Tuesday, 24 November 2015

WOWZERS! Watch Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson sing 'The Color Purple' live

This morning (24th November) Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson were guests on Good Morning America to perform the title song from The Color Purple. The duo are both currently making their Broadway debuts in the musical which is in previews ahead of opening night on 10th December. Watch their roof-raising performance below!

Starring alongside Erivo and Hudson as Celie and Shug Avery are Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie) and Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo). The show is directed by John Doyle who also directed The Color Purple's UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Erivo. 

Kay Murphy, Matthew Croke & Sophie Linder-Lee set for 'We Are Stagey Like That'

Marking the final Sunday In The Arts With... of 2015, this Sunday (29th November) Anthony Williamson and Emma Ralston will present and star in We Are Stagey Like That at Above The Arts Theatre. 

The concert will celebrate "the best of what has been a hilariously stagey year". Performing alongside Williamson and Ralston will be Kay Murphy (Xanadu/Matilda), Matthew Croke (Funny Girl/Wicked) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Rocky Horror/Wicked).

Review: The Divided Laing at the Arcola Theatre

The Divided Laing
Arcola Theatre
Reviewed on Monday 23rd November 2015

Kingsley Hall in London’s East End must have been an interesting place in the late 1960s. It was there that Dr R D Laing established a commune-like psychiatric facility that rejected contemporary treatments of the mentally ill in favour of a more radical, more humane approach. Instead of electric shocks, insulin comas and lobotomisation, Laing wanted to provide a place where people were “free to explore their psychic being unhindered” or, in layman’s terms, “free to flip out and go crazy”.

Review: The Homecoming at Trafalgar Studios

The Homecoming 
Trafalgar Studios
Reviewed on Monday 23rd November 2015

It has been ten months since a new Jamie Lloyd production opened at Trafalgar Studios, and it wasn't until last night that I realised just how much his work has been missed in the West End. We've seen a variety of plays open their doors to West End audiences in recent months, but nothing as bold or dangerous as Lloyd's revival of The Homecoming by Harold Pinter.

Steve Punt, Charlie Condou & Philip Franks to star as Narrator in Rocky Horror

It has been announced that Steve Punt, Charlie Condou and Philip Franks will star as the Narrator in The Rocky Horror Show 2015-16 UK tour 2015/2016. 

The tour opens at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 17th December 2015 before visiting Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sunderland, Wimbledon, Torquay, Edinburgh, York, Aylesbury, Richmond, Stoke-on-Trent, Woking, Bristol and Glasgow.

The full cast includes: Liam Tamne as Frank N Furter, Paul Cattermole as Eddie/Dr. Scott, Ben Freeman as Brad, Diana Vickers as Janet, Kristian Lavercombe as Riff Raff, Dominic Andersen as Rocky, Sophie Linder-Lee as Columbia and Kay Murphy as Magenta. Completing the cast are Will Knights, Ben Kerr, Hannah Malekzad, Lauren Ingram and Zachary Morris.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined to release cast recording

It has been revealed that the West End cast of Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined are in the studio recording a cast album. 

Following its UK premiere at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Close To You transferred to the Criterion Theatre in October where it is currently booking until Valentine’s Day on 14th February 2016. Featuring new arrangements of Burt Bacharach’s songbook, Close To You broke box office records at the Criterion with the biggest advance in the venue’s history.

Kyle Riabko, who co-created the show with David Lane Seltzer, leads the cast. Direction is by Steven Hoggett. The cast also includes: Daniel Bailen, Greg Coulson, Anastacia McCleskey, Stephanie McKeon, Renato Paris and James Williams.

Nathan Amzi returning to In The Heights

Nathan Amzi is returning to In The Heights for a limited two-week run.

Amzi will reprise his performance as Piragua Guy, performing in place of Vas Constanti, from Monday 21st December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016. 

Amzi originated the role in the London production which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014. 

In The Heights recently extended its run at King’s Cross Theatre for a second time, now booking for an additional 3 months until Sunday 10th April 2016.

Bernadette Peters announces UK solo concerts

Broadway legend Bernadette Peters is returning to the UK to play her first solo concerts in over 15 years.

Peters will perform at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Friday 3rd June 2016 and Opera House in Manchester on Sunday 5th June 2016.

The Grammy and Emmy Award nominee will perform timeless, signature songs from the multitude of iconic shows in which she has played some of her greatest stage roles, including Gypsy, Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George.

Renowned around the world as one of the foremost interpreters of Sondheim, Peters starred in the original Broadway productions of Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George and headlined the recent Broadway revivals of A Little Night Music and Follies.

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