Tag Archives | Laura Pitt-Pulford

Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night – Cadogan Hall

Sondheim: Smiles of a Summer Night at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Two hours of nothing but Sondheim with an orchestra of 33, eight gifted soloists, 11 backing singers and 24 examples of his finest work – no wonder there were plenty of Smiles of a Summer […]

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Stars line up to record composer Alexander S Bermange’s comic catalogue

Musical comedy composer Alexander S. Bermange has assembled a star-studded line-up of stage and screen favourites to record a double album of his songs. Whit & Whimsy features special performances of some of Bermange’s most popular comic creations by stars including Miriam Margolyes, Nigel Planer, Tracie Bennett and Ian Bartholomew. Produced by Mike Dixon, the […]

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Side Show at Southwark Playhouse – full cast details

Full casting details have been released for the new production of Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. Haydn Oakley, Jay Marsh, Dominic Hodson, Christopher Howell, Lala Barlow, Oliver Marshall, David Muscat, Nuwan Hugh Perera, Agnes Pure, Nuno Queimado, Kirstie Skivington and Genevieve Taylor will join […]

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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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Interview – Clare Burt on Flowers for Mrs Harris and creating new work

Actress CLARE BURT (This is My Family, London Road) has returned to Sheffield Theatres to take on the title role in the world premiere of Flowers for Mrs Harris, Daniel Evans’ final production as artistic director at the venue (opening tonight, 23 May). The new musical by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and Rachel Wagstaff (Birdsong, Moonshadow), based […]

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Side Show – Louise Dearman and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

First casting details have been released for the Broadway musical Side Show which will receive its UK premiere in October at the Southwark Playhouse. Louise Dearman, the first actress to star as both Glinda and Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked, has been cast as Daisy Hilton, and Laura Pitt-Pulford, an Olivier Award nominee this year […]

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New musical Flowers for Mrs Harris – Anna-Jane Casey, Rebecca Caine and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Full casting details for Flowers for Mrs Harris, Daniel Evans’ final production as Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, have been announced. The new musical by Richard Taylor (The Go-Between, Tom’s Midnight Garden) and Rachel Wagstaff (Birdsong, Moonshadow), based on American writer Paul Gallico’s (The Poseidon Adventure) novel is due to have its world premiere at the Sheffield Crucible in May. […]

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Julie Atherton – Crazy Coqs

Julie Atherton performs at the Crazy Coqs, London until 20 February. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Making her debut at Crazy Coqs, Julie Atherton comes with an extensive background in musical theatre. She created the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the hit show Avenue Q and has played the lead […]

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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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Oliver! at Leicester Curve – Peter Polycarpou, Cat Simmons and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Curve today announced casting for the theatre’s production of Lionel Bart’s classic musical, Oliver! Marking the first Christmas under Curve’s new leadership team of chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster, the news comes at the end of Curve’s most successful year to date, which saw the theatre’s turnover reach £7.8 million, their […]

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The Smallest Show on Earth – Theatre Royal, Glasgow and Touring

The Smallest Show on Earth continues at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow until 31 October, then tours until 28 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Provincial England merges into silver-screen fantasy in this disarmingly romantic show born out of the union of a 1957 Ealing-styled British film comedy (starring Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers) […]

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The Smallest Show on Earth – the Irving Berlin family pays special visit

Irving Berlin’s family, including the great composer’s daughter Linda Emmet, paid a special visit to watch new touring musical The Smallest Show on Earth at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, meeting up with the cast and producers Brian Eastman and Christabel Albery. The new musical comedy is based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has […]

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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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First look at new musical comedy The Smallest Show On Earth

New images have been released for the new musical comedy based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, contains some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Shakin’ the Blues Away’, ‘Let Yourself Go’, ‘Steppin’ Out With My […]

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Interview – Alex Gaumond feels blessed to be in Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park

ALEX GAUMOND is playing Adam Pontipee in the current Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, heading up the cast with Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly. The Canadian actor and singer recently took on the role of Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd at the ENO, played opposite Robert Lindsay in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy), and portrayed Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the […]

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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers – Regents Park’s Open Air Theatre

Seven Brides For Seven Brothers continues at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre until 29 August. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The story of the seven Pontipee brothers’ search for wives in rural 19th century Oregon worked in the iconic 1954 MGM film and it works extremely well here too because it contains so many basic […]

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Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park – check out new production images

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers opens tomorrow (23 July), running until 29 August. Here are some super new images of the show from our official photographer Roy Tan. Led by Alex Gaumond as Adam and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly, the full cast of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers includes Rosanna Bates, David Burrows, Angela Caesar, Matthew Clark, […]

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Seven Brides at Regent’s Park – recording to be released plus new images

A new recording of songs from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers is to be released by JAY Records to coincide with Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production, which runs from 16 July to 29 August. The recording features cast members Laura Pitt-Pulford, Alex Gaumond and Sam O’Rourke performing iconic songs from this classic musical, alongside the National Symphony Orchestra. The CD, which is now available for pre-order […]

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New touring musical The Smallest Show On Earth showcases the music of Irving Berlin

A new musical comedy based on the Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show On Earth, with a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, will contain some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Shakin’ the Blues Away’, ‘Let Yourself Go’, ‘Steppin’ Out With My Baby’ and ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, as well as […]

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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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Elaine Paige judges the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Twelve student finalists from top drama schools across the UK will compete for the title of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY), on Sunday 17 May at 3pm at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End. Each student will sing a song by Stephen Sondheim and, at his personal request, […]

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Seven Brides at Regent’s Park – Laura Pitt-Pulford and Alex Gaumond cast

Lead casting for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2015 production of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers has been confirmed, with Alex Gaumond as Adam and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Milly. Director Rachel Kavanaugh reunites the creative team behind 2013’s award-winning production of The Sound of Music. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers will run from 16 July to 29 August (press night is 23 July). Laura Pitt-Pulford played Maria in The Sound […]

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Follies in Concert – Jennifer Coolidge and Stefanie Powers join cast

Further star casting has been announced for Follies in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 28 April 2015 in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday year, including Jennifer Coolidge, Alexander Hanson, Stefanie Powers, Alistair Brammer and Laura Pitt-Pulford. The musical will be directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and will also feature […]

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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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The Sound of Music – Curve, Leicester

The Sound of Music continues at Curve, Leicester until 17 January 2015. Laura Pitt-Pulford’s Maria in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music whirls round tree trunks and straps a guitar on her back to cycle away from the Abbey. So when, head held high, she sings ‘I Have Confidence in Me’, it has force as well […]

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An Afternoon with the Sondheim Society – Alex Parker & Friends

An Afternoon with the Sondheim Society and… Alex Parker & Friends at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. For a young man of 23, multi-talented Alex Parker has packed plenty into his burgeoning career. But you ain’t heard nothing yet. This fiercely ambitious musical director-pianist-composer’s credits already include a concert version of A Little Night Music, […]

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Curve’s The Sound of Music – Michael French and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

Michael French and Laura Pitt-Pulford will lead the cast of Leicester Curve’s production of The Sound of Music – directed by Paul Kerryson – as Captain Von Trapp and Maria Rainer respectively. Also in the cast are Emma Clifford (Baroness Elsa Schraeder), Emma Harrold (Liesl Von Trapp), Mark Inscoe (Max Dettweiler), Lucy Schaufer (Mother Abbess), Annie Wensak (Frau Schmidt) and Jack Wilcox (Rolf Gruber). The production opens on […]

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The Return of the Soldier – Jermyn Street Theatre

The Return of the Soldier continues at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London until 20 September. Simon Anthony Wells’ set for The Return of the Soldier is poignantly evocative of the period in a year when we are thinking so much about the First World War which began exactly a century ago. One side of the stage is […]

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Marry Me a Little returns to St James Studio for extra week

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run in August, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little will return to St James Studio, London for an extra week of performances from 6–11 October 2014. Marry Me a Little pieces together a selection of songs by Stephen Sondheim to tell a tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern singleton. […]

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Marry Me a Little – St James Studio Theatre

Marry Me a Little continues at the St James Studio Theatre, London until 10 August. The chemistry between extravagantly talented Laura Pitt-Pulford and the perfectly-pitched Simon Bailey in this slight but charming two-hander turns a reed-thin storyline of New York love and loss, ecstasy and regret, into a hypnotic Sondheim hour that passes all too quickly. […]

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Marry Me a Little – Simon Bailey and Laura Pitt-Pulford cast

When Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little returns to the London stage for the first time in 17 years in a brand new production at St James Studio, Simon Bailey will star as Man and Laura Pitt-Pulford will star as Woman (the production runs from 29 July to 10 August, press night is 31 July). Simon Bailey was most recently seen as Liam in […]

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Julie Atherton – Tempting Fate – St James Theatre Studio

Julie Atherton’s show Tempting Fate was performed at the St James Studio Theatre, London. The second London Festival of Cabaret got up a head of steam with the delightful Julie Atherton at St James Studio, her vibrant collection of newer songs a distinct contrast to the more nostalgic material we heard from Simon Green at […]

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