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WhatsOnStage Awards 2017 – Half a Sixpence celebrates triple win

The winners have been announced at the Prince of Wales Theatre for the 17th annual WhatsOnStage Awards, presented by Simon Lipkin and Vikki Stone, celebrating the best of the UK’s theatre over the past year. The awards are the only major theatre prizes to be voted for entirely by the audience. Half a Sixpence was […]

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Interview – Frances Ruffelle invites you to a Wild Party at The Other Palace

FRANCES RUFFELLE has one of the most idiosyncratic voices of any singer in the West End or Broadway. Hers is a husky, sultry sound, with an unmistakeable rawness and vulnerability that is sure to make her the perfect fit for the role of Queenie in composer-lyricist Michael John LaChiusa’s version of The Wild Party, which opens […]

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Alain Boublil Masterclass – Montreuil, Paris

To paraphrase the Bible, ‘No one is a prophet in his own land’. Surely this no more true than in France, where Alain Boublil, the man who wrote the book and lyrics for two of the most successful musicals in the world, Les Misérables and Miss Saigon, is hardly a well-known name. Boublil held a […]

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Les Misérables – London cast update

The latest cast changes have been announced for Cameron Mackintosh’s record-breaking Les Misérables at London’s the Queen’s Theatre. From Monday 5 December Simon Gleeson will return to the role of Jean Valjean, a part he has already played in Manila, Singapore and on the show’s Australian tour. He will be joined by Lucy O’Byrne who […]

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Caroline Sheen – Feeling Lucky – Live At Zedel

Caroline Sheen – Feeling Lucky at Live At Zedel, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Feeling Lucky weren’t exactly the words used by the golden-voiced Caroline Sheen when she arrived at Live At Zedel with laddered tights and no spare pair, but by the end of a great-value, fun-filled set it was her […]

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Ramin Karimloo to join Anastasia Broadway cast

Tony-nominated star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is heading back to Broadway next year to take on a villainous role in the much-anticipated Anastasia. The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer, who is about to open in Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre, is the latest addition to the cast of the big […]

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The Miserables – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Just the Tonic at The Caves

The Miserables at Just the Tonic at The Caves (Venue 88), until 28 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ The plot for this show uses the device of one girl leaving and a new girl just starting. One dreams a dream (yes, really) of a life away from this place and her boss. The new […]

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Les Misérables versus Phantom – the charity football decider next month

Teams representing two of the West End’s biggest shows will take to the football field for the fifth time next month in the annual Les Misérables vs The Phantom of the Opera charity football match. Raising money this year for Macmillan Cancer Support and the road safety charity Brake, the star-studded event is being billed as ‘the decider’ […]

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Interview – Ramin Karimloo plays the London Palladium

Broadway and West End star RAMIN KARIMLOO will be performing a one-off performance at the London Palladium with his band, Sheytoons, on Saturday 16 July. The concert will feature a mix of musical theatre classics and his own ‘Broadgrass’ (a hybrid style inspired by his love of mainstream country and traditional bluegrass music) songs. Karimloo, […]

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Tom Solomon album hits top spot

Award-winning West End leading man Tom Solomon has had plenty of reason to celebrate. His self-produced classical crossover double album Beautiful Day reached No.1 slot in the iTunes classical album chart and number four in the vocals chart just days after its release. Songs included on the 28-track double album include recent rock chart hits ‘I Don’t Want to Miss […]

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West End Live 2016 – in words and pictures – ‘hate will never win’

West End Live is the musical theatre lovers’ event of the year and reminds us that we are spoilt for choice for theatre in London. Whether you pop down for a couple of hours or camp out from crazy o’clock to see your theatre favourites, you know you’re bound to have a wonderful weekend. Pictures: […]

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Cast changes for West End’s Les Misérables

Cast changes have been announced for the Queen’s Theatre production of Cameron Mackintosh’s record-breaking Les Misérables. On 13 June David Langham (Wendy & Peter Pan) will take over the role of Thénardier and Chris Cowley (The Last Five Years) will play Enjolras. The pair will join current cast Peter Lockyer (Jean Valjean), Jeremy Secomb (Javert), […]

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Samantha Barks – album and concert tour set for June

Stage and screen rising star Samantha Barks will release her debut studio album and embark on a UK tour in June. The singer/actress who first found fame as a finalist on the BBC TV talent show I’d Do Anything will return to the stage in early June to perform tracks from her forthcoming album which will be […]

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Interview – Caroline Sheen stars in new British musical Only the Brave

CAROLINE SHEEN is soon to appear in Rachel Wagstaff, Matthew Brind and Steve Marmion’s new British musical Only the Brave, premiering at the Wales Millennium Centre from 28 March to 2 April. Based on the real lives of men and women caught up in the D-Day landings, the show tells the inspirational true story of […]

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Magic Radio Audience Award 2016 – shortlisted shows revealed

The four West End productions shortlisted for this year’s Magic Radio Audience Award have been announced. Jersey Boys, Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera, are all in the running for the award which will be presented at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard at the ceremony on 3 April. Created […]

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In memory of Louise Plowright – star of Mamma Mia! and Wicked

Louise Plowright, star of Mamma Mia!, Wicked, Les Misérables and EastEnders, has died at the age of 59 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer… Louise Plowright was forced to leave Wicked in 2013 shortly after the diagnosis of her condition. She underwent major surgery but two years later the cancer returned and could only […]

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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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Ramin Karimloo plays special one-off show at the London Palladium

Charismatic West End star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is to play a special one-night show at the London Palladium on 16 July. The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer who originated the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, recently completed two […]

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Linzi Hateley – Crazy Coqs

Linzi Hateley continues at the Crazy Coqs, London until 21 January. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Linzi Hateley opens and closes her cabaret with ‘True Colours’, perhaps a metaphor for her act which looks back on her life and her 28 years on the stage. Inevitably her starting point was playing, at 17, […]

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Les Misérables cast changes – Eva Noblezada follows Danielle Hope as Eponine

Cast changes have been announced for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre (the show is now in its record-breaking 30th year). Joining the cast from Monday 15 February 2016 are Patrice Tipoki as Fantine, Craig Mather as Marius and Danielle Hope as Eponine. Peter Lockyer will continue to star as Jean Valjean, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier, Zoë Doano as Cosette and Bradley Jaden as Enjolras. From Monday 4 April Eva Noblezada will star as Eponine. […]

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Cassie Compton – Crazy Coqs

Cassie Compton performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ There’s not very much of Cassie Compton but from a tiny, almost fragile frame emerges a husky, effortlessly powerful voice that fair takes your breath away. The 2004 X Factor contender made her Crazy Coqs debut a winning one with […]

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Interview – Cassie Compton makes her debut at Crazy Coqs

Actress and singer/songwriter CASSIE COMPTON came to our notice in the first series of The X Factor, since when she has gone from strength to strength on stage, in film and television and music tours. In the West End her many starring roles include Eponine in Les Misérables, Nessarose in Wicked, Jean in American Psycho opposite Matt Smith, and the […]

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Les Misérables returns to Singapore in 2016 for the first time in 20 years

Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables is celebrating another milestone with the news that its latest production will open in Singapore next year two decades after it first played in the country. The acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical will open at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre in May 2016 with tickets going on sale from today (Monday […]

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Frances Ruffelle – I Say Yeh-Yeh – Crazy Coqs

Frances Ruffelle – I Say Yeh-Yeh continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 17 October. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s hard to believe that 30 years have gone by since the rich, smoky voice of Frances Ruffelle’s first Eponine in Les Misérables made us weep and when she stands atop the […]

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Interview – Sam Bailey – a passion for musical theatre leads to dream West End concert

SAM BAILEY, the 2013 winner of X Factor, is to perform a one-off concert of musical theatre songs, Sam Bailey – Live in the West End, at London’s Lyric Theatre on 12 October, with guest stars including Collabro, Michael Xavier and Scott Alan. She talked to Ollie Wilson about the show and her love of musical theatre. How did […]

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Casts past and present celebrate Les Misérables 30th anniversary

Stars from the original production of Les Misérables will join members of the current cast in a special charity performance to mark the show’s 30th anniversary on 8 October. Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Frances Ruffelle, Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones and Gerónimo Rauch will join the cast for a special finale at the Queen’s Theatre in aid of Save the Children […]

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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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Broadway Imperial Theatre lights to be dimmed in memory of Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Marquee lights will be dimmed at the Imperial Theatre, the current Broadway home of Les Misérables, today at 10.15pm in memory of late cast member, Kyle Jean-Baptiste. Kyle Jean-Baptiste died tragically at the age of 21 on 29 August, little more than one month after making history by debuting as the youngest and first African-American performer to […]

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Campaign on to dim Broadway lights in tribute to Les Mis actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste

Pressure is mounting on theatre members of the Broadway League to dim their venues’ lights in honour of the late Les Misérables performer Kyle Jean-Baptiste. A rapidly-growing campaign is tweeting the hashtag ‘#dim4kyle’ in support of the move. The Broadway League is traditionally resistant to granting the honour: last year it turned down appeals to mark […]

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CD Review – Will Barratt – Confessions of a Justified Sinner – and Kickstart the album too!

CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER – Will Barratt. It’s always refreshing to have a CD arrive on your desk that is by a musical theatre artist but not full of the same old power ballads and songs from musicals that we have heard over and over again. It is even more refreshing when the album […]

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MAD Match – Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera cast members prepare for football battle

Former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise has been giving cast members from Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera some footballing tips prior to their final fundraising showdown match on 2 August at Bromley Football Club. The match sees the two giants of the West End heading down to Bromley Arena, not for a singing showdown, but […]

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Les Misérables new cast includes Rachelle Ann Go, Phil Daniels and Jeremy Secomb

New casting has been revealed for Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Joining the cast from 15 June 2015 are: Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine; Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and Zoë Doano as Cosette. Peter Lockyer will continue to star as Jean Valjean, Rob Houchen as Marius and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine. Bradley Jaden, who is currently in the ensemble, will play Enjolras. From 15 […]

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Also Recognised Awards – first winners revealed

The full list of winners has been revealed in the inaugural Also Recognised Awards, the new audience-voted, industry accolades set up by theatre commentators Mark Shenton and Terri Paddock to celebrate lesser-known but equally worthy talent in fields overlooked by other awards bodies. Over a month’s voting, more than 15,000 people took part. Paddock comments: […]

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Daniel Koek – The Pheasantry

Daniel Koek performed at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: 4 stars **** Having recently left the cast of Les Misérables as one of the longest serving Valjeans, Daniel Koek’s first live gig of 2015 afforded a rare opportunity to experience, in the intimate setting of The Pheasantry, a performance by an internationally acclaimed star of musical theatre […]

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Book and CD reviews – Paradise Lost, West End Goes Mad, Michael Ball and more…

NICK WAKEHAM casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases– perhaps a few belated Christmas presents? PARADISE LOST – Various Artists (SimG Records – SimGR-CD023) Inspired by the epic poem by John Milton, this new version of Paradise Lost is an intimate love story set against an impressive war taking place in Heaven. Built around […]

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Daniel Koek – London Hippodrome

An Evening With West End Star Daniel Koek was performed at the London Hippodrome. Looking at Daniel Koek, it is hard to believe that someone so young has played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. Hearing his voice, however, it is even harder to believe that Les Mis didn’t snatch him up […]

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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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Interview – Michael Ball chats about his new album and musical theatre challenges

MICHAEL BALL’s new solo album If Everyone Was Listening… is released on Monday 17 November. Lisa Martland has a story to tell… I have a confession to make, and don’t worry, it’s nothing scandalous about double Olivier Award-winner Michael Ball. It is more to do with what happened just a few days after I had the […]

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The Follow Spot: Duets with Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels – Proud Cabaret

The Follow Spot: Duets with Lucie Jones and Lauren Samuels was performed at Proud Cabaret, London. I can only say it is a shame that the word hadn’t spread wider about this event, as it was a wonderful night of singing, laughter and great entertainment. West End On Sea Productions, normally located in Brighton, made its London […]

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Stars of the West End – Cadogan Hall

Stars of the West End was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Stars of the West End was not a benefit, an awards ceremony or a fundraising gala, but simply a celebration of West End musicals, with four very talented British musical performers impeccably backed by a magical six-piece band at the Cadogan Hall. Tom […]

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Gregg Edelman – Broadway State of Mind – Crazy Coqs

Gregg Edelman: Broadway State Of Mind continues at Crazy Coqs, London until 25 October. London cabaret fans are being thoroughly spoilt: while the incomparable Maria Friedman’s two-week residency continues to thrill at The Pheasantry, another master of the craft, Gregg Edelman has sidled into town at the Crazy Coqs in Piccadilly. This is only Edelman’s […]

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Interview – Gregg Edelman on his Broadway State of Mind

Gregg Edelman returns to The Crazy Coqs cabaret room from 21 October in his one-man show A Broadway State of Mind, which reflects his own career in musical theatre. A four-time Tony Award nominee, Edelman has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in theatre, television and film. The actor and singer has starred in a string of Broadway shows from Cats to Anything […]

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Les Misérables – Landestheater Linz

Les Misérables continues in rep at the Landestheater Linz, Austria. To kick off the 2014/2015, the Landestheater Linz presents one of the most successful musicals of all time, the Boubill/Schönberg/Kretzmer-penned show Les Misérables. Artistic director for musical theatre Matthias Davids directs this masterpiece in German in a translation by Heinz Rudolf Kunze. Christian Alexander Müller as Jean […]

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Frances Ruffelle – Paris Original – St James Studio Theatre

Frances Ruffelle performs her show Paris Original at the St James Theatre Studio, London. Frances Ruffelle is one of those impressively versatile performers who has no problems shifting tickets for any of her shows, the Tony Award-winning actress here doing a three-night stint at the perfectly suited and highly intimate St James Studio. Being the […]

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Interview – Frances Ruffelle brings her one-woman show Paris Original to the St James Studio

FRANCES RUFFELLE’s cabaret show Paris Original – running for three nights between 1–3 October at London’s St James Studio – is a celebration of French singers and songs, ranging from Françoise Hardy and Edith Piaf to Francis Lai and Claude-Michel Schönberg. The show, which premiered at the Crazy Coqs in October last year, represents something of a golden Gallic […]

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Les Misérables – Dallas Theater Center – a revolution in the making

Russell M. Dembin visited the revolutionary modern-dress, ‘immersive’ staging of Les Misérables at the Dallas Theater Center. When a musical has been a global sensation for three decades and has become an Oscar-winning film, what could possibly add to its achievement? When said play is about a revolution, the situation calls for a revolutionary production. […]

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The Ladies Who Lunch – The Pheasantry

The Ladies Who Lunch: A Celebration of Sondheim’s Women was performed at The Pheasantry, London. It’s hard to think of any composer who writes better songs, funny or sad, for the opposite sex than Stephen Sondheim and that view was strengthened when 22 of his best were given the full treatment by the talented quartette of Katy Secombe, Rebecca Caine, […]

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Dave Willetts heads cast of Love Beyond the Musical

The London cast of Love Beyond the Musical, a new musical playing for two special performances only on 1 and 2 October at The SSE Arena, Wembley, will be headed by musical theatre performer Dave Willetts.  Love Beyond the Musical is a unique presentation of the greatest love story ever told, unfolding the entire story of the Bible […]

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Seth Rudetsky deconstructs our questions in run up to London show

Having heard that Seth Rudetsky was returning to Leicester Square Theatre for one night only on Sunday 10 August with his one-man show Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway, our contributor Michael Darvell couldn’t wait to ask him a few questions. But Rudetsky hasn’t answered them in the old-fashioned way of dropping us an email. Oh no, he has […]

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Kristin Chenoweth – Royal Albert Hall

Kristin Chenoweth performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Where do I begin? None of the highest praise would do justice to describing the experience of seeing Kristin Chenoweth’s fast-paced two and a half hour concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She was beyond fantastic, not only as a singer, but as a personality too: full of […]

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