As the final chorus of The Greatest Showman’s ‘From Now On’ rang out “and we will come back home”, I was reminded that the theatre really is home and if West End Musical Celebration is what it’s like then I never want to leave.
‘They definitely get away with murder!’: A KILLER PARTY – Stream.Theatre (Online review)
A Killer Party is a camp musical comedy murder mystery based around the world of showbiz – what’s not to like?
Love London Love Culture’s Theatre Picks for December
Love London Love Culture offers a guide to some of the shows set to open in London next month.
The Shows Must Go On: Andrew Lloyd Webber launches free YouTube channel with Joseph & Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced a new YouTube Channel, The Shows Must Go On, providing musical theatre lovers with a West End and Broadway experience in their own homes, online for free.
‘Getting to sing material that I don’t normally sing is really exciting’: Liam Tamne is one of the Main Men of Musicals
The West End star Liam Tamne chatted to Emma Clarendon about taking part in Main Men of Musicals at Cadogan Hall on 31 May 2019.
‘MJ’s vision of spectacular entertainment shines through’: THRILLER LIVE – West End ★★★★★
There are now a few reviews of Thriller Live on my website and all are unanimous – this is an entertaining extravaganza that any Michael Jackson fan would be mad to miss seeing.
‘A grand spectacle of musical theatre greatness’: A Musical Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Royal Hospital Chelsea ★★★★
As part of this year’s open-air concert line-up Live At Chelsea, some of the biggest names in musical theatre were joined by the Royal Symphonic Concert Orchestra to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the most influential musical theatre composers of all time.
ELF THE MUSICAL – Salford ★★★
This is a high quality, no-expense-spared production with a strong central performance, some wonderful comic moments and some superb tap-dancing sequences from the company.
Album Review: The Route To Happiness (2014 Original Cast Recording)
The story follows the pursuit of fame, money and love and how the three intersect in the intertwined stories of Trinity, Marcus and Lorna. But where the show has maintained a fairly positive place in my memory, listening to the double-album of the score felt like a bit of a chore.
Album Review: Ben Forster (2012 Acoustic Covers, Vol. 2)
Volume 2 of Ben Forster’s Acoustic Covers followed a year after the first, responding to its success and Forster’s rising profile. And in tribute to his fanbase, he crowdsourced suggestions for what songs might appear on this record, cherry-picking his selection from the most popular.
Album Review: Ben Forster (2012 Acoustic Covers)
Winner of ITV’s Superstar and now well-established West End leading man, current Phantom Ben Forster has released two solo albums of acoustic covers called, well, Acoustic Covers.
NEWS: Love Never Dies’ Australian star Ben Lewis named as new West End Phantom
Love Never Dies’ Australian leading man Ben Lewis and opera star Kelly Mathieson will lead the West End cast of The Phantom of the Opera from 4 September.
NEWS: Final #OlivierAwards presenters announced, including Lin-Manuel Miranda
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.
NEWS: Ben Forster extends his title run in The Phantom of the Opera
Ben Forster will extend his run as ‘The Phantom’ until Saturday 2 September 2017 in the smash hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.
Festive news #3 – West End Sings for Childline
And because things come in threes, here’s the news about West End Sings’ Christmas single ‘If We Only Have Love’ by Jacques Brel. Released to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Childline and all proceeds will go to the charity. The track was officially released on Friday 9th December.
Festive news #2 – Christmas Concert by Music Theatre Masterclass
Also giving up precious time before Christmas in aid of a good cause, is this motley crew to the left. Rufus Hound will be hosting a concert featuring them at The Actor’s Church in Covent Garden in aid of Children with Cancer UK on Sunday 18th December from 7.30pm.
NEWS: Sister site #StageFaves launches new musical merchandise, collect all 2200+ performers…
AllI Want for Christmas is… #StageFaves musical merchandise! My Theatre Mates’ sister site, the pioneering social media directory for musical theatre fans founded by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock, has launched several new ranges of fan merchandise, just in time for Christmas.
What were our Top 10 news stories in October 2016?
As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from October 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
#Phantom30th: Marking 30 years with The Phantom of the Opera
At the gala, we were treated – after being given a glass of free fizz to cover the waiting time – to special guest performances from Michael Ball, flirting and duetting with all and sundry in a hilarious ‘All I Ask Of You’ and Sierra Boggess delivering a sensational bilingual ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – 30th anniversary gala – West End
Thirty years and still going strong: Romantic, gothic and lavish, it is no real surprise that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical has lasted so long. Thoughts from the 30th anniversary gala at the West End’s Her Majesty Theatre.
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