Friday, 22 July 2016

The Play That Goes Wrong extends West End booking & announces UK tour

The Play That Goes Wrong will launch a UK tour in 2017. 

Opening at the Theatre Royal Bath on 10th January, the production will visit 30 venues nationwide until the end of July 2017.

Venues include Newcastle Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, The Mercury Theatre Colchester, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Mayflower Theatre Southampton with more to be confirmed. 

It has also been announced that the West End production has extended its booking period at the Duchess Theatre to 10th September 2017.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review: The Fix at the Union Theatre

The Fix
Union Theatre
Reviewed on Friday 15th July 2016

John Dempsey and Dana P Rowe's musical The Fix is the first show to run in the Union Theatre's new home in Union St (directly opposite the much loved former' venue). Having premiered at the Donmar Warehouse in 1997, The Fix centres around a fictional U.S. politician who finds himself caught up with the Mafia. You would think certain themes could seem relevant today, but sadly The Fix falls flat in 2016 and is an underwhelming piece.

PICS: The Bodyguard releases new production images

New production images have been released for The Bodyguard. Check out the pictures below (click image to enlarge). Beverley Knight is reprising her performance in the musical which opened at the Dominion Theatre on 15th July 2016 and plays until 7th January 2017.

The cast also includes Ben Richards (Frank Farmer), Ben Richards (The Bodyguard), Rachel John(Nicki Marron), Carole Stennett (alternate Rachel), Mark Holden (Bill Devaney), Alex Andreas(Tony), Dominic Taylor (Sy Spector), Matthew Stathers (Stalker) and Glen Fox (Ray Court). 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Glee's Jenna Ushkowitz to star in Waitress on Broadway

Former Glee star Jenna Ushkowitz is taking over as Dawn in Waitress on Broadway.

Ushkowitz replaces Kimiko Glenn on 29th July. Glenn is taking a leave of absence from the show, her return date has not been confirmed. 

Running at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Waitress stars Jessie Mueller with the cast also including Keala Settle, Nick Cordero, Drew Gehling, Dakin Matthews, Eric Anderson, Christopher Fitzgerald, Thay Floyd, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Ragan Pharris and Ryan Vasquez.

Fiddler on the Roof announces Broadway closure

The Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof will close later this year.

The musical will play its final performance at the Broadway Theatre on 31st December. Having opened in December 2015, the revival will have played 34 previews and 464 regular performances.

Directed by Bartlett Sher, the cast currently includes Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Jenny Rose Baker, Michael C. Bernardi, Adam Dannheisser, Hayley Feinstein, Mitch Greenberg, Adam Grupper, Adam Kantor, Karl Kenzler, Alix Korey, Jesse Kovarsky, Samantha Massell, Melanie Moore, George Psomas, Ben Rappaport, Nick Rehberger, Jeffrey Schecter, Alexandra Silber, Jessica Vosk, Lori Wilner, Aaron Young and Jennifer Zetlan.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Emma Kingston returns to In The Heights as emergency cover Vanessa

Tonight Emma Kingston is returning to In The Heights to play Vanessa due to a shortage of cast members. 

Kingston originated the role in the musical's UK premiere at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014. This will be the first time she's played Vanessa at the King's Cross Theatre. 

Kingston recently left the West End production of Les Miserables where she understudied Éponine. Christine Allado currently plays Vanessa.

In The Heights is currently booking at the King's Cross Theatre to 30th October 2016. The musical has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

The London production, which premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in 2014 before transferring to the King's Cross Theatre the following year, is directed by Luke Sheppard with choreography by Drew McOnie and musical supervision by Tom Deering. 

VIDEO: Watch Dreamgirls star Amber Riley sing 'I Am Changing'

Producers of Dreamgirls have released a video of Amber Riley performing 'I Am Changing' ahead of the musical's West End premiere in December. 

The video also sees Riley discussing the role of Effie White with the production's director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw. Watch below!

Dreamgirls opens at the Savoy Theatre on 14th December 2016 (previews from 19th November). The cast also also includes Ibinabo Jack as Lorrell Robinson, Liisi LaFontaine as Deena Jones, Nicholas Bailey as Marty, Adam J. Bernard as Jimmy Early, Tyrone Huntley as C.C. White and Joe Aaron Reid as Curtis Taylor Jr. Ruth Brown and Karen Mav will alternate the role of Effie at performances when Riley is not scheduled to perform.

Casting announced for Children of Eden at the Union Theatre

Casting has been announced for Children of Eden which is being revived at the Union Theatre, 25 years after its original West End production.

Directed by Christian DurhamChildren of Eden will open on 12th August (previews from 10th August) for a limited run to 10th September 2016.

Natasha O'Brien will star as Eve/Mama with Stephen Barry as Adam/Noah. Completing the cast are Joey Dexter as Father, Samantha Giffard as Aysha, Guy Woolf as Cain/Japeth, Nikita Johal as Yonah, Susie Chaytow as Aphra, Daniel Miles as Abel/Ham, Kris Marc-Joseph as Seth/Shem, Verity Burgess as Storyteller and Gabriel Mokake as Snake.

Check out our interviews with West End stars