Friday, 27 May 2016

An Inspector Calls to open at the Playhouse Theatre in November

Stephen Daldry’s production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls will open at the Playhouse Theatre on 10th November 2016 (previews from 4th November) for a limited run to 4th February 2017.

This will mark the 70th anniversary of the first UK staging of the play and the 25th anniversary of its first appearance at the National Theatre. 

Daldry says: Each time we have mounted this production it seems more relevant than the last, with the refugee crisis, the European referendum debate and American elections, you can’t fail to see the genius of Priestley’s writing. When we created this production, Thatcher wanted the country to follow ‘Edwardian Values’, we set out to bring the production to audiences in a way that would talk directly to them, holding a mirror up to society and indeed the audience themselves. 

Special guests announced for Erich Bergen's solo shows at the London Hippodrome

WhatsOnStage have announced special guests for Erich Bergen's upcoming solo shows at the London Hippodrome.

Marking his UK debut, Bergen will be joined by Cassidy Janson who is starring as Carole King in Beautiful and Charl Brown who is starring as Smokey Robinson in Motown.

Bergen will also be joined onstage by former Jersey Boys cast members for a special performance of music from the show.

Review: The Threepenny Opera at the National Theatre

The Threepenny Opera
National Theatre (Olivier)
Reviewed on Thursday 26th May 2016

The latest offering at the National is a dark reimagining of Brecht and Kurt Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. This new adaptation by Simon Stephens, and directed by Rufus Norris is saucy, sadistic and a little bit scary.

Full casting announced for My Fair Lady 60th anniversary concert

WhatsOnStage have announced full casting for the 60th anniversary concert staging of My Fair Lady at St. Paul's Church in Covent Garden on Sunday 19th June.

It has been revealed that Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) will play Mrs Higgins whilst Bradley Jaden (Wicked) will star as Freddie Eynsford-Hill. 

Sam Hiller (My Fair Lady/Phantom) will play Colonel Pickering with Rebecca Louis (Mack and Mabel) as Mrs Pearce. Joining the ensemble are Andrew Bateup, Jordan Lee Davies, Katy Hanna, Emma Harrold, Sejal Keshwala and Joe Vetch.

Review: Musicals Unsung at the St James Studio

Musicals Unsung
St James Studio
Reviewed on Tuesday 24th May 2016

Hot off the heels of the latest West End Switched Off, earlier this week Parallel Productions returned to the St James Studio with a new concert entitled Musicals Unsung. Often at musical theatre concerts the same old favourites are whipped out again and again, but Musicals Unsung shone the spotlight on musical numbers which were cut from the shows they were written for - many songs featured have been lying in the musical theatre graveyard for years. 

Aladdin extends West End booking to February 2017

Disney's Aladdin has extended its West End booking period at the Prince Edward Theatre to 11th February 2017. 

The show plays its first preview tonight (27th May 2016) ahead of press night on Wednesday 15th June 2016.

Aladdin stars Dean John-Wilson as Aladdin and Jade Ewen as Jasmine with Broadway's Trevor Dion Nicholas making his London stage debut as Genie. 

The cast also includes Don Gallagher as Jafar, Peter Howe as Iago, Irvine Iqbal as the Sultan, Nathan Amzi as Babkak, Stephen Rahman-Hughes as Kassim and Rachid Sabitri as Omar.

American Psycho to close on Broadway

It has been announced that the Broadway transfer of American Psycho will close on 5th June 2016.

Having opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in April, the show will have played 81 performances.

Directed by Rupert GooldAmerican Psycho premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in December 2013. West End and off-Broadway runs were rumoured but never materialised. 

The cast includes Benjamin Walker, Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano, Heléne Yorke, Theo Stockman, Brandon Kalm, Drew Moerlein, Krystina Alabado, Dave Thomas Brown, Jordan Dean, Anna Eilinsfeld, Jason Hite, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Keith Randolph Smith, Alex Michael Stoll and Morgan Weed.

Miss Saigon to be screened in cinemas on 16th October

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has announced that a filmed version of the West End revival of Miss Saigon will be screened in cinemas worldwide on 16th October 2016. 

The majority of the footage was captured during the musical's 25th anniversary gala at the Prince Edward Theatre as well as from the show's final performance. The cast includes Eva Noblezada as Kim, Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer and Alistair Brammer as Chris.

Following the screening, the show will be available to purchase digitally as well as on DVD. Bamigboye also speculates that Danny Boyle may be interested in casting Noblezada in a major film adaptation of the musical which could begin filming in 2018. 

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