Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Interview: Daniel Koek - "I’m sure Les Mis isn't a closed chapter for me..."

Daniel Koek most recently starred as Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre.

His theatre credits also include: Joseph Cable in South Pacific (Barbican/UK Tour/Sydney Opera House/ Australian Tour), Anatoly in Chess (Tour), Tony in West Side Story (50th Anniversary Tour). He has also appeared in Saturday Night Fever, Jason And The Argonauts and Pacific Overtures.

Following his departure from Les Mis, Dan has released his second studio album which is entitled High. Tracks include 'Bring Him Home', 'Oceano' and 'February Song' as well as duets with Jonathan Ansell and his former Les Mis co-star Carrie Hope Fletcher.

Have you been keen to do a second album for a while?
Yes, definitely. The last album was done over five years ago and it was more musical theatre material to coincide with me playing Tony in West Side Story. Obviously I’m very proud of it, but the new album is more of a commercial venture in keeping with the aim of becoming a recording artist which is the next step I want to take in my career.

Godspell Tour announces open auditions

It was recently announced that, following its recent West End staging, Godspell in Concert will tour the UK next Sprig. 

Producers secured the rights for the new Broadway Revival production which had never been performed outside of the USA. The show features new orchestrations by Michael Holland and additional lyrics from Stephen Schwartz.

In the show a cast of 10 principles will be supported by a small ensemble and a choir in each venue. Open auditions have been announced. Producers are looking for a small number of "incredible" singers/vocalists to join the cast as principles. The open casting call says:

Bush Theatre announces 2015 Spring/Summer season

The Bush Theatre has announced its new season which will consist of four new plays, each of which deals in a different way with a struggle for justice.

Madani Younis (Artistic Director of the Bush, pictured right) said: "In programming our 2015 season, we were of course confronted by the general election. All of the plays in this season are not only outstanding pieces of new writing, but they also challenge significant injustices in our society. 

"Through this work I want to question individuals’ relationships to the state and a nation’s ability to change the way it looks at itself.

"There are parallels within our industry too. I want theatre to be a just environment; our industry to be an equitable space. I believe our diverse programme and our team reflects society. It’s an attitude we live by."

In 2014 the Bush Theatre was awarded an ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights) 50/50 Applause Award for programming a season with at least 50% female playwrights – the Bush was the only UK theatre to receive the award. This new season again sees 50% of the work on stage written by women.

Tom Conti reprises performance in Twelve Angry Men

He's back! Tom Conti (pictured right) is set to reprise his performance in Twelve Angry Men.

Following his stint in the West End production, Conti will lead the cast of the production when it tours the UK next year! He  stars as Juror number 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda. 

The Olivier Award Winner, Tony Award Winner, Variety Award Winner, and Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee is one of the most respected and celebrated actors of his generation.

Unforgettable as the leading man in hit films such as Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Shirley Valentine, he has also appeared as myriad different characters on both the big and small screens as well as on stage. 

Conti's recent movies include The Dark Knight Rises and Street Dance. He and Dame Judi Dench were recently jointly voted the Most Popular Actors in the West End in the last 25 years. 

GOSSIP: Wicked movie still years away

Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba
Speaking to Coming Soon, producer Marc Platt has revealed that the Wicked movie is "still a number of years down the line".

He said: "The movie of Wicked is still a number of years down the line. We've just started its development, because the show's still so strong with eight or nine companies around the world. That's coming in the future. 

"That's why I haven't been in a hurry, because it works so well on stage and audiences are enjoying it. It's not a timely story, it's a timeless story, so I've been very sanguine to let folks explore it theatrically and when we're ready we'll make a movie."

On stage Wicked has already been seen by more than 42 million people worldwide and grossed an excess of $3.4 billion at the Box Office. It has won 100 international awards.

Idina Menzel crashes website with international tour announcement!

Yesterday (24th November), when Idina Menzel announced dates for her 2015 international tour, social media went into meltdown and her official website crashed. 

The Broadway superstar only announced the North American dates of her global tour. International dates will be announced "soon" (we will keep you posted!). 

Menzel will kick off the U.S. leg of her tour on 7th July 2015 in Richmond, VA at the Altria Theater. She will then visit cities including New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles where she plays her final performance at the Hollywood Bowl on 3rd October. Click here for full dates.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see Slightly Fat Features in VARIETY SOUP at the Leicester Square Theatre

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