Tag Archives | Cynthia Erivo

The Color Purple sets Broadway closing

The Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple will join the New Year exodus of Broadway musicals, setting a closing date of 8 January. With its final finale, the Broadway mounting, which opened last December, will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances. The show was a transplant of director John Doyle’s searing reworking, […]

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Aladdin opening night – pictures from the red carpet

Last night (Wednesday 15 June) saw the opening night of Disney’s new West End musical Aladdin at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Guests included: Tom and Giovanna Fletcher, Andrew Scott, Luke Evans, Cynthia Erivo, Preeya Kalidas and Katherine Kelly. Pictures: Vivienne Vincent With the booking period now extended into February 2017, the lavish show features Dean John-Wilson in the title role alongside former Sugababe Jade Ewen as […]

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Hamilton dominates the Tony Awards (plus win for Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo)

It was, as expected, a landslide, though not a record-breaker, for Hamilton, as the Tony Awards were doled out Sunday night in New York, celebrating the 2015/16 Broadway season. The hip-hop history-lesson blockbuster, centring on Alexander Hamilton and his relationships with the other founding fathers of America, captured 11 of the coveted statuettes, climaxed with […]

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Cynthia Erivo wins Drama Desk Award for The Color Purple on Broadway

British singer actress Cynthia Erivo has collected a prestigious Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Broadway transfer of The Color Purple. The Londoner first played the role of Celie Harris in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in 2013. Following her Broadway debut in the transfer of the show last year, she has won the […]

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Hamilton receives a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations

Why don’t they just call them the Hamiltons? The Tony Award nominations for the 2015-16 Broadway season were announced today (Tuesday) and a record-breaking 16 of them went to the blockbuster Hamilton, which delivers a hip-hop look at Alexander Hamilton and the other founding fathers of the United States. The count beats the previous record […]

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Curtain Up album awards – Bend It Like Beckham, Cynthia Erivo, Oliver Tompsett and Scott Alan are winners

The original London cast of Bend It Like Beckham and Cynthia Erivo, Oliver Tompsett and Scott Alan were crowned the winners of The Curtain Up radio show’s first musical theatre album awards today. Bend It Like Beckham was chosen as the Best Cast Recording while Cynthia Erivo and Oliver Tompsett Sing Scott Alan took home the […]

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The Color Purple – Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York

  The Color Purple continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Director John Doyle’s wondrous redo of The Color Purple may be minimalist, but it’s drenched in emotion. At the same time, he has gloriously amped up this Broadway musical’s power as a feminist […]

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Songs For a New World – St James Theatre

Songs For a New World continues at the St James Theatre, London until 8 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  Taking your seat in St James’ auditorium, spying the spare apartment, stacks of furniture in the corner, you get a glimpse of what the show is at its heart: a juxtaposition of […]

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Jason Robert Brown in Concert – Royal Festival Hall

Jason Robert Brown in Concert – Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ While Jason Robert Brown is somewhat exalted in musical theatre circles, in London productions of his musicals have tended to be small, chamber affairs, with Fringe productions arranging his scores to be played with the smallest number of musicians possible. […]

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Bertie Carvel latest guest to join Jason Robert Brown concert line-up

Hailed as ‘one of Broadway’s smartest and most sophisticated songwriters since Stephen Sondheim’, three-time Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer Jason Robert Brown will present a very special show today (26 May 2015) at London’s Royal Festival Hall, showcasing some of his best loved work. Tony Award-nominated Bertie Carvel, currently the star […]

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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – Royal Festival Hall

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  Frank Loesser’s musical satire of self-help books and office politics enjoyed a one-night concert performance on London’s South Bank, courtesy of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and a truly stellar cast. The 1961 show – […]

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Songs For a New World – Cynthia Erivo and Jenna Russell lead cast at St James

Celebrating 20 years since its first performance Off-Broadway, an all-new London production of triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s first musical Songs For a New World runs at the St James Theatre for a strictly limited run of three weeks (Wednesday 22 July to 8 August, press night is Friday 24 July), directed by Adam Lenson. This special anniversary […]

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Scott Alan and Cynthia Erivo – Home Again – St James Studio

Scott Alan and Cynthia Erivo: Home Again at the St James Studio Theatre, London, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: Five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In the world of musical theatre and its cabaret sibling, we are used to describing songs and performances as ‘moving’ or ‘emotional’. All too often, though, there […]

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Interview – composer Scott Alan reunites with Cynthia Erivo at the London Festival of Cabaret

New York-based composer Scott Alan (Home; Dreaming Wide Awake) and Broadway-bound actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple; I Can’t Sing!) will join forces for Home Again, three special concerts (4–6 May) at the St James Studio, London as part of the London Festival of Cabaret 2015 (28 April to 11 May). Audiences can expect to hear Erivo […]

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Cynthia Erivo and Clarke Peters join How to Succeed concert line-up

Further cast details have been announced today for the Gala Concert Presentation of Frank Loesser’s classic 1961 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Produced by independent promoter Senbla in association with Elliot Davis, British/American actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) and Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple, Dessa Rose, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) join […]

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Cynthia Erivo – Hear My Soul – Kings Place, London

Cynthia Erivo performed her show Hear My Soul at Kings Place, London. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If proof were needed that Cynthia Erivo is a major force to be reckoned with (and it’s not needed, as far as I’m concerned), it was delivered in spades at the beautiful – if acoustically a bit dry – […]

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London Festival of Cabaret – Kerry Ellis, Janie Dee, Cynthia Erivo and Scott Alan join line-up

The third London Festival of Cabaret (LFoC) runs from 28 April–11 May and in addition to a spectacular list of artists, three prestigious new venues have joined the roster. The Delfont Room, the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe and Wilton’s Music Hall join the Crazy Coqs, The Pheasantry, St James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre in offering […]

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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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West End Wilma Awards – Miss Saigon and Urinetown among the winners

The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, took place at an exclusive invitation-only ceremony, hosted by actor/director Tim McArthur. Guests were treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of www.thefullenglishfoodcompany.ltd.uk) while they watched the winners be revealed and listened to a special live performance of an original song from actor, singer and current Phantom of the […]

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Eva Noblezada and Cynthia Erivo star in Georgia Stitt show

US composer and lyricist Georgia Stitt is to make her West End debut at London’s Garrick Theatre on Sunday 26 October, in a return to London following her sell-out concerts at St Paul’s Church in 2007 and The Hippodrome in 2012. She will be joined by the cream of singers in the West End: Simon Bailey, Norman Bowman, […]

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Dessa Rose – Trafalgar Studios

Dessa Rose continues at the Trafalgar Studios, London until 30 August. The award-winning musical theatre team of Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) and Stephen Flaherty (music) have a prolific catalogue of successful shows that range from the simple charm of Seussical to the epic Ragtime. Their latest offering, based on a novel by Sherley Anne Williams and […]

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Aherns and Flaherty’s Dessa Rose – Erivo and Janson cast

Cynthia Erivo (I Can’t Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End in the title role of the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s Dessa Rose when it opens at London’s Trafalgar Studios from 29 July-30 August (press night is 31 July). Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) will play the role of Ruth. […]

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Scott Alan & Special Guests – London Hippodrome

Scott Alan & Special Guests performed at the Hippodrome, London. Scott Alan is a huge deal in musical theatre circles. This singer/songwriter from the USA has become a big influence, thanks primarily to his ability to craft richly structured ballads carrying immense emotional power. Alan is also a composer who wears his heart very much on […]

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Musical Theatre Review campaign backs cast album for I Can’t Sing!

“Steve Brown’s original score for I Can’t Sing! features a selection of excellent and thankfully diverse musical numbers that both inform the narrative and entertain – a simple task that has been woefully lacking in the West End for a while now. “Original musicals are few and far between and Brown’s score has so much […]

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I Can’t Sing! – the X Factor musical – to close, but why?

The demise of X Factor parody I Can’t Sing! – the third original West End musical to announce its closure in less than two months – is being blamed by critics on a combination of marketing, preparation and changing audience tastes. Co-producers Stage Entertainment UK and Simon Cowell’s Syco Productions (Cowell is believed to have […]

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I Can’t Sing! – London Palladium

I Can’t Sing! continues at the London Palladium. Unless you have been living in a bubble for the last ten years then you can’t fail to have noticed the strangle-hold that Simon Cowell has over the entertainment industry. Depending on how you rate him, he has either killed or cured Saturday night television with the reinvention […]

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I Can’t Sing – the X Factor musical – a sneak peek

Any opening of a West End musical is a much-anticipated event, but the buzz around Harry Hill and Steve Brown’s new X Factor musical I Can’t Sing! at the London Palladium has reached a new level, not least because of reported technical problems during previews. However, while the audience attending an evening performance on 17 […]

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Songwriters Anderson & Petty are home at St James Theatre

Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo known as Anderson & Petty, are hosting a celebration concert of their debut songbook album You Are Home at St James Studio, London on Sunday 16 March. They will be joined by a host of West End performers including Matthew Barrow, Edward Baruwa, Kieran Brown, Nadine Cox, […]

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I Can’t Sing! – casting confirmed

Ahead of the broadcast of the Royal Variety Performance – in which cast members of I Can’t Sing! performed – full casting has been confirmed. The X Factor musical previews at the London Palladium from 27 February 2014 (press night is 26 March). As previously announced, Olivier Award-winner Nigel Harman will play X Factor judge Simon, and Cynthia Erivo […]

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