Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Casting announced for Pinocchio at the Greenwich Theatre

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of Neil Bartram and Brian Hill's musical adaptation of children’s story The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Directed by Bronagh Lagan, the production opens at the Greenwich Theatre on 7th August (previews from 5th August) and runs until 23rd August 2015. 

The cast includes: Christian James (pictured right) as Pinocchio, Martin Neely (Les Misérables/Mary Poppins) as Geppetto, Rachael Louise Miller (Les Misérables/Joseph) as Fairy/Storyteller, Ceris Hine (The Rocky Horror Show) as Cat/Puppet Master and James Charlton (The Light Princess) as Fox/Lampwick.

Sneak peek at... UK tour of Hairspray

Promotional images have been released for the upcoming UK Tour of HairsprayTony Maudsley stars as Edna Turnblad in the major 40-week tour which will open at Curve Theatre in Leicester this autumn. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge).

The cast also includes: Claire Sweeney as Velma Von Tussle, Peter Duncan as Wilbur Turnblad, Brenda Edwards as Motormouth Maybelle, Freya Sutton as Tracy Turnblad, Jon Tsouras as Corny Collins, Dex Lee as Seaweed, Ashley Gilmour as Link Larkin, Lauren Stroud as Amber, Monique Young as Penny, Karis Jack as Little Inez, Adam Price as Male Authority Figure, Tracey Penn as Female Authority Figure and Layton Williams as Duane. 

The Father transferring to the West End

Following acclaimed runs at the Ustinov Studio in Bath and the Tricycle Theatre in London, Florian Zeller’s Moliere play, The Father will transfer to the West End for a limited season.

Kenneth Cranham and Claire Skinner will reprise their performances in the production which opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 5th October (previews from 30th September) for a limited run until 21st November 2015. In the two weeks prior to the transfer, the production will play the Cambridge Arts Theatre between 15th and 26th September.

Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

Jersey Boys announces new UK tour cast

From Tuesday 18th August 2015, Matt Corner take over as Frankie Valli in the UK and Ireland tour of Jersey Boys. Corner currently alternates the role.

Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi and Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito will continue in their roles. Michael Pickering will join the cast to play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances.

Also joining the tour cast will be Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo, Joel Elferink as Bob Crewe, Joe Maxwell as Norm Waxman and Samantha Hull as Francine, with Ste Clough, Tom Partridge and Amy West.

Trey Parker & Matt Stone still want to do Book of Mormon movie "at some point"

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have spoken once again about wanting to make a movie version of their musical The Book of Mormon.

The show is currently running on Broadway and in the West End, whilst two productions are touring the U.S and an Australian production has been announced for 2017.

Speaking to IGN about the rumoured movie, Stone said: "We don't have any specific plans but yeah, we'd love to do it at some point."

Parker said: "It's going on in three different places in three hours and like, now there's a bunch of people in it that we've never met before. Just being able to kind of get a definitive version back together sounds like a good thing. Everything about it sounds fun, we just haven't really talked about it that much yet."

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Rob Houchen, Bradley Jaden & Liam Tamne join Boys of the Barricade line-up

Rob Houchen (Marius in Les Mis), Bradley Jaden (Enjolras in Les Mis) and Liam Tamne (Raoul in Phantom) have joined the line-up for Boys of the Barricade's debut concert at the Charing Cross Theatre on 26th July at 7pm. 

Described as "the world's first musical super group", the Boys of the Barricade line-up (all of whom have appeared in Les Miserables) includes the previously announced: Craig Mather, Kieran Brown, Andy Coxon, Simon Schofield and James Charlton.

Jonathan Dudley (Titanic) and John Addison (Ghost) will also perform in the show. Simon Bailey and Scott Garnham will make special guest appearances. Boys of the Barricade has been created by Garnham and Schofield.

Sneak peek at... Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson & Danielle Brooks in The Color Purple

Watch BuzzFeed's new video below to take a sneak peek at the Broadway revival of The Color Purple starring Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing/Sister Act), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls/American Idol) and Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black).

In the video the three performers pose for a photoshoot whilst Hudson sings 'Too Beautiful For Words' from the musical's score.

The Color Purple is directed by John Doyle who also directed The Color Purple's UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Erivo. The Color Purple opens at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on 3rd December 2015 (previews from 9th November). Oprah Winfrey is producing the production (she also produced the original 2005 Broadway production).

Union Theatre to stage UK premiere of The Spitfire Grill; casting announced

The Spitfire Grill will receive its UK premiere at the Union Theatre next month.

Directed by Alastair Knights, the production opens on 24th July (previews from 23rd July) and runs until 15th August 2015. Musical direction is from Simon Holt with choreography by Lee Crowley. 

Based on Lee David Zlotoff's 1996 film, The Spitfire Grill is by James Valcq (music & book) and Fred Alley (lyrics & book).