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Donna McKechnie records her new album in London

Same Place, Another Time is Tony Award-winning actress Donna McKechnie’s latest cabaret act. Michael Darvell reports from the CD recording of the show for Jay Records (while, below, Patrick Honore catches up with the actress post-performance). Any musical cabaret fan who saw Donna McKechnie performing her new show in New York or at the Crazy Coqs […]

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Interview – actress Julie Atherton

Actress Julie Atherton has regularly performed in the West End, making her debut in the lead role of Sophie in Mamma Mia! She also originated the role of Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in the original London production of Avenue Q at the Noel Coward and Gielgud Theatres. Among her extensive other credits are tours of Fame and Sister Act, as […]

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Meet Ty Jeffries, aka Miss Hope Springs

Fiona-Jane Weston meets Miss Hope Springs (alter ego of songwriter and performer Ty Jeffries) who has a Sunday night residency at London’s The Crazy Coqs. Son of actor Lionel Jeffries (Camelot, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, director of The Railway Children) and actress Eileen Walsh, Ty grew up surrounded by artists of every genre (Fred Astaire and Danny La […]

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The Prodigals – meet the team

The Prodigals is a new musical by Ray Goudie and Joe Harmston (who also directs), which runs at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry until 14 September. With its roots in the biblical tale of the Prodigal Son, it’s set in Afghanistan and tells the story of a father, Colonel Luke Gibson (Simon Bowman) and his two sons, Mike, a conscientious solder (Sam Ferriday) […]

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Michael Ball on Live By the Lake

Olivier Award-winner, multi-platinum recording artist, TV host and radio presenter, and one of Britain’s leading musical theatre performers, that’s Michael Ball. On Sunday, 1 September he leads the cast of Summertime – An Evening of Gershwin as part of the Live By the Lake season at Kenwood House in Hamsptead, London. Also in the cast […]

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Maury Yeston and Titanic

  The 1997 musical version of the Titanic story has finally reached London in a new chamber staging at the Southwark Playhouse. Michael Darvell meets the show’s composer and lyricist Maury Yeston. It may be more than 100 years since the Titanic sank, losing some 1,500 lives, but the disaster still fascinates the general public, […]

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Will Young and Cabaret on tour

Singer/songwriter Will Young will reprise his role as the Emcee in Rufus Norris’ acclaimed production of Cabaret. Following a successful West End run, the UK tour of the musical will open at London’s New Wimbledon Theatre on 28th August.  Ever since winning the inaugural series of Pop Idol in 2002, Young has been one of the UK’s […]

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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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