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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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Ria Jones to star in Sunset Boulevard at the Curve and on tour

It has been revealed that Ria Jones will star in a new homegrown production of Sunset Boulevard as part of Leicester Curve’s autumn/winter 2017 season. Actress and singer Jones stepped into the spotlight in April last year when she took over the leading role in Sunset Boulevard (after Glenn Close was too ill to perform) […]

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Broadway Musical Theatre Preview – a starry first half to 2017

Don’t forget sunglasses if you’re headed for New York. Broadway musical marquees will be freshly and blindingly ablaze with a constellation of star names during the first half of the New Year. New productions headed for the Main Stem boast such legendary luminaries as Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Patti LuPone and – yes, even a […]

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Miss Saigon – 25th anniversary performance in cinemas – Review

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical, Miss Saigon – 25th Anniversary Performance will be screened at cinemas across the UK today (16 October). The film mixes footage from the last night at the Prince Edward Theatre in February, along with selections from the 2014 gala show. Featuring the […]

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Interview – original Chris, Simon Bowman on Miss Saigon 25th anniversary film

The role of Chris in Miss Saigon made SIMON BOWMAN a West End star when the show debuted to rave reviews at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1989. After playing the American soldier whose doomed romance with Vietnamese bargirl Kim is the subject of the smash hit musical for around 1,000 performances, Bowman went […]

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Miss Saigon begins UK tour in July 2017

The acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon– a recent hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour, opening at Curve Leicester on 3 July 2017. Cameron Mackintosh said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of […]

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Miss Saigon 25th anniversary film to debut in cinemas

The filmed version of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical Miss Saigon will be screened at cinemas across the UK on 16 October. Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which mixes footage from the last night at the Prince Edward Theatre in February with selections from the 2014 gala show, will […]

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Lea Salonga launches tour with appearance at Lytham Festival

West End and Broadway star Lea Salonga will launch her 2016/2017 world tour with an appearance at the popular Lytham Festival in Lytham St Annes near Blackpool. The multi award-winning singer who shot to fame in Miss Saigon will appear at the festival’s star-studded West End Proms event on Sunday 7 August. Her concert tour […]

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Miss Saigon – double screen treat for fans

Fans unable to catch a performance of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent production of Boublil and Schönberg’s haunting musical Miss Saigon before it ended its run at the Prince Edward Theatre in February will soon be able to own a copy of a filmed version. Miss Saigon: 25th Anniversary Performance, which mixes footage from the last […]

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Interview – Richard Carson on his role in Closer Than Ever at The Pheasantry

Actor and singer RICHARD CARSON is soon to appear in Richard Maltby Jr and David Shire’s critically acclaimed revue Closer Than Ever (25–27 April) at The Pheasantry on London’s King’s Road. In this Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Off-Broadway Alliance Award winning companion to their hit revue Starting Here, Starting Now, Maltby and Shire […]

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West End Bares 2015 – Take Off – Café De Paris

West End Bares 2015 – Take Off was performed at the Café De Paris, London. Rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s hard to believe that West End Bares is already in its sixth year, so thanks to director/choreographer Jerry Mitchell for importing the project from Broadway to London like he has just done with Kinky […]

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Miss Saigon – final London flight in February 2016

Cameron Mackintosh announced today that Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon will make its final London flight at the Prince Edward Theatre on Saturday 27 February 2016. Cameron Mackintosh said today: “I’m delighted to announce a final extension of my hugely successful new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre. This record-breaking and award-winning production is […]

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CD Reviews – Love, Lies and Lyrics, Hugh Maynard and Sarah Cox

NICK WAKEHAM casts an eye over some of the latest CD releases. LOVE, LIES AND LYRICS – The words of Lesley Ross (SimG Records – SimGR-CD024) The latest cd from SimG Records celebrates the words of Lesley Ross, with music provided by Mark Aspinall, Matthew Brind, John-Victor, James Williams, Gounod and Tchaikovsky. For those who may not […]

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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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Olivier Awards 2015 – our Red Carpet gallery

Have a look at our splendid gallery of pictures taken on Sunday 12 April by our photographer Phillip Cowndley at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard, the most prestigious event in the UK theatrical calendar, held at London’s Royal Opera House. The full list of winners is available at www.olivierawards.com. Hosted by acclaimed actor and comedian […]

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West End stars line up for The Curtain Up Show Olivier Awards special at The Theatre Cafe

Olivier Award winner Stephen Ashfield, currently starring in The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, and Miss Saigon stars Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, complete the line-up of guests on The Curtain Up Show’s Olivier Awards special, which broadcasts live on Resonance 104.4 FM from The Theatre Cafe on Shaftesbury Avenue this Friday (10 April) from […]

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Olivier Awards – Katie Brayben, Beverley Knight and Nicole Scherzinger all to perform

The Olivier Awards with MasterCard – the most prestigious event in the UK’s theatrical calendar – has revealed further details of the 2015 ceremony to be held on Sunday 12 April at the Royal Opera House and broadcast from 10.15pm that evening on ITV in a full highlights package. The evening will feature exclusive performances from […]

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Hugh Maynard – Something Inside So Strong – London Hippodrome

Hugh Maynard launched his debut album Something Inside So Strong at the London Hippodrome. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ What a night! Something indeed was inspirationally strong at Hugh Maynard’s late-night launch for his debut solo album at the London Hippodrome. Currently starring as John in Miss Saigon, Maynard sang with such magnificence, power, emotion and nuance. It was an absolute […]

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Interview – Miss Saigon’s Hugh Maynard chats about his new solo album

Actor, singer and musician HUGH MAYNARD made his West End debut in Jesus Christ Superstar (the actor and singer was studying at Arts Ed when he got the call) and has gone on to play Simba in The Lion King as well as performing in the casts of Notre-Dame De Paris, Follies, Dancing in the Streets and […]

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Miss Saigon’s Hugh Maynard marks solo album with gig at London Hippodrome

Hugh Maynard, currently starring as John in Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, is to mark the release of his eagerly awaited solo debut album Hugh Maynard – Something Inside So Strong, with an intimate concert supported by a four-piece band. As well as performing songs from the album, a vibrant collection of rock, soul and musical theatre numbers, […]

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Olivier Awards 2015 – Memphis the Musical and Beautiful lead nominations

New productions Memphis the Musical and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical lead the nominations for individual productions, receiving nine and eight nods respectively, at the Olivier Awards 2015 with MasterCard. The nominations were announced today (Monday 9 March) by actors James McAvoy and Lesley Manville. Among the shows’ nominations are those for the MasterCard Best New Musical Award, where the […]

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Miss Saigon sweeps the board at WhatsOnStage Awards

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon won a record-breaking nine WhatsOnStage Awards at a star-studded ceremony last night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. The 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the theatre-going public, were hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Steve Furst (the latter is currently appearing in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi […]

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Musical Theatre 2014 – a reflection – what was your favourite?

From I Can’t Sing! and Urinetown in early 2014 to the recently opened Cats and City of Angels, here’s an overview of UK Musical Theatre 2014. Can you see your favourites? DECEMBER: City of Angels – Donmar Warehouse Josie Rourke’s wonderfully vibrant staging injects a whole new lease of life into a show that has never […]

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WhatsOnStage Awards – Miss Saigon and Memphis the Musical dominate nominations

Miss Saigon picked up 12 nominations for the 15th Annual WhatsOn Stage Awards. Picture: Roy Tan At a ceremony held today at London’s Café de Paris, Angela Griffin and Steve Furst announced the nominees for the 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (closes 31 January 2015), […]

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West End Wilma Awards – Miss Saigon and Urinetown among the winners

The first ever Wilma Awards, in association with Freedom Bar Soho, took place at an exclusive invitation-only ceremony, hosted by actor/director Tim McArthur. Guests were treated to Afternoon Tea with Wilma (courtesy of www.thefullenglishfoodcompany.ltd.uk) while they watched the winners be revealed and listened to a special live performance of an original song from actor, singer and current Phantom of the […]

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West End Heroes – Dominion Theatre

West End Heroes 2014 was performed at the Dominion Theatre, London. Following the phenomenal success of West End Heroes last year, Dominion Theatre general manager David Pearson pulled out all the stops again to raise money for Help For Heroes who work to rehabilitate servicemen, women and their families who have suffered life-changing injuries in combat. Pearson […]

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West End Heroes – Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro lead line-up

Britain’s Got Talent winners Collabro will headline the 2014 West End Heroes gala concert at the Dominion Theatre on Sunday 28 September. The chart-topping group – the fastest selling new British band of 2014 – will be perfoming a song from their debut No. 1 album Stars. They will join double Olivier Award winner and recording artist Michael Ball who is hosting as […]

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Tickets for Miss Saigon gala will sell at original 1989 prices

Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that there will be a Gala Performance of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon on Monday 22 September 2014 to celebrate 25 years since the musical originally premiered. The new production opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in May this year. The original production opened on 20 September 1989 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane […]

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Blake and Miss Saigon’s Rachelle Ann Go line up for charity gala The Philippine Dream

BRIT-Award winning vocalists Blake have joined the line-up of artists set to perform at The Philippine Dream – a one-off gala at the Leicester Square Theatre this Sunday (17 August) to raise money for abandoned and neglected orphans in Manila. Blake will duet with Filipino pop star Rachelle Ann Go, who is currently appearing as Gigi in Miss Saigon at the Prince […]

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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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Ray Shell – Back 2 Black II – Crazy Coqs

Ray Shell performed Back 2 Black II at the Crazy Coqs, London. It is weird that Ray Shell – the original Rusty in Starlight Express back in the 1980s and a regular performer in West End musicals over the years in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Miss Saigon, Children of Eden and, much more recently, The Bodyguard – […]

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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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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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Miss Saigon – Prince Edward Theatre

Miss Saigon continues at the Prince Edward Theatre, London (booking until 25 April, 2015). The familiar heart-thudding beats of a helicopter herald the dramatic opening of a new production of Miss Saigon that is every bit as powerful and thrilling as the original show was 25 years ago. The Prince Edward Theatre, now beautifully refurbished, […]

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Stars come out for Miss Saigon opening night

Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon officially opened last night at London’s Prince Edward Theatre and the musical theatre stars were out in force on the red carpet. They included cast members from the original 1989 London production of Miss Saigon and the Les Misérables movie. Pictures: Vivienne Vincent.

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Richard Maltby Jr – Closer Than Ever still brings surprises

Lyricist and director Richard Maltby, Jr. has been in London to direct a revised version of his Off-Broadway hit, Closer Than Ever (written with long-time collaborator David Shire) which has received its European premiere at London’s Jermyn Street Theatre. With Shire, Maltby, Jr. has also written lyrics for Starting Here, Starting Now, Baby, Closer Than Ever and the musical […]

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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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Gok Wan hosts You’ll Never Walk Alone benefit concert

Award-winning TV personality and fashion guru Gok Wan will host the special one-night-only concert You’ll Never Walk Alone at the Queen’s Theatre on Sunday 2 March in aid of the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Wan said today: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be hosting You’ll Never Walk Alone, the West End’s response to the recent disaster in […]

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Kwang-Ho Hong joins Miss Saigon London cast

Cameron Mackintosh has revealed that Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will play Thuy in his forthcoming new production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. This now completes the casting for the show which makes its highly anticipated return to the West End on Saturday 3 May 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre, in the musical’s 25th anniversary […]

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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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Miss Saigon – public booking opens

Public booking for Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s musical Miss Saigon will open at 10am on Monday, 9 September 2013. Miss Saigon will return to the West End on 3 May, 2014 at the Prince Edward Theatre in the musical’s 25th anniversary year, booking for performances through to 25 October. […]

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Miss Saigon set for the Prince Edward

Cameron Mackintosh has finally revealed that the Boublil and Schonberg musical Miss Saigon will return to the West End in May 2014 to the Prince Edward Theatre. He said: “I find it hard to believe that it is already 25 years since I first premiered Miss Saigon in London at Drury Lane Theatre before it went on to phenomenal success around the world. “Ten […]

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