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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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West End production of Memphis will star Beverley Knight

Award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight will star as club singer ‘Felicia’ in the Broadway musical Memphis when it opens at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2014. Preview performances begin on 9 October and opening night is 23 October. The musical won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding […]

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The Commitments celebrates St Patrick’s Day

The Commitments have been bringing Dublin Soul to London’s West End to great acclaim since opening at the Palace Theatre last October. Now, with only days to go until St Patrick’s Day 2014, the cast have ditched their day off in favour of a special, one-off performance to celebrate the big day in true Irish […]

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Marti Webb reunites with original cast members of Godspell for one night only

Marti Webb, who recently returned to the West End in Tell Me On a Sunday, has confirmed she will reunite with David Essex and other original members of the rock musical Godspell at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 19 May. Godspell, the Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), is being staged in the West End […]

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Josefina Gabrielle joins new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory cast

Josefina Gabrielle, Barry James, Richard Dempsey and Kirsty Malpass will join the previously announced Alex Jennings (Willy Wonka) in the cast of the now Olivier-nominated West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. At yesterday’s Olivier Awards nomination announcement, it was revealed that the show has been nominated for seven awards: MasterCard Best New […]

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We Will Rock You to close after 12-year run

After a record-breaking 12 years at London’s Dominion Theatre, entertaining more than 6.5 million people, the Queen and Ben Elton musical We Will Rock You will close on 31 May 2014. Now the longest-running show ever at the Dominion Theatre by a margin of nine years, the musical has become one of the Top 10 longest-running musicals […]

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Charlie and Merrily top Olivier Awards nominations

New musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along have topped the voting in the Olivier Awards 2014 nominations, as announced by previous winners Nigel Harman and Leigh Zimmerman in London today. Best New Musical nominees Once, The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys are hot on their heels with six nominations. The highly […]

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Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy headlines Chichester Festival Theatre season

Chichester Festival Theatre’s much-anticipated production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose, will open on 14 October (running to 8 November) in the newly refurbished main house as part of the 2014 season. The production will reunite Staunton with director Jonathan Kent, following their award-winning collaboration on Sweeney Todd. Also in the cast will be Lara […]

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Olivier Awards nominations streamed live on March 10

In a new initiative, the nominations for the Olivier Awards 2014 will be announced at Rosewood London, the awards’ official hotel partner, and simultaneously streamed live to audiences worldwide at 11.30am on Monday 10 March. The announcements will be made by Olivier Award winners from the last two years: Nigel Harman, who is starring in […]

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Stiles and Drewe and Gavin Creel in Singular Sensations line-up

In a further coup for this spring’s season of Edward Seckeron’s Singular Sensations, musical theatre songwriting partnership George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So, Honk!) and Gavin Creel – who originated the role of Elder Price in the US national tour of The Book of Mormon, a role he continues in the West End production – […]

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Kim Criswell and Louise Dearman celebrate Richard Rodgers

On Saturday March 8 Kim Criswell and Louise Dearman will join the Nash Ensemble (the chamber ensemble in residence at London’s Wigmore Hall) for a special concert, A Celebration of Richard Rodgers On Broadway: Act III, recalling the final works – over two decades – of Broadway’s most successful composer. As part of the Nash […]

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Ruthie Henshall joins Billy Elliot the Musical cast

Olivier Award-winning actress Ruthie Henshall is to join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical to play Billy’s dance teacher Mrs Wilkinson. Henshall’s first performance will be on 12 May 2014, nine years to the day since the show officially opened at the Victoria Palace Theatre. The musical, which has now been seen by more […]

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Made in Dagenham musical opens at Adelphi in October

A new musical adaptation of Made in Dagenham will open at the Adelphi Theatre on Wednesday 5 November, with previews from Thursday 9 October. Based on the hit British film, the new musical comedy will star stage and screen actress Gemma Arterton in the lead role of Rita O’Grady, with Adrian Der Gregorian as her […]

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Southwark Playhouse Titanic big winner at Off West End Awards

The Southwark Playhouse’s production of the musical Titanic swept the boards at this year’s Off-West End Theatre Awards (also known as The Offies via OffWestEnd.com). The annual event, dedicated to promoting the myriad small independent theatres throughout London took place at the Unicorn Theatre near London Bridge. The new production of Titanic, with music and […]

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Songwriters Anderson & Petty are home at St James Theatre

Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo known as Anderson & Petty, are hosting a celebration concert of their debut songbook album You Are Home at St James Studio, London on Sunday 16 March. They will be joined by a host of West End performers including Matthew Barrow, Edward Baruwa, Kieran Brown, Nadine Cox, […]

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The Lion King – second autism-friendly performance

Following the success of The Lion King’s first dedicated autism-friendly performance in April last year, Disney’s The Lion King is set to present a second such performance on Sunday 4 May 2014 at 1:30pm. Working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families, and following a successful […]

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Star-studded You’ll Never Walk Alone gala is tonight

Among the names that have been added to the line-up for today’s special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal are Brit Award-winning vocal group Blake, stage and screen star Luke Evans and multi award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson. Several special performances announced for the concert include: • Michael […]

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The Book of Mormon is big winner at WhatsOnStage Awards

It seemed somehow appropriate that the WhatsOnStage Awards took place at the Prince of Wales Theatre as so many of the awards this year were won by The Book Of Mormon, which plays at the venue. In what turned out to be a star-studded evening, a packed house cheered as the musical picked up no […]

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Urinetown the Musical begins previews at St James Theatre

Simon Paisley Day, Jenna Russell, Richard Fleeshman and Jonathan Slinger lead the cast in the UK premiere of multi-Tony Award-winning Urinetown the Musical, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opening for previews this weekend at St James Theatre, London (running until 3 May 2014, press night is 11 March). The cast for the musical, which features music […]

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In the Heights has London premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights will receive its London premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (press night is 15 May). Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights is a journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant […]

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20th Century Boy – Warren Sollars leads cast

West End and musical theatre performer Warren Sollars (Mamma Mia!, From Here to Eternity) will lead the cast of the musical 20th Century Boy, playing the Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan. He will be joined by TV stars Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Coronation Street) and Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road, Casualty). 20th Century Boy kicks off its tour […]

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Ray Shell – Back to Black – The Pheasantry

Ray Shell performs Back to Black at The Pheasantry, London, until 22 February. From traditional gospel music to West End musicals in which he has starred. through a reading from his first novel Iced, to Kate Bush and Amy Whitehouse pop classics, and right up to date with a terrific song from the Cyndi Lauper […]

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Godspell returns to West End for charity gala

The acclaimed Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell is to be staged in the West End for the first time since it premiered there 42 years ago. And the one-off charity gala concert performance at the Lyric Theatre (Monday 19 May), in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, will be introduced on stage by David Essex, whose casting […]

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Jersey Boys celebrates 2,500th performance

Jersey Boys celebrates its 2,500th performance in London today (Thursday 20 February) at the Prince Edward Theatre, where it opened in 2008. Its last performance there will be on Sunday 9 March, and then it moves to the Piccadilly Theatre, opening there on Saturday 15 March. The show will celebrate its sixth birthday in London […]

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Emerging Artists season at Crazy Coqs

Simon Greiff for SimG Productions, in association with the Crazy Coqs, is presenting the Emerging Artists season. Following last November’s successful launch (as part of the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret), Emerging Artists will return for three nights at the acclaimed Crazy Coqs. This season will feature emerging British based writers and performers presenting original […]

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Nicola Hughes leads Porgy and Bess cast at Regent’s Park

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has confirmed lead casting for the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Rufus Bonds Jr and Nicola Hughes play the title roles with Phillip Boykin re-creating his Tony Award nominated performance as Crown, and Sharon D Clarke as Mariah. Rufus Bonds Jr is an American actor who has appeared in The Color […]

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All Star Productions stages How to Succeed

All Star Productions is presenting a rare professional revival of the 1961 Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, Walthamstow from 6–24 May (press night is 9 May). The musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called […]

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Peter Straker’s Brel is his first album in 30 years

Paul Vale goes along to the launch of actor and singer Peter Straker’s new album, Peter Straker’s Brel. In the plush surroundings of the 1707 Wine Bar just off Piccadilly, actor and vocalist Peter Straker launched his new album Peter Straker’s Brel. Straker has been a familiar face and voice in the West End for […]

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Fame the Musical tour – behind the scenes

Musical Theatre Review writer Jonathan Vickers was invited to attend rehearsals for the upcoming UK tour of the multi award-winning musical Fame the Musical. The show has enjoyed seven West End runs since premiering in the USA in 1988 and continues to be performed all over the world. Based on the Oscar-winning musical film and hugely […]

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Julie Atherton stars in musical version of Thérèse Raquin at the Finborough Theatre

The world premiere of a new musical adaptation of Émile Zola’s classic French novel Thérèse Raquin opens at the award-winning Finborough Theatre for a four-week run, opening Tuesday 25 March (press night is 27 March), starring Julie Atherton and Olivier Award nominee Tara Hugo. The piece, with music by Craig Adams and book and lyrics by […]

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