Tag Archives | Thom Southerland

The Braille Legacy at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive gallery of images

The world premiere production of new musical The Braille Legacy, based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille, stars Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and Les Misérables). Here is a new gallery of production images from Musical Theatre Review photographer Roy Tan. The production, directed by Thom Southerland, […]

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The Braille Legacy – Charing Cross Theatre

The Braille Legacy continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 24 June. Star rating: two stars ★ ★ ✩ ✩ ✩ A musical which tells the true story of the inventor of Braille initially seems worth a trip – it’s a story you expect to be inspiring and enlightening. But despite being staged by critically-acclaimed director […]

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Southerland’s staging of Titanic The Musical to launch tour in Southampton

Thom Southerland’s critically-acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway musical Titanic The Musical is to sail into the city where the RMS Titanic began its doomed maiden voyage at the start of its first tour. Opening at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre on 12 April 2018 in the week of the Titanic’s 106th anniversary, the production which […]

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The Braille Legacy at Charing Cross Theatre – full casting

Final casting has been announced for the world premiere production of a major new musical based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille. Announced on World Braille Day on 4 January, The Braille Legacy will star Olivier Award nominee Jérôme Pradon (UK premiere of the musical Women On the Verge Of a Nervous Breakdown, Miss Saigon and […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – James Gant takes over from Chris Peluso

Death will have a new face from today (13 February) when James Gant will take over from Chris Peluso in the European premiere run of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre. Gant (Titanic), whose previous role in the production as the manservant Fidele will now be played by Ken Christiansen […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – Charing Cross Theatre

Death Takes a Holiday continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento once again give Maury Yeston the five-star treatment, with the European premiere of the composer/lyricist’s 2011 musical Death Takes a Holiday. Based on Alberto Casella’s play La […]

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Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre – exclusive images

Thanks to Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan, here are exclusive production images of the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday, continuing at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 4 March (press night is on 23 January). Zoë Doano, Chris Peluso and Mark Inscoe head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a […]

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Death Takes a Holiday – Mark Inscoe replaces Maxwell Caulfield

Maxwell Caulfield has withdrawn from the European premiere of the musical Death Takes a Holiday due to unforeseen circumstances and the role of Duke Vittorio Lamberti will now be played by Mark Inscoe. Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso also head the cast of the much-anticipated staging of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre this month. […]

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World premiere of The Braille Legacy – Thom Southerland to direct at Charing Cross Theatre

Critically acclaimed director Thom Southerland will follow his highly successful first season as artistic director at the Charing Cross Theatre with the world premiere production of a major new musical based on the inspirational story of Louis Braille. Announced on World Braille Day on 4 January, The Braille Legacy will star Olivier Award nominee Jérôme […]

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Death Takes a Holiday Euro premiere – Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso cast

Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso will head the cast of the much-anticipated European premiere of Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Charing Cross Theatre next month. The third production in Thom Southerland’s first season as artistic director, following on from the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime (which has just received a […]

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State Fair – London Musical Theatre Orchestra – Cadogan Hall

State Fair at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ A pre-concert announcement often signals something unfortunate but not in this instance! Conductor Freddie Tapner of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (making its debut) told us that what we were about to hear was a concert version of the much-loved film State […]

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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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Allegro – Southwark Playhouse

Allegro continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 10 September. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Allegro, written in 1947, falls between Carousel (1945) and South Pacific (1949) in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s prolific output. These two shows were staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in succession, but Allegro is only now […]

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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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Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse – video released

The first video has been released from the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August. Katie Bernstein sings iconic number ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’ from the musical, directed by Thom Southerland and produced by Danielle Tarento. The show, which was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open […]

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Titanic run extended at Charing Cross Theatre

Thom Southerland’s critically acclaimed production of the multi award-winning Broadway musical Titanic is to stay anchored for an extra week at the Charing Cross Theatre. The record-breaking musical, which launched Southerland’s first season as artistic director at the London venue, will now end its planned ten-week run on Saturday 13 August. To give other West […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro – details of full casting and creatives

Details of the casting and creatives for the much-anticipated European premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro at the Southwark Playhouse this August have been revealed. The show, which was the legendary writing duo’s third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday […]

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Titanic – Charing Cross Theatre

Titanic continues at Charing Cross Theatre, London, until 6 August. Rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The gods have not always been kind to the Charing Cross Theatre, which has had its share of shipwrecks in its time, but this maiden voyage under new artistic director Thom Southerland and his co-producer Danielle Tarento must […]

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Titanic at the Charing Cross Theatre – brand new production images

First seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, the award-winning production of Titanic which marked the London premiere of the hit show has returned to the capital with director Thom Southerland again at the helm. View a gallery of brand new production images from Musical Theatre Review’s official photographer Roy Tan. Based on the tragic […]

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Sneak preview of Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre

  Theatre fans are being given a sneak preview of the multi-award winning Broadway musical Titanic which sails back into London for a ten-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre at the end of this week. The short video features rehearsal footage and on-camera interviews with director Thom Southerland and choreographer Cressida Carré. First seen at […]

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Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro has European premiere at Southwark Playhouse

Almost 70 years after Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro opened in 1947 to the highest advance in Broadway history, the musical is finally getting its professional European premiere, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland. In 1905 in a small Midwestern town, the wife of a local doctor gives birth to a baby boy, Joseph Taylor Jr. Allegro chronicles nearly four decades in the […]

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Titanic at Charing Cross Theatre – final casting

Final casting has been announced today for the return of the multi award-winning production of the Broadway musical Titanic, first seen at Southwark Playhouse, which is coming back to London with director Thom Southerland once again at the helm. Titanic will set sail for a ten-week season at Charing Cross Theatre from 28 May to 6 August […]

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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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Titanic sails back to London and a season at the Charing Cross Theatre

The Broadway musical Titanic is sailing back into London for a ten-week season at the Charing Cross Theatre from 28 May. First seen at the Southwark Playhouse in 2013, the award-winning production – which marked the London premiere of the hit show – will return to the capital with director Thom Southerland once again at […]

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Interview – creators of Grey Gardens, Scott Frankel, Michael Korie and Doug Wright

Grey Gardens received its European premiere at the Southwark Playhouse opened on 2 January and has quickly proved to be the first must-see show of 2016. This quirky musical takes its inspiration from the 1975 feature-length documentary of the same name – indeed, it’s the first Broadway musical based on a documentary – turning the […]

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Grey Gardens – Southwark Playhouse

Grey Gardens continues at Southwark Playhouse, London until 6 February. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ By now, we are all used to musical theatre plundering cinema’s back catalogue to find stories. We are less used to those stories coming from documentaries rather than works of fiction. Grey Gardens was a 1975 documentary chronicling the […]

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European premiere of Grey Gardens – cast and creative team revealed

Final casting and the full creative team have been revealed for the eagerly awaited European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens, based on an iconic 1975 documentary, telling the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. Joining the previously announced Olivier Award-winning West End stars […]

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The Smallest Show on Earth – Theatre Royal, Glasgow and Touring

The Smallest Show on Earth continues at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow until 31 October, then tours until 28 November. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ Provincial England merges into silver-screen fantasy in this disarmingly romantic show born out of the union of a 1957 Ealing-styled British film comedy (starring Margaret Rutherford and Peter Sellers) […]

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The Smallest Show on Earth – the Irving Berlin family pays special visit

Irving Berlin’s family, including the great composer’s daughter Linda Emmet, paid a special visit to watch new touring musical The Smallest Show on Earth at the Mercury Theatre, Colchester, meeting up with the cast and producers Brian Eastman and Christabel Albery. The new musical comedy is based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has […]

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European premiere of Grey Gardens – Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell star

Olivier Award-winning West End stars, Sheila Hancock and Jenna Russell, are to star in the eagerly awaited European premiere of Grey Gardens. Based on an iconic 1975 documentary, Grey Gardens, with Book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michael Korie, tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ aunt and cousin, Edith […]

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First look at new musical comedy The Smallest Show On Earth

New images have been released for the new musical comedy based on the StudioCanal Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show on Earth. The stage show, which has a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, contains some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Shakin’ the Blues Away’, ‘Let Yourself Go’, ‘Steppin’ Out With My […]

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Interview – Grand Hotel composer/lyricist Maury Yeston on his musical theatre vision

Maury Yeston is not just a Tony-Award-winning composer/lyricist: he’s a passionate teacher and advocate of new musical theatre writing. Forget the aphorism that “those who can’t, teach”– his first two shows on Broadway – Nine and Titanic – both secured the Tony for Best New Musical, and both shows continue to delight audiences. He is […]

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Grand Hotel composer Maury Yeston to attend Q&A at Southwark Playhouse

Broadway composer Maury Yeston is flying in from New York to see at first hand the acclaimed new version of his Tony Award-winning musical Grand Hotel. And to celebrate it receiving some of best reviews of the summer, Yeston will attend a post-show Question & Answer session on Tuesday 18 August at Southwark Playhouse, hosted by Matt […]

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Grand Hotel – Southwark Playhouse

Grand Hotel continues at the Southwark Playhouse, London until 5 September. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Set in Berlin in 1928, Grand Hotel presents a day in the life of the hotel, and the individual circumstances of six of the guests who pass through its doors, together with one or two […]

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Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – last minute cast change

Just a few days before its first preview, there has been a last minute cast change for the new production of the Broadway musical Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse. The production will open for a six-week season this Friday, 31 July (press night is Wednesday 5 August). Grand Hotel is produced by Danielle Tarento and directed […]

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Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – rehearsal images released

Rehearsal images have been released of the new London Production of Grand Hotel which will open for a six-week season at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 31 July. Press night is Wednesday 5 August. Pictures: Ian McGlasham. The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical will feature Christine Grimandi (as ageing Russian prima ballerina Elizaveta […]

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Exclusive first look at Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse

Check out this EXCLUSIVE video of Victoria Serra as Flaemmchen, a pretty young typist who has theatrical ambitions, singing her big Act I number, ‘The Girl in the Mirror’ in the forthcoming production of Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse. The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical will also feature Christine Grimandi (as […]

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Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse – Italian musical theatre star Christine Grimandi joins cast

The 17-strong international cast of the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical Grand Hotel will feature Christine Grimandi (as ageing Russian prima ballerina Elizaveta Grushinskaya). Grimandi is an acclaimed Italian musical theatre star making her eagerly awaited UK stage debut. Her previous starring roles include three years as Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Grand Hotel will […]

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New touring musical The Smallest Show On Earth showcases the music of Irving Berlin

A new musical comedy based on the Peter Sellers/Margaret Rutherford film The Smallest Show On Earth, with a book by Thom Southerland and Paul Alexander, will contain some of Irving Berlin’s greatest songs, including ‘Blue Skies’, ‘Shakin’ the Blues Away’, ‘Let Yourself Go’, ‘Steppin’ Out With My Baby’ and ‘How Deep is the Ocean’, as well as […]

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Titanic team revives Broadway musical Grand Hotel at Southwark Playhouse

A new production of the Broadway musical Grand Hotel will reunite the acclaimed producer and director team behind the multi award-winning production of Titanic. Grand Hotel, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland (the team has previously collaborated on Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel), will open for a six-week season at The […]

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The Grand Tour – Finborough Theatre

The Grand Tour continues at the Finborough Theatre, London until 21 February. 3 stars *** The Grand Tour used to be known as a traditional trip around Europe taken by young men of means as an educational rite of passage. Jerry Herman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s long neglected musical of the same name is based on […]

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The Mikado – Charing Cross Theatre

The Mikado continues at the Charing Cross Theatre, London until 3 January 2015. Award-winning director Thom Southerland has eschewed the traditional staging of the ever popular Mikado and has, instead, opted to move Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta into the 1920s. His take is set in the Titipu Umbrella and Fan Factory, owned by The Mikado. […]

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Cast revealed for Herman’s The Grand Tour at the Finborough

Alastair Brookshaw, Nic Kyle and Zoë Doano are to head the cast for the European premiere of Jerry Herman’s 1979 Broadway musical The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland at the Finborough Theatre as part of the 20 Premieres Season. Produced by Danielle Tarento, The Grand Tour will run for an eight-week strictly limited season from Thursday 1 January to Saturday 21 […]

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Jerry Herman musical Grand Tour has European premiere at the Finborough Theatre

The European premiere of Jerry Herman’s Broadway musical The Grand Tour will be presented at London’s Finborough Theatre (1 January to 21 February 2015) by producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland, the same team that brought audiences Titanic, Parade, Mack & Mabel and Victor/Victoria (press nights are 6 and 7 January). The Grand Tour has music and lyrics by Jerry […]

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Barry Manilow musical Copacabana tours UK starring Jon Lee

Barry Manilow’s musical Copacabana will return to the UK and tour in a new production starting in October. The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, has not been seen in the UK for ten years and will open at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 2 October 2014 (press night is […]

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