Tag Archives | Les Miserables

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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Daniel Koek launches new album at the Royal Albert Hall

Les Misérables star Daniel Koek graced the stage of the Elgar Rooms at the Royal Albert Hall this week to showcase his new album High. The highly-regarded Australian performer moved to London ten years ago when he was awarded a place on the musical theatre postgraduate course at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 2005. This was followed by lead roles in shows […]

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Les Miserables star Daniel Koek launches new album

Daniel Koek, star of the West End production of Les Misérables – recently playing the lead role of Jean Valjean – is launching his new album called High on Monday 7 July at the Elgar Rooms, Royal Albert Hall. Guests include ex-G4 frontman Jonathan Ansell, Charlotte Jaconelli, the sweet-voiced soprano from Britain’s Got Talent, and West End leading lady Na-Young Jeon (famed for her roles as Kim in Miss Saigon […]

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West End LIVE 2014 – in words and pictures

Steffi Geischer gives her overview of this year’s West End LIVE. West End LIVE is without a doubt the biggest theatre-related free event in London. I remember my first visits back in 2009 and 2010 before it was moved to Trafalgar Square. Although Leicester Square was packed all weekend, in those years West End LIVE was still […]

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West End LIVE 2014 – in pictures – by Roy Tan

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard took place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Celebrating its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – was organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offered free family entertainment from London’s […]

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West End LIVE celebrates tenth anniversary

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Now in its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – is organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offers free family […]

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Keith Jack – Up Close and Personal – London Hippodrome

Keith Jack performed Up Close and Personal at the Matcham Room at the London Hippodrome. “Welcome to an evening of traditional Scottish music,” is one of the more unusual openings to a Matcham Room cabaret you’re likely to hear. Keith Jack is joking, of course, although he does open with a selection of old favourites: ‘Flower […]

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A Gentleman’s Guide tops Tony Award 2014 nominations

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder pretty much did in the competition when the nominations for the 68th Tony Awards were announced today (Tuesday). Gentleman’s Guide pulled in ten nominations, including those for Best Musical, Best Book (by Robert L. Freedman), Best Score (Steven Lutvak and Freedman), and Best Director of a Musical (Darko […]

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The Book of Mormon wins big at Olivier Awards

The Book Of Mormon dominated the musical categories at the 38th Olivier Awards with MasterCard, winning four prizes including Best New Musical and Best Actor in a Musical for Gavin Creel (that’s four wins from six nominations). Les Misérables won the much-coveted BBC Radio 2 Audience Award for the second time. The ceremony at London’s Royal Opera […]

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Phantom – Norm Lewis and Sierra Boggess lead Broadway casting

On 12 May, Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis, who most recently triumphed in the role of Porgy in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, will return to Broadway in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera, alongside Broadway and West End actress Sierra Boggess as Christine Daaé (Boggess won acclaim as Christine in both the musical’s London 25th […]

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Les Misérables – Imperial Theatre, New York

Les Misérables continues at the Imperial Theatre, New York, in an open-ended run. All those hard-living, hard-suffering, hard-singing people of 19th century France, known collectively as Les Misérables, are back on Broadway, and as the French would say, they are still tres formidable. This giant-sized pop opera, based on Victor Hugo’s epic novel, first hit […]

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Thérèse Raquin – Finborough Theatre

Thérèse Raquin continues at the Finborough Theatre, London until 19 April. The French do seem to love their misery porn. With its tale of suffocating marriage, torrid passions, and murderous intent, Emile Zola’s novel makes Les Misérables looks like Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday. Hardly an automatic choice for musical theatre, perhaps, but Nona Shepphard’s adaptation of Thérèse […]

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Oscar Wilde inspired musical wins New Musical Project

De Profundis, a new musical by Paul Dale Vickers, based on the letter playwright Oscar Wilde wrote to his young lover, Bosie, from his prison cell in Reading jail in 1897, has won Leicester Square Theatre’s The New Musical Project, and will premiere in a six-week season in The Lounge at the venue from May […]

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The Man Inside – Landor Theatre

The Man Inside continues at the Landor Theatre, London, until 29 March. It is getting on for 30 years since Dave Willetts took over from Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and then did the same with Michael Crawford in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera, but although the big-money […]

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Do I Hear a Waltz? – Rebecca Seale does

Actress Rebecca Seale is taking on the lead role of Leona Samish in Charles Court’s version of the seldom-performed musical Do I Hear a Waltz? The musical is based on Arthur Laurents’ play The Time of the Cuckoo and was adapted into a musical by Laurents, Richard Rodgers (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics). Charles Court Opera’s […]

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Dave Willetts stars in new British musical The Man Inside

Actor and singer Dave Willetts will star in the world premiere of The Man Inside, a new British musical, which will play at London’s Landor Theatre from 12 March (press night is 13 March) to 29 March 2014, following previews at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. The Man Inside has music by Tony Rees and book […]

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Frances Ruffelle – Paris Original – Crazy Coqs

Frances Ruffelle reprises her show Paris Original at the Crazy Coqs, London. Having created the role of Eponine in Les Miserables and recently re-created Edith Piaf at Leicester’s Curve, Frances Ruffelle is no stranger to the musical world of Paris and its street life. For Paris is the milieu where her cabaret act is set […]

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Miss Saigon – Malmo Opera

Miss Saigon continues at Malmö Opera until 30 January 2014. The Malmö Opera is one of three Swedish opera houses that regularly has musical theatre in its repertoire. Malmö, like Gothenburg, has to deal with the challenge of a vast main stage and a big house. Finding the right musical of the right quality which […]

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Mackintosh reveals Miss Saigon 2014 cast

Cameron Mackintosh has announced principal casting for his forthcoming new production of Miss Saigon. Assembled from around the world, the cast includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Miss Saigon returns to the […]

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Frances Ruffelle – French Connection

Frances Ruffelle’s new cabaret, Paris Original, will be a celebration of French singers and songs. The show premieres at the Crazy Coqs from 8–12 October and represents something of a golden Gallic thread that has run through her career. This began when, at the age of 19, she originated the role of Eponine in Les […]

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Menier Chocolate Factory presents Candide

Fra Fee, Cassidy Janson, Ben Lewis, Scarlett Strallen and David Thaxton have been cast in the Menier Chocolate Factory’s Christmas musical Candide with music by Leonard Bernstein, book adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler, lyrics by Richard Wilbur and additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Park and Bernstein. From Westphalia to […]

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Patti LuPone – Leicester Square Theatre

Playing at the Leicester Square Theatre, London until 23rd June. It’s not often we get a real live Broadway musical theatre legend in the West End and fans, among them Adele, were out in force for Patti LuPone’s opening night at the Leicester Square Theatre. A belter in the Ethel Merman tradition and an actress […]

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London cabaret Sondheim style

London cabaret gets a new spin with the launch of a series of Stephen Sondheim Society presentations at London’s Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, teeing off with actress Rachael Louise Miller on Wednesday, 19 June. These one-hour shows, starting at 7pm, will feature rising talents and more established names performing programmes in which Sondheim’s work will […]

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Stuart Matthew Price, a leading man to be

Stuart Matthew Price – The Roles I’ll Never Play. Reviewed at St James Theatre Studio, London. Stuart Matthew Price, who is about to turn 30, made his London stage debut exactly six years ago in the Donmar Warehouse’s UK premiere of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade, where his stand-out tenor rang out over the opening number, ‘The […]

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