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Tyrone Huntley joins guest stars at Willemijn Verkaik’s London concert

Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award winner Tyrone Huntley will be one of several guest performers at international musical theatre star Willemijn Verkaik’s West End concert in July. The Dreamgirls star who is soon to reprise his acclaimed performance as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar is one of a number of guest stars who will join […]

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Kids Week 2017 – show line-up revealed

Over 35 of London’s biggest shows have joined the line-up for this year’s popular Kids Week event this August. Now in its 20th year, the annual London theatre initiative which will run for the entire month of August has enlisted a wide range of major productions which will offer free tickets to performances. During the event […]

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Casting for The Hunting of the Snark musical at the Vaudeville Theatre

Full casting has been revealed for the musical version of Lewis Carroll’s classic nonsense poem The Hunting of the Snark which will make its West End debut this summer. Gemma Colclough will direct Will Bryant (Incident at Vichy, Finborough Theatre), Ben Galpin (Potted Sherlock, Vaudeville Theatre), Jordan Leigh-Harris (The Hunting of the Snark, Edinburgh Fringe […]

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Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Mikado – Richmond Theatre

Sasha Regan’s All-Male The Mikado continues at Richmond Theatre until 27 May, then tours until 29 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It must be 60 years since I last saw The Mikado but the traditional D’Oyly Carte version was nothing like this so it was just like stepping into an entirely new […]

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Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans lead Wicked principal cast changes in July

Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans will take on the central roles in the hugely successful Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 24 July. Fearn (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek The Musical), who originally joined the West End production last year as Standby Elphaba will step into the role she understudied alongside show newcomer Sophie […]

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Fiddler On the Roof at Chichester – full casting details

The full company has been announced today for Fiddler On the Roof, running at Chichester Festival Theatre from 10 July to 26 August, with a press night on Tuesday 18 July. Directed by Daniel Evans, the cast of this new staging of the classic Broadway musical is led by Omid Djalili and Tracy-Ann Oberman. The […]

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Zedel return for Joan Vazquez’s Sondheim show

Spanish artist Joan Vázquez will return to London next month with his celebration of musical theatre legend Stephen Sondheim, Something’s Coming – a Sondheim Tribute. The performer, who made his London debut last autumn as part of the launch season of entertainment concept Live At Zédel, will once again appear at the Crazy Coqs on […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – opening night postponed

This week’s press night for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town has been postponed due to the ‘incapacity’ of actor Fred Haig (playing Chip) who has broken his foot. Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, On the Town directed and choreographed by […]

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Quentin Dentin Show is back in ‘biggest form yet’ at Tristan Bates Theatre

Casting has been announced for the first full Off-West End production of cult favourite The Quentin Dentin Show at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre from 19 June. Returning performers Luke Lane (King John, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Shauna Riley (Bas, Prague Fringe) will be joined by Max Panks (Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Park Theatre), Freya Tilly (You Won’t […]

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Beautiful – The Carole King Musical – West End production to close in August

The West End production of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, based on the early life and career of legendary singer songwriter Carole King, will complete its run at the Aldwych Theatre on 5 August 2017. The UK tour of the musical will open in Bradford on 9 September 2017 and continues in Plymouth, Southampton, […]

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Music Theatre International picks up rights for classic Lerner and Loewe musicals

Timeless My Fair Lady is one of five classic Lerner & Loewe musicals acquired by leading theatrical licensing agency Music Theatre International (MTI). The legendary writing team’s much-loved re-working of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, lines up alongside the duo’s much loved Camelot, Brigadoon, Paint Your Wagon and their newly restored early work The Day Before […]

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The Color Purple in Concert – Cadogan Hall

The Color Purple in Concert was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There are some musicals which grow in stature the more they get stripped back. The Color Purple is one such musical. The recent Broadway revival – a transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2013 […]

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Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018. With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a […]

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Elf the Musical is back for Christmas with Ben Forster returning to title role

Ben Forster will be back in green this Christmas when he returns to the role of Buddy in Elf the Musical. The actor who shot to fame when he won Andrew Lloyd Webber’s television talent search for his leading actor in the stadium tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is currently winning acclaim for his performance in […]

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Mamma Mia! film sequel to dance into cinemas next July

Universal has confirmed work has begun on a sequel to the studio’s hit film version of Mamma Mia! in advance of a 20 July 2018 launch date. Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! will feature Abba songs not used in the 2008 film and the studio has brought in Ol Parker, the writer of The […]

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Blondel premiere at the Union Theatre – cast details

The cast has been revealed for a brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel which will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Stephen Oliver. The book is by Tom Williams […]

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Crazy For You tour – Charlotte Wakefield to play Polly

Charlotte Wakefield will play Polly in the national tour of the Watermill Theatre’s acclaimed production of classic George and Ira Gershwin musical Crazy For You.  Wakefield joins the previously announced Tom Chambers as Bobby and Caroline Flack as Irene. From the producers of Sister Act and Nativity! The Musical, the national tour of Crazy For […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize – finalists revealed

The 12 students who will perform at this year’s West End gala for the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize have been announced. Chosen from performing arts schools across the country the finalists are: Tom Blackmore, Verity Blyth, Katie Buchholz, Oscar Conlon-Morrey, Georgia […]

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Stevie Songs – Natalie Douglas – The Pheasantry

Stevie Songs: Natalie Douglas at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Larger than life and with a husky warm glow of a voice that defies an audience not to fall in love with her straight away, Natalie Douglas’ Pheasantry debut was a delight. The multi award-winner came across the Atlantic for […]

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Miss Saigon UK tour – final casting

Cameron Mackintosh has announced final casting for the UK touring production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon which is due to hit the road this summer. Ryan O’Gorman will play John, and Marsha Songcome will play Gigi until 1 August when Na-Young Jeon will take over the role. They join the previously announced award-winning […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying was performed at the Théâtre De Ménilmontant, Paris. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ 27 Saville is a French theatre company created and run by English-born and Guilford School of Acting-trained Jessica Capon. With no less then 30 artists who specialise in musical theatre on board, recent productions […]

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West End Daddy Warbucks Alex Bourne on appearing in ‘dream musical’ Annie

ALEX BOURNE is playing Daddy Warbucks in the West End production of Annie which opens at the Piccadilly Theatre this week, with opening night on 5 June. Bourne knows the role of Warbucks well after touring with the show across the UK during 2015/16. His other theatre credits include: Mamma Mia! and The Rocky Horror Show on tour in the UK, Midsummer Songs at the New […]

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Ernest Shackleton Loves Me – Tony Kiser Theatre, New York

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me continues at the Tony Kiser Theatre, New York until 11 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Val Vigoda is virtually a one-woman band in the exhilarating Off-Broadway musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Most of the time, she is furiously bowing away on her electric violin, sometimes beating […]

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The Other Palace’s new musical theatre initiatives – first work in progress is Heathers the Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Paul Taylor-Mills have unveiled details of The Other Palace Development Programme and the productions that will make up the first Work in Progress series at the new London musical theatre venue. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to the Really Useful Theatres Group was launched as The Other Palace […]

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Winner of West End Bake Off is 42nd Street

42nd Street was today announced as the winners of the third annual West End Bake Off in aid of theatrical charity Acting for Others. The winners, chosen by judges choreographer Arlene Phillips and Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee, were revealed at the event held today at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s  Covent Garden. The show was crowned the winner after competing against 16 other teams, including Kinky Boots, […]

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110 in the Shade – Ye Olde Rose & Crown Theatre

110 in the Shade continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ All Star Productions continues its admirable tradition of dusting off rare and forgotten shows with 110 in the Shade, a musical version of N Richard Nash’s 1954 play The Rainmaker, […]

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Ballroom – Waterloo East Theatre

Ballroom continues at the Waterloo East Theatre, London, until 4 June. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Waterloo East has dug up this almost-forgotten 1978 Broadway musical and given it a modest UK premiere almost 40 years on at its 100-seater theatre just a short waltz from Waterloo Station. Ballroom’s main claim […]

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Judy! – Arts Theatre

Judy! continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 17 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Last year, Southwark Playhouse played host to Through the Mill, a loving warts-and-all tribute to the life of Judy Garland told through re-creations of her life at three crucial points. There are few Fringe productions for […]

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The Addams Family – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

The Addams Family continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 20 May and tours the UK until 4 November 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Andrew Lippa, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice’s gloriously ghoulish musical take on The Addams Family is enjoying its UK professional premiere with a tour that […]

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Danny Mac to star in Sunset Boulevard tour

Danny Mac is to star as Joe Gillis in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of Curve’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard. Ria Jones is to play Norma Desmond and the show is to be directed by Nikolai Foster. Sunset Boulevard will open at Curve on Saturday 16 September 2017 (press […]

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Opera North’s Kiss Me, Kate to play London Coliseum in 2018

Opera North’s award-winning production of Cole Porter’s classic Kiss Me, Kate will make its debut in the capital at the London Coliseum in June next year. Bringing together top talent from the worlds of opera and the West End stage, and featuring the full-scale orchestra and chorus of Opera North, the London run of the […]

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Footloose the Musical – Richmond Theatre and Touring

Footloose the Musical continues at the Richmond Theatre until 20 May and then tours until 30 September. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Inevitably the 2017 national tour of Footloose the Musical will delight audiences throughout the country.  It is without doubt a high energy show and the cast members must be […]

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Heather Brothers musical Holy Crap to debut at the King’s Head

West End stars John Addison and Arvid Larsen will head the cast of new musical comedy Holy Crap when it opens at London’s King’s Head Theatre next month. The latest from The Heather Brothers, the writing partnership behind the award winning A Slice of Saturday Night, the show follows the arrival in the UK of […]

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Paper Hearts – Upstairs at the Gatehouse

Paper Hearts continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 20 May. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Paper Hearts from first-time musical theatre writer Liam O’Rafferty, is an incredibly impressive piece of writing indeed. Billed as ‘a high street musical’, he has skilfully and very wonderfully managed to create something contemporary […]

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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ musical to open at Menier Chocolate Factory

A brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ – The Musical will opens at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in Adrian’s 50th birthday year. Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s musical of Leicester’s favourite teen has undergone a period of further development since its original production at Curve in […]

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Obituary – Bill Brohn, American orchestrator and musical arranger

By special arrangement – a tribute to the American orchestrator and musical arranger BILL BROHN (30 March 1933-11 May 2017). William David Brohn (Bill Brohn), the doyen of musical arrangers and orchestrators of musical and dance shows on Broadway and in London’s West End for a period of more than 50 years, has died at the age of […]

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Liver Birds musical world premiere – cast revealed

Joanna Monro [pictured] and Lesley Molony will play Carla Lane’s much-loved comic creations in the world premiere in Liverpool of a new musical based on the hit TV series The Liver Birds later this month. The West End veterans who both appeared in Mamma Mia!, will play the iconic roles of Sandra and Beryl, with […]

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West End Bares is staged at the Novello Theatre in October

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will return to the Novello Theatre for two shows on Sunday 29 October. Tickets are now on sale for the annual event which is staged in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. An ‘Early Bird’ offer of 20% off the […]

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The Golden Apple – Encores! – New York City Center

The Golden Apple, an Encores! production, was performed at New York City Center. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Encores! staged concert series of Broadway musicals from the past has closed out its 2017 season in spectacular fashion, with its mounting of a nonpareil gem from 1954, The Golden Apple. With […]

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Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour – Duke of York’s Theatre

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour continues at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London until 2 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Anybody looking for a West End musical involving singing and dancing schoolchildren has a third choice supplementing those of Matilda and School of Rock. But even with a script by […]

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Punk to meet opera in new West End musical The Anarchy Arias

Open auditions will be held to find new talent to star in a major new musical which combines vintage punk with opera. Inspired by Sex Pistols’ bassist Glen Matlock’s innovative operatic punk album ‘The Anarchy Arias’, The Anarchy Arias Musical will hit the West End next year. Featuring some of punk’s most distinctive songs, including […]

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Book Review – For Better, For Worse – Gordon Deighton

In his reminiscences of London and its culture from 1939, Gordon Deighton offers a personal view of how Britain recovered from the devastation of war, got back on its feet and became an influence for him in the arts, design and publishing, the three main areas in which he carved out a fascinating career which he […]

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Original cast recording of The Wind in the Willows soon to be released

The original cast recording of new musical The Wind in the Willows, with book by Julian Fellowes, music by George Stiles and lyrics by Anthony Drewe, has been recorded and is now available for pre-order. The cast of the new West End musical, which begins previews on 16 June prior to an official opening on […]

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From Page To Stage festival – Bacharach’s Some Lovers heads line-up

Burt Bacharach and Steven Sater’s Some Lovers will receive its fully presented European premiere as part of this year’s From Page To Stage summer festival. Bacharach’s second original musical is a surprise inclusion in the line-up for Aria Entertainment’s annual event which moves to its new home at The Other Palace for three weeks this […]

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NBC plans Jesus Christ Superstar Live! for Easter 2018

US broadcaster NBC has revealed its next live production of a major musical will be Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Following on from its successful Christmas season broadcasts of star-studded live musical productions, the network giant has unveiled its plans to bring the groundbreaking musical to the small screen for one […]

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Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company – I feel a song coming on…

Royal Academy of Music Musical Theatre Company – I feel a song coming on… was performed at the Royal Over-Seas League, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I feel a song coming on… is a cabaret celebrating the work of Dorothy Fields who at the tender age of 24 became a […]

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Caroline, or Change – Minerva Theatre, Chichester

Caroline, or Change continues at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester until 3 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Chichester Festival Theatre has a new artistic director, Daniel Evans, and though his tenure may have started with a bit of a blip in the revival of Alan Bennett’s Forty Years On, this inaugural […]

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Clive Rowe hosts Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and Stiles + Drewe Prize

Olivier Award winner Clive Rowe will host the 11th annual West End gala for The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year and the 10th anniversary of The Stiles + Drewe Prize next month. Featuring a special performance by fellow Olivier Award winner and guest judge Janie Dee, the event will be staged at the […]

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Blondel is back in Union Theatre revival

A brand new version of the Tim Rice musical comedy Blondel, which follows the trials and triumphs of an ambitious minstrel in King Richard the Lionheart’s court, will get its London premiere at the Union Theatre from 21 June to 15 July. Press night is 23 June. Blondel has lyrics by Rice and music by […]

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West End Bake Off – Arlene Phillips and Janie Dee join Barbara Windsor as judges

Choreographer Arlene Phillips and actress Janie Dee will join returning judge Barbara Windsor to choose the winners at 2017’s West End Bake Off later this month. The fundraiser that combines freshly baked cakes and sweet treats with West End theatre stars is due to take place at the Actors’ Church, St Paul’s on Saturday 20 May. […]

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