Friday, 24 October 2014

Review: Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris at the Charing Cross Theatre



Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris 
Charing Cross Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 23rd October 2014
★★★

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is a joyously simple show. A musical revue featuring the songs of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, Andrew Keates' production is stylishly staged, providing an evening of musical delight.

Sneak peek at... Jennifer DiNoia being greenified for her West End debut in Wicked

Producers of Wicked have exclusively released pictures of Jennifer DiNoia being greenified for her West End debut as Elphaba via the musical's official Twitter page. Check out some of the pictures below (click image to enlarge) and follow the links to see more snaps on Wicked's official Twitter  and Facebook pages. 

DiNoia takes over from Kerry Ellis as Elphaba in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre from Monday 27th October 2014. She plays a strictly limited 14 week engagement to Saturday 31st January 2015.

Jennifer DiNoia first joined the cast of Wicked in 2006 and has subsequently performed the role of Elphaba to huge acclaim across North America in the national tour, in both the Broadway and Chicago productions, and internationally in Seoul and Sydney. 

James McAvoy stars in The Ruling Class: further information announced

Last night it was revealed that James McAvoy will return to Jamie Lloyd's Trafalgar Transformed season to star in a revival of The Ruling Class.

Following his performance in Macbeth, which launched the first Trafalgar Transformed season and earned him an Olivier award nomination for Best Actor, McAvoy will play Jack, the 14th Earl of Gurney, in the first revival of Peter Barnes’ satirical comedy. Lloyd directs.

The production opens on 27th January (previews from 16th January) and runs until 11th April 2015. Design is by Soutra Gilmour, with lighting by Jon Clarkand sound by Ben and Max Ringham.

Full casting confirmed for West End revival of Cats

Full casting has been announced for the West End revival of Cats at the London Palladium.

Nicole Scherzinger (pictured right) makes her West End debut as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical. The show opens on 11th December (previews from 6th December).

It has now been confirmed that Antoine Murray-Straughan and Benjamin Yates will star as Rum Tum Tugger and Mungojerrie.

They join the previously announced: Cameron Ball (Macavity/Admetus), Kathryn Barnes (Tantomile), Cassie Clare (Cassandra), Ross Finnie (Skimbleshanks), Charlene Ford (Bombalurina), Stevie Hutchinson (Pouncival), Adam Lake (Alonzo), Paul F Monaghan (Bustopher Jones/Asparagus/Growl Tiger), Joel Morris (Carbucketty), Natasha Mould (Jemima), Benjamin Mundy (Coricopat), Joseph Poulton (Quaxo/Mistoffelees), Nicholas Pound (Old Deuteronomy), Sophia Ragavelas (alternate Grizabella), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum/ Griddlebone), Adam Salter (Bill Bailey), Laurie Scarth (Jennyanydots), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/White Cat), Callum Train (Munkustrap), Zizi Strallen (Demeter) and Dawn Williams (Rumpleteazer).

Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance transfers to Dominion Theatre following Palladium run

It has been announced that Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games will transfer to the Dominion Theatre following its current run at the Palladium.

The show will run for six months at the Dominion from 9th March 2015. Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games has its final performance at the Palladium this Saturday 25th October, ahead of a World Tour.

Flatley said: “It was always my dream to bring Lord Of The Dance to the West End. We have had such a wonderful reception from the audiences who have raised the roof at the Palladium every night. I am absolutely thrilled that this great cast of stars and talented dancers will make their new home at the Dominion next year."

Willemijn Verkaik & more join West End cast of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown

West End Frame Award winner Willemijn Verkaik has joined the West End cast of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown! The Dutch actress will play Paulina.

Starring the previously announced Tamsin Greig (Pepa), Haydn Gwynne (Lucia), Jerome Pradon (Ivan) and Anna Skellern (Candela), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Monday 12th January 2015 (previews from 20th December 2014). The 20 week limited run ends on Saturday 9th May 2015.

The cast will also include: Ricardo Afonso (Taxi Driver), Sarah Moyle (Pepa’s Concierge), Marianne Benedict, Haydn Oakley (Carlos) and Rebecca McKinnis (Christina).

CONFIRMED: Jason Manford stars in UK Tour of The Producers

It has been confirmed that comedian Jason Manford will star in a brand new UK Tour of The Producers. 

Based on Mel Brooks’ beloved Academy Award winning movie, The Producers is described as "a hilarious musical comedy". The show famously ran in the West End and on Broadway to tremendous acclaim, It won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards and 3 Olivier Awards. The UK Tour begins performances at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Friday 6th March 2015.

Manford said; “I’m so thrilled to be starring in my favourite musical of all time. Mel Brooks is a genius and I’m so excited to be playing the iconic role he created. The show is a riot of laughs from start to finish.”