Tag Archives | The Phantom of the Opera

Pizza Express to open new entertainment venue in London

Restaurant chain Pizza Express will open a new live entertainment venue at its newly designed restaurant in London’s High Holborn at the end of August. The intimate space in the basement will feature a wide range of music, cabaret, comedy, and ‘audience with’ Q&A sessions. Designed to allow the audience to get close to some […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – Ben Forster to continue in title role until September

Ben Forster will extend his run as The Phantom until Saturday 2 September in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera.  Now in its 31st year at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, the show also stars Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul. They are joined by […]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrates four musicals on Broadway

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber celebrated four musicals playing simultaneously on Broadway when Sunset Boulevard opened at the Palace Theatre yesterday (9 February 2017). Three of Lloyd Webber’s musicals rang in 2017 by breaking house records at the Winter Garden (School of Rock – The Musical), Majestic (The Phantom of the Opera) and Neil Simon (Cats) […]

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Spotlight on musical theatre in Sweden – winter and spring seasons

Renate Stridh throws the spotlight on musical theatre productions featured in the current and upcoming seasons in Sweden. The winter season in Sweden is well under way. The autumn saw some exciting productions and there are some equally exciting opening nights ahead. The Book of Mormon The Book of Mormon opened at the end of January at China […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – images from 30th anniversary celebrations

On Monday 10 October the West End production of the iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre celebrated its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The Phantom, Celinde Schoenmaker as Christine Daae and Nadim Naaman as Raoul were […]

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Phantom Paris premiere postponed after blaze hits theatre

The eagerly awaited Parisian debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera has been postponed after a fire broke out at the theatre where it was due to open on 13 October. Experts are currently accessing the extent of the damage caused by the blaze which reportedly broke out on the basement of […]

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The Phantom of the Opera celebrates 30th West End anniversary with charity gala

On Monday 10 October, the West End production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical The Phantom of the Opera, at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special charity gala performance in aid of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust. Tickets are on sale now. To celebrate this milestone, the current cast including Ben Forster as The […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – new additions to West End cast

Cast changes have been announced for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera ahead of the show’s 30th birthday at Her Majesty’s Theatre in October. From Monday 5 September current stars Ben Forster, Celinde Schoenmaker and Nadim Naaman will be joined by Siôn Lloyd (Monsieur Firmin), Mark Oxtoby (Monsieur Andre), Paul Ettore Tabone (Piangi), […]

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Lloyd Webber celebrates Broadway triple

The first night of the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats became part of a double celebration for the British composer who now has three hit shows running on Broadway. To mark the occasion Lloyd Webber was joined by School of Rock’s Alex Brightman, The Phantom of the Opera’s James Barbour and his newest […]

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Les Misérables versus Phantom – the charity football decider next month

Teams representing two of the West End’s biggest shows will take to the football field for the fifth time next month in the annual Les Misérables vs The Phantom of the Opera charity football match. Raising money this year for Macmillan Cancer Support and the road safety charity Brake, the star-studded event is being billed as ‘the decider’ […]

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Tom Solomon album hits top spot

Award-winning West End leading man Tom Solomon has had plenty of reason to celebrate. His self-produced classical crossover double album Beautiful Day reached No.1 slot in the iTunes classical album chart and number four in the vocals chart just days after its release. Songs included on the 28-track double album include recent rock chart hits ‘I Don’t Want to Miss […]

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Phantom star Nadim Naaman to launch new album

West End star Nadim Naaman will launch his second album Sides this month with a special performance at the London Hippodrome on Sunday June 19 at 3pm. The artist, who is currently playing Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, has worked with producer Joe Davison on the double-length album which includes a […]

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Magic Radio Audience Award 2016 – shortlisted shows revealed

The four West End productions shortlisted for this year’s Magic Radio Audience Award have been announced. Jersey Boys, Matilda the Musical, Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera, are all in the running for the award which will be presented at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard at the ceremony on 3 April. Created […]

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Ramin Karimloo plays special one-off show at the London Palladium

Charismatic West End star Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) is to play a special one-night show at the London Palladium on 16 July. The award-winning Iranian-Canadian actor and singer who originated the lead role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, recently completed two […]

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Maria Kesselman – Crazy Coqs

Maria Kesselman performed at the Crazy Coqs, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Although she says she’s still “feeling her way” as a cabaret performer, Maria Kesselman’s CV suggests she’s no newcomer to the genre and an easy listening evening in her delightful company on her one-night-only Crazy Coqs debut was […]

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Christopher Biggins launches West End Heroes 2015

Christopher Biggins, launched the 2015 West End Heroes gala concert at the Dominion Theatre with a little help from some military friends… Dressed as an RAF service woman – just one of the ‘characters’ he’ll play on the night in several big song and dance numbers – he promised a night of surprises, fun and jollity and […]

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CD Review – Will Barratt – Confessions of a Justified Sinner – and Kickstart the album too!

CONFESSIONS OF A JUSTIFIED SINNER – Will Barratt. It’s always refreshing to have a CD arrive on your desk that is by a musical theatre artist but not full of the same old power ballads and songs from musicals that we have heard over and over again. It is even more refreshing when the album […]

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MAD Match – Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera cast members prepare for football battle

Former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise has been giving cast members from Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera some footballing tips prior to their final fundraising showdown match on 2 August at Bromley Football Club. The match sees the two giants of the West End heading down to Bromley Arena, not for a singing showdown, but […]

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John Owen-Jones and Ben Forster to star in The Phantom of the Opera

From Monday 7 September 2015, there will be major cast changes in the West End production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, with John Owen-Jones initially playing The Phantom, followed by Ben Forster (from Monday 1 February 2016). Owen-Jones has most recently played the part in the new production of […]

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Daniel Koek – London Hippodrome

An Evening With West End Star Daniel Koek was performed at the London Hippodrome. Looking at Daniel Koek, it is hard to believe that someone so young has played the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. Hearing his voice, however, it is even harder to believe that Les Mis didn’t snatch him up […]

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Stars of the West End – Cadogan Hall

Stars of the West End was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Stars of the West End was not a benefit, an awards ceremony or a fundraising gala, but simply a celebration of West End musicals, with four very talented British musical performers impeccably backed by a magical six-piece band at the Cadogan Hall. Tom […]

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The Phantom of the Opera – West End cast changes

There will be a number of key cast changes in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End from Monday 1 September 2014. Liam Tamne will star as Raoul, and making their West End debuts are John Ellis as Piangi and Alicia Beck as Meg. The Phantom of the Opera will continue to star Gerónimo Rauch as The […]

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Dave Willetts heads cast of Love Beyond the Musical

The London cast of Love Beyond the Musical, a new musical playing for two special performances only on 1 and 2 October at The SSE Arena, Wembley, will be headed by musical theatre performer Dave Willetts.  Love Beyond the Musical is a unique presentation of the greatest love story ever told, unfolding the entire story of the Bible […]

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Seth Rudetsky deconstructs our questions in run up to London show

Having heard that Seth Rudetsky was returning to Leicester Square Theatre for one night only on Sunday 10 August with his one-man show Seth Rudetsky Deconstructing Broadway, our contributor Michael Darvell couldn’t wait to ask him a few questions. But Rudetsky hasn’t answered them in the old-fashioned way of dropping us an email. Oh no, he has […]

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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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West End LIVE celebrates tenth anniversary

West End LIVE in association with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014. Now in its tenth year, this annual event – the largest event of its type in the world – is organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre and offers free family […]

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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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Stilgoe and Cribbins collaborate on Brilliant – The Dinosaur musical

The world premiere of Brilliant – The Dinosaur, a new musical for children, with words and music by Richard Stilgoe, and narrated by Bernard Cribbins, will tour to all major cities and towns across the UK, commencing spring 2015. In the not-to-distant future, a freak hurricane hits a small town on the south coast of England. […]

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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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The Man Inside – Landor Theatre

The Man Inside continues at the Landor Theatre, London, until 29 March. It is getting on for 30 years since Dave Willetts took over from Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and then did the same with Michael Crawford in the title role of The Phantom of the Opera, but although the big-money […]

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Dave Willetts stars in new British musical The Man Inside

Actor and singer Dave Willetts will star in the world premiere of The Man Inside, a new British musical, which will play at London’s Landor Theatre from 12 March (press night is 13 March) to 29 March 2014, following previews at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. The Man Inside has music by Tony Rees and book […]

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Jesus Christ Superstar – NIA Birmingham

Jesus Christ Superstar was performed at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham as part of a tour which continues until 15 October. There are those, I among them, who opined that Godspell was a more sophisticated 1970s musical about Jesus than Jesus Christ Superstar. So what a pleasure to encounter the much-heralded tour of Tim Rice and Lloyd […]

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Olivier Awards – winners revealed…

Top Hat, Sweeney Todd and Billy Elliot were the big musical theatre winners in the 37th Olivier Awards (hosted by the Society of London Theatre and sponsored by Mastercard), held at London’s Royal Opera House and compered by Sheridan Smith and Hugh Bonneville. Top Hat, currently running at the Aldwych Theatre, was victorious in three categories – […]

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