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The Wind in the Willows press launch – London Palladium

The London Palladium will play host to the definitive musical theatre version of Kenneth Grahame’s book The Wind in the Willows this summer, according to producer Jamie Hendry. The musical features music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, who are no strangers to adaptations of classic children’s stories from Honk! and Just So […]

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Hamilton West End – initial casting revealed

  Initial casting has been announced for the West End production of Hamilton: Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) will open the […]

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Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive images

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, here are exclusive production images of the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday, continuing at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March (press night is on 23 January). Zoë Doano, Chris Peluso and Mark Inscoe head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a […]

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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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One Love: The Bob Marley Musical – full cast and creative team revealed

Full casting has been announced for Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s production of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical which premieres in March (10 March to 8 April). Set across a dramatic period in the music legend’s life, this new production written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the story of a man propelled from rising reggae star to global icon. […]

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The Girls dress rehearsal – nurses offered free seats

Gary Barlow and Tim Firth are offering nurses free seats to see the dress rehearsal of their new musical comedy The Girls at the Phoenix Theatre in London on Saturday 28 January at 2.30pm. Tickets will be available in person from the theatre box office at 10am on Saturday 28 January on a first-come-first-served basis, […]

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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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The Girls and Gary Barlow – see behind the scenes

Here’s a first look at rehearsal photos of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth’s new British musical, The Girls. Based on the true story, the film and the award-winning play by Tim Firth, Calendar Girls, The Girls will open in London’s West End at the Phoenix Theatre, with performances from 28 January 2017. The West End premiere […]

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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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Something for everybody at Live at Zédel

To launch its spring programme, Piccadilly cabaret room Live at Zédel gave us a taster of seven very different acts, drolly introduced by French comic/compere Marcel Lucont, who is very funny indeed, rather naughty, and will be well worth seeing during Zedel’s French Fest in March. From a musical theatre point of view the highlight […]

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Promises, Promises at Southwark Playhouse – exclusive images

Thanks to our official photographer Roy Tan, here is a brand new gallery of images showcasing the first major London production of the hit Broadway show Promises, Promises since its 1969 West End premiere. Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the new production of the multi award-winning show continues at the Southwark Playhouse from until Saturday 18 February. The cast includes: Craig […]

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Bat Out of Hell The Musical – first look at rehearsal images

Here’s a first look at rehearsal images for the long-awaited world premiere of the theatrical incarnation of Jim Steinman’s rock classic Bat Out of Hell which is due to land in the UK this year. With a preview run at the Manchester Opera House from 17 February until 8 April, the show will receive its official opening night at the London Coliseum […]

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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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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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Singer Gary Williams launches free cabaret ‘How To’ videos

Singer and author of Cabaret Secrets, Gary Williams, has launched a series of free training videos for cabaret singers. His book, on ‘how to create your own show, travel the world and get paid to do what you love’, has helped hundreds of new and seasoned cabaret performers fine-tune their shows. Now, in this series of […]

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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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Ghost the Musical tour – Carolyn Maitland joins cast

Carolyn Maitland will join Bill Kenwright’s production of Ghost the Musical in the part of Molly alongside Andy Moss as Sam. Taking its inspiration from the classic movie, this reimagining features an expanded book, new music and original staging, and will continue to tour the UK in 2017, starting at the Orchard Theatre in Dartford on 17 January. Maitland’s musical theatre credits include […]

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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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Death Takes a Holiday – Mark Inscoe replaces Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday due to unforeseen circumstances and the role of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by Mark Inscoe. Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso also head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre this month. […]

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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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Anyone Can Whistle is revived at the Union Theatre

A rare revival of Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurent’s musical satire Anyone Can Whistle will feature in the Phil Willmott Company’s new season at the Union Theatre (8 February to 11 March, with press nights on 11 and 12 February). Anyone Can Whistle is political allegory in musical comedy form that tells the story of a town that’s gone bankrupt because its only […]

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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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La Cage Aux Folles tour – full casting

John Partridge, Adrian Zmed and Marti Webb will star in the much-loved musical La Cage Aux Folles when it embarks on its first ever nationwide tour, opening at the New Oxford Theatre on 5 January. John Partridge will play ‘Albin’ who moonlights as star drag act Zaza at the infamous La Cage aux Folles nightclub. Partridge’s extensive theatre credits include the West […]

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Sleepless the Musical – Danny Mac and Carley Stenson cast in premiere

Fresh from the Final of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, Danny Mac and West End leading lady Carley Stenson will be playing the roles of Sam and Annie in the world premiere of SLEEPLESS the Musical, based on the Tristar Pictures Inc film Sleepless in Seattle. The new musical has a book by Michael Burdett, music […]

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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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Sunday At the Musicals – official gallery of images

  Recently, Musical Theatre Review was the online media partner for Sunday At the Musicals, two charity concerts which showcased a host of female singers in London’s West End. Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan went along and here is his Sunday At the Musicals gallery. Produced by Paul Burton and Paul Burton Productions and directed by Roy Gould, Sunday At the Musicals – […]

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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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The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 – nominees announced

Nominees have been announced for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 in association with TodayTix. This year, three categories (each with six nominees) are open to the public vote. Voting closes at 5pm on Wednesday 4 January 2017, and winners will be announced live on Resonance FM at 4pm on Friday 6 January 2017. To […]

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Sondheim musical The Frogs has UK premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre in 2017

The latest Broadway version of the rarely-performed Stephen Sondheim musical The Frogs, a send-up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, is to get its UK premiere in 2017 at Jermyn Street Theatre (press nights are 16 and 17 March). The Frogs is loosely based on a comedy written in […]

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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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School of Rock the Musical – children’s open auditions to be held in Manchester

The West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical, which opened earlier this month, will hold children’s open casting auditions this coming Sunday, 4 December, at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester. Successful children could then form part of future casts of the show in the West End in 2017. The production is looking to […]

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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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