Tag Archives | Stephen Sondheim

Sondheim’s Road Show revived at the Union Theatre

The Union Theatre and the Phil Willmott Company are presenting the first UK revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Road Show from 3 February to 5 March 2016 (press nights are Wednesday 10 February and Thursday 11 February). At the turn of the last century old Pa Meisner sends his sons, the charming and ruthless Wilson and the thoughtful, unambitious Addison off to […]

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The day has arrived – Gypsy is broadcast today on BBC4 at 9pm

Tonight (Sunday 27 December) on BBC4 at 9pm UK audiences will get the chance to see Olivier Award-winning actress Imelda Staunton’s highly acclaimed performance as the ultimate stage mother Momma Rose in the hit revival of Gypsy at London’s Savoy Theatre. Cameras captured the production for the BBC’s all important Christmas line-up as well as for a rumoured DVD release. The Sunday […]

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Putting it Together – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Putting it Together continues at the Naughton Studio, Lyric Theatre, Belfast until 19 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ It’s not just that Blunt Fringe Productions is doing what no one else in Northern Ireland is doing, it’s that they do it so well. Musical theatre has long been ill served by professional […]

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Into the Woods – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Into the Woods continues at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester until 16 January. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Beloved by many, Stephen Sondheim’s much-revived exploration of storybook happy ever afters is, nonetheless, a middle-ranking entry in the pre-eminent US musical maestro’s canon – many places above his rare misfires but quite a few rungs below the […]

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Interview – Gillian Bevan goes Into the Woods via Manchester

Officially opening this week at the Manchester Royal Exchange is a new production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s dark fairytale mash-up, Into the Woods. In the central role of The Witch is local lass GILLIAN BEVAN, who was born just seven miles down the A6 in Stockport. As one of the UK’s most experienced Sondheim proponents, […]

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Kings of Broadway – Palace Theatre

Kings of Broadway was performed at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Only five weeks after a glittering 85th birthday concert at Theatre Royal Drury Lane came another Sondheim tribute at the Palace Theatre, this time also celebrating two other Kings of Broadway: the show tune champion Jerry Herman, composer […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Into the Woods

    Into the Woods is performed by the Guildford School of Acting 3rd Years at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The Guildford School of Acting’s love-in with the works of Stephen Sondheim – Into the Woods follows their summer productions of Anyone Can Whistle and […]

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Evening Standard Theatre Awards winners include Kinky Boots and Imelda Staunton

At tonight’s ceremony at The Old Vic the winners of the 61st London Evening Standard Theatre Awards, given in partnership with The Ivy, were announced. Among the musical theatre categories, the award for Best Musical Performance went to Imelda Staunton for Gypsy. Staunton reprised her winning performance at the ceremony, singing ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ from the production. The […]

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Interview – Richard Fleeshman celebrates the Kings of Broadway

Singer, actor and songwriter RICHARD FLEESHMAN will be appearing in Kings of Broadway, a special concert celebrating legendary composers Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Jule Styne, at London’s Palace Theatre on Sunday 29 November. The latest show from Alex Parker and Alastair Knights, the creative team behind the staging of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music which played the Palace […]

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Into the Woods at Royal Exchange Manchester – Alex Gaumond and Gillian Bevan star

Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre’s associate artistic director Matthew Xia makes his main-stage debut this Christmas with his exploration of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning fairy tale Into the Woods. As a composer and former BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter, DJ Excalibah, Xia’s passion for telling stories with music has been long held. Xia said: “The music 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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Interview – Millicent Martin returns to London for Sondheim Birthday Gala

MILLICENT MARTIN is making a rare visit to London this Sunday 25 October to appear on stage at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in Hey, Old Friends! An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim. Born in Romford, Essex, Martin first trod the boards in the children’s chorus at the Opera House in Covent Garden, and later turned up […]

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A Little Night Music at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre – we chat to Sarah Waddell and Jamie Birkett

Actresses SARAH WADDELL and JAMIE BIRKETT are currently appearing in All Star Productions’ staging of Hugh Wheeler and Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London until 31 October. The show reunites the creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed staging of Into the Woods. Theatre credits for Sarah Waddell, who plays Desiree Armfeldt, include: Into the Woods (Ye Olde […]

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Sweeney Todd – WNO – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Touring

Sweeney Todd continues at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton until 17 October and on tour until 29 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Welsh National Opera’s first-ever musical, the bloody tale of revenge that many regard as Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, is part of their Madness trilogy that’s currently on tour with Bellini’s I Puritani and […]

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WNO takes reimagined production of Sweeney Todd on short UK tour

The Welsh National Opera’s inventive re-working of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd begins a short UK tour at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre this week. The production, which breaks with the traditional Victorian era setting to place the Demon Barber’s grisly antics at the heart of Thatcherite Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s, […]

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A Little Night Music – Ye Olde Rose and Crown

A Little Night Music continues at Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre, London until 31 October. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Every so often, a production of a classic show comes along that makes you think – why have I never seen it like this before? I’m a Sondheim [A Little Night Music’s […]

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A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown – cast revealed

The cast has been revealed for All Star Productions’ A Little Night Music at the Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London from 6 to 31 October (press night is 9 October). The show reunites the creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed staging of Into the Woods. The line-up is as follows: Sarah Waddell (Desiree Armfeldt), Alexander McMorran (Fredrik Egerman), Jamie […]

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Interview – Jonathan Butterell on why See What I Wanna See has made him want to act again

JONATHAN BUTTERELL, who choreographed the original production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Off-Broadway hit See What I Wanna See at New York’s Public Theater, has joined the cast of its London premiere at the Jermyn Street Theatre after a 22-year break from acting (in recent times he has been mainly concentrating on directing). Jonathan also directed the premieres of Michael John LaChiusa’s other works Giant and Tres Nińas. […]

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Dean Jones – original star of Company (1931 to 2015)

Dean Jones, original star of Company (1931-2015). Although he must have appeared in some musicals before his film career took off, DEAN JONES is remembered for one particular role in music theatre, for he created the role of Robert in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company. Michael Darvell pays tribute to the actor-singer who died from […]

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All Star Productions brings A Little Night Music to Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre

The creative team behind last year’s critically acclaimed All Star Productions of Into the Woods are reuniting to bring Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s A Little Night Music to Ye Olde Rose and Crown Theatre in Walthamstow, London from 6 to 31 October (press night is 9 October). Based on Ingmar Bergman’s comedy of manners, Smiles of a Summer Night, […]

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Su Pollard stars in Side By Side By Sondheim at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre

TV favourite Su Pollard will be joined by Marianne Benedict (Women On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Wizard of Oz and We Will Rock You) and Grant McConvey (highly commended at the Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year) for the 2015 London revival of Side By Side By Sondheim at the Brockley Jack Studio Theatre […]

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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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A Little Night Music – Pitlochry Festival Theatre

A Little Night Music continues in rep at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre until 17 October 2015. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s 1973 musical about bed-hopping Swedish socialites gets an impressive revival at the Pitlochry Festival Theatre – surely one of the most beautifully located theatres in the country. And situated […]

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Exclusive – soprano Natalie Dessay will star in Sondheim’s Passion at Theatre du Chatelet

The Theatre du Chatelet in Paris has pulled off quite a coup in signing the world-acclaimed French coloratura soprano Natalie Dessay to sing Fosca in their fifth Stephen Sondheim production, Passion, next spring. There was no Sondheim this year after A Little Night Music (2011), Sweeney Todd (2012), Sunday in the Park With George (2013) and Into the Woods (2014), but […]

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Sibling Revelry: an Exclusive interview with the Callaway sisters

EXCLUSIVE! Sibling Revelry: An interview with ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY and sister LIZ. Seventeen years after bring their Sibling Revelry show over from New York to form part of the Divas At the Donmar series, the Callaway sisters, Ann Hampton and Liz, are back in London from 7–11 July with an updated version at the Hippodrome. […]

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Guildford School of Acting – Anyone Can Whistle

Anyone Can Whistle is performed by Guildford School of Acting’s 2nd Year Musical Theatre students at the Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ The curiosity value of a rare outing for one of Stephen Sondheim’s least-performed works – it lasted only nine performances on Broadway in 1964 – has led […]

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London College of Music – Saturday Night

Saturday Night was performed by London College of Music students at the Watermans, Brentford, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Not a year goes by without the London College of Music, the musical theatre arm of the University of West London, giving us a Sondheim, and here they really had to stretch themselves to make the rarely-seen Saturday Night seem […]

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Follies in Concert – Royal Albert Hall

Follies in Concert was performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Star rating: 4 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ London has had a surprisingly – and tragically – short history with Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies. The original full-scale West End production opened in 1987 (which, admittedly, remains the show’s longest ever run, anywhere in the world). […]

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Sweeney Todd – does size matter?

In the battle of the large and small scale productions of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd (currently playing in London), which one produces the ultimate, dramatic knockout punch? The star-studded US transfer at the ENO or Tooting Arts Club’s intensely intimate staging in a pop-up pie shop in Shaftesbury Avenue? Craig Glenday investigates… Londoners are currently being treated […]

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Sweeney Todd at the ENO – production images released

Here’s a first look at images of Lonny Price’s staging of Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson in Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller, the first production in a major new long term partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company. Pictures are by Tristram Kenton. Joining Terfel and Thompson who will lead the cast as Sweeney Todd and […]

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Betty Buckley and Lorna Luft join cast for Follies in Concert at Royal Albert Hall

Betty Buckley, Lorna Luft, Charlotte Page, Peter Polycarpou, Amy Ellen Richardson and Jos Slovick complete the cast of Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 28 April 2015, alongside ensemble members Sarah Bakker, CJ Field, Jennifer Davison, Emily Warner, Lucy James and Luke Fetherstone. They join the previously announced Christine Baranski, playing Phyllis Stone (Into the Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia!), Alistair Brammer, playing Young Ben (Miss Saigon, War Horse, Les Misérables), Anita Dobson, playing […]

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Sweeney Todd – Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue

Sweeney Todd continues at Harrington’s Pie & Mash Shop, Shaftesbury Avenue, London until 30 May. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It’s cramped, it’s hot and it’s airless, but this new production of Sweeney Todd might just be the best version you’ll ever experience. And ‘experience’ is definitely the word, as this teeny-tiny Todd has its actors […]

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Sweeney Todd – Reims Opera House, France

Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street was performed at Reims Opera House, France. Star rating: 3 stars ★ ★ ★ What the collective noun for a shedload of Sweeneys is, one can’t be certain ­– could it be a multitude of Sweeneys (as in ‘Multitude of Amys’ from another Sondheim masterpiece, Company), a Symphony of […]

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Austria – a musical start to 2015

The first stages of 2015 have been quite a joy for musical theatre fans in Austria, writes Ludovico Lucchesi Palli. Aside from a real Austrian classic in Salzburg and a little bit of Sondheim in Linz, a crime musical also opened in Kottingbrunn, just outside Vienna. Im Weissen Rössl – Salzburger Landestheater Star rating: 4 stars ★ […]

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Sweeney Todd at London Coliseum – full cast revealed

Due to unprecedented public demand, an extra performance has been scheduled on Sunday 5 April at 3pm for Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at the London Coliseum. Tickets for the 5 April performance, including 300 seats at £10 each, will go on sale today (3 March […]

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Follies in Concert – Jennifer Coolidge and Stefanie Powers join cast

Further star casting has been announced for Follies in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 28 April 2015 in celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday year, including Jennifer Coolidge, Alexander Hanson, Stefanie Powers, Alistair Brammer and Laura Pitt-Pulford. The musical will be directed by Strictly Come Dancing’s Craig Revel Horwood and will also feature […]

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Tooting Arts Club Sweeney Todd staged in pop-up pie shop on Shaftesbury Avenue

By special arrangement with Cameron Mackintosh, Tooting Arts Club’s acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd is to move to a new home on Shaftesbury Avenue this spring whilst Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop undergoes refurbishment. The pop-up pie shop success story started last October when Tooting Arts offered up lovelorn Mrs Lovett’s infamous pies in a grisly, site-specific […]

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Our Time – KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim – Crazy Coqs

Our Time: KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim at the Crazy Coqs, London continues until 14 February. Star rating: 4 stars **** Put two of New York’s finest, most enduring cabaret performers in the best room in town, give them 20 of Stephen Sondheim’s cleverest songs to interpret, many with a new, gender-bending twist, and the result, as you might […]

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A Little Night Music – Palace Theatre

A Little Night Music 40th anniversary concert at the Palace Theatre, London. Star rating: 4 stars **** This semi-staged one-off concert version of A Little Night Music, perhaps the richest of all Stephen Sondheim’s scores in a most attractive and amusing storyline, was always likely to please and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Given that producer Alex Parker had assembled musical theatre’s creme de […]

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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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Into the Woods – Roundabout Theatre Company, New York

Into the Woods continues at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre, New York until 22 March. Star rating: 5 stars ***** A fresh breeze is blowing through Into the Woods. It’s not that anything ever seems stale about this enduring and always-compelling masterwork by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim. But as re-envisioned by the prodigiously imaginative […]

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Gypsy – Lara Pulver and Peter Davison join London cast

Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver who will reprise the role of Louise and Peter Davison who joins the cast to play Herbie. Final casting for the Chichester Festival Theatre production will be announced shortly. A musical fable with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, suggested by […]

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Janie Dee will perform in cabaret at London’s Kings Place

Olivier Award-winning musical theatre actress Janie Dee will present Wake Up With Janie Dee – a selection of cabaret songs and West End hits – on 8 February 2015, 11.30am, at Kings Place in London’s King’s Cross as part of Lucy Parham’s Word/Play coffee concert series (kingsplace.co.uk). Lucy Parham is regarded as one of Britain’s finest pianists. Dee is returning by […]

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Follies concert will feature Christine Baranski and Ruthie Henshall

SilverBlue Entertainment, in association with Elliot Davis are presenting Follies in Concert, with The City of London Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday year. The show will be playing on Tuesday 28 April for one matinee (at 3pm) and one evening performance (at 7.30pm) only. The all-star cast includes Christine Baranski (Into the Woods, The Good Wife, Mamma Mia!), Anita Dobson (EastEnders, Chicago), Anita Harris (Carry On Doctor and Follow That Camel, Cats), Ruthie Henshall (original Roxy in Chicago, Les Misérables), […]

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Imelda Staunton leads West End transfer of Chichester’s Gypsy

Imelda Staunton will star as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent’s sell-out Chichester Festival Theatre production of Gypsy, the first to be seen in London for 40 years. This strictly limited season opens at the Savoy Theatre on 15 April 2015 with previews from 28 March 2015. Further casting for Gypsy, which goes on sale today […]

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Into the Woods – the movie – our verdict

Into the Woods opens in UK cinemas on 9 January 2015. As a longtime Sondheim fan and particular admirer of Into the Woods, the “be careful what you wish for” fantasy musical which the great man teased out of James Lapine’s clever book in 1986, it would be great to be wrong but where’s the […]

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Assassins – Menier Chocolate Factory

Assassins continues at the Menier Chocolate Factory, London, until 7 March 2015. Don’t bet against Assassins following Merrily We Roll Along, the last Sondheim musical the Menier staged, into the West End as it’s a humdinger of a show, hard to stomach at times, but never less than fascinating – a stunning ensemble piece brilliantly directed […]

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Interview – Carly Bawden and Simon Lipkin on Sondheim’s Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory

When asked to name his favourite self-penned musical, Stephen Sondheim’s response, if he deigns to answer such a trite question, is often Assassins, the show he wrote with book writer John Weidman. “I wouldn’t change a thing,” he says of this 1990 revue-style musical about the people who’ve made attempts on the lives of American […]

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Philip Quast joins Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel in cast of Sweeney Todd at ENO

Philip Quast will play Judge Turpin, joining the previously announced Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson as Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, in Lonny Price’s production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at ENO’s London Coliseum (30 March to 12 April 2015). Further tickets have also been released for the first production in a major new long […]

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Into the Woods – Performance Preparation Academy

Into the Woods was performed by Performance Preparation Academy’s Musical Theatre Diploma third-year students at Bellerby Studio Theatre, Guildford. After the contemporary Into the Woods at the Rose & Crown in Walthamstow, it is back to the traditional version of the great Stephen Sondheim musical (book by James Lapine) and a seriously good one directed by Performance Preparation […]

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