Tag Archives | Maria Friedman

Ruffelle, Huntley and Kemp to play new Pizza Express live venue

Frances Ruffelle, Tyrone Huntley and Martin Kemp are among the latest additions to the star-studded launch season line-up at restaurant chain Pizza Express’ latest London entertainment venue. Tickets are already on sale for An Audience With Martin Kemp on 31 August, West End favourite Ruffelle’s solo show I Say Yeh-Yeh on 3 September and Evening […]

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Pizza Express to open new entertainment venue in London

Restaurant chain Pizza Express will open a new live entertainment venue at its newly designed restaurant in London’s High Holborn at the end of August. The intimate space in the basement will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions. Designed to allow the audience to get close to some […]

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Lenny and Steve: Maria Friedman – Live At Zédel

Lenny and Steve: Maria Friedman continues at Live At Zédel, London until 20 May. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between, but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best and an evening in […]

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Maria Friedman to direct new Dusty Springfield musical in 2018

The turbulent life of one of British pop’s most distinctive singers, Dusty Springfield, will be the subject of a new musical to be directed by one of the West End’s most accomplished leading ladies, Maria Friedman. Billed as the first ‘authorised’ musical about Springfield, Dusty will be written by playwright, novelist and screenwriter Jonathan Harvey […]

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Something for everybody at Live at Zédel

To launch its spring programme, Piccadilly cabaret room Live at Zédel gave us a taster of seven very different acts, drolly introduced by French comic/compere Marcel Lucont, who is very funny indeed, rather naughty, and will be well worth seeing during Zedel’s French Fest in March. From a musical theatre point of view the highlight […]

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Lenny and Steve – Maria Friedman – Live at Zedel

Lenny and Steve – Maria Friedman continues at Live at Zedel, London until 14 November. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best Americans, and an evening with her […]

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Stepping Out reaches the West End in March 2017

Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson will be Stepping Out in the West End when Richard Harris’ award-winning comedy opens at London’s Vaudeville Theatre with preview performances from 1 March 2017 and opening night on 14 March 2017. Directed by Maria Friedman, this brand new staging will first tour the UK from 12 October 2016 including […]

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Stepping Out – Amanda Holden leads cast and Maria Friedman directs

Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin and Nicola Stephenson will star in a new production of Stepping Out by Richard Harris, directed by Maria Friedman. The production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath (12 to 22 October) followed by pre-West End dates at Richmond Theatre and Cambridge Arts Theatre (additional dates to be announced). Actress, singer and presenter Amanda Holden became a […]

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The Oliviers in Concert – Royal Festival Hall, London

The Oliviers in Concert, featuring the BBC Concert Orchestra, at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ So it’s 40 years since the Olivier Awards were created (they were originally inaugurated in 1976 as the Society of West End Theatre Awards) and kicking off the celebrations was this one-off […]

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The Stable launches £60K crowdfunding bid to support new musical theatre

Investors are being invited to grab a stake in the future shape of musical theatre in the UK through a new scheme launched by the production house, The Stable. The Stable’s equity based Crowdcube campaign will offer genre fans the chance to buy shares in the company which is planning to commission, develop and produce […]

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Jenna Russell and Maria Friedman join line-up for Sondheim 85th Birthday Tribute

A star-studded West End cast of more than 50 principals, a 40-piece orchestra led by Gareth Valentine and an ensemble of over 50, including a chorus from ArtsEd, will celebrate the songs and shows of Stephen Sondheim in Hey, Old Friends! An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 25 […]

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High Society – the Old Vic

High Society continues at the Old Vic, London until 22 August. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Well, did you evah? What a swell party this is! Silly but swelegant and it’s hard not to fall in love with Maria Friedman’s swish, sparkling update of the 1998 Broadway show of the 1956 Frank Sinatra-Grace Kelly-Bing […]

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Interview – rising star Ellie Bamber having a ball in High Society at the Old Vic

ELLIE BAMBER is the rising star who plays the role of 14-year-old Dinah Lord in Maria Friedman’s effervescent revival of Cole Porter’s High Society at The Old Vic (opening tonight, Thursday 14 May). Ellie made her screen debut at the age of 15 alongside Martin Clunes in the ITV drama A Mother’s Son, having earlier appeared on stage […]

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High Society at the Old Vic – full casting revealed

Full casting for the Old Vic’s new production of High Society has been announced. Casting includes the previously announced Kate Fleetwood , Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young along with Ellie Bamber, Richard Grieve, Christopher Ravenscroft and Jeff Rawle. The Old Vic’s new in-the-round production of Cole Porter’s classic musical is directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe […]

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High Society – Kate Fleetwood and Jamie Parker lead line-up at the Old Vic

Kate Fleetwood, Barbara Flynn, Jamie Parker, Annabel Scholey and Rupert Young are to star in The Old Vic’s new production of Cole Porter’s classic feelgood musical, High Society, directed in the round by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band. The show runs from 30 April to 22 August, press night is […]

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Interview – Maria Friedman celebrates New Year’s Eve with special musicals gala

It’s an understatement to say that Olivier Award-winning actress and director MARIA FRIEDMAN is busy. Along with performing her acclaimed cabaret shows and making plans to stage the Cole Porter musical High Society at the Old Vic next year, she is regularly filming BBC1’s EastEnders (playing the character of Elaine Peacock). So one would imagine that […]

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Maria Friedman will direct High Society at the Old Vic

Multi-award-winning director and actress Maria Friedman will direct an in the round production of Cole Porter’s classic musical High Society at the Old Vic, previewing from 30 April 2015 and running until 22 August (press night is 14 May). High Society is, of course, based on The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry and the 1956 MGM film musical starring Bing […]

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Maria Friedman performed in concert at the Ambassadors Theatre, London

Maria Friedman – Back To Before – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman: Back to Before continues at The Pheasantry, London, until 26 October. Nobody understands the art of cabaret better than Maria Friedman, actress, singer, director and now EastEnder extraordinaire, and her new show, Back to Before, in residence for two weeks at The Pheasantry on Chelsea’s Kings Road, is, as expected, a joy from […]

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Anything Goes: A Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter – Cadogan Hall

Anything Goes: A 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Music of Cole Porter at Cadogan Hall, London continues until 23 August. Goodness knows why we need a reason to celebrate the genius of Cole Porter, but the official excuse for these two beautiful hours of unadulterated joy is that 50 years ago in October the great man left us […]

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Maria Friedman and Friends – Ambassadors Theatre

Maria Friedman and Friends at the Ambassadors Theatre, London (20 and 21 May). It was quite a blow for the original concept of ‘Maria Friedman & Adam Guettel in Concert and Conversation’ when Guettel was compelled to pull out at short notice to be at the bedside of his ailing mother (and fellow composer) Mary […]

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Merrily We Roll Along – London College of Music

Merrily We Roll Along was performed by the London College of Music BA Musical Theatre students at Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford. From way down the Sondheim pecking order, well behind Follies, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Company in the eyes of most, Merrily We Roll Along has emerged over the past two years as […]

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Composer Adam Guettel – why he is drawn to cabaret

Composer, lyricist, performer, teacher and conservationist, Adam Guettel, a patron of the 2014 London Festival of Cabaret, will appear in concert and conversation with Maria Friedman at the Ambassadors Theatre on 20 and 21 May. Guettel’s musical The Light In The Piazza premiered on Broadway in 2005 and received six Tony Awards. Guettel also wrote […]

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More images from the Olivier Awards red carpet

The Olivier Awards 2014 with MasterCard took place at London’s Royal Opera House – hosted by Stephen Mangan and Gemma Arterton – and featured 14 live performances including Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus reuniting as part of a rousing show finale to celebrate 15 years of Mamma Mia! Thanks to photographer Vivienne Vincent, Musical […]

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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2014/Stiles & Drewe Prize

The 12 finalists of this year’s Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year Competition 2014 (SSSSPOTY) will sing their hearts out competing for the title on Sunday 18 May at 3pm at the West End’s Garrick Theatre. The young artists will not only sing a Sondheim number, but at the composer/lyricist’s request, they will also perform 12 […]

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London Festival of Cabaret 2014 line-up revealed

The London Festival of Cabaret is celebrating all things songbook in 2014, and this year will play at eight venues in the capital from Tuesday 6 May to Thursday 22 May. The programme will include an evening of conversation and song created by Festival patrons Maria Friedman and Adam Guettel, the French chanteuse Gabrielle Ducomble, […]

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Maria Friedman and Jason Carr – The Pheasantry

Maria Friedman sings Lenny & Steve with Jason Carr (musical director) at The Pheasantry, London, until 19 January. British artists who truly understand the intimate art of cabaret are few and far between, but the wonderful Maria Friedman is one who stands alongside the very best Americans – and above most of them. Seventy minutes […]

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Criswell, Henshall, Friedman at Cadogan Hall

Jeremy Chapman previews From West End to Broadway, a trio of concerts at London’s Cadogan Hall. The glorious voice of Kim Criswell launches an August series of Thursday treats for musical theatre aficionados at the Cadogan Hall, London, on 1 August. An honorary Brit after marrying one and settling here shortly after playing the title role […]

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Feinstein headlines London Festival of Cabaret

London will celebrate all things cabaret in the inaugural London Festival of Cabaret which will see the genre playing in venues across the capital from Tuesday, 22nd October-Friday, 15th November. The festival will give audiences the opportunity to see world-class cabaret acts, newcomers and artists who have never ventured into the world of cabaret before. The London Festival […]

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