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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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Elaine Paige – Stripped Back – G Live, Guildford and Touring

Elaine Paige – Stripped Back at G Live, Guildford. The show continues to tour England and Wales on selected dates until 18 December 2016, ending in the West End. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Following on from Elaine Paige’s sell-out tour Page by Page by Paige and the associated concert I’m Still Here two years ago, […]

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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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Broadway openings preview – felines, teens and Russians

The all-singing, all-dancing kitties are back, and thus begins the new season – 2016/17 – on Broadway, writes Ron Cohen. They’ll be joined through the end of the year by a slate of musical openings that highlight a diverse range of humans, from contemporary teens in turmoil to 19th century Russians in turmoil. Cats Andrew […]

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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 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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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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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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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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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry, London

Kerry Ellis performed in cabaret at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Seven months pregnant and thankfully unrestricted by the catsuit she wore when taking over Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger at the London Palladium earlier in the year, Kerry Ellis is in wickedly good form for her short residency in the Kings Road cabaret room, […]

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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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Elaine Paige in Conversation – The Oak Room at The Hospital Club

Elaine Paige was In Conversation at The Oak Room at The Hospital Club, London. Last night at The Hospital Club, Elaine Paige continued to entertain audiences with her charm, infectious laugh and stories from a fantastic career. As part of a celebration of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts’ 70th anniversary, three of the Academy’s associates […]

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Sunny Afternoon big winner at Olivier Awards 2015

The Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden was the setting for the 39th Laurence Olivier Awards. The star-studded event was hosted by Lenny Henry and sponsored by MasterCard, who rolled out the red carpet to welcome the great and the good from the West End theatre scene. The ceremony opened with music from Katie […]

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Kerry Ellis and Brian May release new single on 13 April

‘One Voice’ is a brand new recording by Brian May and Kerry Ellis, just completed and being rushed for release on Monday 13 April. The video of Brian and Kerry’s performance of the song is already available to be viewed at May’s Official YouTube channel (see below). Announcing the release, May says: “This is probably the fastest […]

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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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Olivier Awards 2015 – Memphis the Musical and Beautiful lead nominations

New productions Memphis the Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, receiving nine and eight nods respectively, at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard. The nominations were announced today (Monday 9 March) by actors James McAvoy and Lesley Manville. Among the shows’ nominations are those for the MasterCard Best New Musical Award, where the […]

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Interview – Tiffany Graves having a gigglefest on tour with The Producers

Actress and singer TIFFANY GRAVES is playing Ulla in the new UK tour of The Producers (based on Mel Brooks’ beloved movie), alongside comedian Jason Manford, as timid accountant Leo Bloom, and Cory English (reprising his role as Max Bialystock). Also in a high profile cast are David Bedella, Louie Spence, Ross Noble and Phill Jupitus (the latter two share a role at […]

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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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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 and Lee Mead join The Night of Electric Voices line-up

Kerry Ellis, who takes over from Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in the current West End production of Cats, will feature in The Night of Electric Voices on Sunday 1 March at the London Coliseum. She will be joined by Casualty actor and winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead, as well as many stars of the West End and Broadway. The […]

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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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Musical Theatre 2014 – a reflection – what was your favourite?

From I Can’t Sing! and Urinetown in early 2014 to the recently opened Cats and City of Angels, here’s an overview of UK Musical Theatre 2014. Can you see your favourites? DECEMBER: City of Angels – Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke’s wonderfully vibrant staging injects a whole new lease of life into a show that has never […]

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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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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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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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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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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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Liz Callaway – Crazy Coqs

An Evening with Liz Callaway at the Crazy Coqs, London, continues until 1 February. Just when everybody thought the evening was going like clockwork, Broadway star Liz Callaway ‘forgot’ her lines in the ridiculously fast ‘Another 100 People’ and had the first night Crazy Coqs audience gasping in surprise and sympathy as the Sondheim classic […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – NIA Birmingham

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham as part of a tour which continues until 15 October. There are those, I among them, who opined that Godspell was a more sophisticated 1970s musical about Jesus than Jesus Christ Superstar. So what a pleasure to encounter the much-heralded tour of Tim Rice and Lloyd […]

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