Declan Bennett (Jesus), Tyrone Huntley (Judas), David Thaxton (Pilate) and Peter Caulfield (Herod) will all reprise their roles in the Olivier Award-winning production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre this summer.
Not long left to see two Off-West End musicals I can recommend: The Wild Party at The Other Palace and The Sorrows of Satan at Tristan Bates Theatre. Here’s why I think you should.
Danny Mac will play Gabey in On the Town, the role played by Gene Kelly in the classic film. Full cast is announced for the new production, directed and choreographed by Drew McOnie at London’s Open Air Theatre this summer.
There is an incredible array of top talent assembled – powerful singers, athletic dancers and intelligent actors – but The Wild Party lacks the wit and humour of Chicago so that its effect is limited because the book is so thin.
Drawn from Joseph Moncure March’s 1928 poem of the same name the show is an unrelenting tale of bastardry in 1920s New York. Frances Ruffelle’s Queenie and her husband Burrs are a pair of fading Vaudeville artistes.
Poetry dramatised: for me, the real strength in Mingled Yarn Theatre’s staging of The Wild Party is in providing a platform for Joseph Moncure March’s full, unadulterated poem.
Full casting is announced today for Michael John LaChiusa’s THE WILD PARTY, which receives its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Monday 13 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. THE WILD PARTY will be the inaugural production at The Other Palace, formerly St. James Theatre, when it reopens in February …
It is now Drew McOnie who takes the directorial chair, the choreographer-director’s rising star an ideal fit for a musical all about dance. And what dance it is.
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 November 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced details of Timothy Sheader’s 10th season as Artistic Director, which includes a Drew McOnie’s major new production of Broadway classic On the Town, a new modern version of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and, as previously announced, the return of the Evening Standard Award-winning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar.
Hot on the heels of winning two awards including Best Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards last night, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have today announced that, following its overwhelming sell-out success this past summer, its acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s biblical rock-operatic musical Jesus Christ Superstar will return for just 41 performances in 2017 (11 …
Damian Buhagiar is reprising his role as Sonny in the final stint of In the Heights at King’s Cross Theatre. He first played the role in the UK premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi award-winning musical, for which he himself won the My Theatre Mates’ Also Recognised Award for London Newcomer of the Year.
Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party will receive its first major London production at The Other Palace, playing from Saturday 11 February to Saturday 1 April 2017, with a press night on Monday 20 February. It’s directed and choreographed by 2016 Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie and stars Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle.
Andrew Lloyd Webber today announces plans for The Other Palace, the newest addition to The Really Useful Theatres Group. The inaugural season, under new artistic director Paul Taylor Mills, will feature a range of musicals including: Michael John LaChuisa’s The Wild Party and premieres of Duncan Sheik’s Whisper House and Fellini adaptation La Strada.
When you get an email saying you are invited to attend a Salsa class, speak to the cast and celebrate In The Heights first birthday, it’s definitely a case of where do I go and what time do you want me?
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss Andrew Lloyd Webber musical revival Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre, Yerma starring Billie Piper at the Young Vic and the Donmar’s recent production of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer.
The full cast has been announced for STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL, with an international company coming together ahead of the first UK staging of the musical, which is to premiere on Wednesday 30 November at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds. West End star Gemma Sutton and Broadway’s Sam Lips, making his UK debut, take on the iconic lead roles of Fran and Scott.
In what is unquestionably a Superstar for the 21st century, Timothy Sheader’s Jesus is no long-haired prophet. In an electrifying performance that captures both Christ’s charisma and his flawed vulnerability, Declan Bennett’s Messiah is a powerfully charged hipster.
Seeing Bugsy Malone not long after having re-visited The Untouchables (Brian de Palma’s Al Capone gangster movie) and the West End’s revival of Guys and Dolls makes one realise just how classy Sean Holmes’ production of this spoof gangland caper really is.
In April last year, the delightful Lyric Hammersmith reopened with a commendably well-structured stage version of Bugsy Malone. Great production values, props, costumes, fight direction and orchestrations. Reviving it for the whole of this summer requires three very young actors to play each of the seven leads so to keep consistency between performances, some pretty stringent direction has been applied.