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Follies at the National Theatre – Philip Quast joins Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee

National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris has confirmed details of next year’s much-anticipated production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Broadway musical Follies, Starring the multi-award winning duo of Imelda Staunton and Janie Dee, the show will play the Olivier Theatre at a date which has yet to be confirmed. Imelda Staunton plays Sally Durant Plummer, Janie Dee […]

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Staunton and Dee heading for Follies at the National

Multi award-winner Imelda Staunton is to return to the music of Stephen Sondheim to star in next year’s National Theatre production of Broadway musical Follies, directed by Dominic Cooke. The actress, who won rave reviews for her performance as Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy, will co-star with Olivier Award winner Janie Dee (Carousel) […]

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Janie Dee and her Gentlemen – The Pheasantry

Janie Dee and her Gentlemen continues at The Pheasantry, London until 14 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s not every night Stevie Wonder, Spike Milligan, Alan Ayckbourn, Kander and Ebb, Sondheim, Gershwin, Bacharach, Lerner and The Cure appear on the same bill but that’s what we got -– and more […]

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Farewell to Ruth Leon at London’s Crazy Coqs

The Crazy Coqs, the premier cabaret room in the West End, is no more – it reopens in September rebranded as Tonight At Zedel under its new artistic director, American singer-songwriter Scott Alan, with a broader canvas of activities aimed at making more use of the space. Much-loved programmer and host Ruth Leon said ‘Welcome […]

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CD review – Ms. A Song Cycle

Ms. A SONG CYCLE – Various Artists (SimG Records – SimGR-CD030) What a wonderful idea to help bring a bit more understanding of a truly dreadful disease – put it in song and get wonderful West End ladies to record the cycle, hopefully give it more substance and let the public know what it’s like to […]

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Christmas in the City – The Music of Barlow & Smith – The Pheasantry

Christmas in the City: The Music of Barlow & Smith at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Bella Barlow, a tall blonde from Devon who composes lovely music, and Alli Smith, a chatterbox brunette from Colorado who writes clever lyrics, met over a piano in Willesden Green and things […]

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Kings of Broadway – Palace Theatre

Kings of Broadway was performed at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Only five weeks after a glittering 85th birthday concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane came another Sondheim tribute at the Palace Theatre, this time also celebrating two other Kings of Broadway: the show tune champion Jerry Herman, composer […]

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The S&S Award Gala 2015 – St James Theatre

The S&S Award Gala was held at the St James Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Where is the home of new musical theatre writing in the UK? The West End houses 33 musicals currently – putting aside adaptations, jukebox musicals and classic works, only two of these could be considered new standalone original works. The National Theatre allows […]

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Interview – Richard Fleeshman celebrates the Kings of Broadway

Singer, actor and songwriter RICHARD FLEESHMAN will be appearing in Kings of Broadway, a special concert celebrating legendary composers Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, at London’s Palace Theatre on Sunday 29 November. The latest show from Alex Parker and Alastair Knights, the creative team behind the staging of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music which played the Palace […]

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Nigel Harman and Janie Dee lined up for S&S Awards Gala

Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman will host this year’s S&S Awards Gala at the St James Theatre, London on Sunday 15 November. The glittering celebration of new musical theatre will culminate in the announcement and presentation of the prestigious S&S Award 2015 by another Olivier Award winner, Janie Dee. Awarded to the work judged to […]

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Janie Dee performed at the St James Theatre Studio as part of the London Festival of Cabaret

Kings of Broadway concert – cast includes Richard Fleeshman and Janie Dee

The timeless music of legendary composers Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne will be celebrated in Kings of Broadway, a special concert at London’s Palace Theatre on Sunday 29 November. The latest from Alex Parker and Alastair Knights, the creative team behind the staging of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music which played the Palace in […]

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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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Mrs Henderson Presents – Tracie Bennett replaces Janie Dee

Rehearsals started today for the new British musical Mrs Henderson Presents, now starring Tracie Bennett (taking over from Janie Dee who has had to withdraw for personal reasons), which concludes the Theatre Royal Bath summer season, playing 15 August to 5 September, prior to a West End run. Bennett will be reunited with director Terry Johnson, having last […]

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Janie Dee and Friends – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Janie Dee and Friends at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London, as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ The candlelit beauty of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse was the perfect setting for double Olivier Award-winning actress and singer Janie Dee’s Jacobean cabaret, one of the highlights of the second week of the London Festival of […]

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Janie Dee – Dee-Licious, Lightful and Lovely! – Crazy Coqs

Janie Dee performs her show Dee-Licious, Lightful and Lovely! at the Crazy Coqs until 14 March. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Last night a packed audience filled with showbiz personalities was treated to a masterclass in cabaret perfection. The multi-talented Janie Dee entertained, enthralled and enchanted her many fans with glorious singing as well as amusing […]

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Janie Dee to star in new musical Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath

Janie Dee will star in the world premiere of Mrs Henderson Presents, the brand new musical based on the film starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. The show is part of Theatre Royal Bath’s summer season 2015 (15 August–5 September, press night is 26 August), prior to a West End run. The cast also includes actress Emma Williams […]

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Janie Dee performed at the St James Theatre Studio as part of the London Festival of Cabaret

Interview – New Mrs Henderson Janie Dee on returning to cabaret at the Crazy Coqs

Double Olivier Award-winner JANIE DEE is currently in the news for being cast in the title role of the new musical version of Mrs Henderson Presents at Theatre Royal Bath later this year. Below, the actress and singer talks to Barrie Jerram as she prepares to return to the world of cabaret at the Crazy Coqs: […]

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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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A Little Night Music – Palace Theatre

A Little Night Music 40th anniversary concert at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: 4 stars **** This semi-staged one-off concert version of A Little Night Music, perhaps the richest of all Stephen Sondheim’s scores in a most attractive and amusing storyline, was always likely to please and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Given that producer Alex Parker had assembled musical theatre’s creme de […]

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Janie Dee will perform in cabaret at London’s Kings Place

Olivier Award-winning musical theatre actress Janie Dee will present Wake Up With Janie Dee – a selection of cabaret songs and West End hits – on 8 February 2015, 11.30am, at Kings Place in London’s King’s Cross as part of Lucy Parham’s Word/Play coffee concert series (kingsplace.co.uk). Lucy Parham is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists. Dee is returning by […]

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The West End Goes MAD for Christmas album features host of theatre stars

Auburn Jam Records has announced the release of The West End Goes MAD For Christmas, a compilation album of Christmas songs by new writers, performed by a host of West End stars. The album will be officially released on 30 November to coincide with MAD Trust’s annual fundraiser, A West End Christmas, at St Paul’s (The […]

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I Went to a Marvellous Party – Cafe de Paris, London

I Went to a Marvellous Party at the Cafe de Paris, London. Like Noel Coward I too went to a marvellous party and the theme of the party was the Master himself – for it was his words and music that formed the cabaret. His play, Blithe Spirit, has enjoyed a successful run in the West End with […]

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London Festival of Cabaret 2014 line-up revealed

The London Festival of Cabaret is celebrating all things songbook in 2014, and this year will play at eight venues in the capital from Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 22 May. The programme will include an evening of conversation and song created by Festival patrons Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel, the French chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble, […]

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Janie Dee and Jason Carr – The Pheasantry

Janie Dee and Jason Carr performed their shows at The Pheasantry, London. It was little wonder that the divine Janie Dee chose the old Liza Minnelli number ‘Yes’ for her late-show cabaret at The Pheasantry as the Kander & Ebb classic encapsulates exactly the sort of trip this extraordinary actress-singer is on right now. You […]

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Putting It Together – St James Theatre

Putting It Together continues at the St James Theatre, London until 1 February. This is a lesser-known Stephen Sondheim revue that was first performed in 1992 at the Old Fire Station Studio Theatre in Oxford. Subsequent productions took place, notably in New York, Los Angeles and Chichester, each slightly different in song content and ‘story’. […]

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Singular Sensations – Janie Dee – Charing Cross Theatre

Singular Sensations – Janie Dee in conversation with Edward Seckerson at the Charing Cross Theatre, London. This was the third in the series in which music journalist (and one-time actor and singer) Edward Seckerson talks to musical performers about aspects of their lives and work. Kerry Ellis and Howard Goodall were the first two guests […]

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In conversation with Janie Dee

Barrie Jerram catches up with Olivier Award-winning actress and singer Janie Dee. This weekend versatile actress Janie Dee is the latest guest of Edward Seckerson in his Singular Sensations series at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. These shows have an ‘in conversation with…’ format as the writer and presenter encourages his guests to talk about their […]

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Janie Dee – St James Theatre Studio

Janie Dee performed in cabaret at the St James Studio Theatre, London as part of the London Festival of Cabaret. It would be hard to imagine a more fitting artist to end the first week of the London Festival of Cabaret than Janie Dee – a consummate performer who does not just sing a song […]

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Hairspray – new production at Leicester Curve stars David Witts

Curve Theatre, Leicester’s artistic director Paul Kerryson has revealed that a new production of Hairspray, with actor David Witts as Link Larkin, will open at the venue from 5 March 2014 (previews from 28 February) and run until 5 April. Witts trained with the National Youth Music Theatre and the National Youth Theatre of Great […]

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Putting It Together – G Live, Guildford

Putting It Together was performed at the G Live Studio, Guildford. The rarely-seen Sondheim revue Putting It Together, a veritable orgy of familiar and less familiar songs from the great man’s rich repertoire worked into an admittedly pretty flimsy storyline, made a welcome return with a classy cast of five at Guildford. First performed at […]

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Singular Sensations – Charing Cross Theatre

Edward Seckerson – formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s long-running musical theatre show Stage & Screen – is to host Singular Sensations, a series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. This winter’s inaugural season of intimate sessions will become a regular Sunday afternoon fixture for musical theatre enthusiasts. […]

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