The Theatre Cafe, in collaboration with the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, have created this salute to the timeless duo Rodgers and Hammerstein for The Theatre Channel’s Episode 7.
Star casting in & out of lockdown – the debate continues
Theatre may have migrated online for now (though here’s hoping that we’ll be back in the stalls and not just our armchairs or desks soon). Even though online theatre has created a much more level playing field in terms of opportunities for people and productions to be seen, with the smallest theatres like the Barn competing with the biggest like the National for audiences, star casting is STILL a thing.
‘A spectacular show which treats its subjects with respect’: ONLY THE BRAVE – Wales Millennium Centre (Online review)
After the 75th anniversary weekend of VE Day, the musical Only The Brave drew my attention as a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
NEWS: David Hasselhoff will join the West End cast of 9 To 5 The Musical as Franklin Hart Jnr
David Hasselhoff will play Franklin Hart Jnr in 9 To 5 The Musical at London’s Savoy Theatre from 2 December 2019 until 8 February 2020.
‘Colourful, vibrant sassy night out’: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★
9 To 5 the Musical is based on 20th Century Fox’s picture and was originally produced on Broadway by Robert Greenblatt in April 2009. It’s written by Patricia Resnik, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton.
‘A load of female-led fun’: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
9 To 5 is a feel-good show, helmed by powerful performers who allow you to ignore the shortcomings and enjoy it for what it is: a load of female led fun.
‘A surprise treat’: 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
Jeff Calhoun’s production of 9 To 5 The Musical is plenty of fun while maintaining the story’s serious undertone of women fighting for their rights at any cost.
‘One of the funniest feel-good shows in town’: 9 To 5 THE MUSICAL – West End ★★★★
Musical theatre comedy done well is a blissful way to spend an evening. So it is with Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, currently playing to packed houses at the Savoy Theatre.
REVIEW ROUND-UP: 9 To 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre
Dolly Parton’s musical 9 to 5, based on the popular film, has officially opened at the Savoy Theatre. Here’s what critics have been saying about it…
NEWS: Caroline Sheen joins the West End company of 9 To 5 The Musical while injured Louise Redknapp recovers
Caroline Sheen will be joining the company of Dolly Parton’s 9 To 5 The Musical in the role of Violet Newstead at the Savoy Theatre, London from 28 January 2019 until the end of March. Louise Redknapp will re-join the company to play the role in the musical from the end of March.
NEWS: The Other Palace hosts workshop of new musical Prom Queen before a Broadway run
New musical Prom Queen will receive a workshop presentation at The Other Palace on 2 July, ahead of a planned Broadway run.
NEWS: The Barricade Boys announce a line-up of 20+ musical guest stars for Christmas Cabaret
West End musical theatre group, The Barricade Boys, have announced a massive line-up of guest stars for their limited Christmas Cabaret season, which runs at London’s The Other Palace Studio from 5 to 23 December.
Album Review: Before After (2016 Studio Cast Recording)
Confession time – I’ve had this album for an unforgivably long time, mainly because I managed to forget about it, despite the fact I was meant to be reviewing it. D’oh, and sorry Mr G. And more fool me, because Before After is just lovely.
Album Review: Comrade Rockstar (2017 Studio Cast Recording)
Comrade Rockstar is based on the properly fascinating tale of Dean Reed, an American singer known as the Soviet Elvis after he defected to the other side of the Iron Curtain at the height of the Cold War. It is much more musically varied than the moniker ‘rock musical’ might suggest.
NEWS: Alistair McGowan leads Under Milk Wood to mark Watermill’s 50th anniversary
Alistair McGowan stars in a new production of Dylan Thoma’s Under Milk Wood, which forms part of the Watermill Theatre, Newbury’s 50th-anniversary programme.
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.
ALBUM REVIEW: MS. A Song Cycle
Robert J. Sherman (he of the illustrious songwriting line of Shermans and no relation to Rory) has scored the reflective Mondays, recorded by Rosemary Ashe. There’s an innate sense of wisdom in Ashe’s timbre.
CRAZY FOR YOU – Newbury
The Watermill has cast the show perfectly, with Tom Chambers and Caroline Sheen leading the Crazy For You company.
NEWS: Caroline Sheen joins Tom Chambers in Gershwins’ Crazy for You
The Watermill Theatre today announces the full company for its summer production of Gershwins’ CRAZY FOR YOU opening on 28 July until 17 September 2016, with a press night on 3 August. West End leading lady, Caroline Sheen makes her Watermill debut as Polly and joins previously announced Tom Chambers, who plays Bobby.
ONLY THE BRAVE – Cardiff
Only the Brave is a landmark production for Wales Millennium Centre. For the past 10 years, it has been a leading touring venue, as well as providing a home for smaller local companies to create work in it’s smaller spaces. However, it has yet to originate new work on the main stage…until now. In this co-production with the Soho Theatre, Daniel Sparrow Productions and Birdsong Productions, Only the Brave is a brand-new British musical theatre production.
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