Thursday, 5 March 2015

Nadine Coyle to star in limited performances of Lord of the Dance at the Dominion Theatre

It has been announced that Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will reprise the role of Erin the Goddess in Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Dominion Theatre.

Coyle, who starred in the show's Palladium run, returns to the production for ten performances only between 13th and 21st March 2015. 

Coyle was one fifth of the pop group Girls Aloud, whose record-breaking success included over 4.3 million singles sales and 4 million albums sales in the UK alone. The band had four number one singles, two number one albums and won the 2009 Brit Award for Best Single for ‘The Promise’. Coyle released her debut solo album in 2010 and will be releasing her second solo album later this year. 

Review: Jerry’s Girls at the St James Studio

Jerry's Girls 
St James Studio
Reviewed on Wednesday 4th March 2015

Jerry Herman is one of theatre's most successful composers and lyricists of all-time, and I can think of no better way to celebrate his remarkable career than with Jerry's Girls which has been revived at the St James Studio thirty years after it opened on Broadway.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Interview: Rajeev Goswami, writer, choreographer & director of Beyond Bollywood

Rajeev Goswami is the writer, choreographer and director of Beyond Bollywood which opens at the London Palladium in May, following the closure of Cats. 

Featuring an original score, Beyond Bollywood is described as a “theatrical experience never seen before outside a Bollywood movie”. The show opens on Monday 11th May 2015 (previews from 8th May) for a limited run of sixty performances.

Rajeev started his journey as a famed Bollywood choreographer working with the biggest names in the business and has also enjoyed a highly successful career as a pop artist in India. More recently, he has turned his considerable talents to direction, channelling his 15 years’ experience in the Indian film and music industry into the founding of RG Studios alongside renowned Bollywood lyricist Irfan Siddiqui.

I recently spoke to Rajeev about why it was his dream to bring Beyond Bollywood to London, what research went into creating the show and the journey audiences will be taken on…

Was it always your dream to bring Beyond Bollywood to the West End?
Yes, absolutely. It’s a dream which is coming to be true! I’ve put in all my hard work and experience over fifteen/seventeen years, I have a great crew and a lovely team to work with who have been my back bone. Everyone has done a fantastic job and we’re looking forward to rocking London! 

Sneak peek at... Jerry’s Girls at the St James Studio

Production images have been released for Jerry’s Girls which officially opens at the St James Studio tonight (4th March), 30 years after it opened on Broadway. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge). The musical revue stars Anna-Jane Casey, Ria Jones and Sarah-Louise Young.

Featuring songs from classic musicals including Hello Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles, Jerry’s Girls brings together an all-female cast to celebrate Jerry’s special gift for writing songs that capture the true spirit of the great American musical, honouring the legacy of the multi Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist of some of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time.

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to Beyond Bollywood!

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How far would you go to bring a dream to life? Crossing oceans, risking all and sacrificing true love, Beyond Bollywood is not just a show; it is a monsoon of emotion that brings the fire, heat and desire of Indian dance direct to the heart of London.

Tour dates announced for Puttin’ On The Ritz starring Strictly's Pixie Lott & Trent Whiddon

Full tour dates have been announced for Puttin’ On The Ritz starring pop star and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Pixie Lott.

The show opens at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 27th May. Check out full tour dates below. Pixie will be joined by her Strictly Come Dancing partner Trent Whiddon along with fellow dance champion professionals Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor. 

Puttin’ On The Ritz takes you on a wonderful musical journey and features music from George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Songs include Cheek to Cheek, Alexander’s Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade and Puttin’ On The Ritz

Pixie Lott is an MTV Music award winning and Brit Award-nominated singer and songwriter. She rose to fame with the release of her debut single 'Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)' and her second single 'Boys and Girls', both of which went straight to number one. 

Casting announced for Hairspray UK Tour

First casting has been announced for the upcoming UK Tour of Hairspray.

Tony Maudsley (ITV1’s Benidorm) will play Edna Turnblad in the major 40-week UK tour which will open at Curve Theatre in Leicester this autumn. 

He will be joined by TV and stage actress and presenter Claire Sweeney (Educating Rita/Guys and Dolls) as Velma Von Tussle, former Blue Peter presenter Peter Duncan (Birdsong) as Wilbur Turnblad and British singer and West End performer Brenda Edwards (Chicago/We Will Rock You) as Motormouth Maybelle. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Review: Playing Our Part at Cadogan Hall

Playing Our Part 
Cadogan Hall
Reviewed on Sunday 1st March 2015

Raising money for Comic Relief, last Sunday the West End came together for the second Playing Our Part concert which looks set to become one of the top events in the theatrical calendar. Dressed in red and black, performers from some of the West End's top shows took to the stage to perform with an incredible orchestra under the direction of Alex Parker.