at Manchester’s Opera House on 13 November and then move to Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre for a Christmas and New […]

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Special Olivier for Gillian Lynne

Acclaimed director and choreographer Gillian Lynne will receive a Special Award at the Oliviers 2013 in honour of her outstanding contribution to theatre and the arts. Lynne has most recently been in action as director of the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s Dear World at London’s Charing Cross Theatre, but probably her best-known work has […]

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Q&A with Gavin Lee from Top Hat

You’ve been treading the boards for 20 years, can you describe your training and what difference it made when you were starting out? “I started dancing at the age of 9. My first classes were disco dancing… Well, it was 1980! When I was growing up I did lots of amateur dramatics and school productions […]

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The Tailor-Made Man

Musical Theatre Review catches up with the world premiere of The Tailor-Made Man, a new musical at London’s Arts Theatre. As the title suggests silent film actor William (Billy) Haines was a product of the Hollywood system, he was also its first openly gay star. This exuberant and entertaining musical tells of his career as […]

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Spring Comes to New York

Ron Cohen has all the latest On and Off-Broadway. Spring has finally come to New York and the earliest blooms on the musical theatre scene make for a mixed but welcome bouquet. On Broadway, the initial arrival has been the lavish redo of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (pictured left), a sometimes irritating but still highly […]

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X-Factor Musical Revealed

X Factor – It’s Time to Face The Musical! hits the London stage in early 2014 in a co-production from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Europe’s biggest theatre chain-cum-producer Stage Entertainment. Scheduled for the Palladium theatre, casting for the show is due to begin in May. Comic Harry Hill and Spend Spend Spend creator Steve […]

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The Color Purple

News is that London’s Menier Chocolate Factory will be presenting the European premiere of Broadway musical The Color Purple later on this year, with Tony Award-winning director John Doyle directing and designing. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, the inspirational story of Celie has been adapted for the stage by Marsha […]

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