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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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Workshop – The Five Labours of Harvey Fish

A new musical, The Five Labours of Harvey Fish, had workshops at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 17 and 18 September, reports Michael Darvell. A work-in-progress, The Five Labours of Harvey Fish has a book and lyrics by actor turned writer and presenter Brian Jordan, and music by Carlton Edwards, musical director of many […]

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The Lightning Child – Globe’s first musical

Shakespeare’s Globe’s first ever musical, The Lightning Child (14 September– 12 October), is a musical remix of Euripdes’ The Bacchae, hurtling from the ‘ecstatic, primal, musical roots of Ancient Greek tragedy to the squats and shooting galleries of contemporary London’. Alongside Ché Walker’s book, Arthur Darvill’s music is influenced by jazz, reggae, hip-hop and soul, […]

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Urinetown the Musical – St James Theatre 2014

Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical will open at the St James Theatre, London in February 2014, reports Michael Darvell. A huge hit on Broadway, the musical Urinetown the Musical has taken more than 12 years to surface this side of the Atlantic. The UK premiere of the show by Mark Holmann (music and lyrics) and Greg […]

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New £12,000 award for musical theatre writing

Perfect Pitch and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, are offering British writers and composers the chance to create a brand new musical. The winning team of writers will be awarded a commission of £12,000 to complete a full draft of a new musical over a 12-month period, supported and mentored throughout by Perfect Pitch and Royal […]

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Singular Sensations – Charing Cross Theatre

Edward Seckerson – formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s long-running musical theatre show Stage & Screen – is to host Singular Sensations, a series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. This winter’s inaugural season of intimate sessions will become a regular Sunday afternoon fixture for musical theatre enthusiasts. […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory presents Candide

Fra Fee, Cassidy Janson, Ben Lewis, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton have been cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas musical Candide with music by Leonard Bernstein, book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Park and Bernstein. From Westphalia to […]

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London Festival of Cabaret is launched

The London Festival of Cabaret launch took place at the Hospital Club’s Oak Room, London. If the party to launch the London Festival of Cabaret is anything to go by, the festival itself which runs from 13 October to 17 November at a variety of great venues throughout the capital, is going to be a […]

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Stephen Ward – Alexander Hanson leads line-up

The cast for the world premiere of Stephen Ward, directed by Richard Eyre, comprises Alexander Hanson in the title role, Charlotte Spencer as Christine Keeler, Charlotte Blackledge as Mandy Rice Davies, Anthony Calf as Lord Astor, Daniel Flynn as John Profumo, Joanna Riding as Valerie Hobson, Ian Conningham as Ivanov, Chris Howell as Murray, Ricardo […]

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Happy Days – Ben Freeman is The Fonz

Actor Ben Freeman (best-known for playing Scott Windsor in TV’s Emmerdale) will take on the iconic role of The Fonz in the UK premiere and national tour of Happy Days – A New Musical, alongside Cheryl Baker as Mrs Cunningham and the previously announced Heidi Range as Pinky Tuscadero. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award […]

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Miss Saigon – public booking opens

Public booking for Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon will open at 10am on Monday, 9 September 2013. Miss Saigon will return to the West End on 3 May, 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre in the musical’s 25th anniversary year, booking for performances through to 25 October. […]

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Liza On An E returns for UK tour

Following a successful West End debut earlier on this year, Australian performer Trevor Ashley is taking his show Liza On An E out on its first ever UK tour. Channelling the talents of the iconic Liza Minnelli, Ashley will appear at the Theatre Royal, Brighton (30 September), the Dancehouse, Manchester (1 and 2 October), The Auditorium Liverpool […]

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DreamArts presents Twentyfour Seven

The next major project for DreamArts, the charity which creates opportunities for young people across inner London to learn through the creative arts, is a musical adaptation of Shane Meadows and Paul Fraser’s screenplay for the film Twentyfour Seven, performed from 3–6 September at the Embassy Theatre at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama. Twentyfour Seven has been developed into a musical involving a company of […]

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Sweeney Todd opens Brining season at WYP

Headlining his first full season, artistic director James Brining makes his directorial debut for West Yorkshire Playhouse with a ‘bold, contemporary production’ of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd (adapted from the play by Christopher Bond). The musical features David Birrell in the title role, a part for which he won Best Actor in […]

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The Commitments – cast revealed

As in the plot of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, the cast of the new musical adaptation – opening at the Palace Theatre on 8 October (with previews from 21 September) – will feature a mix of fresh, young talent, alongside established musical theatre performers. Some members of the ensemble make their West End debuts, while […]

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Musical Theatre Network Awards revealed

Musical Theatre Network has announced the winners for its 2013 Edinburgh Awards, highlighting some of the best new musical theatre on the Fringe this year. The winning shows are: BEST MUSIC: The Bloody Ballad from Gagglebabble and Theatr Iolo. Music by Lucy Rivers. BEST LYRICS: The Bridge from Benjamin Scheuer (New York). Lyrics by Benjamin […]

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Louise Dearman and Mark Evans seek fans’ help with book

Musical theatre performers Louise Dearman (Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Evita) and Mark Evans (The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Oklahoma!) are asking for their fans’ help to write a new book, The Secrets of Stage Success. The book, a guide for those who want to follow in the footsteps of Louise Dearman and Mark Evans and develop their own […]

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Privates On Parade marches into Brighton

Privates On Parade, Peter Nichols and Denis King’s rip-roaring – yet dark – comedy with songs comes to the Theatre Royal, Brighton from 22–31 August. Set in 1948, the play features an entertainment troupe touring South East Asia to bring light relief to, and boost the morale of, the young soldiers still fighting the might of Chinese […]

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Kids Week 2013 boasts ‘incredible’ sales

More than 100,000 tickets have been sold in the first weeks of Kids Week 2103, London theatre’s annual initiative for children. Julian Bird, chief executive of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) said: “The sales for Kids Week are incredible – and we would like to thank the many shows that have once again supported this […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – Musicals Update Four

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 is up and running, here’s the fourth of a number of updates about musicals and cabarets being staged at the international event. Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.) 3–26 August, C Venues (Venue 34). United States-based artistic collective Concrete Generation has travelled to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to present its production, Miles & […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – Musicals Update Three

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 is up and running, here’s the third of a number of updates about musicals and cabarets being staged at the international event. The Bloody Ballad featuring Mary and The Missin’ Fingers 31 July–25 August (not 12 and 19), The Assembly Rooms, Roxy Upstairs (Venue 139) Following an acclaimed UK tour and London […]

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Rock of Ages closes in the West End

Following 15 months at the Shaftesbury Theatre and a year at the Garrick Theatre, the producers of Rock of Ages the Musical have announced it is to close on 2 November 2013, prior to embarking on a UK national tour.  Rock of Ages the Musical opened on 31 August 2011 at the Shaftesbury Theatre and went onto […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – Musicals Update Two

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 is up and running, here’s the second of a number of updates about musicals and cabarets being staged at the international event. Get Got 1–26 August (not 13), C too (Venue 4) Presented by Janski Productions, Get Got is an American satire that allows audiences to be immersed in a […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – Musicals Update One

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013 is up and running, here’s the first of a number of updates about musicals and cabarets being staged at the international event. The Road to Qatar! 1–26 August (not 13), C Too – Main House (Venue 4). Josh Rochford and James Robert-Moore lead a young cast in the European premiere of […]

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Rauch is Phantom of the Opera in cast change

Major cast changes will take place in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End from 2 September this year. Fresh from his success as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre, Geronimo Rauch will join the cast as the Phantom. At the same time, […]

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Siobhan Dillon joins Cabaret touring cast

Actress Siobhan Dillon will join the cast of the forthcoming UK tour of Cabaret as the iconic Sally Bowles, opposite singer/songwriter Will Young in his award-nominated performance as the Emcee. Siobhan Dillon was a popular finalist on the BBC’s hit show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Following Maria, she won a record deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and […]

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Sondheim Society archive, Kingston University

The story of Stephen Sondheim’s life and works in all its forms – books, photographs, theatre programmes, DVDs, CDs, memorabilia, reviews and posters – is now on tap to present to future generations thanks to the Sondheim Society archive being available to researchers at Kingston University in Surrey. The archive represents a gift of more […]

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Criswell, Henshall, Friedman at Cadogan Hall

Jeremy Chapman previews From West End to Broadway, a trio of concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall. The glorious voice of Kim Criswell launches an August series of Thursday treats for musical theatre aficionados at the Cadogan Hall, London, on 1 August. An honorary Brit after marrying one and settling here shortly after playing the title role […]

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Darius joins From Here to Eternity cast

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Tim Rice and Stuart Brayson’s new stage musical From Here to Eternity which begins previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 September. Darius Campbell (Chicago, West End) will play Warden, Siubhan Harrison (Grease, West End) will play Lorene, Robert Lonsdale (Anna Christie, Donmar Warehouse) takes on […]

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New musical Stealing Mona Lisa has showcase

Stealing Mona Lisa, a new musical, has a showcase reading at the Concert Artistes’ Association in Covent Garden, London. In August 1911 an Italian patriot stole Leonardo Da Vinci’s celebrated painting of the Mona Lisa (aka La Gioconda or La Joconde) from the Louvre Museum in Paris, believing that one of the greatest works of Italian […]

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Feinstein headlines London Festival of Cabaret

London will celebrate all things cabaret in the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret which will see the genre playing in venues across the capital from Tuesday, 22nd October-Friday, 15th November. The festival will give audiences the opportunity to see world-class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret before. The London Festival […]

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Eyre stages Lloyd Webber Stephen Ward musical

Richard Eyre will direct the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Christopher Hampton and Don Black’s new musical Stephen Ward, previewing at London’s Aldwych Theatre from 3rd December 2013, with opening night on 19th December. Stephen Ward has music by Lloyd Webber, with book and lyrics by playwright Hampton and lyricist Black (with whom Lloyd Webber previously […]

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Happy Days – A New Musical goes on tour

The UK premiere and national tour of Happy Days – A New Musical, starring Heidi Range of the Sugababes as ‘Pinky Tuscadero’, opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in January 2014, before beginning a national tour. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award nominee Andrew Wright, Happy Days – A New Musical is written by Garry Marshall, the creator […]

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From Page to Stage 2014 – Landor

Following the success of this year’s inaugural season of new musical theatre, Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment and Robert McWhir of the Landor Theatre have announced that applications are now open for the second From Page To Stage season from 11th February-8th March 2014 at the Landor in south London. From Page To Stage is a season of new musical theatre dedicated to the showcasing of work in development to an audience, […]

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London’s A Chorus Line closes in August

Producers have today announced that the revival of A Chorus Line at the London Palladium will close on Saturday, 31st August. Plans are currently being finalised for a European tour which will give audiences in Germany, Holland, France and beyond the chance to see the London production, prior to a UK tour beginning in autumn […]

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Miss Saigon set for the Prince Edward

Cameron Mackintosh has finally revealed that the Boublil and Schonberg musical Miss Saigon will return to the West End in May 2014 to the Prince Edward Theatre. He said: “I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London at Drury Lane Theatre before it went on to phenomenal success around the world. “Ten […]

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Beverley Knight set for The Bodyguard

Award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight will make her West End debut when she joins the cast of The Bodyguard this September to play the leading role of Oscar-nominated star Rachel Marron. Also joining the line-up will be Tristan Gemmill as Rachel’s bodyguard Frank Farmer. The two performers replace Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen who originated the roles […]

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Nunsense A-men! and title of show at the Landor

The musicals season at London’s Landor Theatre continues with Sister Mary McArthur (also known as performer Tim McArthur) making her musical theatre debut as the Mother Superior in Dan Goggin’s Nunsense A-men! (the musical) from 27th June-28th July. Nunsense A-men! begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has […]

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Titanic musical cast revealed

Casting has been announced for the European premiere of a new chamber version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Titanic. Directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, the production of Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s show will run for a six-week season at Southwark Playhouse from 26th July-31st August. The loss of the RMS Titanic […]

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Jersey Boys on the move in 2014

Jersey Boys, which recently celebrated its fifth London birthday at the Prince Edward Theatre, will be transferring to the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2014, with its last performance at the Prince Edward Theatre on Sunday 9 March. The Spice Girls musical Viva Forever!, which closes at the Piccadilly at the end of June, is followed by […]

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Tony Awards 2013

Kinky Boots danced away from the Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York with top honours, being celebrated as Best Musical of  the 2012-2013 Broadway season, alongside plaudits for Best Original Score (by pop queen Cyndi Lauper) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter as the irresistible drag […]

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Tony Awards 2013

Kinky Boots danced away from the Tony Awards on Sunday night in New York with top honours, being celebrated as Best Musical of  the 2012-2013 Broadway season, alongside plaudits for Best Original Score (by pop queen Cyndi Lauper) and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Billy Porter as the irresistible drag […]

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London cabaret Sondheim style

London cabaret gets a new spin with the launch of a series of Stephen Sondheim Society presentations at London’s Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, teeing off with actress Rachael Louise Miller on Wednesday, 19 June. These one-hour shows, starting at 7pm, will feature rising talents and more established names performing programmes in which Sondheim’s work will […]

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Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox as Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde. Picture: Chris Bennion

Jekyll & Hyde departs Broadway

Broadway has scored the second musical casualty of the spring season. The very noisy revival of Jekyll & Hyde at the Marquis Theatre will go silent on May 12. The production had toured extensively before opening on Broadway on April 18 for a limited run originally scheduled to wind up  June 30. The premature departure is hardly […]

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Spice Girls musical Viva Not Forever

Producer Judy Craymer has announced that Viva Forever!, the musical inspired by the songs of the Spice Girls, has posted closing notices at the Piccadilly Theatre for June 29, 2013. In a press statement Craymer said “It is with a heavy heart that we’ve had to make this very difficult decision to post closing notices […]

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Tony Awards – Matilda vs Kinky Boots

That very smart, little girl from Britain, Matilda the Musical, will be fighting it out with Kinky Boots, that crazy footwear from Britain (but redesigned by Americans), for the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical. The nominations for the Tony Awards – covering Broadway productions over the past 12 months – were announced on April […]

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