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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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Olivier Awards, a taste of the glamour

Click on any image for a larger version. It was a glamorous night at the Royal Opera House for the 37th Olivier Awards. While all those associated with musical theatre winners Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot had much to celebrate, plenty of other performers played their part too. Actress Heather Headley may not have […]

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Olivier Awards – winners revealed…

Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot were the big musical theatre winners in the 37th Olivier Awards (hosted by the Society of London Theatre and sponsored by Mastercard), held at London’s Royal Opera House and compered by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Top Hat, currently running at the Aldwych Theatre, was victorious in three categories – […]

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Titanic sails in to Southwark Playhouse

The European premiere of a new chamber version of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Titanic will be staged at London’s Southwark Playhouse by the same creative team behind the venue’s productions of Parade, Mack & Mabel and Victor/Victoria. Directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento, Titanic (music and lyrics by Maury Yeston, book by […]

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American Psycho set to thrill at the Almeida

Almeida Theatre’s artistic director designate Rupert Goold will stage the world premiere of the musical thriller American Psycho, based on the the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, as part of the the north London’s 2013 festival. The co-production with Headlong Theatre (with which Goold has been associated for eight years) has a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa […]

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New York Musical Theatre Festival latest

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, affectionately known as NYMF (pronounced ‘nymph’ as in ‘nymph errant’) among New York theatre folks, has announced the 11 invited shows that will stage full productions during its tenth annual festival, running July 8-28. The festival acts as a showcase for emerging creative talents in musical theatre, giving them […]

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New York Musical Theatre Festival latest

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, affectionately known as NYMF (pronounced ‘nymph’ as in ‘nymph errant’) among New York theatre folks, has announced the 11 invited shows that will stage full productions during its tenth annual festival, running July 8-28. The festival acts as a showcase for emerging creative talents in musical theatre, giving them […]

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Sweeney Todd at West Yorkshire Playhouse

Headlining his first season of work as artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse is James Brining’s own production of Stephen Sondheim’s and Hugh Wheeler’s musical Sweeney Todd, presented by WYP and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester for the Quarry stage (26 September–26 October). Brining has challenged himself to revisit his TMA Award-winning production of […]

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Merrily We Roll Along

Sondheim surprises Merrily We Roll Along cast

Rehearsals have begun for the West End transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Merrily We Roll Along and we hear a certain Mr Sondheim may have even popped in to surprise the cast yesterday. Directed by triple Olivier Award-winner Maria Friedman, previews begin at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 23 April. Opening night […]

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Hands On a Hard Body is Broadway casualty

The first casualty of the spring musical theatre season on Broadway is Hands On a Hard Body. This tale of down-on-their-luck folks going through a gruelling competition to win a new truck will be riding into the sunset on April 13 after 28 previews and 28 regular performances. The show may not have had the flash, […]

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Menzel and Morrison Perform at Olivier Awards

Matthew Morrison, Idina Menzel and Petula Clark will perform exclusively during this year’s Oliviers ceremony. Emmy, Tony, and Golden-Globe nominated Morrison is best known for his onstage leading roles in Hairspray, South Pacific and The Light In the Piazza, as well as for his role as Mr Schuester in the hit TV show Glee. His […]

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And the nominations are…

Top Hat and Sweeney Todd are this year’s musical theatre front-runners at the 2013 Oliviers with the greatest number of nominations. Top Hat, still running at the Aldwych with a new cast in place, is named in seven categories, while the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s revival of Sweeney Todd is in close […]

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Stephen Ward is focus of Lloyd Webber Musical

It has been reported that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical about the 1963 Profumo Affair (reuniting him with Sunset Boulevard team, lyricist Don Black and playwright Christopher Hampton) is likely to be far more about the fate of the scandal’s scapegoat Stephen Ward, than Profumo. In the past, the composer has spoken sympathetically about Ward […]

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Singin’ in the Rain hits the road

The West End production of Singin’ in the Rain will have its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, 8 June 2013, before it heads off on an extensive UK tour. The musical opens at Manchester’s Opera House on 13 November and then move to Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre for a Christmas and New […]

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Special Olivier for Gillian Lynne

Acclaimed director and choreographer Gillian Lynne will receive a Special Award at the Oliviers 2013 in honour of her outstanding contribution to theatre and the arts. Lynne has most recently been in action as director of the UK premiere of Jerry Herman’s Dear World at London’s Charing Cross Theatre, but probably her best-known work has […]

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X-Factor Musical Revealed

X Factor – It’s Time to Face The Musical! hits the London stage in early 2014 in a co-production from Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and Europe’s biggest theatre chain-cum-producer Stage Entertainment. Scheduled for the Palladium theatre, casting for the show is due to begin in May. Comic Harry Hill and Spend Spend Spend creator Steve […]

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The Color Purple

News is that London’s Menier Chocolate Factory will be presenting the European premiere of Broadway musical The Color Purple later on this year, with Tony Award-winning director John Doyle directing and designing. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, the inspirational story of Celie has been adapted for the stage by Marsha […]

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