My weekly ShenTens podcast, in which I count down my top ten favourites in a particular category, is inevitably subjective — but few theatrical terrains are as hotly contested as this one: whom I consider to be my favourite Broadway leading ladies.
Summer theatre highlights in Provincetown, Cape Cod and Boston, including appearances by Audra McDonald, Marilyn Maye, Randy Rainbow, drag bingo and music at Herring Cove beach — plus Moulin Rouge in Boston.
Provincetown, of course, is not an entirely theatre-free zone — there’s plenty live entertainment, from a lot of drag cabarets to male strip shows and piano bars, to enjoy.
Casting my eye over some recent musical theatre album releases: Audra McDonald’s live album Sing Happy, Louise Dearman’s latest collection For You, For Me and the long-awaited cast recording for Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
Nominations for the Olivier Awards 2018 are announced today. The shortlists are dominated by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton and Jez Butterworth’s latest play The Ferryman. Headlines include: New American musical Hamilton becomes the most nominated production in Oliviers history with 13 nominations The Ferryman, currently running in the West End before transferring to Broadway, is the most nominated new play with 8 …
This year variety has been the thing (though I’ve still managed to stack up certain repeat attendances), so that means I’ve seen a serious amount of performers – some even two or three times!
As ever, the wait for the end-of-year lists of favourite plays and performances has to continue until I’ve actually stopped seeing theatre in 2017. But in the meantime, here’s a list of 11 of my top moments in a theatre in 2017.
As another year passes it’s time to reflect on this years theatre trips. There have been some massive openings this year, a few well-deserved West End transfers and as always a few little gems Off-West End.
Anthony Boyle, Audra McDonald, Amber Riley, John Boyega and The Feeling’s Dan Gillespie Sells are amongst the nominees in The Stage’s inaugural Debut Awards. Public voting continues until 10 September 2017 for the Best West End Debut winner.
My theatre week last week started and ended with musicals. My partner Peter and I rushed back from our – rather too work-filled – fortnight in Mallorca just in time for West End Live. It’s incredible how much this free, two-day event has grown in its 13-year history. Having started out with a handful of […]
Audra McDonald doesn’t just perform as Billie Holiday, she completely emmerses herself in the character in Lonny Price’s elegant but ultimately tragic production. Billie Holiday is remembered for her distinctive voice as much as her troubled personal life and this engrossing and sophisticated production really brings out her personality and story in a stylish way.… Read More
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Lady Day was originally meant to make its, and Audra’s, West End debut almost a year ago exactly but with a surprise pregnancy turning things around, the opening of the show was cancelled. Whilst this was a huge disappointment at the time, the extended wait for Miss McDonald to perform our side of the pond just built up the excitement and made her debut even more triumphant.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and the incomparable Audra McDonald are finally in London and on the West End. Following a year postponement due to McDonald falling pregnant, this critically acclaimed and Tony award-winning show is now jazzing up the West End, in more ways than one.
The four-hander is a deceptively simple show – a quartet of 20-something New Yorkers are spiritually lost, swept up in what should be the romance of the city but finding that adulting isn’t quite as easy as all that.
With a record breaking six Tony Awards to her name, Audra McDonald is one of Broadway’s living legends. This series of intimate concerts at Leicester Square Theatre reflects upon her ongoing career, and treats musical theatre fans to a jewel box of anecdotes and arias.
She’s joky, and open, and delightful company – and when she sings, although that Juilliard operatic training diction is ever present and the resonance of her chest cavity empowers even the subtlest line, she exhibits a truly diverse range.
Let’s face it, you do not win six Tony Awards for being average, you win them for being sensational.
One wonders if McDonald, being such an idolised performer in the world of musical theatre can live up to the sheer gravitas behind her name and will deliver?
The final line-up of guest presenters have been announced for this year’s Olivier Awards, which take place this Sunday 9 April 2017 at the Royal Albert Hall.
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