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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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Beverley Knight to star as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium

Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015, Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical will run for a ten-week season until 2 January 2016. Tickets are from £20 with top price seats at £59.50 and children’s tickets at half price for Monday to Thursday performances. Beverley Knight said: “To be […]

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Jodie Prenger stars in Tell Me On a Sunday tour

A national tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical Tell Me On a Sunday, starring Jodie Prenger, will begin 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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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Bridlington Spa and Touring

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat continues at Bridlington Spa until 21 March and then tours until 6 June 2015. If the number of people claiming to have been at Woodstock had actually been there, the toilets would have emptied into the Hudson. So it is with the 1970s Leicester production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. […]

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Cats set for summer in Blackpool

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking 2015 Olivier Award nominated musical Cats is to return to Blackpool direct from its successful season at the London Palladium. The show will run at the Blackpool Opera House for a strictly limited eight-week run from 9 July and the Blackpool performances will be the only place theatregoers can see Cats north of London […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – Blackpool Opera House and Touring

Jesus Christ Superstar continues at Blackpool Opera House until 14 March and then tours until 25 July 2015. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  As groundbreaking rock operas go few have broken more ground, so to speak, than Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s second staged collaboration. After Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and before […]

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Cats – London Palladium

Cats is booking at the London Palladium until 25 April 2015. Star rating: 4 stars **** While I appreciate the position that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats – famously inspired by T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – holds in musical theatre history (the originality of its concept and the special place it has in many a theatregoer’s heart), […]

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Amelia Lily cast as the Narrator in Joseph tour following Marcus Collins exit

Amelia Lily is set to bring yet more X Factor to this year’s touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as she steps into the role of Narrator alongside fellow X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels’ Joseph from 17 February at Edinburgh’s Playhouse Theatre. This follows the news that Marcus Collins, who was originally cast as […]

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Interview – Kerry Ellis prepares to play Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium

KERRY ELLIS will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play the role of Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End. Due to […]

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Kerry Ellis replaces Nicole Scherzinger in extended run of Cats

Kerry Ellis will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger who continues in the role until 7 February as previously announced. Due to public demand, the run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking show has now been extended to 25 April 2015. More than 100,000 new tickets for sale have now gone on […]

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Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock – The Musical premieres on Broadway

School of Rock – The Musical will have its world premiere on Broadway, with previews beginning on 2 November 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for 6 December. Based on the hit 2003 film of the same title, School of Rock will feature music from the movie, as well as new music written by […]

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Cats – London Palladium

Cats is booking at the London Palladium Booking until 28 February. It is 12 years since Cats departed the West End, and John Napier’s rubbish-tip turned its last revolve at the New London Theatre. Now it is back, minus the revolving stage, but with a set that spills out into the stalls and the circle, through which Spandex-clad dancers […]

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Nicole Scherzinger makes theatrical stage debut in Cats

Last night (11 December 2014) at the London Palladium Nicole Scherzinger made her theatrical stage debut as Grizabella in the musical Cats as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show returned to the West End for a limited run. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – were reunited […]

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X Factor’s Marcus Collins joins Lloyd Daniels on Joseph tour

There’s double the X Factor this February as Marcus Collins joins fellow contestant Lloyd Daniels for the 2015 tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Collins will step into the role of Narrator alongside Lloyd’s Joseph from 4 February. Collins, who was mentored by Take That star Gary Barlow, finished as runner-up on The X Factor 2011, pipped to the post by […]

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Interview – Nathan Amzi on joining the cast of Urinetown and hanging out with Kylie

NATHAN AMZI – who is currently playing Officer Barrel in Urinetown the Musical at London’s Apollo Theatre – is perhaps best known to a wider audience for taking part in BBC1’s The Voice UK and being mentored by Ricky Wilson of Kaiser Chiefs fame. However, the Urdang Academy-trained performer has also proved himself a versatile actor […]

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Cats at the London Palladium – full cast revealed

As previously announced, Nicole Scherzinger will make her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking show Cats. The musical returns to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014 (press night is on 11 December). Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and […]

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Elaine Paige in Concert – Royal Albert Hall, London

Elaine Paige in Concert (50th Anniversary Farewell Tour) at the Royal Albert Hall, London. It seems strange to imagine but to anybody under the age of 20, Elaine Paige is probably more regarded as a Sunday afternoon radio presenter than as a musical theatre star. Certainly her presence on the Radio 2 show has given musical theatre a […]

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Nicole Scherzinger to make West End debut in Cats

Nicole Scherzinger will be making her West End stage debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats, returning to the West End for a strictly limited run at the London Palladium from 6 December 2014 (press night is 11 December). Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and […]

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Evita – Dominion Theatre

Evita continues at the Dominion Theatre, London until 1 November. Originally written in 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical Evita was groundbreaking in many different ways. Despite the proliferation of mob scenes throughout, Evita is essentially a three-person musical – a political love-triangle of sorts with the narrator (originally more than a hint of […]

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In rehearsal – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

When the latest Bill-Kenwright produced tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens this week at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, it will be the first time there has been THREE big names above the title. Both making their musical theatre debuts are X Factor finalist Lloyd Daniels in the title role and Matt Lapinskas (formerly of EastEnders, […]

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Lloyd Webber reworks Cats for London Palladium season

When Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a limited 12-week run from 6 December at the London Palladium in December, the composer will have rewritten the music for at least two of T.S. Eliot’s iconic poems – ‘The Rum Tum Tugger’ and ‘Growltiger’s Last Stand’. In fact, having revisited Eliot’s words for […]

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Evita tour heads to West End for 55 performances

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita is to return to London’s West End for a strictly limited season, opening on Tuesday 16 September at the recently refurbished Dominion Theatre (press night is Monday 22 September). The musical, considered by many to be the writers’ masterwork will play for 55 performances only in the West End, with […]

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Cats returns to West End for 12-week Palladium season

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week run at the London Palladium beginning early December 2014. Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, tickets for this production will go on sale on Monday 7 July 2014 when casting and further details about the production will be announced. Cats is directed by Trevor […]

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Interview – entertainer Ray Shell is back in business

American entertainer Ray Shell has been a fixture in West End musicals for 30 years, from Starlight Express in 1984 to the original cast of The Bodyguard. He’s written books and directed shows as well. Earlier this year, he ventured into the world of cabaret with the much-praised Back2Black at The Pheasantry in London’s Kings […]

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Musical highlights in Austria include Sondheim and a Disney classic

Ludovico Lucchesi Palli looks forward to a packed season ahead in Austrian theatre.  With the 2013/2014 season slowly coming to an end, theatres in Austria are getting ready for the upcoming season, which promises to combine classics from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim to a Disney favourite (for the first time in German) and some musical […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar US tour suddenly cancelled

The much-publicised new North American touring production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar has suddenly been cancelled, just over a week before its first performance in New Orleans on 9 June. Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of the production company S2BN Entertainment, announced that the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour had been cancelled […]

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Cats – Wimbledon and Touring

Cats continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre until 17 May, and then tours until 27 September. If you thought that, 34 years on from Andrew Lloyd Webber first road-testing it at the 1980 Sydmonton Festival, Cats would by now be a cauliflower-eared old moggie, you’d be mistaken. It is still purring along like a skittish, […]

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Nicholas Parsons hosts The Great British Musicals in Concert

Following the critically acclaimed concert, Ivor Novello – The Great British Musical, award-winning musical director Ross Leadbeater returns to the London Hippodrome on Sunday 1 June at 7pm with The Great British Musicals in Concert. Narrated by presenter, actor and BBC Radio 4 Just a Minute host Nicholas Parsons, the show should be an intimate […]

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The Beautiful Game – Union Theatre

The Beautiful Game continues at the Union Theatre, London until 3 May. On its original West End run in 2000, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s musical The Beautiful Game attracted much scorn for attempting to address Northern Ireland’s Troubles of the late 1960s and early 1970s through the use of musical theatre. And while there is plenty to be […]

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Phantom – Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess lead Broadway casting

On 12 May, Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis, who most recently triumphed in the role of Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, will return to Broadway in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera, alongside Broadway and West End actress Sierra Boggess as Christine Daaé (Boggess won acclaim as Christine in both the musical’s London 25th […]

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Niamh Perry playing The Beautiful Game

It’s not every 23 year-old musical theatre actress who can plausibly first-name drop Lord Lloyd Webber. Niamh Perry is one. “It’s taken the best bits of both productions… it’s what it always should have been in Andrew’s eyes.” The musical in question is one of the Lord’s lesser known works, The Beautiful Game. The show, […]

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Lloyd Webber’s The Beautiful Game revived at the Union Theatre

Over 12 years after it was seen in the West End, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton’s The Beautiful Game will receive its first London revival at the Union Theatre from 3 April (press night is 8 April) to 3 May 2014. John and Del are just two regular teenagers who dream of nothing more […]

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Ushers: The Front of House Musical – Charing Cross Theatre

Ushers: The Front of House Musical continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 19 April. Set in a fictional West End ‘Theatre Nation’ playhouse owned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Mackintosser, Ushers is a life in the evening of front of house staff at Oops, I Did It Again, a jukebox musical by Britney Spears. The […]

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Tonight’s the Night – interview with Ben Elton

Ben Elton’s career has spanned plays, novels, and a feature film, in addition to 30 years as a successful comic writer and performer on British television and the stand-up circuit. But Elton has always reserved a special place in his heart for musicals, having written three that feature music from such diverse talents as Andrew […]

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Joseph – new animated movie version planned

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will be producing an all-new animated feature film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in association with the Really Useful Group. Steve Hamilton Shaw of Rocket Pictures say: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived. We […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday – St James Theatre

Tell Me On a Sunday continues at the St James Theatre, London until 12 January before transferring to the Duchess Theatre for two weeks from 18 February–1 March. It’s nostalgia time at the St James with Marti Webb bravely re-creating the one-woman Tell Me On a Sunday show of almost 32 years ago that took […]

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Tell Me On a Sunday transfers to the Duchess

Tell Me On a Sunday has always commanded a loyal following as the 1979 collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Don Black produced a number of still-popular songs, not least the title number and the even bigger hit ‘Take That Look Off Your Face’. Even so, the news that, due to public demand, this […]

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Stephen Ward the Musical – Aldwych Theatre

Stephen Ward the Musical opened at the Aldwych Theatre, London on 19 December. Set in the swinging 1960s, Stephen Ward the Musical is a biographical piece describing the rise and fall of the society playboy who fell foul of the ruling classes. Known eternally as the lynchpin to the Profumo affair –a sexual scandal that precipitated […]

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Stephen Ward at the Royal Variety Performance

Last night at the London Palladium, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber introduced Alexander Hanson (Stephen Ward) and Charlotte Spencer (Christine Keeler) performing The Side of the Sky at the Royal Variety Performance, from the forthcoming West End production of Stephen Ward. At the end of the evening, Lloyd Webber, Hanson and Spencer were greeted by Prince Charles. The Royal […]

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Michael Feinstein and Friends – Palace Theatre

Michael Feinstein and Friends at the Palace Theatre, London. Small, dapper and a ridiculously young-looking 57, Michael Feinstein bounded on to the Palace stage and gave us a two-hour trawl through the Great American Songbook with brief assistance from Elaine Paige and Julian Ovenden in this flagship event of the first London Festival of Cabaret. […]

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