Liza On An E returns for UK tour

Following a successful West End debut earlier on this year, Australian performer Trevor Ashley is taking his show Liza On An E out on its first ever UK tour. Channelling the talents of the iconic Liza Minnelli, Ashley will appear at the Theatre Royal, Brighton (30 September), the Dancehouse, Manchester (1 and 2 October), The Auditorium Liverpool […]

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DreamArts presents Twentyfour Seven

The next major project for DreamArts, the charity which creates opportunities for young people across inner London to learn through the creative arts, is a musical adaptation of Shane Meadows and Paul Fraser’s screenplay for the film Twentyfour Seven, performed from 3–6 September at the Embassy Theatre at London’s Central School of Speech & Drama. Twentyfour Seven has been developed into a musical involving a company of […]

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Leanne Masterton – Crazy Coqs

Leanne Masterton performed Something Good at the Crazy Coqs, London. The tinkling piano strains to be heard over yet another packed house at the Crazy Coqs, as this most enchanting of London venues plays host to Leanne Masterton, performing her one-woman tribute to Richard Rodgers. A newcomer to this stage, Masterton has already performed in occasional […]

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Sweeney Todd opens Brining season at WYP

Headlining his first full season, artistic director James Brining makes his directorial debut for West Yorkshire Playhouse with a ‘bold, contemporary production’ of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd (adapted from the play by Christopher Bond). The musical features David Birrell in the title role, a part for which he won Best Actor in […]

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Edinburgh Fringe – how was it for you?

So how was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for you? Actor, director and performer Tim McArthur reflects on an entertainment experience like no other… You wish to go to the festival? The festival? The Edinburgh Festival Fringe? Yes, it’s been that theatrical time of year again when performers, comedians, producers, technical staff and all creative types decamped […]

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Kieran Brown and guests – Union Theatre

Kieran Brown performed Music That Matters with a selection of guest artists at the Union Theatre, London. Beginning with a low-key entrance, and unusually the lights up rather than dimmed, actor and singer Kieran Brown (currently appearing in the Rodgers and Hammerstein piece Pipe Dream at the Union Theatre) opened with a gentle medley of ‘Someone’s Waiting […]

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The Commitments – cast revealed

As in the plot of Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, the cast of the new musical adaptation – opening at the Palace Theatre on 8 October (with previews from 21 September) – will feature a mix of fresh, young talent, alongside established musical theatre performers. Some members of the ensemble make their West End debuts, while […]

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West Side Story – Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

West Side Story, a National Youth Music Theatre production, was staged at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester. It’s new for the National Youth Music Theatre to launch a show outside London, and it’s a triumph that West Side Story has been staged – like Graham Vick’s Birmingham Opera Company stagings or Kenneth Branagh’s riveting Macbeth – in […]

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Musical Theatre Network Awards revealed

Musical Theatre Network has announced the winners for its 2013 Edinburgh Awards, highlighting some of the best new musical theatre on the Fringe this year. The winning shows are: BEST MUSIC: The Bloody Ballad from Gagglebabble and Theatr Iolo. Music by Lucy Rivers. BEST LYRICS: The Bridge from Benjamin Scheuer (New York). Lyrics by Benjamin […]

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Louise Dearman and Mark Evans seek fans’ help with book

Musical theatre performers Louise Dearman (Wicked, Guys and Dolls, Evita) and Mark Evans (The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Oklahoma!) are asking for their fans’ help to write a new book, The Secrets of Stage Success. The book, a guide for those who want to follow in the footsteps of Louise Dearman and Mark Evans and develop their own […]

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Privates On Parade marches into Brighton

Privates On Parade, Peter Nichols and Denis King’s rip-roaring – yet dark – comedy with songs comes to the Theatre Royal, Brighton from 22–31 August. Set in 1948, the play features an entertainment troupe touring South East Asia to bring light relief to, and boost the morale of, the young soldiers still fighting the might of Chinese […]

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Karen Mason – Crazy Coqs

Karen Mason performed Right Here/Right Now at the Crazy Coqs, London. More and more regularly they are putting the ‘All Seats Sold’ sign outside the Crazy Coqs at the Brasserie Zedel and this is no small thanks to that doyenne of the cabaret circuit Ruth Leon. Keen to introduce new acts from the US to the […]

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