Some musicals news from the last week

News about new musicals in Leicester and Maidstone, plus concerts in the West End and Chiswick 

The line up has been confirmed for the first concert of the series for Monday Night at the Apollo – which will be performed in front of a socially distanced audience at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue on Monday 24 May, and simultaneously livestreamed to viewers at home via the theatre discovery platform Thespie.

Aimie Atkinson (Six, Pretty Woman), Cassidy Janson (&Juliet, Beautiful), Lucie Jones (Waitress, Rent), Cedric Neal (Chess, Motown the Musical) and Julian Ovenden (South Pacific, Downton Abbey) will join on-stage for an intimate night of music and theatrical chat, featuring ovation worthy performances of songs from their favourite genres with host Greg Barnett (Miss Littlewood, Swallows and Amazons).

From 27 to 29 MayKatie Lam and Alex Parker’s AMDRAM: A Musical Comedy comes to Curve. The Great Osterley North Amateur Dramatic Society – or GONADS, as they’re known – reign supreme over the village hall. The arrival of a new contender for leading lady and a professional director throw their amateur production into chaos. A hilarious new musical about friendship, theatre and community, Am Dram will be performed by an incredible cast including Janie Dee, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Raj Ghatak, Debbie Chazen, Sharan Phull, Jordan Lee Davies and Wendy Ferguson.

The intimate concert series, Sunday Soul, will return to Chiswick Playhouse as part of the Recharged Festival. Following a successful run in December, these unmissable events are a fantastic opportunity to get up close and personal with acclaimed performers as they explore the songs that ignite their passions and feed their soul. The concerts will run from Sunday 25th May through to Sunday 27th June.

Bringing together a host of musical theatre talent, the series will showcase performances by Ellie Clayton (Magic Mike London), Ahmed Hamad (RENT), Shanay Holmes (The Bodyguard), Steph Parry (Mamma Mia! The Party), Sharon Rose (Hamilton) and Shaq Taylor (Hadestown).

New UK Musicals and Parkwood Theatres are pleased to announce the world premiere of new British musical Ordinary People.

Supported by funding from the Farnham Maltings Our Town Project, Ordinary People will be a truly unique musical experience that takes real life stories from the lives of the people of Maidstone in Kent and turns them into a truly British musical. At its heart the show explores the idea that there is nothing ordinary about ordinary people.

The musical, being written by multi-award winning UK Composer & Lyricist Darren Clark (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Wicker Husband), will premiere at Maidstone’s Hazlitt Theatre in Summer 2021 with four in-person initial performances between the 29th – 31st July. The Hazlitt was recently saved from closure during the pandemic by a successful public campaign to keep the theatre running and the show is intended to be part of the celebration of the importance of the culture in the region.

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