I’ve long admired Jon Robyns and his new album Musical Direction reflects on his career so far beautifully, as well as suggesting what fun lies ahead.
Come From Away, the story of how one small town, Gander in Newfoundland, responded to events of 9/11 when 7,000 passengers from 38 diverted aircraft landed in their midst, is one of the most joyous experiences you’ll encounter in the theatre.
Come From Away is a show that needs to run and run; its brilliant music and wealth of humour are enough to keep you coming back for more, and we can never remind ourselves too many times of the good that humanity is capable of when it puts its mind to it.
Come From Away tells the incredible true story of how the residents of Gander, Newfoundland welcomed the 7,000 passengers of planes from around the world, due to the American air space being closed after 9/11.
Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre is unquestionably wonderfully performed, but its schmaltzy set pieces fail to move.
The highly anticipated musical Come From Away leaves me dry-eyed at the Phoenix Theatre despite a very strong cast.
Come From Away is a funny, moving and uplifting new musical by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Having won Best Musical awards across North America, the show now arrives in London where, if there’s any justice, it’ll prove to be just as successful.
Come From Away, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin before transferring to the West End is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in a time of need is truly inspirational and this intense, gripping, emotional and heart-warming production perfectly captures the generosity of the human spirit.
Casting has been announced for Come From Away, the Tony Award-winning musical which will arrive in London for its UK premiere at the Phoenix Theatre next year with performances from 30 January 2019.
There is Nothin Like a Same, the first show from the newly formed Lambert Jackson Productions, celebrated female characters from musicals – with the help of four vocally powerful West End stars.
Songs for a New World, Parade, The Bridges of Madison County and The Last 5 Years – these are a just a handful of the musicals penned by composer Jason Robert Brown, and just few of the treats that were peppered amongst his packed-out, one-off concert at the London Palladium.
Jason Robert Brown opened the show with an emotive song about finding hope in a hopeless situation which he revealed was written the day after the last presidential election.
A packed Palladium saw Jason Robert Brown, supported by the lush BBC Concert Orchestra and the composer’s own rhythm section record a Friday Night Is Music Night show for future broadcast. The music was grand and with the stunning talents of Betsy Wolfe and Norm Lewis also flown in specially from Broadway to join the British Isle’s very own Rachel Tucker, the vocal talent was top-notch too.
Last week I posted my interview with Rachel Tucker all about her participation in the upcoming concert An Evening with Jason Robert Brown on 11 April at the London Palladium, starring Betsy Wolfe and Norm Lewis. I was also lucky enough to do a brief interview with the main man himself, Jason Robert Brown, to get you even more excited for the concert.
Proving that you don’t need to win the reality show that you’re in to set your career, and that it’s your talent that matters, Rachel Tucker’s success is testament to just how far hard work and a hella big voice can take.
Yesterday evening I hot-footed it from the Charing Cross theatre seeing Marisha Wallace’s Soul Holiday concert, to the Spiegeltent in Leicester Square to see Velma Celli in concert and it was so worth the dash.
Continuing her conquest of the West End theatre scene, Marisha recently released a Christmas album, Soul Holiday, full of festive treats to get us all in the Christmas spirit, and on Sunday, she performed these musical gems for us at the Charing Cross Theatre.
Rachel Tucker is a masterful performer, both in terms of her faultless vocals and her ability to embody and live every song she sings.
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.
After an acclaimed run in San Diego, the UK premiere of Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play comes to The Bridge House Theatre this Christmas in a production directed by Artistic Director Guy Retallack (It’s A Wonderful Life, Thrill Me) London, 1947. In a busy radio studio, the cast and crew are assembled for a very special recording of this year’s biggest Christmas hit movie.
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