Round-up of news and treats and other interesting things

So much news, about so many exciting women, that I had to put together a second bulletin for this week…

Chief among them is the confirmation of Marianne Elliott’s reworking of Company, featuring the return of the glorious Patti LuPone to the London stage, playing Joanne to Rosalie Craig’s gender-swapped Bobbi. Initial reports suggest less of an interesting queering of the material and more of a straight gender-flip but it still seems set to be a highlight of next autumn.

(c) Dan Kennedy

Not content with taking the theatre world by storm (I can’t wait to see her in Mack and Mabel this weekend), Natasha J Barnes is now setting her sights on the music biz with the release of her debut single ‘Supermodel‘, ahead of an album Real, due early next year, and a cracker of a song it is too. I love that she’s exploring original music with this project too.


Also looking to break the charts are the Leading Ladies, a musicals supergroup made up of Beverley Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley, who have put together an album of musical theatre standards just in time for Christmas! Here’s an interview with them:


And to balance all that feminine energy, here’s some shameless publicity pics for the tour of Sunset Boulevard that has just started in Leicester.

(c) Manuel Harlan

Other people wearing clothes also appear in the show.

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