Cinderella is a festive treat for all the family that of course, uses panto tropes but doesn’t make them overbearing and instead brings a lighthearted show to life with ease, fun and energy.
Selladoor Worldwide has announced the launch of Selladoor Creation – a brand new platform for new writers to showcase and develop their work with the backing of one of the UK’s leading theatre producers.
My Top 10 ‘Losing My Mind’ post has been one of the most popular on the site, so I thought I would repeat the exercise with what is arguably Company’s most iconic song ‘Being Alive’.
Olivier Award-winner David Thaxton will play Arthur in London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s forthcoming concert version of Camelot at the London Palladium on Saturday 6 October 2018 alongside Savannah Stevenson as Guenevere and internationally renowned opera star Charles Rice as Lancelot.
It’s the first ever Show Peep! – an addendum to The Show People Podcast – our host Andrew Keates shares information about how you can work with Julie Atherton, Oliver Savile, Danielle Tarento and Cassidy Janson at Omnibus Theatre as part of Arion Productions’ Portfolio Masterclasses.
Oliver Savile may be best recognised for playing Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked. He speaks with Director Andrew Keates all about his life and career, including growing up in Buxton and failing all of his GCSEs at school, his struggles with Dyslexia and how he discovered the performing arts and forged his career as a leading man.
Ollie talks about his time at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, discovering his long-time agent Shane Collins, going straight into the UK tour of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, seeing the world on the international tour of Mamma Mia!, playing Peter Tork in the UK tour of Monkee Business, his recurring appearances in the West End production of Les Miserables, working with Gillian Lynne in the UK tour of Cats, playing Raoul in The Phantom of The Opera, his delight playing Robert in Company in Aberdeen, his recent role playing Hugo in Knights Of The Rose and of course, discussing his incredible time playing Wicked’s famous prince.
This is an episode full of laughs and even a special appearance from Toby Page – The Show People Podcast podcat.
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Andrew shares his top theatrical tips of things to see this September 2018, including There is Nothin’ Like a Dame at Cadogan Hall, Distance at the Park Theatre, Sylvia at The Old Vic and Company at the Gielgud Theatre.
Today’s platform is given to Therapy – The Musical with music by Jordan Li-Smith and book and lyrics by Ray Rackham. We hear a song from the show called So What performed by Belinda Wollaston.
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At the Knights of the Rose post-show Q&A, the fun-filled audience discussion included riffing demonstrations, costume quips, a Wicked confession, coining of the term “rockspeare” for the show’s new genre combining classical text with classic rock music, and a milestone birthday sing-song.
With plastic swords and rubber mezzanine set – complete with safety rails – that wobbled as it lurched from one scene change to another, the only credit to come out of this mess of a musical is the singing.
Knights of the Rose comes from a female team of director and choreographer Racky Plews and writer Jennifer Marsden but it is a masculine tale of Knights of the realm and their fair maidens.
The website for Knights of the Rose leads with the quote “is this the most epic rock musical?” and bold as that is, well, the answer is most definitively no.
Kinky Boots has posted West End closing notices for 12 January 2019 at the Adelphi Theatre. Its final London cast will be led by Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Lola and, having just taken over 4 June, Oliver Thompsett as Charlie and Natalie McQueen as Lauren.
From 4 June 2018 there will be major changes in the West End cast of Kinky Boots with Oliver Tompsett playing Charlie Price and Natalie McQueen playing Lauren. They join Simon-Anthony Rhoden who continues as Lola.
From the opening number which promises so much, through to the second half that might feel as though it is dragging on just a bit too long, the audience’s plight is fully acknowledged in this spirited production.
This perceptive and entertaining show celebrates the highs and lows of being a musical theatre performer through the songs of Alexander S Bermange.
For something fun and light-hearted, especially for those wanting to break into the theatre world, I Wish My Life Were Like a Musical is worth a view.
The Chuckle Brothers were the perfect foil for Craig Revel-Horwood’s evil Queen Lucretia who was sexy, sultry, evil and really rather beautiful with a powerful singing voice.
West End musical theatre group, The Barricade Boys, have announced a massive line-up of guest stars for their limited Christmas Cabaret season, which runs at London’s The Other Palace Studio from 5 to 23 December.
Ostensibly, these are concert presentations of musicals but the joy in what you actually get, the bonuses that get incorporated into the creation of genuine one-off experiences makes LMTO one of the more valuable recent additions to the London theatre ecology.
The London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO) have done it again. Another fantastic celebration of a beautiful score performed by a beautiful orchestra and a beautiful cast. It was just a whole lot of beautiful, okay!
West End musicals Kinky Boots and Wicked have both announced new booking periods.
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