Friday, 19 December 2014

Urinetown to close 3rd Jan 2015

Urinetown will conclude its West End run at the Apollo Theatre an extra week earlier than planned. 

The production was originally booking until 24th January 2015 but later set its closing date as 10th January to make way for the West End transfer of My Night With Reg. However, Urinetown will now conclude its run on Saturday 3rd January 2015.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Urinetown looks into how the world would cope if we lost the privilege to pee. The satirical musical comedy ran on Broadway to great acclaim between 2001 and 2004, receiving ten Tony Award nominations. It won for Best Book, Best Score and Best Direction.

Photo Feature: Cats at the London Palladium releases new images

Producers of Cats at the London Palladium have released new pictures of the cast in action. The show stars Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge).

The cast also includes: Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima), Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Antoine Murray-Straughan (Rum Tum Tugger), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter), Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer) and Benjamin Yates (Mungojerrie).

Ryan Gover, Barry Haywood, Alice Jane, Grace McKee, Dane Quixall and Libby Watts complete the company as swings. It is rumoured that Kerry Ellis will take over from Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in February.

Jerry’s Girls to be revived at the St James Studio

It has been announced that Jerry’s Girls will be revived at the St James Studio next year. 

Thirty years after it opened on Broadway, the musical revue will run for a limited two week season. The production opens on Wednesday 4th March (previews from 3rd March) and runs until Sunday 15th March 2015. Casting to be announced.

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 Herman'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.

Idina Menzel to perform on The Jonathan Ross Show tomorrow!

It has been revealed that Idina Menzel will perform on tomorrow night's Christmas special of The Jonathan Ross Show. The star is likely to perform a number from her holiday album Christmas Wishes. 

Other guests include David Walliams, Peter Capaldi, Jimmy Carr and Ed Sheeran. The programme is screened on ITV1 at 10pm on Saturday 20th December 2014. Menzel recently appeared on The X Factor UK, performing a surprise duet with Michael Bublé. Watch the video here. 

Menzel is returning to the UK next year as part of her world tour. She opens at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin on Saturday 20th June before visiting Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Bournemouth. Menzel will then play Wembley Arena on Saturday 27th June 2015! Tickets are on sale now.

Natalie Andreou joins Wicked as standby Elphaba!

WhatsOnStage have revealed that Natalie Andreou is joining the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre as Standby Elphaba from 2nd February 2015. 

Andreou most recently starred as Sherrie in the West End production of Rock of Ages (Shaftesbury/Garrick). Her theatre credits also include: Footloose (UK tour), Mamma Mia! (Prince of Wales), Evita (UK tour) and Fame (European tour).

As previously announced, current standby Elphaba Emma Hatton assumes the role full time from 2nd February 2015. Jennifer DiNoia plays her final performance as Elphaba on Saturday 31st January 2015.

GOSSIP: City Of Angels in "early stages" of West End transfer talks

According to the Daily Mail, the Donmar Warehouse are in the "early stages of talks" about transferring City Of Angels to the West End. Baz Bamigboye has revealed that discussions are at an "exploratory" stage with theatre owners.

The musical currently stars Samantha Barks, Rosalie Craig, Katherine Kelly, Peter Polycarpou, Marc Elliott and the West End Frame Award winning Tam Mutu as well as Rebecca Trehearn, Hadley Fraser, Nick Cavaliere, Cameron Cuffe, Adam Fogerty, Kadiff Kirwan, Sandra Marvin, Mark Penfold, Jennifer Saayeng, Jo Servi and Tim Walton.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

GOSSIP: Kerry Ellis to take over as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium?

According to the Daily Mail, Kerry Ellis - aka the first lady of the West End - will take over as Grizabella in Cats from 9th February 2015. Nicole Scherzinger plays her final performance on 7th February.

Ellis recently reprised her performance as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked. She was the first British actress to play the role and also starred in the Broadway production. 

Ellis famously understudied Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (National/Drury Lane) which was when she was spotted by Queen’s Brian May who invited her to audition for We Will Rock You. After creating the role of Meat in the musical at the Dominion Theatre, Ellis and May have recorded albums and tour the world together.