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The S&S Award and new musical Here – latest news

After having a week’s development at Curve Leicester in September 2016, the 2015 S&S Award-winning musical Here was presented at an industry showcase this week. Here is a folk-classical musical, inspired by writers Kate Marlais and Alex Young’s fascination with the German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters. The piece is set in a remote town in […]

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After You – first new musical at Live at Zedel – cast details

Details have been announced for contemporary love story After You, the first new musical to be staged at Live at Zédel at the Crazy Coqs. Liam Doyle (Wicked, UK tour; Mamma Mia!, Prince of Wales Theatre) and Laura Tebbutt (Love Me Tender, UK tour; Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre) will star in the production which will play the London venue from 13 […]

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Dreamgirls – Asmeret Ghebremichael joins the cast

West End and Broadway actress Asmeret Ghebremichael has joined the cast of the critically-acclaimed UK premiere run of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. Best-known for her performances in The Book of Mormon on Broadway and in the West End, the American actress and singer takes over the role of Lorrell Robinson after Ibinabo Jack was […]

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Wind in the Willows at the Palladium – full cast revealed

Denise Welch, Gary Wilmot, Simon Lipkin and Craig Mather will join Rufus Hound and Neil McDermott in the cast of The Wind in the Willows which will speed into the London Palladium in June. Announcing the new casting details, producer Jamie Hendry also revealed previews would begin ahead of schedule on Friday 16 June (opening […]

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Footloose the Musical tour – full cast revealed

Joshua Dowen (Dogfight, Cool Rider) will step into the starring role of dance-hungry Ren McCormack in the new touring production of hit show Footloose the Musical. Launching at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 21 April, the production will feature Hannah Price as Ariel, the role she previously played on last year’s tour. Also joining the […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – exclusive gallery of images

The 2004 Broadway re-working of Stephen Sondheim’s quirky musical comedy The Frogs, presented by House on the Hill Productions, continues at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre until 8 April. Here’s an exclusive gallery of production images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. With a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, based on Sondheim and Burt Shevelove’s original […]

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Arlene Phillips to take her story to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on tour

West End veteran Arlene Phillips will take audiences on a trip through her star-studded career in a new touring production to be launched at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The stage and screen choreographer who won a new generation of fans as an acid-tongued judge on the original series of Strictly Come Dancing is the […]

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The Color Purple – all-star cast to perform in one-off concert

An all-star West End cast will perform one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall on Sunday 21 May. The Color Purple tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The […]

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The Frogs at Jermyn Street Theatre – Nathan Lane attends UK premiere

Nathan Lane, whose 2004 Broadway version of Stephen Sondheim’s The Frogs has its UK premiere tonight (Thursday 16 March), attended the show last night at Jermyn Street Theatre in London’’s West End. Afterwards, he happily posed for photos with the creative team and cast, including Michael Matus, who plays his central role of Dionysos, and […]

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West End Bake Off 2017 date revealed

Theatrical charity Acting For Others has set the date and place for London’s third annual West End Bake Off. Following on from last year’s successful fundraiser which culminated in the cast of The Secret Garden taking home top honours, this year’s event will be held on Saturday 20 May at St. Paul’s Church, Bedford Street, London. The […]

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Inaugural Olivier Awards’ Be Inspired champions are announced

The Olivier Awards with Mastercard have announced its six inaugural ‘Be Inspired Champions’. Nominated by members of the public and theatre industry, these six individuals have motivated and inspired others with their love and commitment to theatre. The six champions will be invited to the ceremony on Sunday 9 April and will be presented with […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor cast

Casting has been announced for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town. Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the opening production in the venue’s 2017 season will run from 19 May to 1 July. Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at Wilton’s Music Hall – cast details

Final casting has been unveiled for next month’s revival of the classic Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Due to play Wilton’s Music Hall from 8-22 April, the production has added Andrew C Wadsworth (pictured), Maisey Bawden, Daniel Graham, Richard Emerson, Matthew Whitby and Nuwan Hugh Perera to the previously announced […]

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Disney’s Aladdin hosts its first autism-friendly performance

The West End production of Disney’s Aladdin has announced its first dedicated autism-friendly performance on Tuesday 29 August. With tickets already sold out for a similar performance of the award-winning West End production of Disney’s The Lion King on Sunday 4 June 2017, demand is expected to be high for Aladdin’s first autism-friendly show at London’s […]

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Carousel at the ENO – first rehearsal images

Rehearsal images have been released of the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the third production in the partnership between The GradeLinnit Company and English National Opera (ENO). The cast features Katherine Jenkins (Julie Jordan), Alfie Boe (Billy Bigelow), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Star Keeper), Derek Hagen (Jigger Craigin), Alex Young (Carrie Pipperidge), Brenda Edwards (Nettie Fowler), […]

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Dusty Springfield musical Son of a Preacher Man begins tour at Churchill Theatre Bromley

Son of a Preacher Man, a new musical featuring the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, embarks on a national tour starting at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre from Monday 4 September 2017. Welcome to the Preacher Man, the swinging 1960s Soho joint where […]

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Jason Manford will host the Olivier Awards 2017

Comedian and actor Jason Manford will host this year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard. The 2017 awards are set to be the biggest yet, as they make their debut at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday 9 April. Jason Manford is an award-winning comedian, broadcaster and actor. His stage credits include the multi Olivier Award-winning production of […]

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Blues in the Night at the London Hippodrome – casting revealed

Casting has been announced for the 3oth anniversary performances of Sheldon Epps’ musical revue Blues in the Night at The Hippodrome Casino in June. Ian Carlyle (We Will Rock You, Show Boat) will join Enyonam Gbesemete (Disney’s The Lion King, Show Boat), Bleu Woodward (Kinky Boots, South Pacific) and Cleopatra Higgins (Thriller Live, pictured) for […]

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Joe McElderry celebrates latest album with concert tour

Joe McElderry will follow up his second stint in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with his own concert tour to celebrate the release of his fifth solo album. After hanging up his multicoloured coat in June, the former X Factor winner will prepare to embark on a nationwide concert […]

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Hannah Waddingham to play concert at London Hippodrome

Stage and screen favourite Hannah Waddingham will play a one night only show at London’s Hippodrome Casino next month. Presented by Club 11 London and The Hippodrome, the performance on Thursday 27 April will feature the actress who has just finished filming a recurring role in US cult hit series 12 Monkeys, with her ‘Mini […]

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Jersey Boys to head off on second UK and Ireland tour

Hit show Jersey Boys is heading back on the road for its second UK and Ireland tour at the end of this year. Following on from the success of the show’s debut tour which ended in March last year, the second outing will begin at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 16 December. Staged by the […]

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Details revealed for Room at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Room which is due to open at the Theatre Royal Stratford East ahead of runs at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and Dundee Rep. Adapted for the stage by Donoghue from her best-selling novel, the cast includes Stephen Casey (Grandpa), Fela Lufadeju (Big Jack), Liam McKenna […]

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The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross Theatre – full casting

Final casting has been announced for 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 Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and […]

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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 […]

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Selladoor to launch international tours of Jersey Boys and The Producers

Selladoor Worldwide will tour a brand new production of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning musical Jersey Boys this autumn. The show embarks on an international tour opening at Dubai Opera in October before moving on to China’s Shanghai Daning Theatre, The Jiangsu Centre For The Performing Arts, Guangzhou Opera House and Beijing Tianqiao Performing Arts […]

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Carole King surprises West End cast of Beautiful as show celebrates second birthday

Music legend Carole King delighted cast and audience last night when she made a second visit to the West End production of Beautiful. She was greeted by a standing ovation when she joined the cast for the curtain call at the end of the performance. And at the same time there was extra cause for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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West End Dreamgirls – Original London Cast Recording to be released in April

The Original London Cast Recording of the West End production of musical Dreamgirls will be released on Sony Classical in mid-April and is available to pre-order today via Amazon. This brand new double album was recorded live last month at the Savoy Theatre. It captures the performances of the original London cast of Dreamgirls, the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Cilla Black musical begins tour at Liverpool Empire in September

Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield will present the Cilla – The Musical, a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the executive producer. Cilla – […]

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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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Lloyd Webber and Ayckbourn musical By Jeeves part of Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical By Jeeves will be the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary season 2017, opening at the venue in Bowness-on-Windermere on 6 October and running until to 4 November (press night is 9 October). By Jeeves will bring back together the original creative team from the […]

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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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Actor-musican version of Honk! – with puppetry – to play the Union Theatre

This Easter, Honk! the musical returns to London in a brand-new, actor-musician adaptation, filled with puppetry, magic and illusions. And water guns… The production will open at the Union Theatre on Wednesday 29 March and runs until Saturday April 22. Press night is Saturday 1 April. Honk!, produced by Paul Virides and Lian Wilkinson for […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards 2017 – Half a Sixpence celebrates triple win

The winners have been announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK’s theatre over the past year. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience. Half a Sixpence was […]

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Extra performance of Jersey Boys added before West End production closes

Due to overwhelming public demand, there will be an extra performance of the West End musical Jersey Boys in its final week at the Piccadilly Theatre on Thursday 23 March at 3pm. This week – commencing 13 February 2017 – the show has broken the house record for ticket sales in the history of the Piccadilly […]

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The Girls – 67-year-old understudy makes West End debut in leading role

In spite of intensive medical treatment, Michele Dotrice, who has never missed a performance in her entire career, has been diagnosed with acute bronchitis and is therefore unable to perform for the time being. The part of Jessie in Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical The Girls will now be played by Judith […]

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Hope Mill Theatre’s Hair transfers to The Vaults

The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre production of the iconic rock musical Hair transfers to London in autumn 2017, celebrating its 50th anniversary year. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the show plays The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December (press night is 10 October). The production of Hair created a huge buzz in Manchester when it opened […]

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