Tag Archives | Joe DiPietro

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me – Tony Kiser Theatre, New York

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me continues at the Tony Kiser Theatre, New York until 11 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Val Vigoda is virtually a one-woman band in the exhilarating Off-Broadway musical, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me. Most of the time, she is furiously bowing away on her electric violin, sometimes beating […]

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The Toxic Avenger heads to the Arts Theatre for strictly limited season

Hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger will follow its London debut at the Southwark Playhouse last year with a transfer to the Arts Theatre this autumn. Directed by Benji Sperring, the European premiere production of the show – based on a 1980s cult classic sci-fi comedy film from genre filmmakers Troma Entertainment – will play […]

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The Toxic Avenger – Southwark Playhouse

The Toxic Avenger continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 21 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s a tale as old as time. Boy meets blind girl, turns toxic due to exposure to hazardous waste, goes on to save the environment and eventually wins over the girl. Okay, so it might not quite […]

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The Toxic Avenger European premiere – casting details

Mark Anderson will play the title role in the European premiere of the hit Off-Broadway rock musical The Toxic Avenger when it opens at London’s Southwark Playhouse next month. The actor, who played Elder Thomas in the original West End cast of The Book of Mormon, will play Toxie the Toxic Avenger in the production […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Above the Arts Theatre

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues at Above the Arts Theatre, London until 18 July. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ These days Joe DiPietro is best known for Broadway and West End musical Memphis, for which he wrote the book and, with composer David Bryan, co-wrote the lyrics. But the smaller scale […]

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Love Me Tender – full cast revealed for UK and Ireland tour

The full cast has been revealed for the UK and Ireland tour of Love Me Tender, the new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley. The tour will open on Friday 5 June 2015 at the Manchester Opera House. Joining the previously announced Mica Paris as Sylvia will be Sian Reeves as Mayor Matilda Hyde and Shaun Williamson as Jim with Ben Lewis as Chad. The […]

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Elvis musical Love Me Tender will tour from June 2015

The UK tour of Love Me Tender – a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of Elvis Presley – will open on Friday 5 June 2015 at the Manchester Opera House. Casting will be announced shortly. From the producers of Hairspray, Jersey Boys and West Side Story, Love Me Tender is a feel-good musical featuring Elvis Presley’s greatest hits. In a small town in 1950s America, a […]

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Memphis the Musical – Original London Cast Album

Newly crowned as the West End’s Best New Musical at the WhatsOnStage Awards, Memphis the Musical is set in the world of underground R&B clubs in 1950s Tennessee. Killian Donnelly stars as Huey Calhoun, the white radio DJ who faces wrath – and outright racism – as he brings the clubs’ “race music” to wider […]

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Beverley Knight extends her run in Memphis the Musical

Queen of British soul, Beverley Knight who stars as Felicia Farrell alongside Killian Donnelly as Huey Calhoun, has announced that she will be extending her run in Memphis the Musical until July 2015. The production, which is currently nominated for ten publicly-voted WhatsOnStage Awards, continues to book through to 31 October 2015. Producers of the musical, which recently celebrated its 100th performance at the Shaftesbury Theatre, […]

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Memphis the Musical – Shaftesbury Theatre

Memphis the Musical continues at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. If you happen to be pining for the Great White Way, then a trip to the Shaftesbury Theatre may be in order, for while Memphis the Musical isn’t perfect, it boasts many of the qualities that make Broadway shows so special. Set in 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, […]

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Memphis the Musical begins rehearsals – new images

Rehearsals have now begun for the West End production of hit Broadway musical Memphis, which will have preview performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London from 9 October 2014 with opening night on 23 October. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe […]

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I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – Battersea Barge

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change continues at the Battersea Barge, London until 17 July. Love in all its guises is the backbone of most musicals – and nowhere more so than in this structured revue with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro (whose Memphis will open in the West End later this year) and music by Jimmy Roberts. […]

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West End production of Memphis – full cast revealed

Casting was announced today for the West End production of Broadway musical Memphis, which will have preview performances at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London from 9 October 2014 with opening night on 23 October. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Memphis has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan and book by Joe DiPietro. […]

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West End production of Memphis will star Beverley Knight

Award-winning recording artist Beverley Knight will star as club singer ‘Felicia’ in the Broadway musical Memphis when it opens at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in October 2014. Preview performances begin on 9 October and opening night is 23 October. The musical won four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical and has a Grammy Award-winning original score by Bon Jovi founding […]

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