The McOnie Company has launched the first offerings as part of its Digital Dance Season. Hosted on the company’s social media channels, the season aims to connect the dance community and encourage collaboration during this period of social distancing and self isolation.
If you’re struggling with all the choice, Mind The Blog has come up with her top five musicals you do not want to miss in 2020.
Love London Love Culture rounds up the reviews for Drew McOnie’s revival of Harvey Fierstein’s play Torch Song at the Turbine Theatre.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2020 season which opens with its first newly commissioned musical, 101 Dalmatians (16 May to 21 June 2020, press night is 27 May), based on Dodie Smith’s iconic story set in the heart of Regent’s Park with book by Zinnie Harris and music and lyrics by Douglas Hodge.
The Turbine Theatre opens with an assured revival of Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song. This is the revised 2017 version, packing the original trilogy of plays into just over two and a half hours.
Back for its third triumphant year, the Regent’s Park Open Air production of Jesus Christ Superstar is exciting, vibrant fresh and thrilling.
Presented by Bill Kenwright and founded and led by artistic director Paul Taylor-Mills, the Turbine Theatre is a brand new theatre on the banks of the Thames next to the iconic Battersea Power Station.
Regent’s Park Theatre has today announced principal casting for their productions of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside the full creative team for Evita.
Following its sell-out success in 2016 and 2017 at the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park, the multi-award-winning production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Chris Superstar transfers to the Barbican Theatre for just 60 performances in 2019, running from 4 July to 24 August).
The West End premiere production of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie, will have its final performance at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on Saturday 27 October.
Best-selling recording artist, X Factor winner and West End performer Matt Cardle is to join the cast of Strictly Ballroom The Musical, playing the role of bandleader Wally Strand from 31 July at the Piccadilly Theatre.
After taking my first tentative steps into the world of Strictly I have to admit that I loved every second of this smash hit spectacular. A glorious night of entertainment. Fabulous.
Strictly Ballroom has all the sparkle and dazzling choreography you’d wish to see and the cast is superb. For me, there were fundamental flaws but that did not deter me from immensely enjoying it.
In summary, stage adaptations of films should be justified by bringing something new to a well-known story, and Strictly Ballroom misses the mark on this point.
It’s time to escape the grey for the colour-filled dance hall of Strictly Ballroom. Bogo Pogo your way to the Piccadilly Theatre for a spectacularly sparkly experience.
This glitter filled and entertaining production of Strictly Ballroom might rely slightly too much on Will Young but is fun to watch unfold.
The book and songs here may be dire, but the entertainment shines through in Strictly Ballroom’s dazzling dance. Drew McOnie choreographs the piece (he also directs, though thankfully with a book this shallow it is hard to blame him too much for the show’s cheesy tedium) and works his usual magic.
As we speed towards the end of the month, here’s Love London Love Culture’s guide to some of the best shows opening in April…
Hairspray has been touring for years – it was last here in 2016 – and the reason why people are still flocking to see it is there for all to see. It’s a heart-warming and empowering tale that just makes you want to get up and dance.
If you like musical theatre and especially Hairspray, I’d 100% recommend seeing the current UK tour. The UK tour cast does a phenomenal job of bringing the characters to the stage