Tag Archives | Ragtime

Obituary – Bill Brohn, American orchestrator and musical arranger

By special arrangement – a tribute to the American orchestrator and musical arranger BILL BROHN (30 March 1933-11 May 2017). William David Brohn (Bill Brohn), the doyen of musical arrangers and orchestrators of musical and dance shows on Broadway and in London’s West End for a period of more than 50 years, has died at the age of […]

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Musical Theatre 2016 – a reflection – what was your favourite?

Musical Theatre Review reflects on an incredibly busy year of theatre – in the West End, on the London Fringe, across the UK – and picks a selection of shows from each month that topped the FOUR and FIVE star ratings with our contributors. JANUARY Guys and Dolls – Savoy Theatre, London Star rating: five stars ★ […]

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Ragtime – Charing Cross Theatre

Ragtime continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until Saturday 10 December. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Director Thom Southerland has something of a reputation for tackling epic shows in intimate settings (Titanic, for one) – shifting the focus away from grand theatrical gestures and placing the focus on storytelling and […]

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Ragtime at Charing Cross Theatre – new gallery of images

  Pictures: Roy Tan West End and Broadway stars Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe are heading the cast of Thom Southerland’s new actor-musician production of the multi-award winning Ragtime. Carpenter, whose theatre credits include playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on Broadway, joins Combe (Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre) in […]

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Ragtime at Charing Cross – Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe star

West End and Broadway stars Earl Carpenter and Anita Louise Combe will head the cast of Thom Southerland’s new actor-musician production of the multi-award winning Ragtime. Carpenter, whose theatre credits include playing the title role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End and on Broadway, will join Combe (Gypsy at the Savoy […]

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Charing Cross Theatre’s Radio Times production postponed

The Charing Cross Theatre’s production of Radio Times has been postponed a month before it was due to debut as part of Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director. In a statement the producers of the revival, which was due to run from 20 August until 1 October, announced: “Sadly, due to artist non-availability, we are […]

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Concert version of Ragtime to be staged at Bishopgate Institute

A staged concert version of the multi award-winning Ragtime – The Musical is to play six performances in the heart of the City of London. The amateur production from the Bishopgate Institute and Centre Stage London will feature the full, original Tony Award-winning score performed by 21 musicians and an onstage cast supported by an offstage choir. […]

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Lucky Stiff – Drayton Arms Theatre

Lucky Stiff continues at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London until 14 May. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ The less said about this musical farce, this desperately unfunny debut effort by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty long before they hit the big-time with Ragtime and Seussical, the better. A game, energetic cast of ten […]

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Thom Southerland appointed artistic director of Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland has been appointed artistic director of London’s Charing Cross Theatre. The rising star director has programmed an opening season of major musicals, including the return of his acclaimed multi award-winning Titanic and the European premiere of Death Takes a Holiday. Titanic was originally produced at Southwark Playhouse in 2013 by Danielle Tarento. Tarento […]

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Audra McDonald in concert – Leicester Square Theatre

Audra McDonald performed in concert at the Leicester Square Theatre, London Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s been over a decade since American stage and screen star Audra McDonald has performed in London (in 2002 she became only the second American invited to be guest soloist at the Last Night of the […]

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Audra McDonald adds extra date to London visit in January 2016

Record-breaking American stage and screen performer Audra McDonald’s forthcoming show at the Leicester Square Theatre in London on 17 January sold out in four hours. Due to overwhelming demand, the Broadway star has now added a 3pm matinee show scheduled for the same day. Producer Ollie Rosenblatt commented: “It’s wonderful to be welcoming Audra back to the […]

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Broadway star Audra McDonald plays London date in January 2016

Record-breaking American stage and screen star Audra McDonald will play her first London date in more than 15 years in January 2016. The singer and actress who has won a string of awards including six Tonys, two Grammys and an Emmy Award, will play a special one-off show at the Leicester Square Theatre on 17 January 2016. […]

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