Friday, 21 November 2014

REVIEW: Michael Balls new album, " If Everyone was Listening"

There is not a theatre fan who doesn’t know Michael Ball. He is nothing short of a theatre legend and remains a leading musical star as well as a nationally adored radio host and TV presenter. He became a household name as the original Marius with the London cast Les Miserables in 1985, and has since stormed the West End, Broadway and theatres worldwide in Olivier winning roles such as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray, and as the title character in Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. His new 15 track album “If Everyone Was Listening” was released on November 17th 2014 and is already #3 on the Easy Listening charts.

I was fortunate enough to see his “Heroes” tour in 2012, again as Sweeney Todd at the Adelphi Theatre in 2013, and also as the host of West End Heroes in September this year, and he was nothing short of extraordinary on all three occasions so it’s fair to say I had very high expectations for this album to blow me away.
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Maria Friedman to direct HIGH SOCIETY at the Old Vic


Cole Porter’s classic feel-good musical, High Society comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round.

Directed by multi-award-winning director and musical star Maria Friedman (director of Merrily We Roll Along, Olivier Award winner for Best Musical Revival, Critics’ Circle and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical). High Society is based on The Philadelphia Story and the 1956 MGM film musical starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

Long Island socialite Tracy Lord is planning her lavish summer wedding when her ex- husband appears to try and win her back. His unwelcome arrival threatens to disrupt proceedings. When tabloid reporter Mike Connor arrives to cover the nuptials, he too takes a shine to the bride-to-be. But which of these three suitors will she choose?
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Paul Nicholas & Verity Rushworth cast in new UK tour of Agatha Christies AND THEN THERE WERE NONE


Next year marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of the ‘Queen of Crime’, Agatha Christie, and the 10th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company. To mark both occasions, her most popular and best-selling thriller AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, is set to return to the stage for a UK tour.

West End and TV star PAUL NICHOLAS (Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, Just Good Friends) will play judge Sir Lawrence Wargrave. He will be joined by COLIN BUCHANAN (Dalziel and Pascoe, Dangerous Corner) who will take on the role of retired police inspector William Henry Blore with SUSAN PENHALIGON (Bouquet of Barbed Wire, A Fine Romance), as eccentric spinster Emily Brent, MARK CURRY (Blue Peter, The Woman in Black, Charley’s Aunt) as Dr. Armstrong, VERITY RUSHWORTH (Emmerdale) as Vera Claythorne, FRAZER HINES (Doctor Who, Emmerdale) as Rogers and BEN NEALON (Soldier Soldier, Doctors) as Philip Lombard.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Cast announced for THE GRAND TOUR at the Finborough Theatre

Alastair BrookshawNick Kyle and Zoë Doano are to head the cast for the European première of Jerry Herman’s 1979 Broadway musical, The Grand Tour, directed by Thom Southerland, at the Finborough Theatre as part of the 20 Premières Season.

Produced by Danielle Tarento, The Grand Tour will run for an eight-week strictly limited season from Thursday, 1 January to Saturday 21 February.

France, 1940. Jacobowsky, a Polish Jewish intellectual, has been one step ahead of the Nazis for years. Stjerbinsky, an aristocrat, anti semitic Polish colonel is desperately trying to get to England. Jacobowsky has purchased a car he doesn’t know how to drive. The Colonel knows how to drive, but has no car. When the two meet at a Paris hotel, they agree to join forces in order to escape the approaching Nazis. Together with the Colonel’s girlfriend, Marianne, they begin their perilous journey on the road to freedom. Featuring one of Jerry Herman’s most engrossing and heartfelt scores, The Grand Tour finds beauty, light and humour in one of history’s darkest hours.
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Thursday, 13 November 2014

FIRST LOOK: White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre


The company is led by Aled Jones as Bob Wallace, Tom Chambers as Phil Davis, Wendi Peters as Martha, Graham Cole as General Waverley, Rachel Stanley as Betty Haynes and Louise Bowden as Judy Haynes, with Lori Haley Fox, Michelle Bishop, Phil Cole, Brendan Cull and Jonathan Halliwell.  Also in the cast are Vikki-Marie Ryan, Lucinda Lawrence, Karen Aspinall, Emma Caffrey, Hayley Reed, Helen Patching, Vicki Davids, Jennifer Davison, Grace Holdstock, Ross McLaren, Joshua Lay, Matthew Cheney, Jonny Labey, Anthony Whiteman, Eddie Myles, Stuart Winter, Matt Clark and Gary Murphy. Amy Snudden, Emily Robins, Sophia Pettit and Tatum Confrey will alternate the role of Susan.

Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS will open at London’s newly refurbished Dominion Theatre on Wednesday 12 November, following previews from 8 November, for a strictly limited eight-week season, ending on 3 January 2015.
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REVIEW: Beached at the Soho Theatre


The Marlowe Theatre brings Melissa Bubonics Beached to the Soho Theatre, and whilst it proves entertaining and thought-provoking, it is not quite probing enough to leave much of a lasting impression. The shows information on the programme states but with the cameras rolling, something totally unexpected happens - Arty falls in love. So its not all that unexpected then.

Arty is the worlds fattest teenager at sixty-seven stone, played charmingly by James Dryden. He hasnt moved in years, and is piling on the pounds. A reality TV crew move in and document his journey towards getting a gastric bypass. Along the way, he falls in love, and discovers a few uncomfortable truths.
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Shakespeare’s Globe launches Globe Player, becoming the first theatre to create its own dedicated video-on-demand platform


Shakespeare’s Globe today launches Globe Player, a brand new online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy.
Shakespeare’s Globe is the first theatre in the world to offer this kind of on-demand platform for digital content. Every foreign-language production from the 2012 ‘Globe to Globe’ festival of international Shakespeare has been made available on film, alongside main productions from the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 summer seasons, as follows:

  • 2012: Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance and Stephen FryHenry V starring Jamie Parker and The Taming of the Shrew starring Samantha Spiro
  • 2011: Marlowe’s Dr FaustusMuch Ado About Nothing starring Eve Best and All’s Well That Ends Well with Janie Dee
  • 2010: Henry IV parts 1 and 2 with Roger Allam and Jamie Parker and Henry VIII with Miranda Raison
  • 2009: As You Like It directed by Thea SharrockLove’s Labour’s Lost directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Romeo & Juliet starring Ellie Kendrick
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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Monthly Theatre Obsessions: October


Happy Birthday Wicked!

The most fantasmical show in London, Wicked, turned 11 years old on October 30th 2014. It’s hard to believe it’s been so long since Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth first took to the stage as the famous Witches of Oz. Congratulotions Wicked on a sensational 11 years!

The West End production is now being led by the epic Jennifer DiNoia, who made her debut on October 27th, and the stunningly beautiful Savannah Stevenson as Glinda.

Who are your favourite Elphaba and Glinda pairing of all time? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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