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From Here to Eternity closes at the end of March

It has been announced that From Here to Eternity, Tim Rice’s new musical, will close on 29 March 2014, after a run of six months in the West End. The date is a month earlier than previously expected. Composed by Stuart Brayson, with lyrics by Rice and a book by Bill Oakes, the musical – […]

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Shakespeare 4 Kidz presents musical version of Macbeth

The company Shakespeare 4 Kidz has begun an international tour of a new musical version of Macbeth, aimed at young audiences and families. The adaptation by Julian Chenery (who also directs) and Matt Gimblett tells the story with many of Shakespeare’s original words woven into easy-to-understand modern language. The cast includes: Noel Andrew Harron (Macbeth), Michelle Cornelius […]

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Happy Days – A New Musical – a sneak peak

A week ahead of their opening at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, the producers of the UK tour of Happy Days – A New Musical invited selected press in for an exclusive peak at rehearsals in progress. It is difficult not to feel the excitement emanating from the Churchill at the moment. The set designed by Tom […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday transfers to the Duchess

Tell Me On a Sunday has always commanded a loyal following as the 1979 collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Don Black produced a number of still-popular songs, not least the title number and the even bigger hit ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’. Even so, the news that, due to public demand, this […]

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Happy Days – A New Musical opens this week

This Tuesday (7 January), Musical Theatre Review has been invited to an exclusive cast performance of three tracks from Happy Days – A New Musical (‘Run’, ‘Message in the Music’, and the feel-good title song ‘Happy Days’) at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley. Happy Days – A New Musical, written by Garry Marshall with music by Paul […]

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Chichester Pajama Game hits West End in May 2014

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, transfers to the West End on 1 May (press night is 13 May), playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 13 September 2014. The musical will move in when the current show residing there – From Here to Eternity – closes. In 1950s America, […]

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The New Musical Project – finalists revealed

A new musical theatre initiative will take place next year, which sees six new musicals produced to a workshop performance, with the winner being taken on to a full production. The New Musical Project, based at the Leicester Square Theatre, has invited would-be writers and composers to submit new, unpublished or never previously performed one-act […]

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Open Mic nights at Crazy Coqs

Open Mic nights at the Crazy Coqs, London, every Thursday at 10.30pm. Night-owls grumble there is not much cabaret around in London once they have seen a show or a movie, so the success of the Crazy Coqs’ Open Mic Thursdays is to be welcomed. Starting at 10.30pm and hosted by cabaret singer and performer […]

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I Can’t Sing! – casting confirmed

Ahead of the broadcast of the Royal Variety Performance – in which cast members of I Can’t Sing! performed – full casting has been confirmed. The X Factor musical previews at the London Palladium from 27 February 2014 (press night is 26 March). As previously announced, Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman will play X Factor judge Simon, and Cynthia Erivo […]

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Military Wives join Eternity cast to mark Pear Harbor attack

To mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, an event integral to the plot of the musical From Here to Eternity, the producers of the show have revealed that The Military Wives Choir will be joining the full company of the show on stage to perform a curtain call rendition of the song which […]

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New musical Lost Boy has season at two theatres

As part of the Finborough Theatre’s Celebrating British Music Theatre and The Great War 100 series, a new British musical from Phil Willmott – Lost Boy – receives its world premiere, playing a season at two London theatres. The piece opens at the Finborough, where it will now play for two weeks, premiering on 31 December 2013 (press […]

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From Here to Eternity closes in April 2014

From Here to Eternity, Tim Rice’s new musical, will close on 26 April 2014, after a run of six months in the West End. Composed by Stuart Brayson, with lyrics by Rice and a book by Bill Oakes, the musical – based on James Jones’ 1951 novel – opened at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 23. […]

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Stephen Ward at the Royal Variety Performance

Last night at the London Palladium, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward) and Charlotte Spencer (Christine Keeler) performing The Side of the Sky at the Royal Variety Performance, from the forthcoming West End production of Stephen Ward. At the end of the evening, Lloyd Webber, Hanson and Spencer were greeted by Prince Charles. The Royal […]

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Jennings and Le Prevost reprise My Fair Lady in Paris

Alex Jennings is reprising the Professor Higgins role that won him a 2003 Olivier Best Actor in a Musical Award in a revival of My Fair Lady at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris next month. Jennings took over the Higgins part from Jonathan Pryce at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane in a show that hit […]

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Tonight’s the Night on tour from January 2014

Tonight’s the Night, the musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod Stewart, is to launch a major new tour in January 2014, starring Jade Ewen (Sugababes). The show premiered in the West End in 2003 and went on to tour across across the UK. With a book by writer and comedian Ben Elton (We […]

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Mackintosh reveals Miss Saigon 2014 cast

Cameron Mackintosh has announced principal casting for his forthcoming new production of Miss Saigon. Assembled from around the world, the cast includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Miss Saigon returns to the […]

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The War of the Worlds – Final Arena Tour

Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan and Les Miserables’ Carrie Hope Fletcher will star in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds when it returns for the sixth and final time to tour in 2014. The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Wayne’s classic multi-platinum album […]

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Meet Me in St. Louis receives UK premiere

Theatrica Ltd and the Landor Theatre have announced the UK premiere of Broadway musical Meet Me In St. Louis will play at the Landor Theatre from 11 December to 18 January 2014 (press night Monday 16 December). Based on the 1944 MGM motion picture starring Judy Garland, Meet Me in St. Louis is the story of […]

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Stiles and Drewe back The New Musical Project

Award-winning British composers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have joined the judging panel for Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project, which aims to find, nurture and develop new musical theatre writing talent and produce it. Through a process of mentoring and rehearsal, one of the new submitted musicals will get a fully staged production […]

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Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical is West End bound

Following two sell-out performances at London’s St James Theatre earlier this year and a mini-tour of the UK, Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical now transfers to play the London Hippodrome for one night only on Saturday 16 November at 8pm. This year marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of the the most successful British musical theatre composer […]

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Stiles and Drewe’s Wind in the Willows musical – a chance to invest

Producer Jamie Hendry has announced plans to give theatregoers and fans the chance to participate in the financing of West End musical The Wind in the Willows. The platform aims to give budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to take part in bringing this new musical theatre adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel to the West End […]

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Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme – three new winners

Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network have announced the winners of the next three placements for the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme.  The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme is supported by the Mackintosh Foundation. It provides six-month placements in major theatres throughout the UK for emerging professional theatre composers. One hundred and seventy nine applications were received for […]

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The Threepenny Opera leads New Wolsey Theatre season

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich’s season for spring 2014, which goes on general sale on Saturday 16 November, features four musicals. The Threepenny Opera is a New Wolsey’s co-production of Brecht and Weill’s musical masterpiece with Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Graeae Theatre Company (12–22 March). Familiar faces from Our House and Reasons […]

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Stiles and Drewe’s Betty Blue Eyes set to tour

Betty Blue Eyes, the George Stiles and Anthony Drewe musical based on the Alan Bennett film A Private Function is set to tour theatres across England next year in a new co-production between Mercury Theatre Colchester, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Salisbury Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse (the official press night will take place at Mercury […]

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The A-Z of Mrs P – new British musical opens in February 2014

The brand new musical The A-Z of Mrs P tells the true journey of the eccentric Phyllis Pearsall, who got lost on the way to a party and spent the next five years of her life walking the streets of London creating the A-Z. It opens at Southwark Playhouse on Thursday 20 February 2014 and runs until […]

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The Bodyguard celebrates first birthday

This week the hit West End musical The Bodyguard celebrated its first birthday at the Adelphi Theatre. At the end of the performance, Debbie Kurup, who has played Nicki Marron in the production since its world premiere in December 2012, asked the audience to join in celebrating the milestone as a specially commissioned birthday cake […]

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Cool Rider – aka Grease 2 in Concert – adds new date

Cool Rider (formerly entitled Grease 2 in Concert) has added a second performance at 11pm on Monday 27 January 2014 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue – the earlier performance has sold out. It has also been announced that Reece Shearsmith will appear as biology teacher Mr Stuart. Shearsmith is best known for his television work in […]

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Mamma Mia! – Blackpool cast revealed

The producers of Mamma Mia! have announced the full cast for the exclusive UK summer season of the musical’s international tour at the Blackpool Opera House, opening in June 2014 (20 June–31 August). This will be the only UK venue outside of London to host the hit musical next year. Real-life husband and wife, Richard Standing […]

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Sondheim: Inside Out – Southbank Centre

An impressive line-up of performers will join conductor Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra for Sondheim: Inside Out, showcasing the life and music of lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim as part of Southbank Centre’s The Rest Is Noise Festival on Sunday, 10 November. Renowned Sondheim interpreter and director of the much-acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory […]

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Denise Van Outen tours in new play Some Girl I Used to Know

Denise Van Outen will appear in a new one-woman play with music, Some Girl I Used to Know, which she has also co-written with Terry Ronald. The UK tour will open at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, with a press night on 5 February 2014, continuing to Birmingham, Hull, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Swindon, High Wycombe, Rhyl, […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reaches West End – Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound star

The UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will arrive at London’s Savoy Theatre in March 2014 starring Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Katherine Kingsley joins the pair as Christine Colgate (A Midsummer […]

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Youth Music Theatre – 2014 audition dates revealed

Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT) has launched a nationwide search for the best actors, singers, dancers, musicians and back stage crew to join the company in 2014. Aspiring young performers, aged 11–21, can book their place for YMT’s 2014 Workshop & Audition Tour online at www.youthmusictheatreuk.org/auditions.    YMT will be auditioning in 22 cities nationwide: London, Cambridge, […]

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Singin’ in the Rain tour set for Manchester opening

The UK and Ireland tour of the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain opens at Manchester Opera House on 13 November (with previews from Saturday 9 November), before playing a Christmas and New Year season in Cardiff. Singin’ in the Rain will feature Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss RF Simpson, actress and former member of Steps Faye Tozer and […]

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Catch Me If You Can – Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna

Catch Me If You Can continues in rep at the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt, Vienna. After months of refurbishment, the Kammerspiele der Josefstadt is back with a bang. Directing his seventh show, Werner Sobotka returns to the legendary theatre with the European premiere of the Scott Wittman/Marc Shaiman/Terrence McNally show Catch Me If You Can. Based on the […]

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Hairspray – new production at Leicester Curve stars David Witts

Curve Theatre, Leicester’s artistic director Paul Kerryson has revealed that a new production of Hairspray, with actor David Witts as Link Larkin, will open at the venue from 5 March 2014 (previews from 28 February) and run until 5 April. Witts trained with the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Great […]

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Grease 2 has London concert staging in 2014

The cult movie musical Grease 2 will finally make the transition from screen to stage with a one-off concert version on Monday, 27 January 2014 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Telling the love story of Pink Lady Stephanie Zinone and English transfer student Michael Carrington, Grease 2 follows their road to romance from bowling alley to burger joint, sing-a-long-a-sex education […]

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Oh What a Lovely War – casting revealed

Caroline Quentin will join the ensemble cast of the 2014 Theatre Royal Stratford East 50th anniversary production of Oh What A Lovely War, Joan Littlewood’s satirical musical about the First World War being revived in 2014, 100 years after the start of the start of the conflict. Directed by Terry Johnson and designed by Lez Brotherston, the […]

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The S&S Award – gala celebrates new musical theatre

An evening of new British musical theatre will be unveiled at the inaugural The S&S Award, the prize presented to the best, yet to be produced musical of the year, with West End stars performing material from the winning and highly commended musicals at the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 24 November. The winner […]

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Sheffield Theatres top UK Theatre Awards

Sheffield Theatres triumphed at the UK Theatre Awards, presented by the Theatrical Management Association and held at the Guildhall, London. Four awards came from five nominations, two of which were musical theatre related. Tim Firth’s musical comedy This is My Family, staged by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, was named the Best Musical Theatre […]

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Miracle On 34th Street musical – UK premiere

Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, Miracle On 34th Street will tour the UK for the first time in a new stage production, opening at the Beck Theatre, Hayes on 11 November 2013. Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle On 34th Street is the story of […]

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Rachel Tucker – St James Theatre

Rachel Tucker performed in concert at the St James Theatre, London. When launching her new album The Reason in July this year, Rachel Tucker played St James Studio. This time she was promoted to the main house and sold out. The evening also marked the opening of the London Festival of Cabaret and Tucker, along […]

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Days of Hope – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub

Days of Hope continues at Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre Pub, London until 18 October. The Spanish Civil War doesn’t leap out at you as the natural subject for a musical but Howard Goodall has never been a coward. His career shows a composer who is directed by personal artistic interest rather than purely […]

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Urinetown – Russell and Fleeshman cast

Jenna Russell, Richard Fleeshman and Jonathan Slinger will lead the cast in the UK premiere of multi-Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, running at St James Theatre, London from 22 February–3 May 2014 (opening night is 11 March). The cast for the musical, which features music and lyrics by Mark Hollmann and book and […]

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Matt Smith is lead in America Psycho at Almeida

Matt Smith will take on the role of Patrick Bateman in the world premiere production of American Psycho at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by the venue’s artistic director Rupert Goold. The new musical thriller, based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik. The production […]

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Shrek the Musical – Harman directs the tour

Shrek the Musical will be heading out on its first ever tour of UK and Ireland from July 2014. The Drury Lane production will be directed by Nigel Harman who starred as Lord Farquaad in the West End production, a role which won him the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in […]

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The Bakewell Bake Off arrives at the Landor

Following a sell-out run at London’s Waterloo East Theatre in August, new British musical The Bakewell Bake Off will transfer to the Landor Theatre on 8 October 2013 (officially opening on 10 October). The action throws the spotlight on seven eager contestants, three feuding judges and one bewildered hostess all taking part in a high-pressure […]

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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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Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory cancelled

The London premiere of the musical comedy Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory by Paul Boyd, due to run at Hackney Empire from 20 September to 5 October, has been cancelled following ‘unforeseen financial difficulties’. A statement from the show’s press representatives said: “Hackney Empire regrets that the producers of Molly Wobbly’s Tit Factory, Big Wobbly Productions […]

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Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis

On 23 September, SimG Records – the leading independent label devoted to new writers and artists – is to release Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis. Collaborations brings together some of the best songwriters in the music industry with an array of performers currently working in the West End, and is sold in aid of the […]

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New musical Water Babies at the Curve

Curve Leicester will play host to the world premiere of a brand new musical inspired by Charles Kingsley’s classic novel, The Water Babies. Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Curtis and Guy Jones, this new musical, with sophisticated special effects, will open on 6 May 2014, with previews from the 24 April, and run until […]

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