Thursday, 25 August 2016

Casting announced for Asian tour of Ghost The Musical

Casting has been announced for the upcoming second Asian tour of Ghost The Musical.

Liam Doyle will reprise his performance as Sam opposite Emily Tierney who is joining the cast as Molly. Samuel Edwards is also joining the cast as Carl, having previously understudied the role of Sam in the original West End production.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Jennifer Holliday joins Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple on Broadway!

Aaaand we are telling you... that Jennifer Holliday is back in town!

The Broadway diva, who originated the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls, is taking over as Shug Avery from Heather Headley in The Color Purple.

Holliday will play her first performance at New York's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 4th October, after Headley leaves on 2nd October. Jennifer Hudson, who played Effie White in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls, originated the role of Shug in this production. Holliday previously played Sofia in The Color Purple's 2014 U.S. tour. She was last seen on Broadway in 2001 when she starred in Chicago. 

Emma Hatton prepares for Eva Cassidy concert

There's no rest for the Wicked! After defying gravity one final time on 3rd September, Emma Hatton will will prepare to perform Songbird at Live at Zedel on 28th October 2016.

The show will be a celebration of Eva Cassidy; Hatton will perform "stunning arrangements of Eva's songbook, including 'Fields of Gold' and 'Over the Rainbow'". 

Hatton says: "I have loved Eva Cassidy since I first heard her sing. She has the most wonderfully emotive sound that is unique to her – you only need to hear a word or a note to know it’s Eva. As a vocalist, that’s incredibly special and what we all seek to achieve. It’s truly an honour to be able to combine my own sound with Eva’s genius."

Miss Saigon confirms details for U.S. screening

Following the announcement that Miss Saigon will be screened in Australia on 14th October and in the UK on 15th October, it has been confirmed that the recording of the 25th anniversary will be screened in U.S. cinemas on 22nd September 2016.

After being screened around the world, Miss Saigon: The 25th Anniversary Performance is expected to become avaliable for purchase (details to be confirmed). The show will be screened in the U.S. ahead of being revived on Broadway. 

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 special 25th anniversary gala finale featuring original cast members will also be included.

Casting announced for That Man starring Jonny Labey & Sabrina Aloueche

Casting has been announced for the upcoming concert staging of That Man which takes place at the London Hippodrome for two performances on Tuesday 20th September 2016.

A new musical "about love, lust, loyalty and deceit in 1950s London", That Man features hit songs That Man, Liquid Lunch, A Night Like This and others made famous by Caro Emerald.

The cast is led by Jonny Labey (EastEnders/In The Heights). Also in the cast is Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock You/Les Miserables), Christopher Howell (Guys & Dolls/Wicked), Treyc Cohen (The Lion King), Rhiannon Chesterman (Mrs Henderson Presents), Stephanie Rojas (Love Me Tender) and Kate England (To Kill a Mockingbird). 

Review: Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour) at the New Wimbledon Theatre

Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour)
New Wimbledon Theatre
Reviewed on Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Despite knowing half the score inside out, last night was my first time seeing Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's cult musical Little Shop of Horrors onstage.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

PICS: Rehearsals for Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True starring Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey & Imogen Stubbs

Rehearsal images have been released for Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True, a co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. The play will have its UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10th September until 1st October 2016 before touring to Oxford, Warwick, Liverpool, Salford and Chichester.

A brand new commission by leading Australian writer Andrew Bovell, Things I Know To Be True is co-directed by Frantic Assembly’s Tony and Olivier Award nominated artistic director Scott Graham and State Theatre Company’s artistic director Geordie Brookman. Following its world premiere at Adelaide Festival Centre in May 2016, Things I Know To Be True has been recreated for the UK, with a UK cast, as part of State Theatre Company’s first ever international co-production.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Full casting announced for Ghost The Musical UK tour

Full casting has been announced for the UK tour of Ghost The Musical starring the previously announced Sarah Harding as 'Molly' and Andy Moss as 'Sam'.

Jacqui Dubois (Rent/People, Places and Things) will star as ‘Oda Mae Brown’ alongside Sam Ferriday (Jersey Boys) as ‘Carl’.

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