Mark Shenton offers a wrap-up of news from the West End, Broadway and Edinburgh, including the West End transfer of Waitress, Edward Hall saying farewell to Hampstead Theatre and Laura Benanti joining My Fair Lady on Broadway.
The Tony Award-nominated hit musical Waitress will have its official UK premiere in the West End in spring 2019. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, the show will bring with it an all-female creative team – a West End musical first – when it begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre in February 2019.
The trouble with touring American musicals is… well, where do you start? First of all, they have to be de-skilled from the Broadway originals so that an associate director and a lower-cost cast can deliver them in every size of playhouse from barn to boutique.
Winners have been announced for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2016 in association with TodayTix. Over 13,000 votes were cast in the awards run by the weekly theatre chat show on Resonance FM
My favourite moments of the shows that I saw in 2016 are below and include performances from across the UK, together with the USA and also Europe. Theatre, cabaret, dance and concert performances are all included and there’s no ranking.
Move over Mrs Lovett, there’s a new baker on the block. Waitress, Sara Bareilles’ female-fuelled take on modern Americana, is perhaps the finest example of new musical theatre writing in quite some years.