Tucked under a railway arch in Brad Street, a block over from Waterloo station, the Waterloo East Theatre was where just three actors and a solitary pianist made sheer musical theatre magic for 70 ecstatic minutes in Starting Here, Starting Now.
We’re taking about love here in Starting Here, Starting Now. The thrill of it, the romance and ridiculous of it, the crushing disappointment of it. Some of the tunes are from musicals which made it through to production, others are from works which never took off.
A musical theatre album with a difference, RE:arrangement – An Album by Nick Barstow is refreshingly bold.
Noel Sullivan will join the award-winning show School of Rock – The Musical from 19 August 2019 and will play the lead role of Dewey Finn at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. The hit West End production, based on the iconic film of the same title, is currently booking to January 2020.
The US composer and lyricist John Bucchino is the man of the moment here, but it is tempting to consider director Tania Azevedo the real star, leading a superb company of cast and creatives to elevate what could be something quite slight, into a couple of hours of something really quite moving.
It’s Only Life represents both the diversity of Britain as well as the ways we’re all connected. With great vocals, memorably moving songs and a fantastic cast, there’s no reason not to love this show.
It’s true what “they” say, you know, small is beautiful. This can definitely be said for the small but very beautiful It’s Only Life. This life-affirming musical makes you rediscover what’s important.
Director Melly Still fills her stage with a cast of nearly 40 and Anna Fleischle’s looming industrial design, whilst a 15-piece orchestra led by David Mahoney fleshes out Daf James’ bold score.
The Wales Millennium Centre has come of age with its first major foray into story-telling on a truly epic scale. Tiger Bay The Musical is the most significant, largest and innovative production ever produced by WMC.
Tiger Bay the Musical officially receives its world premiere tonight (15 November 2017) at Wales Millennium Centre, where its strictly limited season runs until 25 November 2017 at this iconic Cardiff venue. Check out these first-look production photos of the 39-strong cast, led by West End and Broadway star John Owen-Jones.
‘I really relate to Themba coming from a place that is different and finding himself here in Cardiff. My mum is mixed race. Her mum was from Yorkshire and her dad was from Barbados.’
Less than a month to go until the official world premiere of Tiger Bay the Musical! Specially commissioned by Wales Millennium Centre and with a 39-strong cast led by Welsh musical superstar John Owen-Jones, Tiger Bay has a strictly limited season at Cardiff’s iconic venue from 13 to 25 November 2017, with a press night on 15 November. Catch up on casting and have a listen to sample tracks – then get booking!
Noel Sullivan will forever be a member of Hear’say first and foremost to me, the product of one of first of this generation of Saturday night music talent show – Popstars – but since then, a career in musical theatre has beckoned and it is on that, rather than his pop star life, that his debut album concentrates.
Jonathan Larson died tragically young, aged just 35. A writer who touched so many lives, it was an inspired idea that saw Katy Lipson and Guy James mark the twentieth anniversary of his passing by staging a concert to remember the man and his work. Seasons Of Larson was a journey back to “the end of the millennium” for an emotional rollercoaster of songs, chosen to represent Larson’s best.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was last year’s must-see musical in the West End, with audiences and critics lapping up the jokes and raving about Robert Lindsay’s performance. Predictably I didn’t see it, but when it closed I felt pretty sure it would be out on tour before too long so I made a point to catch it at The Mayflower and see what all the fuss was about.
The South of France is the setting for this West End musical that’s lighting up the North as it arrives at the Playhouse for a week.
Give Them What They Want, is the message of the first big number of this hit show, fresh from London’s West End. And while in the world of con artists ‘they’ are the victims, the song applies equally to us punters. We go to a musical hoping for a great script, memorable performances and, of course, fabulous songs, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has all of these in spades.