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Honeymoon in Vegas The Musical in Concert – London Palladium

Honeymoon in Vegas was performed at the London Palladium. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) once again proved itself to the most exciting new force on the London theatre scene with a spectacular concert staging of Jason Robert Brown’s playful Honeymoon in Vegas at the Palladium. The event – […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Maxwell Caulfield and Simon Lipkin join cast

Maxwell Caulfield, Rosemary Ashe, Nicolas Colicos and Simon Lipkin have joined the principal cast for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s concert staging of Honeymoon in Vegas at the London Palladium on 12 March. Caulfield (Guys and Dolls), Ashe (Sister Act), Colicos (Annie Get Your Gun) and Lipkin (Guys and Dolls) will join the previously announced […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Samantha Barks and Arthur Darvill cast in LMTO concert

After the success of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s State Fair at the Cadogan Hall in November last year and the concert of Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol (Lyceum Theatre, December 2016), initial casting has been announced for The London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s first concert of the 2017 season, the hit Broadway musical Honeymoon […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Jason Robert Brown to conduct LMTO concert debut

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will be the guest conductor when London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s plays a concert staging of his musical Honeymoon in Vegas next month. A patron of the LMTO, Brown will be the 30-strong orchestra’s first guest conductor when Honeymoon in Vegas receives its UK premiere at the London Palladium on 12 […]

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Samantha Barks – Live at Zedel

Samantha Barks performed in cabaret at Live at Zedel, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fresh from an American tour, a new album launch and fantastic run of The Last Five Years as Cathy at St James Theatre, Samantha Barks treated the Zedel audience to an intimate evening of vocal acrobatics as she took us through the […]

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The Last Five Years – St James Theatre

The Last Five Years continues at the St James Theatre, London until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The songs from Jason Robert Brown’s high concept musical The Last Five Years have become so popular amongst performers that the show has a tendency to become a collection of audition songs […]

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Encore – 40 Years of NYMT – Adelphi Theatre

Encore – 40 Years of NYMT was held at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT) turned 40 this year, and in celebration the Adelphi Theatre played host to a spectacular one-off gala that featured the current crop of members and also reunited some of […]

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Shoshana Bean – The Singers Lounge

Shoshana Bean at The Singers Lounge, London (future dates are 25/26 September and 2/3 October). Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Girl power ruled Shoshana Bean’s Sunday night musical theatre special at a sold-out Singers Lounge with the effervescent, chutzpah-loaded Broadway star surrounding herself with three of the West End’s finest, Eva […]

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Monsta Productions makes pro debut with The Last Five Years

North West-based Monsta Productions has announced its first professional production will be Jason Robert Brown’s popular musical The Last Five Years. Set up by artistic director John Garfield-Roberts to give professional actors in the North West work in the local area, Monsta Productions’ first show will play the Forum Theatre in Garfield-Roberts’ home city of Chester […]

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Jason Robert Brown to direct his The Last Five Years at St James Theatre

Multi-award winning Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown will direct a new London production of his acclaimed musical The Last Five Years at the St James Theatre in October. Stage and screen rising stars Samantha Barks and Jonathan Bailey will star in the production which will play the London venue from Friday 28 October until Saturday […]

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Parade – Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester

Parade continues at the Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester until 5 June. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Dubbed ‘the ultimate feel-bad musical’ when it opened on Broadway to mixed reviews in 1998, this unflinching depiction of injustice and intolerance in America’s Deep South in the early 20th century has gained a growing reputation over the last few […]

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The Last Five Years – New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

The Last Five Years continues at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich until 11 March. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Jason Robert Brown’s song cycle The Last Five Years is the story of the breakdown of a relationship, starting at the end. So we first meet Cathy reading Jamie’s goodbye letter, before […]

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New Manchester theatre and Aria Entertainment join forces on production of Parade

A cross-country partnership between a London arts producer and Manchester’s newest theatre space will be launched in May with a revival of the classic musical Parade. Aria Entertainment, the producers behind new musical showcase From Page to Stage and recent productions of Seasons of Larson, Tommy, Jerry’s Girls and Marry Me a Little, has joined forces with the […]

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Parade – London Theatre Workshop

Parade continues at the London Theatre Workshop until 13 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Some of the most exciting theatre takes place on the London Fringe – and certainly the best value – so why even think of paying vast sums for some of the tat that gets into the West End when you can feast on […]

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New staging of Parade at London Theatre Workshop in September

For a strictly limited two-week run (1–13 September), a new revival of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade will play the intimate London Theatre Workshop with a cast of 13 actors in multiple roles. This ambitious new production stars Ross Barnes (Carousel, Opera North; Little Shop of Horrors, White Bear/Landor) as Leo Frank and Lily De-La-Haye as Lucille Frank. Daniel […]

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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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The Last Five Years – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

The Last Five Years continues at the Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast until4 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ The Irish premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s touching two-hander The Last Five Years finds Belfast’s Blunt Fringe Productions measurably growing in confidence in a compact but altogether captivating production by director Stephen Whitson. Founded in late 2013, […]

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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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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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Amy Lennox replaces Laura Tebbutt in The Last Five Years at Lyric Belfast

Amy Lennox will play Cathy opposite Fra Fee as Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s award-winning musical The Last Five Years at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast from 24 June to 4 July 2015, replacing the previously-announced Laura Tebbutt who is no longer available for the run. Lennox will then go straight into rehearsals for the UK premiere of Kinky […]

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Competition – Win a copy of The Last Five Years on DVD

Following an exclusive two-week theatrical run at The Empire Leicester Square, the movie adaptation of Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown’s hit Off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years is being released on VOD (Video on Demand) on 1 May and DVD on 4 May. And we have TWO copies of the forthcoming DVD release to give away! The Last Five […]

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Interview – Richard LaGravenese, director of The Last Five Years movie

RICHARD LaGRAVENESE is the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of, among many other hit movies, The Fisher King (which was nominated for ‘Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen’ at the 1992 American Academy Awards), The Bridges of Madison County, PS I Love You and, most recently, The Last Five Years, a film that he also directed and […]

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Interview – Jeremy Jordan, star of The Last Five Years movie

Starring alongside Anna Kendrick in the lead role of Jamie Wellerstein in the big screen adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years is the Grammy and Tony-nominated JEREMY JORDAN, who’s best known as a leading man on Broadway, having appeared as Jack Kelly in Alan Menken and Jack Feldman’s Newsies (2012) and as […]

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The Last Five Years movie has two-week run at Empire Leicester Square

Based on Tony Award-winning Jason Robert Brown’s hit Off-Broadway musical, The Last Five Years will receive an exclusive two-week theatrical run at The Empire Leicester Square from 17 April before being released on VOD (Video on Demand) on 1 May and DVD on 4 May. The Last Five Years stars Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan […]

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Jason Robert Brown’s Songs For a New World revived at St James Theatre

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 will run at the St James Theatre for three weeks only (22 July–8 August), directed by Adam Lenson. Songs For a New World weaves characters, locations and time periods together in […]

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Honeymoon in Vegas – Nederlander Theatre, New York

Honeymoon in Vegas continues at the Nederlander Theatre, New York. 4 stars **** There’s nothing to take serious about Honeymoon in Vegas, except for the craft of putting together a highly entertaining happy-go-lucky musical. That craft is on serious display in this new Broadway offering. Jason Robert Brown’s delectable score, Andrew Bergman’s gag-filled book and Gary […]

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Broadway stream of openings kick off with Honeymoon in Vegas

Looking to the first half of 2015 on Broadway, let’s hope that musical first-nighters have a good supply of umbrellas on hand. As Al Jolson liked to tells us, April is celebrated for its showers, and in the last-minute crunch for Tony Award eligibility for the 2014-15 season (23 April is the cut-off date), an […]

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The Last Five Years movie trailer released today

The movie trailer for The Last Five Years, based on the hit Off-Broadway musical, and starring Academy Award nominee Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan, has been released today. A touching story of heartbreak and passion, The Last Five Years is an honest and funny portrayal of the highs and lows of a five year relationship. Told almost […]

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My Lifelong Love – An Evening With Georgia Stitt and Friends – Garrick Theatre

My Lifelong Love – An Evening With Georgia Stitt and Friends was performed at the Garrick Theatre, London. US composer and lyricist Georgia Stitt’s performance in My Lifelong Love at the Garrick Theatre marked her solo West End debut. The show featured songs from her three albums: This Ordinary Thursday, Alphabet City Cycle and My Lifelong Love, and also her shows […]

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Interview – US composer/lyricist Georgia Stitt makes her West End debut

US composer, lyricist, arranger, performer, teacher and producer Georgia Stitt makes her West End theatre debut on Sunday 26 October at the Garrick Theatre. In her new show, My Lifelong Love, she will be performing some of her best-known songs from her many albums, with guests including Simon Bailey, Norman Bowman, Cynthia Erivo, Jamie Muscato, Eva Noblezada […]

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Broadway and Off-Broadway season – we preview what’s ahead

Ron Cohen writes: It’s almost autumn in New York but the thrill of first-nighting (as Vernon Duke expressed it in his classic song) won’t be felt on Broadway – at least as far as musicals are concerned – until mid-October when the first one of the fall opens, a revival of the enduring 1944 landmark On the Town. […]

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Parade – Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Parade continues at C too until 24 August. Although Jason Robert Brown’s Tony Award-winning play is now some 15 years old, it is a seldom-performed show. One of the constraints is the scale of the cast: this production is to be applauded in bringing this rarely seen piece to the Fringe. Set in the American […]

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Tony Awards 2014 – Gentleman’s Guide and Hedwig come out on top

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder climaxed it lucky streak in this year’s theatrical award races this season by capturing  the coveted Tony Award for Best Musical of the 2013-14 Broadway season. It also picked up three other Tony trophies. Voters, however, spread their love widely among the musical nominees at the Tony Awards […]

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Gentleman’s Guide wins big at Drama Desk Awards

Persistence is paying off for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. The Broadway musical, which has already garnered ten Tony Award nominations (the Tony winners will be announced on 8 June), has now added seven Drama Desk Awards to its laurels. The show opened in the fall and had been struggling with weak ticket sales […]

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The Last Five Years – Kings Arms, Salford

The Last Five Years continues at the Kings Arms, Salford until 13 April. This Sondheim-esque song cycle, first staged in Chicago in 2001 and revived several times in cities across the globe since, makes great use of the Kings Arms’ bijou performance space. In fact, director James Baker’s staging of The Last Five Years is so intimate that as […]

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The Bridges of Madison County – New York

The Bridges of Madison County continues at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York for an open-ended run. The joy and pain of a sequestered, briefly realised but undying love are rendered both intelligently and passionately in The Bridges of Madison County, the new Broadway musical adapted from the 1992 novel of the same name by […]

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Carin Filipcic – Telling Stories – Theater Akzent, Vienna

Carin Filipcic performed Telling Stories at the Theater Akzent, Vienna. After appearing in numerous productions (Der Mann von la Mancha, Xanadu, Rebecca, Romeo & Julia, Mozart) in both Austria and Germany, as well as performing in various concerts and cabarets, Austria’s first lady of musicals, Carin Filipcic, presented her first ever programme entitled Telling Stories at […]

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Feinstein headlines London Festival of Cabaret

London will celebrate all things cabaret in the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret which will see the genre playing in venues across the capital from Tuesday, 22nd October-Friday, 15th November. The festival will give audiences the opportunity to see world-class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret before. The London Festival […]

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