Monday, 27 June 2016

Review: Henry V at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Henry V
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 23rd June 2016

How apt that Henry V is being staged at the same time as the EU Referendum. How fitting that Shakespeare is searching for the soul of England at Regents Park Open Air Theatre while the nation is busy throwing it away at the polling stations. How disappointing it is that Robert Hastie’s production, which casts Michelle Terry in the title role, doesn’t make anywhere near enough of this timeliness as it should.

Full casting confirmed for Eugenius! at the London Palladium

Full casting has been confirmed for new musical Eugenius!.

Described as an "exciting and innovative musical", Eugenius! will receive a concert staging at the London Palladium this Wednesday (29th June 2016). 

As previously announced, the show will star David Bedella as Lex Hogan, Amy Lenox as Janey, Samuel Holmes as Theo and Summer Strallen as Carrie with Warwick Davis, who is also producing the show, as Hector and Marcus Brigstocke as Narrator/Laurence. Brian Blessed will provide a guest voiceover.

Hello Gorgeous! Funny Girl to launch UK tour

Following its current West End run, it has been announced that Funny Girl will launch a 2017 national tour.

Funny Girl opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory last year before transferring to the Savoy Theatre in April 2016. Further tour dates and casting will be announced at a later date.

The production will open at the Manchester Palace on 20th February before touring to the Milton Keynes Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Bristol Hippodrome, Stoke Regent Theatre, His Majesty's Theatre Aberdeen, Edinburgh Playhouse, New Victoria Theatre Woking, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Birmingham Hippodrome, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Mayflower Theatre Southampton, King’s Theatre Glasgow, Nottingham Theatre Royal and Southend Cliffs Pavilion. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Best Performance of a Song 2016: Full result

Rachelle Ann Go has won West End Frame's 2016 Best Performance of a Song award for her rendition of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ in Les Miserables. Matt Corner finishes second for his rendition of ‘Can't Take My Eyes Off You’ in Jersey Boys whilst Oliver Savile finished third for his performance of ‘Dancing Through Life’ in Wicked. 

Last year's Best Performance of a Song Award was won by John Dagleish for his rendition of 'Waterloo Sunset' in Sunny Afternoon. Previous winners also include Rachel Tucker ('Defying Gravity'/Wicked), Tam Mutu ('Stars'/Les Miserables) and Sofia Escobar ('Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again'/The Phantom of the Opera).

Rachelle Ann Go
32% of the final vote

"Wow! Thank you West End Frame! I'd like to thank all those who voted for me. It's an honour to be performing and appreciated here in beautiful London's West End. I owe this great award to you, guys! 

Rachelle Ann Go wins Best Performance of a Song 2016!

We're delighted to announce that Rachelle Ann Go has won West End Frame's 2016 Best Performance of a Song award for her rendition of ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ in Les Miserables.

Speaking to West End Frame, Ann Go said: "Wow! Thank you West End Frame! I'd like to thank all those who voted for me. It's an honour to be performing and appreciated here in beautiful London's West End. I owe this great award to you, guys! 

"And to the whole Les Miserables company, thank you for being so amazing and for all the support and encouragement! What a dream come true to be part of this phenomenal long running show. I am so blessed! Cheers!"

Shuffle Along starring Audra McDonald & Billy Porter to close on Broadway

According to the New York Times, Shuffle Along will close on 24th July - the date Audra McDonald is scheduled to be leaving the show.

The musical opened at the Music Box Theatre in April 2016. The cast also includes Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry.

An American in Paris to close on Broadway

It has been announced that An American in Paris will close on Broadway.

The musical will play its final performance at the Palace Theatre on 1st January 2017 after 29 previews and 719 regular performances. 

Based on the Oscar-winning film, An American in Paris opened on Broadway in April 2015. The show is directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. 

The score has been adapted, arranged and supervised by Rob Fisher. An American in Paris has music by George and Ira Gershwin with a book by Craig Lucas. The current Broadway cast includes Leanne Cope as well as Garen Scribner, Veanne Cox, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz and Max Von Essen. A U.S. tour will begin in October.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Promises, Promises to be revived at the Southwark Playhouse

Promises, Promises will be revived at the Southwark Playhouse in January 2017. 

With music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and book by Neil Simon, this marks the first time Promises, Promises has been staged in London since the original West End production in 1969.

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