HAIR’s new 50th anniversary production is to have a hair extension through to the new year. The show was due to run until early December, but already due to popular demand, producers have extended booking by a further six weeks.
War-time gay love story musical YANK!, which recently received its UK premiere at Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, transfers to London’s Charing Cross Theatre in July.
Following a sold-out UK premiere at Southwark Playhouse last year, rock musical THE TOXIC AVENGER transfers to the Arts Theatre for a strictly limited ten-week season from 28 September to 3 December 2017.
Full casting has been announced for the Park Theatre revival of tick, tick… BOOM!: the autobiographical rock musical detailing the journey that led to the late Jonathan Larson’s big break and Broadway blockbuster, Rent.
There was plenty to talk about for the post-show Q&A I hosted at LIZZIE, when I was joined on stage by the producers, the writers, director and the cast, with lots of input from a very enthusiastic audience. Why was Lizzie Borden acquitted when she seemed so clearly guilty?
Eden Espinosa, well known for playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway, will replace fellow Broadway star Ciara Renée in the UK premiere of American rock musical LIZZIE. Renee has had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict. Following a run at Fredericia Teater, Denmark in January, LIZZIE runs at Greenwich Theatre from 22 February to 12 March 2017, with a press night on 24 February.
Samantha Womack, Les Dennis and Carrie Hope Fletcher will star as Morticia, Fester and Wednesday Addams in the UK & Irish premiere of THE ADDAMS FAMILY, a musical comedy, with book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, based on the characters created by Charles Addams. Further casting is to be announced. The UK …
Broadway star Ciara Renée, Brits Jodie Jacobs and Bleu Woodward and Dane Bjørg Gamst will star in the UK premiere of American rock musical LIZZIE, which runs at London’s Greenwich Theatre next year following a run at Fredericia Teater, Denmark in January 2017. LIZZIE runs at Greenwich Theatre from 22 February to 12 March 2017, with a press night on 24 February.
Final casting is today announced for the first London production in 20 years of the hit Burt Bacharach/Hal David/Neil Simon Broadway musical PROMISES, PROMISES, based on the Billy Wilder film The Apartment, which runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from 13 January to 18 February 2017, with a press night on 17 January.
Aria Entertainment and Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre have today announced three headline musicals for 2017 – the UK premieres of American musicals Yank! and Little Women and the regional premiere of The Stationmaster.
Andrew Lloyd Webber today announces plans for The Other Palace, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The inaugural season, under new artistic director Paul Taylor Mills, will feature a range of musicals including: Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party and premieres of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House and Fellini adaptation La Strada.
This all-American musical tells the story of three best friends growing up in Dallas at a time when image and style were more important than brains and ambition. With never seen before material and all new direction and choreography from Racky Plews, this run is the perfect way to celebrate the original play’s 40th anniversary.
The full programme has been announced for the fourth annual From Page to Stage season of new musicals, which runs at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre from 31 October to 20 November 2016, produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment.
With constant depressing news in the wider world, theatre news offers a respite. Recent news to celebrate includes Mark Rylance’s West End return, the London premiere of Owen McCafferty’s Unfaithful, Samuel Beckett tribute No’s Knife and more…
Promises, Promises, the hit Broadway musical based on the multi Oscar-winning 1960 film The Apartment, with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, is to get its first London production since its 1969 West End premiere. Promises, Promises – about a junior executive at an insurance company who sets out to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for extra-marital affairs – will open at Southwark Playhouse in January 2016.
Manchester’s theatre scene has long been something to celebrate, as there is such a range of diverse venues and productions. Fringe theatre is thriving alongside the usual ATG fare and something amazing has emerged 15 minutes away from Manchester Piccadilly. The Hope Mill Theatre in Ancoats is currently home to director James Baker’s stunning production of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade.
The dimly lit, eerie walls of Manchester’s newest performance space, Hope Mill Theatre stand with pride to present the harrowing true story about the trial of Leo Frank. Frank was a Jewish pencil factory manager in Atlanta who was tried for raping and murdering Mary Phagan in 1913. The intimate performance space in the old cotton mill provides the perfect backdrop for this emotionally charged and troubling narrative driven by the murder of the thirteen-year-old girl in the factory where she worked.
As Jason Robert Brown’s Parade opens at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre this week, I was invited to write the Foreword for the production’s programme.With the producers’ permission, my article is reprinted below.
Based on the cult movie of the 1980’s The Toxic Avenger is a gloriously silly and immensely enjoyable spoof on comic book heroes. It doesn’t take itself seriously, it’s just one delightful evening of entertainment from start to finish with a hugely talented cast, whose energy was at such a high level they gave out fun with a capital F!
There’s no real storyline but then you don’t need one for here we are listening to Jon Lee, Keith Jack, Matthew Quinn and Luke Striffler deliver consistently, vocally stunning performances throughout.