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‘A grand spectacle of musical theatre greatness’: A Musical Celebration of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Royal Hospital Chelsea ★★★★

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As part of this year’s open-air concert line-up Live At Chelsea, some of the biggest names in musical theatre were joined by the Royal Symphonic Concert Orchestra to celebrate the 70th Birthday of Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the most influential musical theatre composers of all time.

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Year in Review: Ian Foster’s 12 Leading Men of the Year 2016

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It’s that time of year again when I am publicly shallow in my appreciation of the men that grace our stages – and given the hit counts I get on these annual posts, you’re all just as thirsty as me! (Note from Mates: Visit Ian’s site for many more, and more revealing, pics of each – plus archive lists since 2009!)

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Bumblescratch: The challenges of writing sung-through musicals

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Robert J Sherman is a composer, lyricist and book writer who is proud to carry on the enduring legacy of his father and uncle, Robert B and Richard M Sherman, a.k.a The Sherman Brothers, whose childhood musical classics include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins (whose stage versions are both currently revived on tour). Robert J Sherman’s own credits include A Spoonful of Sherman and Love Birds. And, with his latest show, BUMBLESCRATCH, he tackles something that even together his father and uncle never did: the sung-through musical.

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NEWS: Full cast announced for Robert J Sherman’s Bumblescratch premiere

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Full casting is announced today for next month’s special gala charity concert of Robert J. Sherman’s new musical BUMBLESCRATCH at West End’s Adelphi Theatre. The 13-strong company will include twelve-year-old Ilan Galkofff (Matilda, Oliver!) in the lead child role, joining previously announced adult leads Darren Day, Michael Xavier and Jessica Martin.

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NEWS: Darren Day & Michael Xavier headline new Sherman musical Bumblescratch

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Principal casting has been announced for the gala concert presentation of Robert J Sherman’s new musical BUMBLESCRATCH, which runs for one night only at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre on Sunday 4 September 2016, as part of commemorations for the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London. Darren Day returns to the West End musical stage to take the title role of Melbourne Bumblescratch, starring alongside Michael Xavier, fresh from Sunset Boulevard opposite Glenn Close, and Jessica Martin, recently seen in Elf. Further casting is to be announced.