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Full West End rep company for From Page to Stage

A cast of 56, more than 50 composers and writers, and an 18-strong creative team will form a musical rep company in the West End for this year’s From Page to Stage Summer Festival at The Other Palace. Aria Entertainment’s annual event will bring a packed programme of new musicals to its new home at […]

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Hair at The Vaults extends until January 2018

The eagerly-anticipated London run of the new 50th anniversary production of the classic rock musical Hair has been extended into January 2018. Opening at The Vaults in October, Hair will now play the distinctive subterranean arts venue in London’s Waterloo until Sunday 14 January. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the new production of the cult show […]

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Yank! at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive new images

Off-Broadway musical Yank! has transferred to London’s Charing Cross Theatre this summer just months after its acclaimed UK premiere run at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre. Here’s a look at Musical Theatre Review official photographer Roy Tan’s exclusive production images. Second World War gay love story Yank! continues at the Charing Cross Theatre until Saturday 19 August. The musical has a book […]

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Toxic Avenger – full cast revealed for transfer

Mark Anderson [pictured] will return to the central role in the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger which will follow its sold-out London debut at the Southwark Playhouse with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult […]

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Pippin will be next musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Award-winning musical Pippin will be the next collaboration between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment. The musical will run from Friday 25 August to Saturday 23 September in the acclaimed 150-seater Ancoats venue. The production is the fourth show from Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment, who first joined forces in January 2016 to […]

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Full cast for London transfer of Yank!

Casting has been announced for the London transfer of Off-Broadway musical Yank! next month. Just months after starring in the acclaimed UK premiere run of the show at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Scott Hunter (A Chorus Line, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) will return to the central role of Stu. He will be joined by Andy […]

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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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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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The Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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Tick, Tick…BOOM! at the Park Theatre – cast details

Full casting has been announced for Park Theatre’s production of tick, tick…BOOM!, the autobiographical rock musical that traces Jonathan Larson’s creation of his multi-award winning Rent. Taking on the central role of Jon, Chris Jenkins returns to Park Theatre following his appearance in 2016’s quadruple Offie (Off West End Theatre awards) nominated musical The Burnt Part […]

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Yank! – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Yank! continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 8 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When Joseph and David Zellnik penned Yank! it was something of a labour of love, combining their passion for the musical theatre of the 1940s and 50s with their interest in Second World War history, […]

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Hope Mill Theatre’s Hair transfers to The Vaults

The acclaimed Hope Mill Theatre production of the iconic rock musical Hair transfers to London in autumn 2017, celebrating its 50th anniversary year. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, the show plays The Vaults from 4 October to 3 December (press night is 10 October). The production of Hair created a huge buzz in Manchester when it opened […]

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Yank! at the Hope Mill Theatre – casting revealed

Casting has been revealed for the international premiere of Off-Broadway musical and Second World War love story Yank! in Manchester next month. The first production in the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment will run from 9 March to 8 April. Leading the cast are Scott […]

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Original Bacharach musical Some Lovers heads for London workshop

Members of the creative team behind Promises, Promises, due to begin previewing on Friday (13 January), have revealed they are working on the European premiere of Burt Bacharach’s second original musical Some Lovers. Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson and Senbla’s Ollie Rosenblatt will present an industry-only workshop reading of the show written by music legend Bacharach and […]

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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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Hair – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Hair continues at Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Viewed 49 years after it first blasted onto the Off-Broadway stage in a waft of illicit cigarette smoke and body parts, Gerome Ragni, James Rado and Galt MacDermot’s counterculture rallying cry is probably more significant for […]

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Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre reveals trio of musicals for 2017

Details have been released for the second season of shows from the partnership between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and London arts producer Aria Entertainment. Following on from the success of this year’s productions of the Tony Award-winning Parade and with the venue’s version of the classic rock musical Hair opening on Saturday, the partnership has […]

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tick, tick… BOOM! to feature in new Park season

Park Theatre’s new spring/summer 2017 season will include rock musical tick, tick… BOOM! by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Jonathan Larson (playing from 3-27 May 2017, press night is 10 May) . An aspiring composer questions his life choices on the eve of his 30th birthday in Larson’s autobiographical rock musical. His girlfriend wants to get married and move out […]

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Hope Mill Theatre production of Hair – casting details

Casting has been revealed for Hope Mill Theatre’s second in-house musical theatre production, the classic rock musical Hair. The production, which is also the second show resulting from the partnership between the new Manchester theatre space and London arts producer Aria Entertainment, will play the venue from 12 November until 3 December. Directed by Jonathan […]

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From Page to Stage – cast and creative details

Casting and creative details have been released for this year’s trio of semi-staged readings chosen to feature in Aria Entertainment’s popular new musical showcase From Page to Stage. As previously announced, the 2016 season which is due to play the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden from 31 October until 20 November, will include […]

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Gothic rock musical Lizzie – UK premiere heads to Greenwich Theatre

Frederica Teater in association with Aria Entertainment present the UK premiere of Lizzie, a brand new gothic rock musical, arriving at the Greenwich Theatre next year (22 February to 12 March 2017, press night is 24 February), following a run at Frederica Teater, Denmark in January 2017. On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New […]

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The Addams Family musical to tour the UK and Ireland in 2017

The creepy and kooky The Addams Family musical will debut in the UK next year when a major new touring production opens at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre. Directed by Matthew White (The Producers UK tour) the UK and Irish premiere of the show, which has a book by the creators of the multi-award winning Jersey Boys (Marshall […]

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New musical revue celebrates The MGM Story

The ‘Golden Age’ of the Hollywood musical is the subject of The MGM Story, a new musical revue due for its world premiere at Highgate’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse later this month. Presented by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment Concerts and Szpiezak Productions, the show celebrates the legendary Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios, the home of numerous classic […]

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From Page to Stage season of new musicals – full programme

The full programme has been revealed for the From Page to Stage season of new musicals at Tristan Bates Theatre this autumn. New musicals, chosen from over 130 entries, include Heart of Winter by Tim Connor (The Stationmaster and winner of the Stiles + Drewe Prize for Best New Song), Bananaman the Musical by Leon Parris […]

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Hair lined up as next in-house musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Classic rock musical Hair will be the second in-house musical theatre production at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester’s new independent theatre and event space. With a creative team led by director Jonathan O’Boyle (Four Play and Sense of an Ending at Theatre503, The Surplus at the Young Vic and associate director on Mack & Mabel, The Scottsboro Boys and The Judas Kiss) and […]

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Vanities musical has European debut at Trafalgar Studios

This autumn, Lauren Samuels (Bend it Like Beckham, BBC’s Over the Rainbow, Grease), Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Cool Rider) and Lizzy Connolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Xanadu) star in the European debut of Vanities. The brand new production, which plays at London’s Trafalgar Studios from 1 September to 1 October) features never before seen material with all […]

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From Page to Stage 2016 – applications now open

Applications are now open for writers hoping to be part of this year’s edition of Aria Entertainment’s popular new musical showcase From Page to Stage. Submissions for the 2016 season, which is due to play the Tristan Bates Theatre in London’s Covent Garden later this year, are open until 3 June. Now in its fourth […]

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Forever Plaid – Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler cast

The full cast has been revealed for the three-week run of Forever Plaid at London’s St James Theatre Studio. Jon Lee stars alongside Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler. Jon Lee plays Jinx. He recently played Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in the West End (Prince Edward Theatre). Other credits include Marius in Les […]

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New Manchester theatre and Aria Entertainment join forces on production of Parade

A cross-country partnership between a London arts producer and Manchester’s newest theatre space will be launched in May with a revival of the classic musical Parade. Aria Entertainment, the producers behind new musical showcase From Page to Stage and recent productions of Seasons of Larson, Tommy, Jerry’s Girls and Marry Me a Little, has joined forces with the […]

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Musical revue Forever Plaid has three-week run at St James Studio

Popular Off-Broadway musical revue Forever Plaid is being presented at the St James Studio Theatre by the producing team behind recent Studio hits Jerry’s Girls, Marry Me a Little and Miss-Leading Ladies Join the boys of Forever Plaid from 5 April to 24 April 2016 on a humorous ‘heavenly’ journey through some of the greatest close-harmony songs of the 1950s. With one final […]

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Seasons of Larson concert – Debbie Kurup among cast

First names have been announced for Seasons of Larson, a one-off concert celebrating the life and music of legendary Broadway composer Jonathan Larson. The concert will take place on Monday 25 January 2016 at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Debbie Kurup, Krysten Cummings and Damien Flood, all previous cast members of Larson’s hit rock musical Rent, […]

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Rent composer Jonathan Larson celebrated in one-off West End concert

The life and music of legendary Broadway composer Jonathan Larson will be celebrated in a special one-off concert on Monday 25 January 2016, when Seasons of Larson will play for one night only at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. On 25 January 1996, the day of the first preview of Rent Off-Broadway, its composer Jonathan Larson […]

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Bar Mitzvah Boy – Aria Entertainment presents rare London revival in 2016

Aria Entertainment is presenting a rare revival of the musical Bar Mitzvah Boy which will run for six weeks at London’s Upstairs at the Gatehouse Theatre from Thursday 3 March to Sunday 10 April (press night is 10 March). Jack Rosenthal adapted his award-winning 1976 TV play (British Academy Best Play Award and Broadcasting Press […]

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From Page to Stage season – Sally Ann Triplett and David Burt among cast

Aria Entertainment today announced the casts and creative teams for the eight shows in the third From Page to Stage season of new musicals, running from Monday 26 October to Saturday 21 November. Among the wealth of major talent involved in the annual season at the Tristan Bates Theatre are West End and Broadway stars Sally Ann Triplett and David Burt and Laura Jane […]

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Bette Midler… and Me – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Bette Midler… and Me continues at the Gilded Balloon until 31 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ This must be one of the most packed hour shows at Fringe 2015 – studded with an impressive catalogue of Bette Midler songs, this is a super cabaret style evening with three impressive ladies. The stage evokes what Giles […]

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From Page to Stage season of new musicals – nine shows announced

Aria Entertainment has revealed the full programme of work for the third From Page to Stage season of new musicals. Tickets are now on sale ranging from £12 to £18. Nine shows have been announced as part of the third season. Readings include a new musical by Loserville writing duo Elliot Davies and James Bourne and also a new piece from Tim Sanders and Charles […]

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Off-Broadway musical See What I Wanna See has London premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre

Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway hit See What I Wanna See will receive its London premiere in a limited four-week run at Jermyn Street Theatre from Tuesday 8 September to Saturday 3 October, with a press night on Friday 11 September. See What I Wanna See is a vibrant and provocative new musical that explores the nature of truth, and how it is altered by perspective. From medieval Japan where […]

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Interview – Andy Barnes on why Perfect Pitch is dedicated to new British musical theatre

When new British chamber musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts had its official opening at the Arcola Theatre this week, it was partly due to the backing of Perfect Pitch, the UK company dedicated to the creation and development of new British musicals. Perfect Pitch executive producer ANDY BARNES took time out to give Musical Theatre […]

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Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree bring Miss-Leading Ladies to St James Studio

Siblings Ria Jones and Ceri Dupree will star in this celebration of some of the greatest grande dames of stage and screen, adding their own unique family twist. From Ethel Merman to Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich to Danny La Rue, Miss-Leading Ladies will showcase them all, playing at the St James Studio Theatre from 5–30 August (press night […]

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The House of Mirrors and Hearts – Gillian Kirkpatrick and Graham Bickley cast

Casting has been revealed for the world premiere of The House of Mirrors and Hearts, a new British chamber musical by Eamonn O’Dwyer and Robert Gilbert which will open the summer/autumn season at Arcola Theatre from Thursday 2 July to Saturday 1 August, with a press night on Tuesday 7 July. The cast features Gillian Kirkpatrick […]

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New musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts opens at Arcola Theatre in July

A new British chamber musical The House of Mirrors and Hearts will play in Studio 1 at Arcola Theatre from Thursday 2 July to Saturday 1 August, with a press night on Tuesday 7 July. When Anna’s husband is killed in a tragic accident at their home, her family’s life is changed forever. Seven years […]

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The Who’s Tommy has anniversary production at Greenwich Theatre this summer

Almost 20 years after its last UK production, The Who’s Tommy will play a limited run at Greenwich Theatre this summer (29 July to 23 August, press night is 31 July), marking the 40th anniversary of the original film and the 50th anniversary of The Who. Based on the iconic 1969 double-album rock opera, which later […]

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Jerry’s Girls transfers to Jermyn Street Theatre for three-week run

Following a sell-out run at St James Studio last month, musical revue Jerry’s Girls will transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre for a limited three-week run from Tuesday 12 to Sunday 31 May 2015, with a press night on Friday 15 May. Featuring songs from classic musicals including Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles, […]

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Applications open for From Page to Stage season, supporting new British musicals

Following the success of last year’s From Page to Stage season of new musical theatre at London’s Landor Theatre, Aria Entertainment is inviting applications for a third 2015 season dedicated to showcasing new British musical work in development. From Page to Stage is dedicated to showcasing new musical work in development to an audience, to garner feedback and create new opportunities for […]

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New musical The Verb, To Love – cast revealed

This May, Katy Lipson of Aria Entertainment presents the world premiere of a new musical The Verb, To Love  by Andy Collyer at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London from Wednesday 29 April to Saturday 23 May (press night is 1 May). Simon is lost, abandoned by his partner of 23 years. He is alone for the first time, until he […]

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Jerry’s Girls London revival – meet the Girls

Full casting has been announced for musical revue Jerry’s Girls which, 30 years after it opened on Broadway, will be revived in a limited two-week run (3 to 15 March) at the St James Studio, London. Jerry’s Girls are Anna-Jane Casey, Ria Jones and Sarah-Louise Young. Anna-Jane Casey was recently seen starring in Forbidden Broadway at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Vaudeville Theatre. West End credits […]

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Jerry Herman revue Jerry’s Girls opens at St James Studio in 2015

Thirty years after it opened on Broadway, musical revue Jerry’s Girls will be revived in a limited two-week run at the St James Studio, London from 3 to 15 March 2015. Jerry’s Girls brings together an all-female cast to honour the legacy of the multi Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of some of the greatest Broadway […]

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Miller and Sanders’ The Return of the Soldier has world premiere at Jermyn Street

Coinciding with the centenary of the First World War, The Return of the Soldier – an intimate new chamber musical by Tim Sanders (book and lyrics) and Charles Miller (composer) based on Rebecca West’s celebrated 1918 novel – will receive its world premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre from 2-20 September (press night is 4 September). The intensely […]

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Marry Me a Little – Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

When Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio, Simon Bailey will star as Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star as Woman (the production runs from 29 July to 10 August, press night is 31 July). Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in […]

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Sondheim revue Marry Me a Little revived at St James Theatre

Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio Theatre, London for 16 performances only from 29 July (press night is 31 July). Marry Me A Little pieces together a selection of Sondheim songs to tell a bittersweet […]

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