Musical news aplenty

Following its opening at the Watermill Theatre, a critically acclaimed sell-out tour in 2019, a highly successful Christmas season at The Other Palace in 2019, a Grammy nomination and 3 Olivier Award nominations, Amélie The Musical arrives in the heart of the West End this summer. Following the government roadmap announcement, tickets are on sale now for a socially distanced audience at the Criterion Theatre from Thursday 20 May. Olivier-nominee Audrey Brisson (The Elephantom, Pinocchio and Pericles (National Theatre), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Kneehigh), and The Grinning Man
(Bristol Old Vic)), will return to the role of ‘Amélie’.

The five–time Oscar®-nominated film will be brought to life once again by a cast of actor-musicians and set to a critically acclaimed re-orchestrated score. With music by Hem’s Daniel Messé, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and Daniel Messé and book by Craig Lucas, Amélie The Musical is directed by Michael Fentiman. The full cast includes Sioned Saunders as Gina, Flora Spencer-Longhurst as Georgette, Rachel Dawson as Amandine/Philomene, Oliver Grant as Lucien/Mysterious Man, Chris Jared as Nino Quincampoix, Caolan McCarthy as Hippolito/Elton John, Samuel Morgan-Grahame as Joseph/Fluffy, Kate Robson-Stuart as Suzanne, Jack Quarton as Blind Beggar, Jez Unwin as Raphael/Bretodeau and Johnson Willis as Collignon/Dufayel. Nuwan Hugh Perera, Miiya Alexandra, Robyn Sinclair and Matthew James Hinchliffe complete the ensemble.

Casting has been announced for the UK premiere of A Killer Party which will be released as a series of 9 episodes to watch on-demand, at home or on the go. Please note, the dates have now changed from the previous announcement to 26 April – 23 May.

The cast includes Oscar Conlon-Morrey (Only Fools and HorsesNativity The Musical) as Shea Crescendo, Debbie Kurup (The Prince of Egypt, Sweet Charity) as Vivika Orsonwelles, renowned comedian, actor and presenter Jason Manford (Curtains, Sweeney Todd, The Producers)  as Varthur McArthur, Cedric Neal (The VoiceMotown The Musical) as George Murderer, Amara Okareke (Les MisérablesThe Boyfriend) as Lily Wright, Lucas Rush (The Merry Wives of WindsorLes Misérables) as Clarke Staples, Emma Salvo (Come From AwayThe Toxic Avenger)  as Justine Case, Ashley Samuels (Motown The MusicalThe Book of Mormon) as Cameron Mitchelljohn, Harriet Thorpe (Wicked, Les Misérables) as Detective Case and Rachel Tucker (Come From AwaySongs From a New World) as Joan McArthur.

The show has been adapted for UK audiences and will be directed by Benji Sperring with book by Rachel Axler and Kait Kerrigan, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Nathan Tysen. The show is produced by Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment, Tanisha Spring for Blue Mahoe Productions and Ilai Szpiezak for Upstage Creative.

The full cast has been announced for the online version of I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, streaming on demand via the King’s Head Theatre’s website from April 22nd. Stars of the sell-out 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run, Charlotte O’Rourke (Mamma Mia!) and Charlotte Anne Steen (Bat Out of Hell), are joined by Luke Bayer (Alternate Jamie in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie) and Lucas Rush (Rock of AgesJesus Christ Superstar). 

This brand new online version will premiere on April 22 as part of the King’s Head Theatre’s digital season, Plays On Film. With music and lyrics from iTunes comedy album chart-topper Alexander S. Bermange and direction / choreography from Chris Whittaker (Sing Yer Heart Out for the Lads, National Theatre), I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical is a thoroughly entertaining hour of awful auditions, debilitating dance routines and backstage backstabbing – as well as the magical moments that make it all worthwhile.

Full casting has been announced for You Are Here at Southwark Playhouse, opening on 17 May 2021 and running until 12 June. The cast will feature the previously announced Wendi Peters alongside Rebecca Lock, Phil Adéle and Jordan Frazier.

With music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill, You Are Here is the UK premiere of an intimate, hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical that will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit.

This is a live, in-person performance running for four weeks. There will be two live-streamed performances on Saturday, 22 May at 3pm an 7.30pm (captions available for the matinee performance).

Southwark Playhouse has also announced a new live stream show, Dave Malloy’s Preludes – which will be streamed live from The Little on 7 and 8 May 2021. Preludes previously ran in The Large in autumn 2019 to critical acclaim. This production is a concert version featuring the same cast.

Directed by Alex Sutton and produced by Danielle Tarento, the cast is Rebecca Caine, Norton James, Georgia Louise, Tom Noyes, Keith Ramsay and Steven Serlin. Three-time Tony Award-nominated composer Dave Malloy has written a brand new song, which will receive its world premiere performance in this concert production

Following the success of Youtube series Soft Sessions, a group of major West End performers are to appear in Soft Sessions Live In Concert, an intimate  performance that takes Musical Theatre artists out of their comfort zones and pushes boundaries. It streams at 7.30pm on from 23 April  – 2 May.
Appearing in the concert together, recorded at Woolwich Warehouse, are: Grace Mouat (‘Hair’, ‘& Juliet’, ‘SIX’); Jake Halsey-Jones (‘Hamilton’); Courtney Stapleton (‘Dear Evan Hansen’, ‘SIX’); Martha Kirby (‘Grease’, ‘Bat Out of Hell’); Danielle Fiamanya (‘The Color Purple’, ‘& Juliet’, ‘Frozen’) and Eloise Davies (‘Grease’, ‘Be More Chill’).

The hilarious Off-Broadway hit musical Disenchanted will get a showstopping West End digital revival, as leading ladies of the stage transform into well-known and much-loved princesses… with a twist! Starring Jodie Steele, Sophie Isaacs, Grace Mouat, Millie O’Connell and more, these incredible women are coming together for pure unadulterated, fantastical fairy tale escapism. The production will be available to stream for a limited run via Stream.Theatre from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th April.

Revamping the tales of ‘happily ever after’ in an empowering all-female musical romp, Disenchanted unites a band of not-so-merry princesses, keen to rewrite their tales as old as time. Further casting includes Courtney Bowman, Natalie Chua, Allie Daniel, Shanay Holmes, Aisha Jawando, and Jenny O’Leary.

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