If you’re struggling with all the choice, Mind The Blog has come up with her top five musicals you do not want to miss in 2020.
Offering the right balance of romance, suspense, dance, humour and music, the award-winning musical The Bodyguard gives audiences everything they want wrapped up in a quality-filled ‘night out’ to keep them coming back for more.
Star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, American Idol and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall will star as Billy Flynn in Chicago from 19 November 2018 until the end of the show’s run at the Phoenix Theatre on 5 January 2019.
Due to popular demand, Alexandra Burke and Duncan James will extend their runs in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Burke will play Roxie Hart until 10 November 2018 and James will play Billy Flynn until 17 November.
Chicago must be praised for not pulling punches in exploring subtexts around gender politics and in integrating serious themes with a thoroughly entertaining show.
Thanks to the strong casting, there seems to be a new lease of life in this classic production of Ebb and Kander’s musical Chicago.
Laura Tyrer will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Velma Kelly from Monday 24 September through to Saturday 6 October 2018. Tyrer joins Alexandra Burke as Roxie Hart, Duncan James as Billy Flynn, Mazz Murray as Mama Morton and Paul Rider as Amos Hart.
Star of stage and screen Denise Van Outen will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Velma Kelly from 24 September 2018 through to 17 November 2018.
From Monday 10 September 2018, Duncan James will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Billy Flynn, a role he originally played in 2008.
Alexandra Burke will return to the starring role of ‘Rachel Marron’ in the forthcoming tour of THE BODYGUARD opening at Glasgow Theatre Royal on 3 December 2018. It follows her imminent West End turn as Roxie Hart in Chicago.
Alexandra Burke will join the West End cast of Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre, playing the role of Roxie Hart from Monday 16 August through to Saturday 14 October 2018.
Chess is officially back in London, directed by Laurence Connor and starring Alexandra Burke, Michael Ball and Cassidy Janson. Here’s what the critics have been saying about it…
There’s no denying that the plot in Chess could, despite changes in this version, be better structured. But this is a show best enjoyed by sitting back and letting the music and staging blow you away. Overall, it’s a bold and confident production well worth seeing.
It is Alexandra Burke whose star shines brightest in this production of Chess. She oozes charisma and presence and at least she comes out of this show with her reputation not just intact but further enhanced.
Chess is also a musical about love, about honour, about freedom and about hard choices. It is when these come to the fore that the musical really shines.
If you can get (or afford) a ticket, go and see Chess, if only because the score is unlikely to be played quite so sumptuously ever again. The whole production makes for an evening of stunning musical theatre.
If you’ve never seen Chess before then I think you’ll love it. I urge you to see the show regardless of its faults, it’s got a beautiful score and a moving story that you can’t help but fall in love with.
The beauty and simplicity of Chess allowed the audience to enjoy the sublime orchestration and performances. It really is a beautiful visual delight which shouldn’t be missed in this short five-week run
It’s taken over 30 years for Chess to return to the West End (though it was seen at the Union in 2013) and though it has a huge amount of resource thrown at it in Laurence Connor’s production for English National Opera, it doesn’t necessarily feel worth the wait.
The full cast has been announced for the first West End production of Chess since 1986 which stars Michael Ball as Anatoly, Alexandra Burke as Svetlana, Murray Head as The Arbiter, Tim Howar as Freddie, Cassidy Janson as Florence and Philip Browne as Molokov.
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