Tag Archives | Drew McOnie

On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – opening night postponed

This week’s press night for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town has been postponed due to the ‘incapacity’ of actor Fred Haig (playing Chip) who has broken his foot. Billed as the Regent’s Park Theatre’s ‘biggest ever dance musical’, On the Town directed and choreographed by […]

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Drew McOnie to direct King Kong on Broadway next year

Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie will direct the much-anticipated King Kong musical when it bursts onto Broadway in the autumn of 2018. With a score by accomplished music director and film composer Marius de Vries (La La Land, Moulin Rouge) and songs by singer/songwriter Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom The Musical, Beetlejuice), the show now has a […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park – Declan Bennett and Tyrone Huntley return to cast

Declan Bennett is one of four cast members from the multi award-winning 2016 Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Jesus Christ Superstar to return for the show’s much-anticipated 2017 limited season. Singer-songwriter Bennett will take to the Regent’s Park stage once again in the title role alongside Tyrone Huntley who will reprise his award-winning […]

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On the Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre – Danny Mac, Fred Haig and Jeremy Taylor cast

Casting has been announced for the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of the classic Hollywood musical On the Town. Based on a concept by Jerome Robbins with music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the opening production in the venue’s 2017 season will run from 19 May to 1 July. Strictly Come Dancing contestant Danny […]

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The Wild Party – The Other Palace

The Wild Party continues at The Other Palace, London until 1 April. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ So farewell, St James Theatre. Hello, The Other Palace – Victoria’s third theatre being rebranded after its purchase by Andrew Lloyd Webber and repositioned as a home for the nurturing of new musicals. To […]

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Interview – Frances Ruffelle invites you to a Wild Party at The Other Palace

FRANCES RUFFELLE has one of the most idiosyncratic voices of any singer in the West End or Broadway. Hers is a husky, sultry sound, with an unmistakeable rawness and vulnerability that is sure to make her the perfect fit for the role of Queenie in composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa’s version of The Wild Party, which opens […]

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Casting for The Wild Party includes John Owen-Jones and Donna McKechnie

Full casting has been revealed for the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at The Other Palace early next year. Joining the previously announced Frances Ruffelle are John Owen-Jones, Simon Thomas, Donna McKechnie, Dex Lee, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Ako Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, Genesis Lynea, Melanie Bright, Lizzy Connolly, Steven Serlin, Sebastian […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical – West Yorkshire Playhouse

Strictly Ballroom the Musical at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds until 21 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Baz Luhrmann’s original vision for Strictly Ballroom was a student musical presenting a primary myth (one generation renewing life by breaking with entrenched ritual and  tradition) in the unlikely context of ballroom […]

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On the Town opens Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre 2017 season – Drew McOnie directs

The musical On the Town opens Timothy Sheader’s tenth season as artistic director at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Playing from 19 May 2017 to 1 July, the production will be directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie. With music by Leonard Bernstein and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, On the Town will be the biggest dance musical ever staged at the Open Air Theatre. McOnie scored […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar returns to Regent’s Park Open Air in August 2017

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has today announced that, following its sell-out success in 2016, Jesus Christ Superstar returns for just 41 performances in 2017 (11 August to 16 September), giving audiences one final chance to see the production in its original home. With direction by Timothy Sheader, design by Tom Scutt, choreography by Drew McOnie, […]

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Hairspray back on national tour in 2017

Producers have confirmed the successful touring production of the hit musical Hairspray will begin its second major UK and Ireland tour in Cardiff on 16 August 2017. The production of the multi-award winning show will visit more than 30 venues on its return trip around the country which will last until the early summer of […]

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The Wild Party – Drew McOnie directs – Frances Ruffelle stars

Award-winners Drew McOnie and Frances Ruffelle will join forces for the first major London production of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party at The Other Palace early next year. Formerly the St James Theatre, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group will mark its debut as a new home for musical theatre with […]

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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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In the Heights – First Birthday – King’s Cross Theatre

In The Heights continues at the King’s Cross Theatre, London until 8 January 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Following on from its short run at the Southwark Playhouse, and its successful transfer to the King’s Cross Theatre, audiences have been eager to see Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ In The Heights – so much so, that […]

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Feathers fly as Strictly Ballroom the Musical prepares for UK stage

The West Yorkshire Playhouse has revealed production details of its much-anticipated UK premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical two months ahead of its opening on 30 November. Co-produced by West Yorkshire Playhouse and international producers Global Creatures, the romantic comedy set within the sequin-studded world of competitive ballroom dancing is due to play […]

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In the Heights extends run for third and final time

Olivier and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights – by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton – has extended its London run at the King’s Cross Theatre for the third and final time and is now booking until Sunday 8 January 2017. Joining the cast from Friday 16 September are Arun Blair-Mangat as Benny (Kinky Boots); Juliet Gough as Camilla (Matilda) and Stephanie Rojas as Carla (Wonder.land). Sarah Naudi, who […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical at West Yorkshire Playhouse – full casting

The full cast has been announced for Strictly Ballroom the Musical, with an international company coming together ahead of the first UK staging of the show, which is to premiere on Wednesday 30 November at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (press night is Tuesday 6 December). Gemma Sutton, who starred in the hugely-acclaimed production of Gypsy and is currently in […]

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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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Bugsy Malone – Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

Bugsy Malone continues at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London until 4 September. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ When it was revealed that Bugsy Malone was going to be the show to reopen the newly redeveloped Lyric Hammersmith in 2015, it sounded like an ambitious project, not least because the creative powers-that-be were committed to […]

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Jekyll & Hyde – The Old Vic

Jekyll & Hyde continues at The Old Vic, London until 28 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Fresh from his success at this year’s Olivier Awards, where he won for his thrilling choreography for In The Heights, Drew McOnie’s star is definitively on the ascendancy. Later this year, he will direct the […]

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Jekyll & Hyde at The Old Vic – exclusive new images

  Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan offers a gallery of brand new images to mark this week’s official opening at The Old Vic of Drew McOnie’s new dance thriller Jekyll & Hyde. The show, which has been devised, directed and choreographed by McOnie, will play a very limited run until Saturday (28 May). Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic […]

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Album release for McOnie’s Jekyll & Hyde show score

  An album featuring the score for Drew McOnie’s new dance thriller Jekyll & Hyde has been released to coincide with the show’s hotly anticipated debut at The Old Vic. Currently previewing ahead of the show’s opening night on Wednesday (25 May) the show which has been devised, directed and choreographed by McOnie will play […]

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Full casting for the Lyric’s Bugsy Malone

The Lyric Hammersmith has revealed full casting details for Alan Parker’s exuberant musical Bugsy Malone which returns to the theatre for a limited run next month. The Olivier-nominated production which reopened the Lyric last year following its major redevelopment will begin its 12-week run on 11 June. A mixture of young performers from the 2015 […]

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In The Heights – new cast members join company

New cast members are set to join the company of Olivier Award-winning musical In The Heights from tonight. Joining the cast are Christine Allado (From Here to Eternity, Here Lies Love) as Vanessa, Norma Atallah (The Sound of Music – Live) as Abuela and Jonathan Bishop (The Lion King) as Graffiti Pete (from 15 April). […]

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Olivier Awards 2016 – big night for Gypsy, Kinky Boots and In The Heights

  Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy won the most awards this year for a single production at the 40th anniversary Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival. Kinky Boots was named MasterCard Best New Musical and In The Heights won the Autograph Sound Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music. Images (above): […]

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Jekyll & Hyde at The Old Vic – company revealed for McOnie dance thriller

Daniel Collins and Tim Hodges will head the cast of Drew McOnie’s new dance thriller Jekyll & Hyde which opens at The Old Vic on 20 May. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of the ultimate split personality The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Jekyll & Hyde has been specially commissioned […]

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Strictly Ballroom the Musical premieres at West Yorkshire Playhouse – Drew McOnie directs

The first UK staging of Strictly Ballroom the Musical – based on the much-loved film that inspired the world to dance – is to premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on Wednesday 30 November 2016, playing a season through until Saturday 21 January 2017 (press night is 6 December). Drew McOnie (In The Heights, Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the production, which […]

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In The Heights extends run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time

Initially booking for a limited four-week run, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a third time, now booking for an additional six months until Sunday 30 October 2016. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale now. In The Heights returns to London following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK […]

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Lyric Hammersmith brings Bugsy Malone back in June 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith’s critically acclaimed production of Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, with music and lyrics by Paul Williams and directed by Sean Holmes, will return to the Lyric for a 12-week run, opening on Friday 24 June 2016, with previews from Saturday 11 June. Bugsy Malone re-opened the Lyric Hammersmith in April 2015 following a […]

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The Stable launches £60K crowdfunding bid to support new musical theatre

Investors are being invited to grab a stake in the future shape of musical theatre in the UK through a new scheme launched by the production house, The Stable. The Stable’s equity based Crowdcube campaign will offer genre fans the chance to buy shares in the company which is planning to commission, develop and produce […]

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In the Heights – King’s Cross Theatre

In the Heights continues at the King’s Cross Theatre until 4 January 2016. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ After making a splash last year, the return of In the Heights to the King’s Cross Theatre will have been eagerly anticipated by those who missed its short run at the Fringe-sized Southwark Playhouse (and, […]

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In the Heights extends run at King’s Cross Theatre – see new images

The award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which is currently previewing ahead of an official opening next week, has extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lively hip-hop and Latin flavoured work was initially booking for a limited four-week season at the venue, but it has been announced that the production will now […]

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In the Heights transfer – full cast revealed

Full casting is announced today for Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights, which returns to London in October following a critically acclaimed sell-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse in 2014. The production will transfer to King’s Cross Theatre on 3 October 2015 and is booking for a limited four week period until 1  November 2015. […]

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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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Bugsy Malone – Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

Bugsy Malone continues at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London until 1 August. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Alan Parker’s 1976 movie musical Bugsy Malone remains a favourite from my childhood, so I have to admit to some apprehension when I heard it was being brought to life on the London stage. The original concept required […]

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New Groundhog Day musical features in Matthew Warchus’ first season at The Old Vic

The Old Vic today announced the inaugural season of new artistic director Matthew Warchus, which features the world premiere of a new musical, Groundhog Day, and a series of variety nights embracing The Old Vic’s history and its roots in music, dance and vaudeville. As artistic director designate, Matthew Warchus commented: “After 25 years of freelance directing […]

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New Hairspray tour – Tony Maudsley and Claire Sweeney lead cast

A new production of Hairspray will embark on a major UK tour in 2015/16. The musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester Curve on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to more than 25 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015. Tony Maudsley (well known for his long-running […]

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Oklahoma! – Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Touring

Oklahoma! continues at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton until 28 February and then tours until 8 August, 2015. Star rating: 4 stars **** There is a traditional charm that pervades the Royal & Derngate’s Oklahoma! This show, the first collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein, is at once dark and glorious, but above all crammed with some of […]

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Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith – casting news

Casting has been announced for the new stage production of Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith. Based on Alan Parker’s acclaimed film, the musical will re-open the theatre, following a multi-million pound re-development. The Lyric’s artistic director Sean Holmes will bring to life the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone (words and music by Paul Williams) in more […]

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The Sound of Music – Curve, Leicester

The Sound of Music continues at Curve, Leicester until 17 January 2015. Laura Pitt-Pulford’s Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music whirls round tree trunks and straps a guitar on her back to cycle away from the Abbey. So when, head held high, she sings ‘I Have Confidence in Me’, it has force as well […]

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Oklahoma! UK and Irish tour – full cast announced

The full cast has been announced for the new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Oklahoma! presented by Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton. From the award-winning producers of the highly successful tours of The King and I and Fiddler On the Roof, this new production will feature Lucy May Barker […]

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Hairspray set to tour in 2015, directed by Paul Kerryson

A new production of Hairspray will embark on a major UK tour in 2015/16. The musical comedy will begin its UK tour at Leicester’s Curve theatre on 9 September 2015 and will then tour to 29 venues across the UK, including a Christmas residency at Birmingham Alexandra Theatre in December 2015. Hairspray will be directed by […]

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Bugsy Malone first production when Lyric Hammersmith reopens in 2015

In April 2015, Alan Parker and Paul Williams’ world famous stage musical Bugsy Malone, based on his acclaimed film, will reopen the Lyric Hammersmith following a multi-million pound redevelopment (previewing from 11 April). The Lyric’s artistic director Sean Holmes and choreographer Drew McOnie will bring to life the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over […]

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Interview – Altar Boyz producer Paul Taylor-Mills is hitting the heights

PAUL TAYLOR-MILLS has an impressive list of directorial credits on his CV, but it is as a producer that he has been making his name during the last 18 months, introducing three Off-Broadway and Broadway shows – Bare – The Rock Musical, Into the Heights, and now Altar Boyz ­– to London Fringe audiences. Altar Boyz, […]

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Oklahoma! to tour in 2015 – Belinda Lang, Gary Wilmot, Charlotte Wakefield cast

Music & Lyrics Limited and Royal & Derngate Northampton are presenting a new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Oklahoma!, directed by Rachel Kavanaugh and with new choreography by Drew McOnie, which will tour the UK and Ireland next year, opening at the Derngate Theatre on 19 February 2015. From the award-winning producers […]

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In the Heights – Southwark Playhouse

In the Heights continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 7 June. Arriving on Broadway in 2008, In the Heights depicts the lives and loves of the residents of Washington Heights over three long, hot summer days. With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, the score reflects the melting pot of […]

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In the Heights has London premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights will receive its London premiere in a brand new production in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 9 May (press night is 15 May). Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical, In the Heights is a journey into Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most vibrant […]

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Drunk – Bridewell Theatre

Drunk continues at the Bridewell Theatre, London until 1 March, then tours. Director/choreographer Drew McOnie’s first foray into a bold new world where dance elements are as strong as the music in musical theatre is a real success. Structuring movement, scenes and songs around a conceptual plot, this revue style show – a world premiere […]

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Drunk with Drew McOnie – Interview

Drew McOnie is becoming one of the UK’s most sought after choreographic talents. Last year saw him collaborate with Matthew Bourne on an original piece for the Coronation Festival Gala at Buckingham Palace, and most recently he choreographed the new production of Chicago at Leicester’s Curve Theatre. Indeed he is now an associate artist at the […]

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Chicago – Leicester Curve

Chicago continues at the Curve, Leicester until 18 January 2014. Back in 1991, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Chicago was Paul Kerryson’s choice for his first production as artistic director of the Leicester Haymarket. Now it’s the centrepiece of Curve’s fifth birthday celebrations, a work of genius, with brand new choreography by Drew McOnie, and a […]

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