Tag Archives | Jerry Mitchell

West End Bares reveals Ruby Strippers theme

Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn will open this year’s Wizard of Oz-inspired edition of West End Bares, the burlesque-flavoured fundraiser which will play London’s Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October. Performing a track specially written for the occasion by The Book of Mormon’s Mark Anderson and That Bloody Woman composer Luke di Somma, the Show […]

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West End Bares is staged at the Novello Theatre in October

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will return to the Novello Theatre for two shows on Sunday 29 October. Tickets are now on sale for the annual event which is staged in aid of the Make A Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. An ‘Early Bird’ offer of 20% off the […]

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West End Bares – Excalibare – Novello Theatre

West End Bares – Excalibare at the Novello Theatre, London. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is happy news indeed that West End Bares has been staged in a legitimate theatre for the first time. It’s where it belongs, like its Broadway equivalent. True, the first six years at the legendary Café de […]

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Kinky Boots celebrates first West End birthday and booking extends to May 2017

Triple Olivier Award winner Kinky Boots has extended its West End run to at least Saturday 6 May 2017. Just a day after the production celebrated its first birthday in the West End, tickets went on sale for the new extended booking period at London’s Adelphi Theatre. The exuberant show recently celebrated adding three Oliviers (Best New […]

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West End Bares: Excalibare – hosts include Graham Norton, Ramin Karimloo and Gina Beck

TheatreMAD (Make A Difference Trust) has revealed that Graham Norton will once again host this year’s West End Bares: Excalibare at the Novello Theatre on Sunday 25 September at 7pm and 9.30pm. Norton will be joined by West End star co-hosts, Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies), Gina Beck (Show Boat, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera) and Ben Freeman (The Rocky Horror Show, […]

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Excalibare theme announced for West End Bares 2016

The organisers of burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares have announced the theme for this year’s event at the Novello Theatre in September. Promising to take its audience on an epic medieval adventure, West End Bares: EXCALIBARE will feature more than 100 performers who will take to the stage for two performances on the evening of 25 […]

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West End Bares heads for the Novello

Burlesque-flavoured fundraiser West End Bares will play two shows at the Novello Theatre in September. Now in its seventh year, the show which is staged in aid of the Make a Difference Trust, the UK-based charity involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS, will play two performances on the evening of 25 September. Based on the […]

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NBC’s Hairspray Live! – Martin Short and Derek Hough join cast

Comedian and actor Martin Short and dancer Derek Hough are the latest big name stars to join the cast of US broadcaster NBC’s Hairspray Live! Award-winning comedy star Short will play Wilbur Turnblad while Dancing With the Stars stalwart turned actor Hough will play Corny Collins in the production alongside the already announced Broadway legend Harvey […]

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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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On Your Feet! – Marquis Theatre, New York

On Your Feet! continues at the Marquis Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “You’re a born artist, my little angel. And one day you’re going to be a big star!” That’s what Jos Fajardo, a Cuban-born US soldier serving in Vietnam says in a taped message to his little daughter […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – New Wimbledon Theatre and Touring

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels continues at the New Wimbledon Theatre, London until 24 October and then on tour until 28 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Since Musical Theatre Review saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in the early stages of its tour at the Liverpool Empire in July, Gary Wilmot has taken over […]

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West End Bares 2015 – Take Off – Café De Paris

West End Bares 2015 – Take Off was performed at the Café De Paris, London. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s hard to believe that West End Bares is already in its sixth year, so thanks to director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell for importing the project from Broadway to London like he has just done with Kinky […]

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Kinky Boots – Adelphi Theatre

Kinky Boots continues at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ One by one, British-inspired movies are popping up in musical stage adaptations, although unlike Bend It Like Beckham (currently running at the Phoenix Theatre) and Made in Dagenham (this show’s predecessor at the Adelphi), Kinky Boots originally opened on Broadway […]

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Interview – George Stiles and Anthony Drewe on being partners in rhyme

This summer has seen the opening of The 3 Little Pigs, the brand new family musical from multi award-winning British songwriting duo GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE. Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) have put their own musical twist on the retelling of this classic fairy tale which will play at the Palace Theatre until Sunday 6 September […]

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Theatre MAD presents West End Bares 2015 Take Off on 20 September

Theatre MAD (Make A Difference Trust) presents West End Bares 2015 ‘Take Off’ at the Café De Paris, London on Sunday 20 September 2015 at 9.30pm and midnight. Tickets are available from www.madtrust.org.uk. The Make A Difference Trust is a UK-based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS. Building on the legacy of […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Empire Theatre, Liverpool and Touring

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was reviewed at the Empire Theatre, Liverpool and continues its UK tour until 28 November 2015. Rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ It may not have lasted the course in the West End but that hasn’t and isn’t stopping Jerry Mitchell’s UK production and new cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels giving the audience exactly what they […]

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Kinky Boots – Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry lead cast

Casting for the UK premiere of Kinky Boots sees Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry portray the central characters Charlie and Lola at the heart of the story. Joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George). Kinky Boots will open at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015, with previews from 21 August. With a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony Award-winner […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels tour – full casting announced

The national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, opening at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on 5 May 2015, will star Michael Praed as Lawrence, Noel Sullivan as Freddy, Carley Stenson as Christine and Mark Benton as Andre. They are joined by Geraldine Fitzgerald as Muriel. The rest of the company includes Emma Caffrey; Andy Conaghan; Phoebe Coupe; Soophia Faroughi; Jonny Godbold; Orla Gormley; Patrick Harper; Justin Lee-Jones; Jordan Livesey; Lisa Mathieson; Andy […]

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Kinky Boots – tickets go on sale on 2 March

Tickets for the UK premiere of Kinky Boots, Broadway’s high-heeled hit, will go on sale from Monday 2 March 2015, and will open at London’s Adelphi Theatre on 15 September 2015, with previews from 21 August. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and songs by Grammy-winning pop artist Cyndi […]

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Kinky Boots opens at the Adelphi Theatre in September 2015

The UK premiere of multi award-winning musical Kinky Boots will open in the West End on 15 September at the Adelphi Theatre, with previews from 21 August 2015. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein, music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ends West End run in March before tour

After a successful year in London at the Savoy Theatre, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will be moving on to pastures new with international productions in Australia, South Korea and Germany and on a two-year national UK tour. London theatregoers have until 7 March to book tickets. Starting at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre on 5 May, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels continues at the Savoy Theatre, London. Cast changes in West End shows are difficult things to get right, especially when named stars leave. Where Dirty Rotten Scoundrels succeeds is to replace actors not renowned for their musical theatre CV, such as Rufus Hound and Samantha Bond, with a cast list whose credentials cannot […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels set to tour the UK in 2015

A national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will open at the New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham on 5 May 2015 where it plays until 16 May 2015 (the musical then goes on to visit Sunderland, Glasgow, Liverpool, Torquay, Stoke, Oxford and Edinburgh). The West End production of the show continues to play at the Savoy Theatre. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels opened in the West End […]

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Gary Wilmot and Bonnie Langford join cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Bonnie Langford (Spamalot, Chicago, Cats, Dr Who, Just William, Bugsy Malone) and Gary Wilmot (The Pajama Game, Chicago, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Me and My Girl) will be joining the cast of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at The Savoy Theatre from 16 September 2014. Gary Wilmot will be playing Andre Thibault, Beaumont-Sur-Mer’s Chief of Police, the sidekick and partner in crime to […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – what a song and dance

Musical Theatre Review’s Paul Vale had to ‘work’ for his press ticket to a special Dirty Rotten Scoundrels media night at the Savoy Theatre. You have to hand it to the team at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, they certainly know how to make the press work hard for their complimentary ticket. A digital press night took place […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels continues at the Savoy Theatre, London. Billy Elliot, The Commitments, The Bodyguard, Once, not to mention forthcoming stage versions of Made in Dagenham and Back to the Future; those musical adaptations of movies just keep on coming. This time it’s Jeffrey Lane and David Yazbek’s take on Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (the 1988 Michael […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels – West End launch

Musical theatre fans, don your bow ties, shine your shoes and brace yourselves. In only a few weeks, with previews beginning at the Savoy Theatre on 10 March, one of the most highly anticipated theatrical events of the year arrives – the UK premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Librettist Jeffrey Lane and composer/lyricist David Yazbek’s […]

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels reaches West End – Robert Lindsay and Rufus Hound star

The UK Premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels will arrive at London’s Savoy Theatre in March 2014 starring Olivier, Tony and BAFTA award-winning actor Robert Lindsay (Me And My Girl, Becket, Oliver! and My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors, Celebrity Juice) as the comedy duo Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson. Katherine Kingsley joins the pair as Christine Colgate (A Midsummer […]

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