Oh What a Lovely War – casting revealed

Caroline Quentin will join the ensemble cast of the 2014 Theatre Royal Stratford East 50th anniversary production of Oh What A Lovely War, Joan Littlewood’s satirical musical about the First World War being revived in 2014, 100 years after the start of the start of the conflict. Directed by Terry Johnson and designed by Lez Brotherston, the […]

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The S&S Award – gala celebrates new musical theatre

An evening of new British musical theatre will be unveiled at the inaugural The S&S Award, the prize presented to the best, yet to be produced musical of the year, with West End stars performing material from the winning and highly commended musicals at the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 24 November. The winner […]

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Merrily We Roll Along – UK movie premiere

The Merrily We Roll Along movie, premiered at Cineworld, Haymarket, London on 21 October. How does a show that was a total catastrophe when it opened on Broadway in 1981 – and closed after 16 performances – turn into a work of genius? Just watch the Merrily We Roll Along movie, a faithful record of the show which […]

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Hannah Waddingham – St James Theatre

Hannah Waddingham and Her Band performed at the St James Theatre, London. Only a few weeks ago, Hannah Waddingham performed at the St James Theatre Studio, where she headlined Sondheim Women but sang just two songs. However, those disappointed by the statuesque West End diva’s all-too-brief appearance, were able to get their fix sated by attending […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical – Paper Mill Playhouse

Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical continues at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, New Jersey until 27 October. Honeymoon in Vegas – The Musical, like many musicals today, is based on a hit movie, but this world premiere is insanely funny for a change. A throwback to another time, it’s about a guy whose Las Vegas […]

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If It Only Even Runs a Minute – Matcham Room

If It Only Even Runs a Minute: London Edition 3 was performed at the Matcham Room, London Hippodrome. For every long-running musical that makes a success in the West End or on Broadway, there are tens, if not hundreds, that fall by the wayside. Most deserve their ignominious fate – but every so often, there are […]

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Sheffield Theatres top UK Theatre Awards

Sheffield Theatres triumphed at the UK Theatre Awards, presented by the Theatrical Management Association and held at the Guildhall, London. Four awards came from five nominations, two of which were musical theatre related. Tim Firth’s musical comedy This is My Family, staged by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, was named the Best Musical Theatre […]

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Big Fish – Neil Simon Theatre, New York

Big Fish has opened at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York for an open-ended run. Big Fish tries so hard to be a big, lovable, heartwarming Broadway musical that I wish it were better. The show is based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the subsequent 2003 Tim Burton-directed film. John August, who […]

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The Jewish Legacy – Jewish Museum

The Jewish Legacy: A Night At the Musicals at the Jewish Museum, London. A show about the influence of Jews on Broadway and the Great American Songbook – how do you get so many great names and great songs into two hours? Two days would barely be long enough so enormous has the Jewish contribution […]

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Miracle On 34th Street musical – UK premiere

Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, Miracle On 34th Street will tour the UK for the first time in a new stage production, opening at the Beck Theatre, Hayes on 11 November 2013. Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle On 34th Street is the story of […]

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A Night with Janis Joplin – Lyceum Theatre, New York

A Night with Janis Joplin opened at the Lyceum Theatre, New York, for an open-ended run. “Settle in and have a rockin’ good time,” the off-stage voice advises the audience before the curtain goes up on A Night with Janis Joplin. And shortly after the show begins, the legendary Joplin, in the person of the […]

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Charlotte Bradford – Leicester Square Theatre

Songs My Dad Said I Should Sing: An Evening with the Stephen Sondheim Society and Charlotte Bradford was performed at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. The third in the Sondheim Society series of one-hour cabarets which give lesser-known talents the chance to showcase in the West End was a mixed bag. This was a version of […]

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