Friday, 9 October 2015

Big Interview: Sophie Evans

Sophie Evans is preparing to star as Erin the Goddess in Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games at the Playhouse Theatre.

Following its West End runs at the London Palladium and Dominion Theatre, Michael Flatley’s show is returning to London for a third season. Sophie is sharing the role, which was previously played by Nadine Coyle, with former The Voice UK contestant Rachael O’Connor.

In 2010 Sophie entered Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Over The Rainbow competition which was broadcast to millions of viewers on BBC1. After finishing second, Sophie went on to alternate the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium and subsequently took over the role full time.

Sophie has since embarked on a diverse career, making concert appearances all around the UK. On screen Sophie played Becky Salt alongside Simon Pegg in The World's End and appeared in Matthew Warchus' film Pride. She recently returned to the London stage, starring in You Won't Succeed on Broadway if You Don't Have Any Jews at the St James Theatre.

I recently spoke to Sophie about why she’s excited to be joining Lord of the Dance, whether she has a talent for Irish dancing and why Over The Rainbow feels like a lifetime ago…

How much did you know about Lord of the Dance before being asked to join the show? Had you ever seen it?
No, I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really know anything about the show! I thought it was just dancing – but obviously it’s a lot more than that! There’s a lot more going on, there’s a storyline. I looked into it to see if it was something I would be interested in… and it was!

Open auditions announced for The Lion King

Disney’s musical The Lion King will be holding open auditions in London for roles in the West End production which is celebrating 16 years at the Lyceum Theatre. 

Auditions for male and female singers will take place on Saturday 7th November at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, while auditions for male and female dancers will take place on Saturday 21st November at Moonshot Centre, New Cross. 

Morning registration is at 10am and it is advised that auditionees arrive early. The afternoon registration is at 1.30pm.

Full casting announced for Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan

Evelyn Hoskins
Full casting has been announced for Stiles and Drewe's musical adaptation of Peter Pan.

The show is being staged in the West End for two performances only on 25th October 2015 at the Adelphi Theatre (home of Kinky Boots). 

As previously announced, the show will star Ray Quinn (Grease/Legally Blonde) as the title character, Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street/The Chase) as Captain Hook, Jenna Russell (Songs For A New World/Merrily We Roll Along) as Mrs Darling and Sheila Hancock (Sister Act/Cabaret) as The Storyteller.

PICS: Les Miserables 30th birthday gala

Last night (8th October), Les Misérables celebrated its 30th anniversary with a very special gala performance at the Queen’s Theatre in aid of the Save The Children Syria Children’s Appeal. 

To celebrate this milestone, the production's current cast were joined onstage by members of the original company and various Les Mis icons including Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Patti LuPone, Frances Ruffelle, John Owen-Jones and Gerónimo Rauch in a special finale.

Check out images from the special performance below:

Casting announced Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax at the Old Vic

Casting has been announced for David Greig’s adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax.

Directed by Max Webster, the show opens at the Old Vic on 16th December 2015 (previews from 3rd December) and runs until 16th January 2016. 

The Lorax is directed by Max Webster with choreography by Drew McOnie and music by Charlie Fink.

Simon Lipkin (Rock Of Ages/Assassins) will play the role of the Lorax, alongside puppeteers Laura Cubitt and Ben Thompson, whilst Simon Paisley Day (Urinetown) takes the role of the Once-ler.

Album Review: The Light Princess Original Cast Recording

The Light Princess (Original Cast Recording)
Mercury Classics
Released on Friday 9th October 2015

Marking two years since Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson's musical The Light Princess premiered at the National Theatre, Amos has reunited the original company to release a cast album. I have fond memories of being swept away by the production; not only was it visually breathtaking and courageously creative, but I adored Amos' score which captures the beauty of the sweetest fairy tale as well as the pain of the darkest nightmare.

Julian Ovenden to star in live ITV broadcast of The Sound Of Music

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has announced that Julian Ovenden will play Captain Von Trapp in ITV’s live broadcast of The Sound Of Music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. 

Directed by Coky Giedroyc, the show will be filmed on a sound stage and broadcast live over Christmas. Bamigboye reports that the cast will also film a pre-recorded version in case anything goes wrong on the night.

ITV's live broadcast of The Sound of Musical follows NBC's The Sound of Music Live in 2013 which starred Carrie Underwood as Maria von Trapp, Stephen Moyer as Captain Georg von Trapp and Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess, attracting 18.62 million live viewers.

National Theatre's People, Places And Things transferring to the West End?

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye has announced that Duncan Macmillan’s play People, Places And Things will transfer to the West End following its sold out run at the National's Dorfman Theatre.

Denise Gough is set to reprise her acclaimed performance, with further casting to be announced.

Performances will reportedly begin at the Wyndham’s Theatre in March following Hangman's run. Directed by Jeremy Herrin, People, Places And Things runs at the National Theatre until November.

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