Tag Archives | Andrew Lloyd Webber

School Of Rock – The Musical – open auditions planned to find new band members

Auditions are being held to find new young classmates for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking School of Rock – The Musical. Open auditions will take place on Saturday 25 March in Cardiff, Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 May in London, Saturday 10 June in Sheffield, Saturday 15 July in Birmingham, Saturday 23 September in Liverpool and […]

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Lloyd Webber and Ayckbourn musical By Jeeves part of Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary celebrations

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn’s light-hearted, fun musical By Jeeves will be the highlight of the Old Laundry Theatre’s 25th anniversary season 2017, opening at the venue in Bowness-on-Windermere on 6 October and running until to 4 November (press night is 9 October). By Jeeves will bring back together the original creative team from the […]

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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, New York

Sunset Boulevard continues at the Palace Theatre, New York until 25 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In her latest incarnation, Norma Desmond is totally heart-breaking. The narcissistic ferocity of the queen of silent movies has been softened. Her eccentricities are at times almost endearing rather than frightening. She can be haughty […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – Ben Forster to continue in title role until September

Ben Forster will extend his run as The Phantom until Saturday 2 September in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.  Now in its 31st year at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, the show also stars Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul. They are joined by […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four musicals on Broadway

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017). Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) […]

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Sunset Boulevard UK and Ireland tour – details of dates

The UK and Ireland tour of the Curve production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, starring Ria Jones as Norma Desmond and directed by Nikolai Foster, will open at Curve on 16 September 2017 (press night is 28 September) before touring the UK and Ireland. Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning show is based on Billy Wilder’s film, accompanied by Don […]

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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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School of Rock – more box office records fall

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical has reached new milestones on both sides of the Atlantic. In the West End the production has broken the box office record previously held by War Horse at the 1,000-seat New London Theatre, while over on Broadway the show has smashed its own record at the Winter Garden Theatre. […]

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School of Rock the Musical – children’s open auditions to be held in Manchester

The West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock the Musical, which opened earlier this month, will hold children’s open casting auditions this coming Sunday, 4 December, at The Lowry Theatre in Salford, Manchester. Successful children could then form part of future casts of the show in the West End in 2017. The production is looking to […]

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From Page to Stage festival goes global

Writers from across the world will for the first time compete with homegrown talent for a place in next year’s From Page to Stage summer festival. Opening the doors to the world’s aspiring musical theatre writers, the event’s creators Aria Entertainment also revealed From Page to Stage (FPTS) will be moving to its new home at Andrew […]

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School of Rock the Musical – New London Theatre

School of Rock the Musical continues at the New London Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Richard Linklater’s 2003 film School of Rock remains one of the director’s most mainstream works. Telling the story of a feckless loser who pretends to be a supply teacher and ends up coaching a […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – images from 30th anniversary celebrations

On Monday 10 October the West End production of the iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul were […]

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Lloyd Webber’s The Other Palace will be a breeding ground for musical theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber has today announced plans for The Other Palace, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The Other Palace is situated less than 100 yards from Buckingham Palace and close to the Victoria Palace, hence its name. Formerly the St James Theatre, The Other Palace will officially open its doors in February 2017 […]

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Phantom Paris premiere postponed after blaze hits theatre

The eagerly awaited Parisian debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has been postponed after a fire broke out at the theatre where it was due to open on 13 October. Experts are currently accessing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze which reportedly broke out on the basement of […]

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The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 30th West End anniversary with charity gala

On Monday 10 October, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Tickets are on sale now. To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The […]

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Really Useful Group and Concord Bicycle Music form The Musical Company

Two industry-leading, independent and like-minded music companies, The Really Useful Group and Concord Bicycle Music, have joined forces in an innovative new partnership, designed to provide best-in-class services to the creators of musical theatre works: The Musical Company (TMC). Operating from Really Useful Group and Concord Bicycle Music offices in London and New York, respectively, TMC will be owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Concord Bicycle Music and The Really […]

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School of Rock – West End cast revealed

TV comedy star David Fynn will head the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show School of Rock – The Musical when it arrives in the West End next month. The scene-stealing star of US cult comedy Undateable will take on the role of Dewey Finn, the wannabe rocker turned teacher originally played by movie […]

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Joe McElderry to return to Joseph tour in 2017

Joe McElderry is to return to the title role in Bill Kenwright’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat early next year. The singer, whose first taste of fame came as an 18-year-old X Factor winner, made his first appearance in the UK’s longest-running touring musical earlier this year. He will don the […]

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National Youth Music Theatre – gala marks 40th birthday

Stage and screen stars are lining up to appear in a West End gala celebrating the 40th birthday of the National Youth Music Theatre this autumn. ENCORE 40 Years of NYMT will feature past and present NYMT students for one special evening of entertainment at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 30 October. The line-up of established […]

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Lloyd Webber celebrates Broadway triple

The first night of the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats became part of a double celebration for the British composer who now has three hit shows running on Broadway. To mark the occasion Lloyd Webber was joined by School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, The Phantom of the Opera’s James Barbour and his newest […]

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Cats – Neil Simon Theatre, New York

Cats continues at the Neil Simon Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Who or what is responsible for the explosive power that threatens to blow the roof off Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, where the new production of Cats, the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cash-spouting bonanza, has just opened? Is it […]

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Evita tour returns to UK in 2017

Bill Kenwright’s production of Evita is to return to next year for another major UK tour. The revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-loved musical last toured the country three years ago ahead of a successful London run at the Dominion Theatre in the autumn of 2014. Although there is no news yet on the […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London until 27 August. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The stage is full of smoke, a belching walkway and banks of blinding lights. Upon it we see pulsing, vibrant, relentlessly energetic ensemble work – one of the many fine things which puts this stupendous show […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – exclusive images

This summer’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s groundbreaking musical Jesus Christ Superstar opened this week. Here, Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan presents a gallery of exclusive images. The show Jesus, portrayed by singer-songwriter Declan Bennett, is joined by Tyrone Huntley as Judas, Anoushka Lucas as Mary Magdelene, David Thaxton […]

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Leona Lewis will be Grizabella in Broadway’s Cats

Leona Lewis will take on the role of Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats this July. The casting of the British singer, who is widely regarded as the most gifted X Factor champion, brings to an end weeks of speculation following Andrew Lloyd Webber’s angry revelation that American Nicole Scherzinger had ditched her chance of […]

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Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – West End dates confirmed

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show School of Rock – The Musical will arrive in the West End this October a few months earlier than expected. Public booking will open 25 May with previews at the New London Theatre beginning on 24 October ahead of the opening night on 14 November. The show is initially booking until […]

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Lloyd Webber anger at Scherzinger Broadway Cats no-show

Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed his anger at Nicole Scherzinger’s decision to ditch her chance of Broadway stardom in Cats in favour of returning to faltering TV talent show The X Factor. Lloyd Webber, who was credited with rejuvenating the former Pussycat Doll’s singing career when she was cast as Grizabella in the West End […]

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Alternate Norma Desmond Ria Jones wins over Sunset Boulevard audience

  Actress and singer Ria Jones stepped into the spotlight this week to take over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard and won over an audience angered by the news that award-winning actress Glenn Close was too ill to perform (Pictures: Kevin Wilson). Jones, who had ironically been involved in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early workshops for […]

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Sunset Boulevard – London Coliseum

Sunset Boulevard continues at the London Coliseum until 7 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The golden age of Hollywood, when silent pictures gave way to ‘talkies’, has been a fertile ground for storytelling in the past. Singin’ in the Rain gave us a comedic take on the screen starlet who […]

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Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close – first production images

  Today (1 April 2016) previews begin for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at ENO’s London Coliseum. Joining Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) and Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling) are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper, Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr, Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, […]

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Producer Paul Taylor-Mills joins Andrew Lloyd Webber at St James Theatre

Leading independent producer Paul Taylor-Mills is joining Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group to work on programming for the newly acquired St James Theatre. Taylor-Mills will join RUG as advisory producer with special responsibility for working on the company’s plans for the latest addition to the group’s portfolio of venues. The producer whose recent credits […]

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Interview – lyricist Don Black on Bar Mitzvah Boy and 2016 being a very good year

This year is looking to be a good one for lyricist DON BLACK. As well as a new West End musical, Mrs Henderson Presents, under his belt, the London Coliseum is to play host to a revival of Sunset Boulevard (for which he co-wrote the book and lyrics with Christopher Hampton and won two Tony […]

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Declan Bennett cast as Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Singer/songwriter Declan Bennett has been cast in the title role in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The star, who was the original lead in the London cast of Once, will head the cast in the latest production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ground-breaking musical which will run […]

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Sunset Boulevard – full cast revealed as show begins rehearsals

Today (22 February 2016) rehearsals for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard begin at the English National Opera Rehearsal Studios as the full cast was announced. Joining Glenn Close, Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson in Sunset Boulevard, are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper and Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr who will work alongside the […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday – Watermill Theatre, Newbury and Touring

Tell Me On a Sunday continues at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury until 20 February, before touring until 8 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Returning to the Watermill stage following a national tour in the title role of Calamity Jane, Jodie Prenger restrains her natural effervescence to encapsulate the character of Emma as she […]

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Sunset Boulevard at ENO – Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson join Glenn Close in cast

Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson will join Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum which begins on 1 April 2016 with press night on 4 April, with the final performance on 7 May. The full ENO […]

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Cats will return to Broadway this summer

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats will return to Broadway this summer at the Neil Simon Theatre. Preview performances will begin on 14 July, with an official opening set for 2 August 2016. When Cats opens, Lloyd Webber will, once again, have the rare distinction of having three musicals running simultaneously on Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock – The Musical, and Cats .  Composed by Lloyd Webber and based […]

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In memory of Robert Stigwood – impresario extraordinaire

Robert Stigwood (16 April 1934–4 January 2016): Impresario Extraordinaire who promoted The Bee Gees, John Travolta and Lloyd Webber musicals. Impresario Robert Stigwood, who has died aged 81, was a unique example of a businessman with his own vision that saw him achieving success in many forms of public entertainment. Not one to stick to […]

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School of Rock – The Musical – Lloyd Webber searches for West End cast of kids

The search is on for at least 39 talented youngsters to play the child stars of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking new show School of Rock – The Musical when it finally arrives in the UK in 2017 (although previous reports suggested autumn 2016). The show, which is based on the hit Jack Black comedy film and […]

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Jodie Prenger

Tell Me On a Sunday with Jodie Prenger – tour dates revealed

A national tour of the Watermill Theatre production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s classic musical Tell Me On a Sunday, starring Jodie Prenger, opens on Wednesday 2 March 2016, following a season at the Watermill Theatre from Thursday 28 January to Saturday 20 February 2016.  Tell Me On a Sunday charts the romantic misadventures of a young English girl in […]

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School of Rock – The Musical to open at the London Palladium in autumn 2016

Following its Broadway opening last night at the Winter Garden Theatre, the West End production of School of Rock – The Musical will open at the London Palladium in autumn 2016. Dates for the West End run will be confirmed in the New Year with details of when the production will go on sale. Andrew Lloyd […]

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School of Rock – Winter Garden Theatre, New York

School of Rock continues at the Winter Garden Theatre, New York. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ In a pre-curtain recorded announcement, Andrew Lloyd Webber assures the audience that the kids in School of Rock are actually playing their own instruments. “Emphatically” so, he stresses. And that just about sums up the […]

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Marti Webb – Crazy Coqs

Marti Webb performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Musical theatre star of a bygone era Marti Webb, a rare visitor to the cabaret circuit making her Crazy Coqs debut, turned back the clock the best part of half a century as she reprised the songs that informed her […]

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Sunset Boulevard – Glenn Close on making her West End debut at ENO

In April 2016, the London Coliseum will play host to a semi-staged production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard, with Glenn Close reprising the role of former silent movie star Norma Desmond, which she played in Los Angeles and on Broadway. In front of an invited press audience, she spoke of her previous involvement […]

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Cats – London Palladium

Cats continues at the London Palladium until 2 January 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ There are some long-running West End shows whose continuing popularity tends to generate dismissive sniffs amongst Theatreland’s more prolific theatregoers. These tend to be the shows that do not have the narrative draw of a highly […]

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School of Rock – Andrew Lloyd Webber reveals 360° music video

Andrew Lloyd Webber has released a fully immersive 360° music video for ‘You’re in the Band’, a musical number from his upcoming Broadway show, School of Rock – The Musical. Shot in a real New York City classroom, this innovative 360° video produced for the Broadway production is one of the first of its kind on YouTube or Facebook. The video was designed […]

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Casting update for Cats at the London Palladium

As previously announced, Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015 in a strictly limited 11-week season, Cats is booking to 2 January 2016. The cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) at the Palladium comprises Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie […]

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Glenn Close to star in semi-staged ENO production of Sunset Boulevard

Glenn Close will star as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. In March 2015 ENO and the GradeLinnit Company presented the critically acclaimed sell-out run of Sweeney Todd with Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in the inaugural production of their partnership. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of […]

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See Beverley Knight sing Memory for Andrew Lloyd Webber

On 22 July 2015 Andrew Lloyd Webber met with his new leading lady, Beverley Knight, who will star in the composer’s musical Cats, playing the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015, Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed new production of Cats will run for a strictly limited 11-week season until 2 January 2016. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the […]

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Cats – Blackpool Opera House

Cats continues at Blackpool Opera House until 5 September (no shows 4–9 August). Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s become known locally as ‘the Mamma Mia! effect’. When the feelgood hit musical set up shop last summer at Blackpool Opera House it was as if the wheel – or at least the showbusiness […]

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