Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Multi-media musical Dusty cancels first previews

New multi-media musical Dusty has cancelled its first previews. 

The show's run was scheduled to begin at the Charing Cross Theatre yesterday (Monday 25th May); however, all performances have been cancelled until Friday 29th May. Ticket holders for cancelled performances should contact their point of purchase. 

Featuring music by Dusty Springfield, press material states that audiences will "see Springfield on stage using the most up-to-date 3-D technology and digital media." The show also includes rare film footage which is claimed to have only recently been discovered

Combined with a musical theatre format of live performance, music and dance, Dusty follows the highs and lows of Springfield’s rise from middle class suburban London to the recording of her seminal album Dusty in Memphis. 

Rehearsal images released for Teddy at the Southwark Playhouse

Rehearsal images have been released for the world première of Teddy by Tristan Bernays. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge). 

The cast includes Will Payne as Johnny Valentine, Joseph Prowen as Teddy and Jennifer Kirby as Josie as well as Alexander Bean, Alice Offley and Harrison White. Directed by Eleanor Rhode, Teddy opens at the Southwark Playhouse on 8th June (previews from 4th June) and runs until 27th June 2015. 

Interview: Lewis Kirk, starring as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing

Lewis Kirk recently took over as Johnny Castle in the UK touring production of Dirty Dancing, having previously understudied the role.

His previous theatre credits include playing Fender and understudying Link Larkin and Corny Collins in Hairspray (UK tour), Our House 10th Anniversary Concert (Savoy) and Soho Cinders (Soho). He also appeared in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of Les Misérables (Working Title Films).

I recently spoke to Lewis about taking over as Johnny, how the role affects his lifestyle and why he loves the extreme audience reactions… 

How did you feel when you were asked to take over as Johnny?
Oh it was great! I had done a little stint when I first joined the tour because the actor who previously played Johnny was injured. I took over for a few weeks and to get all that experience was such a good way into the show. Then I went back to my ensemble track and did the odd, occasional Johnny show. To get offered the role was just lovely! It’s such a good role to be playing and I’m really enjoying it!

I’m sure you get asked this all the time, but the film is so iconic and everybody loves Patrick Swayze’s performance, so how did you feel when you first took on the role? It must have been slightly daunting!
They’re such big shoes to fill! It’s the same for anyone who plays this role because everyone coming to see the show has Patrick Swayze in their mind and that’s what they want to see up on the stage. For me it’s a tough one; it’s about going back to the film and bringing out Patrick Swayze’s style which gives the audience what they love and know, but then you also have to put your own twist on it and create your own character with your own thoughts and feelings. The lines are all from the movie but you can add your own interpretation whilst keeping it true to the film. 

Review: Peter Pan at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre​

Peter Pan 
Regent's Park Open Air Theatre​
Reviewed on Friday 22nd May 2015

Directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel, Peter Pan is the best production I have ever seen at the Open Air Theatre. Beautifully complimented by the outdoor setting, Jon Bausor's design is stunningly creative, allowing audiences of all ages to use their imaginations.

Rachel Tucker & Gerard McCarthy star in West End Reversed

Limited tickets are avaliable for West End Reversed at the Bridge House Theatre on 14th June 2015. West End songs will be performed as they've never been heard before.

The theatre's co-owner Rachel Tucker (Communicating Doors/The Last Ship) will star in the gala alongside Gerard McCarthy (Beautiful Thing), Danny Colligan (The Book of Mormon) and Jill Rensing.

Friday, 22 May 2015

First production images released for Bend It Like Beckham

First production images have been released for Bend It Like Beckham which is currently in previews at the Phoenix Theatre ahead of opening night on 24th June 2015. Check out the images below (click picture to enlarge).

The cast is led by Natalie Dew as Jess, Lauren Samuels as Jules and Jamie Campbell Bower as Joe. Jamal Andréas plays Tony alongside Preeya Kalidas as Pinky and Sophie-Louise Dann as Paula.

Barbra Streisand to release autobiography

Barbra Streisand will tell her life story in a memoir due to be published in 2017. Publisher Viking announced earlier this week that it will publish an autobiography from the legendary singer. 

Brian Tart (Viking president) said: Barbra Streisand's memoir is the entertainment story that has been on the top of every publisher's wish list for years.

"There are over fifty unauthorised biographies about Ms Streisand that are full of myths and inaccuracies, and she is finally going to tell her own story."

Streisand rose from humble beginnings as the daughter of a school secretary and a teacher to become one of the most famous women in the world. She currently holds the record for having the most top-ten albums of any female artist, and has won two Academy Awards.

Simon Webbe, Gareth Gates, Leanne Jones & Taofique Folarin star in Stiles and Drewe's The Three Little Pigs

Casting has been announced for George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical adaptation of The Three Little Pigs

The show runs during the day at the Palace Theatre between 5th August and 6th September 2015. The Commitments will continue to run at the Palace Theatre as normal.

The cast includes Simon Webbe (Blue/Sister Act), Gareth Gates (Pop Idol/Legally Blonde), Leanne Jones (Hairspray/Molly Wobbly) and Taofique Folarin (The Lion King/Avenue Q). Stiles (music) and Drewe (book and lyrics) put their own musical twist on the retelling of this classic fairy tale.

Stiles and Drewe met at Exeter University where George was studying music and Anthony Zoology – so it’s little wonder that animals tend to feature in their musicals, which include: Honk!, Betty Blue Eyes, Just So, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and Soho Cinders.