Tag Archives | Stephen Schwartz

Interview – Liam Tamne chats about being challenged in Working at Southwark Playhouse

LIAM TAMNE is currently appearing in Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which is having its European premiere at London’s Southwark Playhouse in June. Directed by Luke Sheppard, the new production of the show runs at the south London venue until 8 July. One of the first musicals from Schwartz, the composer of the multi award-winning […]

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Working – Southwark Playhouse

Working continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 8 July. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ We automatically celebrate the powerful and wealthy and often ignore ordinary people – people who do the jobs that others couldn’t bear to do – men and women who could’ve been great but have ‘settled’. This […]

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Pippin will be next musical at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre

Award-winning musical Pippin will be the next collaboration between Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment. The musical will run from Friday 25 August to Saturday 23 September in the acclaimed 150-seater Ancoats venue. The production is the fourth show from Hope Mill Theatre and Aria Entertainment, who first joined forces in January 2016 to […]

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Southwark Playhouse’s Working – principal casting revealed

Principal casting has been announced for Stephen Schwartz’s genre-busting Broadway musical Working which will receive its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in June. The cast will include: Gillian Bevan (Into the Woods, Manchester Royal Exchange; Billy Elliot, West End); Krysten Cummings (Rent, West End and Broadway; Jesus Christ Superstar, arena tour); Dean Chisnall (Blood Brothers, UK tour; Shrek […]

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Wicked tour will fly back to UK in 2018

The touring version of the smash hit musical Wicked will make a return to the UK next February to play ten UK and Ireland cities. A success at venues across the world, the tour played its last UK dates at the Bradford Alhambra Theatre in July 2016 before embarking on an international leg of the tour […]

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Southwark Playhouse to host European premiere of Working

The genre-twisting Broadway musical Working, co-written by Stephen Schwartz, will receive its long-awaited European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse next year. Directed by Luke Sheppard (In The Heights), the new production of the ground-breaking show will play a limited season at the Southwark Playhouse from 2 June 2017 until 8 July with a press night on 7 June. […]

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Wicked – Apollo Victoria Theatre

Wicked continues at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London and is booking up to 4 November 2017. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is probably musical theatre blasphemy to admit it, but on seeing Wicked for the first time I struggled to make an emotional connection with the book or score. While I left the […]

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Wicked – extra Christmas matinee dates on sale

The magical musical Wicked has unwrapped a Christmas bonus for theatregoers by adding three extra festive matinees at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. With curtain-up at 2.30pm, the extra shows will be on Thursday 22 December, Monday 26 December and Thursday 29 December. Based on the bestseller by Gregory Maguire which took its inspiration from the […]

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Wicked UK and Ireland tour to return in February 2018

As Wicked celebrates 10 years at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre tonight (Tuesday 27 September 2016), it has been revealed that the UK and Ireland tour will return in February 2018, opening at the Bristol Hippodrome (with tickets on public sale from 1 February 2017). The critically acclaimed production is currently playing at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore and […]

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Willemijn Verkaik returns to Wicked in January 2017

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) and Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) will return to the London production of Wicked from 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as Nessarose on the same date. Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba) has previously played Elphaba on Broadway, in both Stuttgart and Oberhausen in Germany (and she can be heard on the original German cast recording), at the Circustheater in Holland […]

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Wicked extends booking as new principal cast opens at the Apollo Victoria

On Monday 5 September 2016 at 10am the 22nd new booking period opens for Wicked, the award-winning West End musical phenomenon that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz. More than 500,000 new tickets are going on sale for performances until Saturday 4 November 2017. From 5 September, Wicked will star Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Suzie Mathers (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Anita Dobson (Madame Morrible), Mark Curry (The Wizard), Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Idriss Kargbo (Boq), Alice […]

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Children of Eden – Union Theatre

Children of Eden continues at the Union Theatre, London until 10 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Old Testament Book of Genesis provides the basis for Stephen Schwartz and John Caird’s musical, now revived at the Union Theatre 25 years after its brief West End run. Taking the stories of […]

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Children of Eden at the Union Theatre – full casting

Full casting has been revealed for Children of Eden, which returns to London 25 years after its original West End production, playing at the Union Theatre from Wednesday 10 August, with a press night on Friday 12 August 2016. The cast features Natasha O‘Brien (A Christmas Carol, Rose Theatre) as Eve/Mama, Stephen Barry (The Beautiful Game, Union Theatre) as Adam/Noah, Joey […]

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New production of Children of Eden heads to Union Theatre

Twenty-five years after its original West End production, Children of Eden will return to London in a new production at the Union Theatre, opening on Friday 12 August with previews from Wednesday 10 August 2016. Children of Eden will be the second production in the Union Theatre’s brand new state-of-the-art space in Southwark, where Ruthie […]

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Godspell concert stars Kerry Ellis and Ramin Karimloo

Several major musical theatre stars are to headline a concert production of Godspell, the Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August. Leading a cast of talented new young performers to launch The British Theatre Academy will be Broadway and West End Wicked […]

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Wicked film gets Christmas 2019 release date

The long-awaited big screen version of multi award-winning musical Wicked is finally going into production but audiences will have to wait until 2019 to see it. Announcing a 20 December 2019 release date for the movie, film studios Universal also confirmed Britain’s Stephen Daldry would direct with one of the Broadway production’s original producers, Marc […]

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Wicked 10th anniversary London cast – Rachel Tucker returns as Elphaba

The new cast that will lead the award-winning West End musical Wicked from 5 September 2016 – through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre – will include: Rachel Tucker, who will return to the London production direct from a triumphant run on Broadway to play Elphaba; Suzie Mathers, who joins from the Australian production […]

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Wicked UK and international tour – full cast revealed

Cast details have been revealed for the touring version of the hit musical Wicked which will play the Bradford Alhambra Theatre for a limited five weeks from 20 July. Over 25,000 tickets have already been sold for the only chance to see the production in the UK before the tour travels to Singapore (MasterCard Theatres […]

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Pippin – Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam

Pippin continues at the Royal Theatre Carré, Amsterdam until 10 April. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ For a month-long engagement, the Dutch are being treated to the US touring company of Pippin, a part of the new yearly Broadway on the Amstel series in Amsterdam. This is sadly the only European and last […]

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Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Schwartz – St James Theatre Studio

Stuart Matthew Price Sings The Songbook of Schwartz at St James Theatre Studio, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The talented Stuart Matthew Price treated us to the second opus of his own songbook series at St James Studio, this time celebrating the work of Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz after paying tribute to […]

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Mark Curry joins cast of Wicked as The Wizard

Veteran Blue Peter presenter turned stage star Mark Curry will take over the role of The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked on 25 March. Curry, who began his four-year stint on the much-loved BBC children’s show in 1986 has gone on to establish himself as a popular stage performer in major productions […]

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Wicked presents its first autism-friendly performance

Wicked, the West End musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, will present its first ever autism-friendly performance on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 1:30pm. The production is working closely with the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families, to create a friendly and supportive environment in […]

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Willemijn Verkaik in Women on the Verge. Photo credit Jay Brooks

Willemijn Verkaik in concert – Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and James Fox are special guests

Special guests have been announced for the one-off solo concert from Dutch vocal powerhouse Willemijn Verkaik, playing for one night only at the Ambassadors Theatre next Tuesday 25 August 2015. Verkaik will be joined on stage by special guests Victoria Hamilton-Barritt and James Fox. Victoria Hamilton-Barritt is well known for her many stage roles including Daniela in […]

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Personals – Landor Theatre

Personals continues at the Landor Theatre, London until 9 August. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ This isn’t a high-concept piece but it doesn’t try to be – more like a sitcom but with the form and tropes of a musical. And you can’t fault two hours of grinning, literal laughs out loud and light foot-tapping. […]

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The Baker’s Wife – Drayton Arms Theatre

The Baker’s Wife continues at the Drayton Arms Theatre, London until 4 July. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★  The French obsession with bread – even over the whereabouts of a loved-up runaway baker’s wife – is at the core of Stephen Schwartz’s sweet and tuneful musical comedy that never quite made it in the […]

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Wicked – actor Steven Pinder joins London production

Actor Steven Pinder, who is currently appearing in the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked, will join the London production as Doctor Dillamond from Monday 10 August until Saturday 19 September 2015. Philip Childs will play his final performance on Saturday 8 August. Steven Pinder is best remembered as Max Farnham in Phil Redmond’s Brookside, a […]

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Tony Award nominations – the winners and losers

When it comes to musicals, the nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards, announced today (Tuesday), focus on a tight little group of contenders, with Fun Home and An American in Paris, each receiving a dozen nods. Others high on the list are Something Rotten!, with ten nominations, and The King and I, with nine. On […]

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Jade Ewen pulls out of Godspell due to ill health, Laura Mansell steps in

Due to ill health, Sugababe Jade Ewen has regretfully stood down from her role in this spring’s forthcoming tour of Godspell In Concert – the rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked. Stepping up to the mark at short notice is Laura Mansell, already a member of the current cast who is in rehearsals ahead of the tour […]

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Godspell in Concert – final casting revealed

Following its nationwide search for local choirs to take part in ensemble roles, the production’s lead cast is today revealed for Godspell in Concert. The legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, the award-winning composer of Wicked, returns to the UK’s stages and opens at Hackney’s Empire Theatre on Saturday 4 April ahead of a 28-venue national tour. The UK tour […]

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Godspell in Concert – Jade Ewen and Andy Abraham head cast

Jade Ewen, Andy Abraham and Leanne Jarvis will lead the cast of Godspell in Concert, the legendary rock musical from Stephen Schwartz, when it returns to the UK’s stages and opens at Hackney’s Empire Theatre on 4 April ahead of a 28-venue national tour. Actor Tom Senior will be introduced in the role of Jesus.  Jade Ewen makes up one third of the multi-million […]

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Wicked sets new box office records in London and on tour

Wicked, the award-winning musical that tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz, was seen by 45,000 people in the UK last week (ending 3 January 2015), grossing an incredible £2,160,377.50, at box offices in London and Edinburgh and breaking its own previous records in both the West End and on its UK and Ireland tour. The London production set […]

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Emma Hatton to take over as Elphaba in Wicked from February 2015

Emma Hatton will star as Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked from Monday 2 February 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Currently the Standby Elphaba, Emma Hatton will replace international Wicked star Jennifer DiNoia, who is soon to play a special limited engagement from 27 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. Current performer Kerry Ellis plays her final performance […]

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Jennifer DiNoia joins West End Wicked as Elphaba

After an eight-year association with hit musical Wicked in North America and internationally, actress Jennifer DiNoia will join the West End production for a strictly limited 14-week engagement as Elphaba from Monday 27 October 2014 to Saturday 31 January 2015. DiNoia first joined the cast of Wicked in 2006 and has subsequently performed the role of Elphaba across North America in the national tour, in […]

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire and touring

Wicked runs at the Liverpool Empire until 11 October before touring until 25 July 2015. A little over a year ago, Wicked embarked on its first ever UK and Ireland tour and now the musical is playing to capacity crowds at the 2,400 seater Empire Theatre in Liverpool. It’s not hard to see why, the show has won awards wherever it has […]

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Wicked – Ashleigh Gray is new tour Elphaba, Nikki Davis-Jones joins London cast

Ashleigh Gray (Elphaba), Samuel Edwards (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Richard Vincent (Boq) and Jacqueline Hughes (Standby Elphaba) will join the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked from 16 September 2014 at Liverpool Empire Theatre. Current cast members Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba), Liam Doyle (Fiyero), Dale Rapley (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), George Ure […]

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Godspell – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Godspell continues at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch until 7 June. Written by Stephen Schwartz and first performed in 1971, Godspell comes from the time of hippies and chants of all you need is love. The show is mainly based on the parables from the Bible’s book of Matthew and contains many traditional hymns all set […]

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Rags the Musical in Concert – Lyric Theatre

Rags the Musical in Concert was performed at the Lyric Theatre, London on 28 April for one night only. What musical could be more appropriate than Rags, the story of the Jewish immigrants who travelled to New York at the start of the last century and their dream of being assimilated into a brave new world, […]

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Maureen Lipman leads cast of Rags the Musical in Concert

Maureen Lipman has joined the cast of Rags the Musical in Concert, the show written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, which will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. […]

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Rags the Musical in Concert – casting revealed

Casting details have been revealed for Rags the Musical in Concert, the musical written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz, which will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. […]

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Rags the Musical in Concert for one night only

Rags the Musical in Concert – the musical written by Joseph Stein, Charles Strouse and Stephen Schwartz – will be presented for one night only on Monday 28 April at London’s Lyric Theatre. All proceeds from the performance go to Centrepoint – the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people. Produced on Broadway in 1986, […]

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Marti Webb reunites with original cast members of Godspell for one night only

Marti Webb, who recently returned to the West End in Tell Me On a Sunday, has confirmed she will reunite with David Essex and other original members of the rock musical Godspell at the Lyric Theatre on Monday 19 May. Godspell, the Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), is being staged in the West End […]

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Godspell returns to West End for charity gala

The acclaimed Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell is to be staged in the West End for the first time since it premiered there 42 years ago. And the one-off charity gala concert performance at the Lyric Theatre (Monday 19 May), in aid of Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, will be introduced on stage by David Essex, whose casting […]

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