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Sunset Boulevard – Palace Theatre, New York

Sunset Boulevard continues at the Palace Theatre, New York until 25 June. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ In her latest incarnation, Norma Desmond is totally heart-breaking. The narcissistic ferocity of the queen of silent movies has been softened. Her eccentricities are at times almost endearing rather than frightening. She can be haughty […]

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Bumblescratch – Adelphi Theatre

Bumblescratch premiered in a one-off gala performance at the Adelphi Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Robert J Sherman took the bold – some might say ill-advised – step of effectively workshopping the latest incarnation of his new musical Bumblescratch in front of a large paying crowd at a charity […]

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Some Enchanted Evening – Cadogan Hall, London

Some Enchanted Evening continues until 20 August at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Spanning over 60 years, the career of composer Richard Rodgers, in his partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II, is celebrated by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, a choir from Arts Educational Schools, […]

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Interview – Michael Xavier on Richard Rodgers tribute, Some Enchanted Evening

This week West End leading man MICHAEL XAVIER will join Ruthie Henshall, Lesley Garrett and Gary Wilmot in Some Enchanted Evening, a series of concerts at Cadogan Hall celebrating the timeless music of Broadway legend Richard Rodgers. Presented by Garrett, the four performances running from 18 August until 20 August will feature the four vocalists […]

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Bumblescratch gala concert – Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin star

Darren Day will star alongside Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin in the special gala charity concert of Robert J. Sherman’s new musical Bumblescratch at the Adelphi Theatre. The performance is in aid of Variety, the children’s charity, and is staged as part of commemorations for the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which raged in the East […]

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Alternate Norma Desmond Ria Jones wins over Sunset Boulevard audience

  Actress and singer Ria Jones stepped into the spotlight this week to take over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard and won over an audience angered by the news that award-winning actress Glenn Close was too ill to perform (Pictures: Kevin Wilson). Jones, who had ironically been involved in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s early workshops for […]

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Sunset Boulevard – London Coliseum

Sunset Boulevard continues at the London Coliseum until 7 May. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The golden age of Hollywood, when silent pictures gave way to ‘talkies’, has been a fertile ground for storytelling in the past. Singin’ in the Rain gave us a comedic take on the screen starlet who […]

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Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close – first production images

  Today (1 April 2016) previews begin for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard at ENO’s London Coliseum. Joining Glenn Close (Norma Desmond), Michael Xavier (Joe Gillis), Siobhan Dillon (Betty Shaefer) and Fred Johanson (Max Von Mayerling) are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper, Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr, Julian Forsyth as Cecil B DeMille, Mark Goldthorp as Sheldrake, Fenton Gray as Manfred, […]

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Sunset Boulevard – full cast revealed as show begins rehearsals

Today (22 February 2016) rehearsals for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard begin at the English National Opera Rehearsal Studios as the full cast was announced. Joining Glenn Close, Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson in Sunset Boulevard, are Anna Woodside as Hedda Hopper and Emily Bull as Hedy Lamarr who will work alongside the […]

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Sunset Boulevard at ENO – Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson join Glenn Close in cast

Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson will join Glenn Close in Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. Lonny Price will direct the strictly limited run of 43 performances at ENO’s London Coliseum which begins on 1 April 2016 with press night on 4 April, with the final performance on 7 May. The full ENO […]

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Show Boat – Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Show Boat continues at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield until 23 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The finest moment in Sheffield Theatres’ (Crucible) production of Show Boat is the result of an understated absence. In Act II, Julie LaVerne (Rebecca Trehearn), now raddled by drink, disappointment and who knows what else, hovers […]

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Interview – Gina Beck embraces the sweeping melodies of Show Boat at the Crucible Sheffield

Show Boat, this year’s Christmas production at Sheffield Theatres, opens tonight (16 December). Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, the epic musical by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi River. Among those characters is Magnolia Hawks, played by actress and […]

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Hey, Old Friends! – An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim – Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Hey, Old Friends! – An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Galas such as this one to celebrate composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday are notoriously difficult to pull off. Everything from the tricky issue of performers’ availability to limited […]

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Gypsy comes out top at the UK Theatre Awards 2015

The acclaimed Chichester Festival Theatre revival of the classic Gypsy has claimed the top musical theatre awards in this year’s UK Theatre Awards. The production has been named Best Musical Production while its star Imelda Staunton takes home the award for Best Performance in a Musical for her showstopping portrayal of Momma Rose. The show […]

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Sam Bailey in Concert – Lyric Theatre, London

Sam Bailey in Concert was presented at the Lyric Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ For a pop supremo who claims to dislike musical theatre, Simon Cowell heads a media empire that has propelled an increasingly large number of performers towards the genre. The very first series of The X […]

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Sheffield Crucible staging of Show Boat extended due to popular demand

The Sheffield Theatres’ upcoming production of the Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II musical Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre has been extended for an extra week in response to high demand for tickets. The show, which is being directed by Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director Daniel Evans, opens on 10 December (press night is 16 December) and will […]

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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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X Factor winner Sam Bailey West End concert – guests includes Michael Xavier and Scott Alan

Sam Bailey, who won ITV’s The X Factor in 2013, will take the stage in London’s West End for the first time in her career for a one-off concert at the Lyric Theatre. Bailey and a plethora of special guests will perform an evening of musical theatre on 12 October 2015. Winners of Britain’s Got Talent, Collabro; two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavier; and US […]

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Show Boat at Sheffield Crucible – Michael Xavier and Gina Beck lead cast

Sheffield Theatres artistic director Daniel Evans will stage a new production of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s musical Show Boat at the Crucible Theatre from 10 December 2015 to 16 January 2016 (press night is 16 December). Spanning 40 pivotal years in American history, this epic musical follows the lives and loves of three generations aboard a show boat as it plies the Mississippi […]

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Sweet Charity – Cadogan Hall

Sweet Charity was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ As this year’s summer musical, the Cadogan Hall treated us to a concert version of Sweet Charity, just five years after the last London revival of this classic show transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Haymarket. Adapted by […]

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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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Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year 2015/Stiles & Drewe Prize – Garrick Theatre

Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition/Stiles & Drewe Best New Song prize at the Garrick Theatre, London. Hats off, here they come, those Beautiful Girls! Yes, girl power ruled the roost at the Sondheim Society’s student ‘Oscars’ for the second year running and, to rub it in, they grabbed runner-up honours as […]

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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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Sweet Charity concert – Denise Van Outen and Michael Xavier lead cast

London’s Cadogan Hall presents the concert version of Sweet Charity with musical theatre performers Denise Van Outen, Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh and Kerry Ellis (Wednesday 19 August to Saturday 22 August 2015). The soloists are joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Arts Ed Chorale, under musical director Richard Balcombe. The creative team is completed by stage director Paul Foster and choreographer Matt Flint. Sweet Charity, with music by Cy Coleman […]

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Assassins – Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini join cast

Michael Xavier and Anna Francolini are joining the cast of Jamie Lloyd’s production of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Assassins at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory from 10 February. Xavier takes over the role of John Wilkes Booth from Aaron Tveit. The latter is leaving the run due to a change in his schedule for the […]

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The Pajama Game – Gary Wilmot joins cast at Shaftesbury Theatre

The Pajama Game continues at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London until 13 September. There was a little bit of musical chairs going on in the casting department last week at The Pajama Game. While the evening was all about actor Gary Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines (the Sleep-Tite pajama factory’s time and motion […]

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The Pajama Game – listen to Xavier and Riding in action

For all those looking forward to the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s staging of The Pajama Game, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 13 May, there is now a song from the production available to listen to for the first time. ‘Hey There’, sung by the show’s co-stars Joanna Riding and Michael Xavier […]

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Polycarpou and Wilmot confirmed for The Pajama Game

Peter Polycarpou, Gary Wilmot and Colin Stinton join the cast of the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre. Polycarpou and Stinton reprise their roles as Vernon Hines and Hasler, with Wilmot taking over the role of Vernon Hines from 2 June. They join the previously […]

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Chichester Pajama Game hits West End in May 2014

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, transfers to the West End on 1 May (press night is 13 May), playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre until 13 September 2014. The musical will move in when the current show residing there – From Here to Eternity – closes. In 1950s America, […]

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Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis

On 23 September, SimG Records – the leading independent label devoted to new writers and artists – is to release Collaborations – The Songs of Elliot Davis. Collaborations brings together some of the best songwriters in the music industry with an array of performers currently working in the West End, and is sold in aid of the […]

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