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Stephen Mear stages 42nd Street at Theatre du Chatelet

Stephen Mear, who danced in the original London production of 42nd Street in the 1980s, is to direct and choreograph a revival of the famed showbiz musical in Paris in November (he recently choreographed Singin’ in the Rain at the venue). The show launched Catherine Zeta-Jones’ career when, as a 17-year-old, she was pitched from the […]

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Final 100 seats released for Bernadette Peters concert at Royal Festival Hall

As previously announced, the triple Tony, triple Drama Desk and Golden Globe Award-winning Broadway star Bernadette Peters will perform her first UK solo concerts in more than 15 years at the beginning of June 2016. The show’s producers have released the final 100 seats for the Royal Festival Hall date in London, commenting: “Recently we have received many ticket requests […]

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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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Olivier Awards 2016 – Gypsy and Kinky Boots lead nominations

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard were announced today (Monday 29 February) by past winners Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton at Rosewood London, the awards’ official hotel partner. The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will take place on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. Gypsy and Kinky Boots […]

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Gypsy and Kinky Boots are big winners at WhatsOnStage Awards

Every industry has its formal awards ceremony of choice. And then there is the less informal one, the young pretender that likes to be a little more carefree and wild. The WhatsOnStage Awards tend to fit into the latter category, although as they are now in their 16th year and have got successively glitzier on each […]

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Musical Theatre 2015 – a reflection – what was your favourite?

Musical Theatre Review reflects on an incredibly busy year of theatre – in the West End, on the London Fringe, across the UK and in New York – and pick four shows from each month that topped the FOUR and FIVE star ratings with our contributors. The results may surprise you… JANUARY Whistle Down the Wind continues […]

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The day has arrived – Gypsy is broadcast today on BBC4 at 9pm

Tonight (Sunday 27 December) on BBC4 at 9pm UK audiences will get the chance to see Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy at London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras captured the production for the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up as well as for a rumoured DVD release. The Sunday […]

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Kinky Boots and In the Heights lead nominations in WhatsOnStage Awards 2016

At a ceremony held today at London’s Café de Paris, Steve Furst announced the nominees for the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, the only major theatre prize-giving decided entirely by the theatregoers themselves. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (closes 31 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert […]

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners include Kinky Boots and Imelda Staunton

At tonight’s ceremony at The Old Vic the winners of the 61st London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, given in partnership with The Ivy, were announced. Among the musical theatre categories, the award for Best Musical Performance went to Imelda Staunton for Gypsy. Staunton reprised her winning performance at the ceremony, singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from the production. The […]

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards – Imelda Staunton, Katie Brayben, Rosalie Craig and Killian Donnelly among nominees

The London Evening Standard has announced the shortlist for its 61st Theatre Awards, in partnership with The Ivy. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony presented by Rob Brydon, and co-hosted by Evgeny Lebedev, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen, at the Old Vic on Sunday 22 November. This year for the first time […]

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West End Wilma Awards 2015 – winners revealed

The second annual West End Wilma Awards have taken place at The Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square. Theatre blogger West End Wilma is everyone’s favourite nana in Theatreland – running around the West End interviewing stars and reviewing as many shows as she can fit in to her busy OAP lifestyle. Wilma was awarded the 2014 Ticketmaster Blog […]

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Gypsy comes out top at the UK Theatre Awards 2015

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of the classic Gypsy has claimed the top musical theatre awards in this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The production has been named Best Musical Production while its star Imelda Staunton takes home the award for Best Performance in a Musical for her showstopping portrayal of Momma Rose. The show […]

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Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy tipped for BBC Christmas broadcast and DVD release

Home audiences are to get the chance to see Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother, Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy, currently playing London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras have been in place to capture the production for a DVD release and a rumoured place in the BBC’s all important Christmas […]

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Voting opens for Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical

Voting has opened for the Radio 2 Audience Award for Best Musical, part of this year’s London Evening Standards Awards at the Old Vic Theatre on 22 November. Listeners have until midnight on 25 October to cast their vote for one of the five shortlisted shows after Elaine Paige opened the voting on her weekly […]

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Nominations announced for UK Theatre Awards 2015

UK Theatre has announced the nominations for the UK Theatre Awards 2015, the only awards which celebrate outstanding achievement in theatre throughout the United Kingdom. The Awards will be presented on Sunday 18 October at a ceremony at London’s historic Guildhall, a magnificent medieval Grade 1 listed landmark building situated in the City of London. Details of the compere […]

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CD Reviews – A Spoonful of Sherman, Lost West End, Gypsy, The Scottsboro Boys, The King and I

Nick Wakeham casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases. Musical Theatre Review’s CD reviews page is presented in association with DRESS CIRCLE, the longest-running Musical Theatre specialist shop in the world.   A SPOONFUL OF SHERMAN – Original London Cast Recording (SimG Records – SimGR-CD027) Celebrating 90 years and three generations of the famous Sherman […]

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Gypsy smashes box office records at Savoy Theatre

Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian have revealed that Jonathan Kent’s five-star production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton, has smashed the all-time box office record at the Savoy Theatre, taking £408,300 for performances ending 25 April 2015. Harrison and Ian said: “We are thrilled that this amazing record has been achieved in the 1,089-seat Savoy Theatre and are delighted that we have been able to extend our […]

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Jonathan Church and Alan Finch to leave Chichester Festival Theatre at end of September 2016

Artistic director Jonathan Church and executive director Alan Finch announced today that they are to step down from their respective roles at Chichester Festival Theatre at the end of September 2016, following Festival 2016. Both Church and Finch joined Chichester Festival Theatre in 2005, overseeing the organisation’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and the recent £22 million […]

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Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre – more casting revealed

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. The cast also features Dan Burton as Tulsa, Billy Hartman as Uncle Jocko, Jack Chissick as Mr Goldstone, Anita Louise Combe as Tessie Tura, Harry […]

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Chichester season – A Damsel in Distress joins Mack and Mabel

Chichester marks its first full season following its major redevelopment with two major musicals in the Festival Theatre, the previously announced Michael Ball in Mack and Mabel, directed by Jonathan Church with choreography by Stephen Mear, and a new stage version of A Damsel in Distress, directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. A Damsel in Distress (30 May–27 June) has music and lyrics […]

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Gypsy wins Best Musical in Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of Gypsy, which will transfer to London’s Savoy Theatre on 15 April, has won the Peter Hepple Award for Best Musical  at the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014. The awards were hosted today (27 January 2015) by Critics’ Circle chairman Mark Shenton at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London. Comedian Arthur Smith introduced proceedings. […]

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Gypsy – Lara Pulver and Peter Davison join London cast

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for the Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly. A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by […]

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Musical Theatre 2015 Preview – all you need to know

You can’t get more comprehensive than this, here’s a preview of all the 2015 musical theatre openings we know about so far in the West End, on the London Fringe and across the UK. JANUARY: Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – Playhouse, London The UK premiere of David Yazbek and Jeffrey Lane’s […]

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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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Imelda Staunton leads West End transfer of Chichester’s Gypsy

Imelda Staunton will star as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s sell-out Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, the first to be seen in London for 40 years. This strictly limited season opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015. Further casting for Gypsy, which goes on sale today […]

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Stephen Mear travels from Gypsy to the City of Angels in Part Two of our exclusive interview

Last week Gypsy opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and among the rave reviews were comments such as: “Stephen Mear’s choreography is a joy” (The Stage) and “Stephen Mear’s choreography has a bright-eyed wit” (London Evening Standard).  Olivier Award-winning STEPHEN MEAR has become hugely respected in the industry as both a choreographer and director. At Chichester, where he is […]

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Gypsy – Chichester Festival Theatre

Gypsy continues at the Chichester Festival Theatre until 8 November. Gypsy is considered to be the best showbiz musical of all time and this production proves it. The news that Imelda Staunton was to be reunited with Jonathan Kent, who directed her in Sweeney Todd, created quite a buzz and raised very high expectations. Those expectations are well […]

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Choreographer Stephen Mear reveals all about Gypsy at Chichester

Tonight is an important date in Olivier Award-winning choreographer STEPHEN MEAR’s diary – it’s the hotly anticipated official opening of Gypsy at the Chichester Festival Theatre, one of a line-up of shows he has collaborated on at the venue where he is an associate. In true Billy Elliot style, Mear began dancing at the age […]

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Imelda Staunton’s Gypsy headlines Chichester Festival Theatre season

Chichester Festival Theatre’s much-anticipated production of Gypsy, starring Imelda Staunton as Mama Rose, will open on 14 October (running to 8 November) in the newly refurbished main house as part of the 2014 season. The production will reunite Staunton with director Jonathan Kent, following their award-winning collaboration on Sweeney Todd. Also in the cast will be Lara […]

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Patti LuPone – Leicester Square Theatre

Playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, London until 23rd June. It’s not often we get a real live Broadway musical theatre legend in the West End and fans, among them Adele, were out in force for Patti LuPone’s opening night at the Leicester Square Theatre. A belter in the Ethel Merman tradition and an actress […]

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Barbra Streisand – O2 Arena

Barbra Streisand performed at the O2 on June 1 and 3. Something of a miracle happened when Barbra Streisand succeeded in turning the cold and unwelcoming atmosphere of the O2 into an intimate family reunion. Where else but at this venue are you denied to move to better empty seats at intermission since you paid […]

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