After hit London runs, Broadway musical Titanic will embark on its first-ever UK and Ireland tour in the new year, opening in the week of the fateful accident’s 106th anniversary.
Julian Clary is to star in the world premiere of Le Grand Mort, written specially for him by four-time Olivier Award-nominated Stephen Clark, who died last year.
The Color Purple’s book, movie and musical have all told the extraordinary story of a Celie, a brutally oppressed woman who against all odds, overcomes racism, abuse and misogyny to find her unique place in 20th century America. Not seen in London since the Menier’s sensational production in 2013, the musical returned to the capital this week for a one night only concert-staged fundraiser.
An all-star West End cast is announced today for a one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall on Sunday 21 May 2017 at 6.00pm. The Color Purple is being staged to raised funds for The British Theatre Academy.
Producers have announced that there has been a cast change for the upcoming European premiere of the musical Death Takes A Holiday, which runs at London’s Charing Cross Theatre from 16 January to 4 March 2017, with a press night, as planned, on 23 January.
From Chichester to Charing Cross, the Globe, Southampton, Menier Chocolate Factory, the Union and the RSC – for those of you who’ve already read our roundup of our favourite performances from 2016, some of our picks will come as no surprise, but here are the shows we’re still talking about.
Maxwell Caulfield, Zoë Doano and Chris Peluso are to head the cast of Death Takes A Holiday, the third Charing Cross Theatre musical directed by Artistic Director Thom Southerland following the critically acclaimed Titanic and Ragtime.
EL Doctorow’s 1975 novel imagined a decade from 1902-1912, recklessly involving in its plot real historical figures and events – Harry Houdini’s rise in showbiz, Henry Ford and his Model T Ford, music hall stars.
Thom Southerland directs this new production of the Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime, which runs at Charing Cross Theatre until 10 December 2016. But does it still fit with the times or is it slightly dated? Here is what critics have been saying.
You begin to run out of superlatives when it comes to Thom Southerland and Danielle Tarento’s touch with small scale musicals. Having seen three of their previous ones at Southwark Playhouse, it should comes as no surprise that even though they’ve now shifted over to the Charing Cross Theatre, the same spirit of élan and bravura staging in confined spaces continues unabated.
In many ways, Ragtime is about the development of the modern American nation and identifies three key groups instrumental in that societal change in women, African-Americans and immigrant communities, the very people Trump has done his damnedest to alienate.
Yet again director Thom Southerland has assembled a virtually flawless cast and crew in his revival of Ragtime, a show that is probably Flaherty and Ahrens’ finest collaboration.
This instalment of my theatregoing recommendations could be called not just my musicals diary but my musicals-on-my-doorstep diary. All three shows – Children of Eden, Allegro and Groundhog Day – are playing at what I consider neighbourhood theatres, within five to ten minutes’ walk of my front door.
A RARITY, AND A TOPICAL TREAT… It’s an American story and a universal one: choose money and status, or idealistic service? Big business or big heart, slick city or smalltown values? Or, if you must, Trump or Hillary? All the way from Louisa May Alcott to It’s a Wonderful Life, the old tension has provided drama.
The first thing to say here is that yet again the producer/director collaboration of Danielle Tarento and Thom Southerland has come up with a beautiful show, full of charm, of energy and of near perfection by the committed cast in the singing and dancing. And not in any formulaic way – Lee Proud’s original, urgent […]
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Earl Carpenter, who starred in the West End and on Broadway as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, and West End star Anita Louise Combe, Tessie Tura in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre and both Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in Chicago, are to head the cast of a major new actor-musician production of RAGTIME.
RADIO TIMES – which was due to follow the critically acclaimed Titanic as the second offering in director Thom Southerland and producer Danielle Tarento’s season of musicals at Charing Cross Theatre – has been postponed.
Titanic’s record-breaking season at London’s Charing Cross Theatre has been extended by a week and will now finish on Saturday 13 August 2016. The regular midweek matinee on Wednesday 10 August will move to become a “Stagey Matinee” on Tuesday 9 August to give other West End performers chance to see it.
Full casting and creative team are announced today for the eagerly awaited professional European première of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, which opened on Broadway in 1947, and was their third collaboration for the stage following Oklahoma! and Carousel. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, with music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, will open for a six-week season in The Large at Southwark Playhouse from Friday 5 August.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Jesse Eisenberg’s double West End debut The Spoils, Helen McCrory in Rattigan’s The Deep Blue Sea, the return of Titanic, and Human Animals at the Royal Court.