We’ve all got them: things we enjoy — sometimes mightily — that it’s just a little bit embarrassing to admit to liking. Like admitting, in my case, a massive passion for Selling Sunset, the real estate reality TV show set in the cramped offices of an LA boutique agency that sell houses to millionaires and billionaires. (But somehow seem to work cheek-by-jowl in a tiny office on Sunset Boulevard).
‘Few theatrical terrains are as hotly contested as this one’: Mark Shenton picks his favourite Broadway leading ladies
My weekly ShenTens podcast, in which I count down my top ten favourites in a particular category, is inevitably subjective — but few theatrical terrains are as hotly contested as this one: whom I consider to be my favourite Broadway leading ladies.
‘An uplifting & enjoyable production’: PETER PAN LIVE! – The Shows Must Go On ★★★★ (Online review)
Confession time: I have found it difficult in the past to really enjoy or appreciate Peter Pan. This isn’t so much down to JM Barrie’s classic story but in the way it has been staged or filmed.
Broadway Album Reviews: The New Yorkers, Kiss Me, Kate! & Beetlejuice
Ought To Be Clowns tackles a trio of Broadway cast recordings in the shape of Cole Porter’s The New Yorkers, Kiss Me, Kate! and Beetlejuice.
‘Some enchanted evening’: KELLI O’HARA – Cadogan Hall ★★★★★
The American leading ladies London seems to take to its heart seem to be belters, but Kelli O’Hara has more variety in her voice than any of them.
Album Review: Brigadoon – New York City Center 2017 Cast
New York City Center Encores – an NYC haven for neglected or forgotten shows – have now revived Brigadoon six times, a testament to its enduring appeal, and this latest manifestation with the delectable Kelli O’Hara as Fiona is most welcome.
NEWS: Company, Come From Away & The Inheritance top the Olivier Awards 2019 nominations
Musicals Company and Come From Away top the Olivier Awards 2019 nominations with nine nods each, while The Inheritance is the most recognised play with eight nominations. The ceremony takes place on Sunday 7 April at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Jason Manford.
Will Broadway musicals dominate the West End in 2019?: Mark Shenton offers his round-up of the week ahead in London & New York
Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benanti joining My Fair Lady on Broadway.
NEWS: West End The King & I will be screened in cinemas in November
The multiple Tony Award-winning Lincoln Center Theater production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King & I – currently enjoying West End success – is to be released in cinemas around the world this autumn by Trafalgar Releasing.
NEWS: Bryan Cranston, Aidan Turner, big names & newcomers nominated for The Stage Debut Awards
Full shortlists are announced today in The Stage’s second annual Debut Awards, celebrating the UK’s most outstanding breakthrough talent in theatre. Big names – including Bryan Cranston, Aidan Turner and Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara in the West End category – are recognised alongside up and coming talent. Winners are announced at a ceremony on 23 September 2018.
‘Really, the old show could hardly be bettered’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★★
Really, The King & I could hardly be bettered. Beautiful staging without exaggeration, a real spark between O’Hara and Watanabe, and perfect support.
‘A real treat for the eyes & the ears’: THE KING & I – West End
Bartlett Sher’s production of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King & I is a real treat for the eyes and the ears.
‘Something wonderful indeed’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★
Notwithstanding high expectations, together with The King & I’s difficult issues that are made even more complex in a modern world of evolving values, this transfer of the 2015 Broadway revival does not disappoint.
REVIEW ROUND UP: The King & I at the London Palladium
Bartlett Sher’s production of The King & I brings the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to the West End. But what have critics had to say about it?
‘There is something extraordinary about how Kelli O’Hara sings’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★
Kelli O’Hara trails a cloud of Broadway success and redefines the role of Anna in The King & I in a way that lays the ghost of previous incumbents and outshines all our homegrown talent.
‘A sublimely exquisite staging of a classic’: THE KING & I – West End ★★★★★
This production is a sublimely exquisite staging of a classic Rodgers and Hammerstein show. All hail Broadway Queen Kelli O’Hara for bringing her inimitable characterisation and vocal supremacy to her portrayal of Anna
NEWS: Japanese TV star Takao Osawa joins the West End cast of The King and I
Takao Osawa, the multi-award-winning actor and star of one of Japan’s most popular television series Jin, will join the cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I to play Kralahome, trusted adviser to The King of Siam, when the smash hit musical transfers from Broadway to the London Palladium on 21 June 2018 (press night is 3 July).
NEWS: Dean-John Wilson & Na-Young Jeon join cast of The King & I as Palladium run is extended
Dean John-Wilson (who starred in the title role of Disney’s original West End production of Aladdin) and Na-Young Jeon (Fantine in Les Misérables in the West End and Gigi in Miss Saigon on world tour) join the West End cast of The King & I as the young lovers, Lun Tha and Tuptim.
NEWS: Tony Award winner Ruthie Ann Miles reprises her Broadway role in West End The King & I
Ruthie Ann Miles will reprise her Tony Award-winning and critically acclaimed Broadway role of Lady Thiang in the West End production of THE KING AND I.
NEWS: Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara & Ken Watanabe reprise roles in The King & I transfer at London Palladium
The multi Tony Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I will transfer from Broadway to London next summer following a critically acclaimed 16- month run at New York’s Lincoln Center Theater and an unprecedented continuing record-breaking sold-out USA tour. The production will start performances on 21 June 2018 – with a press night on 3 July 2018, booking until 4 …
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