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NEWS: Legendary choreographer & director Gillian Lynne dies at the of 92

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Director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, who will always be remembered for her groundbreaking work for musicals Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, has died at the age of 92. Theatres across London’s West End will be dimming their lights at 7pm on Monday 2 July as a tribute by the theatre industry and audience members to the legendary choreographer. The tradition …

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NEWS: Sister site #StageFaves launches new musical merchandise, collect all 2200+ performers…

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AllI Want for Christmas is… #StageFaves musical merchandise! My Theatre Mates’ sister site, the pioneering social media directory for musical theatre fans founded by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock, has launched several new ranges of fan merchandise, just in time for Christmas.

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What were our Top 25 reviews & other blogs in October 2016?

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What were the most popular contributions from our 20+ syndicate Mates bloggers from the month just closed. What were the reviews and other blogs that got readers clicking most? Our Top 25 Mates Blogs from October 2016 includes gaggles of reviews for our most read-about shows. Any surprises?

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What were our Top 10 news stories in October 2016?

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As it’s the first of the month, we’re taking a brief moment to remind ourselves of the biggest news stories from the month just closed. What were the headlines that got readers clicking most? Any surprises? Our Top 10 News stories from October 2016 are listed below with summaries and links to read more.

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#Phantom30th: Marking 30 years with The Phantom of the Opera

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At the gala, we were treated – after being given a glass of free fizz to cover the waiting time – to special guest performances from Michael Ball, flirting and duetting with all and sundry in a hilarious ‘All I Ask Of You’ and Sierra Boggess delivering a sensational bilingual ‘Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again’.

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NEWS: Key cast changes announced for Phantom ahead of 30th birthday

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Joining the cast from Monday 5 September are Siôn Lloyd as ‘Monsieur Firmin’; Mark Oxtoby as ‘Monsieur Andre’; Paul Ettore Tabone as ‘Piangi’ and Daisy Hulbert as ‘Meg’. Also continuing their roles are: Megan Llewellyn as ‘Carlotta’ and Jacinta Mulcahy as ‘Madame Giry’. Harriet Jones returns as alternate ‘Christine Daaé’.

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NEWS: Winners announced in the 2016 #AlsoRecognised Awards

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Today’s the day! We’re delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Also Recognised Awards. And, despite the fact that most of our categories are unique, it’s interesting to see that there are a few overlaps with another little awards, whose ceremony was held earlier this week… For more on this year’s awards, see also the full voting results, winners’ …

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NEWS: Gypsy, Kinky Boots & Dench among big #OlivierAwards winners

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Dame Judi Dench wins record eighth award – receiving more Olivier Awards for acting than any other performer Chichester Festival Theatre’s transfer of Gypsy wins the most awards this year for a single production, including Best Actress in a Musical for Imelda Staunton and Best Musical Revival Kenneth Cranham and Denise Gough win Best Actor and Best Actress National Theatre …

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NEWS: Jersey Boys, Matilda, Les Mis & Phantom shortlisted for Oliviers’ Audience Award

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The Olivier Awards with MasterCard, the UK’s most prestigious stage honours, have today announced the shortlisted shows for the Magic Radio Audience Award 2016.The awards, which this year celebrate their 40th anniversary, will take place on Sunday 3 April at the Royal Opera House. The four shortlisted shows are:

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#ThrowbackThursday: Ramin Karimloo Before Love Never Dies Opened in March 2010

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Ramin Karimloo has become an internationally recognised star of musicals in the last few years, since first originating the role of the Phantom in the ill-fated premiere London production of LOVE NEVER DIES five years ago. Since then, he has gone on to release a studio album (left), star as Jean Valjean in LES MISERALBES both in the West End and more recently on Broadway, and starred in the Tokyo premiere of the Hal Prince revue PRINCE OF BROADWAY. Now, as he returns to London for his first UK concerts in over 2 years, I revisit the 2010 interview I did with him before LOVE NEVER DIES opened in London.