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Stars come out for Miss Saigon opening night

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon officially opened last night at London’s Prince Edward Theatre and the musical theatre stars were out in force on the red carpet. They included cast members from the original 1989 London production of Miss Saigon and the Les Misérables movie. Pictures: Vivienne Vincent.

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Les Misérables – major cast changes revealed

There will be major cast changes in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre from 16 June 2014. Joining the company are: Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, David Thaxton as Javert, Tom Edden as Thénardier, Celinde Schoenmaker as Fantine, Michael Colbourne as Enjolras and Emilie Fleming as ‘Cosette’. Rob Houchen will […]

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SSSSPOTY and Stiles & Drewe Prize winners revealed

The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year/Stiles & Drewe Best New Song competitions took place at the Garrick Theatre, London. Girl power took over from Twelve Angry Men at the Garrick Theatre for one glorious Sunday afternoon as Corrine Priest and Tamar Broadbent walked away with the glittering prizes. Priest, a 21-year-old from […]

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Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be opens at Stratford East

Coinciding with Joan Littlewood’s centenary, Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be has its official opening at Theatre Royal Stratford East this coming week in new version by Olivier-nominated Elliot Davis. The show is directed by the multi award-winning Terry Johnson, and Jessie Wallace and Gary Kemp lead the cast. Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be was initially […]

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Dogfight musical has European premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s musical Dogfight will receive its European premiere, produced by Danielle Tarento – the award-winning producer of Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel – and directed by Matt Ryan, in The Large at Southwark Playhouse for a six-week season from 8 August to 13 September (press night is 13 August). Based on […]

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Once – David Hunter and Jill Winternitz take lead roles

David Hunter and Jill Winternitz will lead the cast as Guy and Girl respectively in the Olivier Award-winning production of Once. Hunter, who originally joined the show in July last year understudying the role of Guy, and Winternitz have their first performance together on 12 May 2014. Last month Once was the winner of two […]

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Fun Home and Here Lies Love win Lortel Awards

The rich vein of theatre mined away from the bright lights of Broadway enjoyed its place in the awards sun with the handing out of the 29th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway arena. On the musical side of things, Fun Home was named Outstanding Musical of the 2013-14 season. Fun Home, […]

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Musical Theatre Review campaign backs cast album for I Can’t Sing!

“Steve Brown’s original score for I Can’t Sing! features a selection of excellent and thankfully diverse musical numbers that both inform the narrative and entertain – a simple task that has been woefully lacking in the West End for a while now. “Original musicals are few and far between and Brown’s score has so much […]

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Casey and Dann return to Menier’s Forbidden Broadway

Anna-Jane Casey, Sophie-Louise Dann, Damian Humbley and Ben Lewis will star in New York’s longest-running comedy revue, Forbidden Broadway, which returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory, London from 19 June. This updated version of the satire showcases some of the best productions from both Broadway and the West End, including The Book of Mormon, Once, […]

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Jersey Boys – Michael Watson is new Frankie Valli

Essex-born Michael Watson has taken on the role of Frankie Valli in the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys at the Piccadilly Theatre. Watson’s previous West End credits include We Will Rock You, Imagine This, Sister Act and Shrek the Musical. He will be appearing alongside Edd Post as Bob Gaudio, Jon […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide tops Tony Award 2014 nominations

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder pretty much did in the competition when the nominations for the 68th Tony Awards were announced today (Tuesday). Gentleman’s Guide pulled in ten nominations, including those for Best Musical, Best Book (by Robert L. Freedman), Best Score (Steven Lutvak and Freedman), and Best Director of a Musical (Darko […]

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The Scottsboro Boys has West End transfer to the Garrick

The Scottsboro Boys, Kander & Ebb’s award-winning and final musical, is to transfer to London’s West End for a strictly limited season following its highly acclaimed season at the Young Vic. The recipient of the prestigious Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, the production will preview at the Garrick Theatre from 4 October, ahead of a […]

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Nicholas Parsons hosts The Great British Musicals in Concert

Following the critically acclaimed concert, Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical, award-winning musical director Ross Leadbeater returns to the London Hippodrome on Sunday 1 June at 7pm with The Great British Musicals in Concert. Narrated by presenter, actor and BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons, the show should be an intimate […]

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I Can’t Sing! – the X Factor musical – to close, but why?

The demise of X Factor parody I Can’t Sing! – the third original West End musical to announce its closure in less than two months – is being blamed by critics on a combination of marketing, preparation and changing audience tastes. Co-producers Stage Entertainment UK and Simon Cowell’s Syco Productions (Cowell is believed to have […]

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Helen Hobson leads cast in Picture Perfect: A New Musical

Picture Perfect: A New Musical, a contemporary song-cycle musical that explores love and relationships using the songs of award-winning American composer Scott Evan Davis, conceived and directed by Simon Greiff, will get its London premiere at the St James Studio Theatre, London with four performances on 31 May and 1 June. Josh is graduating college […]

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Maureen Lipman leads cast of Rags the Musical in Concert

Maureen Lipman has joined the cast of Rags the Musical in Concert, the show written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, which will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. […]

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Major cast change at Mamma Mia!

Following the recent 15th birthday celebrations for Mamma Mia! in London, there will be major cast changes from 9 June. Rebecca Lock will be joining the cast as Rosie, Alasdair Harvey as Harry, Charles Daish as Bill, Alice Stokoe as Sophie Sheridan and Lloyd Green as Sky. Also joining the cast will be Rosanna Bates […]

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Forbidden Broadway back at the Menier Chocolate Factory

New York’s longest-running comedy revue Forbidden Broadway returns to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer, playing at the venue from 19 June–16 August (press night is 2 July). Forbidden Broadway has been an unstoppable force in theatre since 1982, when Gerard Alessandrini created the first edition that lampooned the Broadway shows and stars of the day. […]

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Sleepin’ Bee – Theatre Michel, Paris

Sleepin’ Bee was performed at the Theatre Michel, Paris. What a joy after coming out of the lengthy showcase of Dance of the Vampires – scheduled for the Mogador Theatre next fall – to be able to listen to real music just next door at a performance of Sleepin’ Bee at Theatre Michel. Sleeping Bee, an […]

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Richard E Grant to star as hologram in Water Babies musical

Richard E Grant will play Kraken: Lord of the Oceans in a 3D hologram interactive scene in the world premiere of Water Babies (inspired by Charles Kingsley’s classic novel). Directed by Ed Curtis, with music by Chris Egan, and book and lyrics by Curtis and Guy Jones, this new musical, with landmark special effects, will open […]

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Mormon’s Gavin Creel appears in Singular Sensations series

Ahead of Olivier Award winner Gavin Creel’s Singular Sensations appearance on 20 April at the Charing Cross Theatre, the actor and singer has revealed that fans can expect an exclusive treat – a performance of one his own tracks. This is a charity event in support of Creel’s nominated charity West End Serves and some […]

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More images from the Olivier Awards red carpet

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical […]

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The Book of Mormon wins big at Olivier Awards

The Book Of Mormon dominated the musical categories at the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, winning four prizes including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel (that’s four wins from six nominations). Les Misérables won the much-coveted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for the second time. The ceremony at London’s Royal Opera […]

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Stars come out for Olivier Awards 2014

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical Theatre […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory celebrate songs of Andrew Lippa

The Menier Chocolate Factory presents The Life of the Party – A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa from 27 May to 14 June (press night is 30 May). The exciting Broadway composer and lyricist will be accompanied by Caroline O’Connor, Damian Humbley and Summer Strallen in a unique concert performance of songs from some of […]

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Golden Voice musical reworked as Best of Friends

Previously cancelled British musical Golden Voice, which has been reworked with a new title as Best of Friends (book, music and lyrics by Nick Fogarty), will get its world premiere at the Landor Theatre, London from 23 April to 10 May, directed by the venue’s artistic director, Robert McWhir. Music lovers Mike Chariot and Jim Ryan […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2014/Stiles & Drewe Prize

The 12 finalists of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition 2014 (SSSSPOTY) will sing their hearts out competing for the title on Sunday 18 May at 3pm at the West End’s Garrick Theatre. The young artists will not only sing a Sondheim number, but at the composer/lyricist’s request, they will also perform 12 […]

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Olivier Awards charity night boosted by presence of Dench and Fellowes

To celebrate the Olivier Awards with MasterCard, Fenwick of Bond Street will host a one-off shop with the stars evening on 10 April to raise funds and awareness for the Olivier Award’s official charity Acting For Others. On the night, Fenwick of Bond Street will be filled with the crème de la crème of British […]

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Phantom – Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess lead Broadway casting

On 12 May, Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis, who most recently triumphed in the role of Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, will return to Broadway in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera, alongside Broadway and West End actress Sierra Boggess as Christine Daaé (Boggess won acclaim as Christine in both the musical’s London 25th […]

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Rags the Musical in Concert – casting revealed

Casting details have been revealed for Rags the Musical in Concert, the musical written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, which will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. […]

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Jodie Prenger joins Spamalot for last two weeks of London run

Monty Python’s Spamalot ends its current run at the Playhouse Theatre on 12 April after two years in the West End, with actress and singer Jodie Prenger reprising her role of The Lady of The Lake for the final two weeks. Having previously played the role in 2010 during the Spamalot UK tour, Prenger is […]

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Benny, Björn and Bernadette Peters in Olivier Awards line-up

To celebrate 15 years of the hit show Mamma Mia!, Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus will be reuniting to appear with the current London company in the grand finale at this year’s Olivier Awards‎ with MasterCard, taking place on Sunday 13 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 10.15pm that evening on ITV […]

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The Bodyguard – Alexandra Burke joins cast in June

On 2 June this year, Alexandra Burke will join the cast of the West End musical The Bodyguard, to play the leading role of Oscar-nominated superstar Rachel Marron. Burke will play opposite Tristan Gemmill who continues in the role of Rachel’s bodyguard, Frank Farmer. Burke will join the production at the Adelphi Theatre where the […]

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Cool Rider – Mark Benton stars in Grease sequel

Mark Benton will star as Mr Stuart and Niki Evans as Ms Mason, as full casting is announced for Cool Rider, the cult musical sequel which will return to the West End via the Duchess Theatre (15–19 April), following the successful one-night-only concert at the Lyric Theatre. Benton was most recently seen competing on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. […]

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Closer Than Ever – Richard Maltby Jr directs new production

A revised version of the Off-Broadway hit, Richard Maltby, Jr and David Shire’s Closer Than Ever, receives its European premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre (6 May–7 June 2014) in a brand new production directed by Tony Award-winning Maltby himself (Miss Saigon, Starting Here Starting Now, Ain’t Misbehavin’). The production will star Graham Bickley (Ragtime, Miss Saigon, Follies), Sophie-Louise Dann (Lend […]

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The Pajama Game – listen to Xavier and Riding in action

For all those looking forward to the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s staging of The Pajama Game, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, there is now a song from the production available to listen to for the first time. ‘Hey There’, sung by the show’s co-stars Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier […]

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Annie Get Your Gun – Jason Donovan and Emma Williams are cast

A major new production of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, with Emma Williams as Annie Oakley, Jason Donovan as Frank Butler and Norman Pace as Buffalo Bill, will tour the UK from May this year. As part of the Ambassador Theatre Group’s ‘Manchester Gets It First’ initiative, the production, directed by Ian Talbot, will […]

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Paul Nicholas to star in Blockbuster the Musical

Paul Nicholas will play Crazy Max in Blockbuster the Musical, featuring the 1970s and 80s hits of the songwriting team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. The show has its world premiere at the Orchard Theatre, Dartford from 11–20 September. It will then tour to Birmingham and Croydon, before embarking on a UK tour in 2015. […]

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Saturday Night Fever production to tour UK

A brand new production of Saturday Night Fever is being staged by Theatre Royal Bath Productions in association with the Robert Stigwood Organisation this autumn. Playing at the venue from 12–22 November, the musical – featuring a large cast of actor/musicians – then embarks on a nationwide UK tour. Ryan McBryde directs. His production of […]

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Carousel is presented by Morphic Graffiti at the Arcola

A ‘bold new interpretation’ of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel is being staged by the company Morphic Graffiti at the Arcola Theatre, London from 18 June (press night is 23 June) to 19 July 2014. Carousel will feature a brand new acoustic orchestration by Mark Cumberland with musical supervision from renowned orchestrator Larry Blank, who has […]

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I Can’t Sing – the X Factor musical – a sneak peek

Any opening of a West End musical is a much-anticipated event, but the buzz around Harry Hill and Steve Brown’s new X Factor musical I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium has reached a new level, not least because of reported technical problems during previews. However, while the audience attending an evening performance on 17 […]

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Gemma Arterton and Stephen Mangan host Olivier Awards

Stage and screen actors Gemma Arterton (star of the new West End musical Made in Dagenham which opens in October) and Stephen Mangan (appearing on stage in Olivier nominated comedy Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense) will host the Olivier Awards 2014. The voiceover will be provided by Olivier Award winner Julie Walters. The Olivier Awards with […]

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Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game revived at the Union Theatre

Over 12 years after it was seen in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from 3 April (press night is 8 April) to 3 May 2014. John and Del are just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more […]

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Fashion Victim the Musical seeks funding on Kickstarter

Fashion Victim the Musical, a contemporary morality tale set in the cut-throat world of – you guessed it –fashion is turning to Kickstarter to fund its London launch. The show needs to raise a total of £5,000. Producer Toby Rose, whose previous productions include the Biblical musical Discotivity starring Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus as the Virgin Mary, and who is […]

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Once the Musical secret gig showcases new cast

Musical Theatre Review’s Emily Hardy sees the new London cast of Once the Musical in action at a special secret performance at the Phoenix Theatre and suggests that one year after opening, the show is looking better than ever. There was never any guarantee that Once the Musical would make it as far as this. […]

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Fame Forever has West End premiere

Fame Forever, the official sequel to the musical Fame, will receive its professional world premiere in a fully-staged production at the Lyric Theatre in London’s West End for one night only on Monday 8 September 2014 ahead of an anticipated 2015/2016 UK tour. Conceived and developed by David De Silva, producer of the Academy Award-winning […]

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London Festival of Cabaret 2014 line-up revealed

The London Festival of Cabaret is celebrating all things songbook in 2014, and this year will play at eight venues in the capital from Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 22 May. The programme will include an evening of conversation and song created by Festival patrons Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel, the French chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble, […]

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Oscar Wilde inspired musical wins New Musical Project

De Profundis, a new musical by Paul Dale Vickers, based on the letter playwright Oscar Wilde wrote to his young lover, Bosie, from his prison cell in Reading jail in 1897, has won Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project, and will premiere in a six-week season in The Lounge at the venue from May […]

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Rags the Musical in Concert for one night only

Rags the Musical in Concert – the musical written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz – will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. Produced on Broadway in 1986, […]

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MTN & MMD Joint Conference 2014 takes place this week

Olivier Award-winning writer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer the Opera) West End producer Kim Poster, and writer Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham) have joined the line-up of practitioners taking part in the Musical Theatre Network/Mercury Musical Developments annual joint conference at the Almeida Theatre on 21 March. The day runs from 10am–4.30pm and includes a number of […]

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