Some early October musical news

Put A Pin In It Productions (a new Brighton based production company with a big heart and big ambition) brings a not-to-be-missed show to The Old Market in Hove this autumn. Voices of Today and Tomorrow is a musical show tunes event with a difference – partnering established West End stars with talented newcomers who are already making waves on the fringe of the industry and are sure-fire stars of tomorrow!

Jodie Steele, Luke Bayer, Maiya Quansah-Breed, Joanne Harper and Alexandra Doar plus Brighton-born Alex James Ellison, creator of the hit musical, FIVER, are set to appear live in concert alongside some of the UK’s most promising up-and-coming talent in the musical theatre industry, including Frankie Davison, Eleanor Lakin, Daniel Walford, Katie Ramshaw and Amie Shouler.

For one night only, the iconic musical Gypsy will play a concert performance at Alexandra Palace Theatre. The evening will feature seven leading ladies sharing the role of Rose. The seven actresses sharing the role are Tracie Bennett, Nicola Hughes, Melanie La Barrie, Rebecca Lock, Keala Settle, Samantha Spiro and Sally Ann Triplett.

Directed by Paul Foster, Gypsy will feature choreography by Joanna Goodwin, sound design by Paul Smith and will be accompanied by a 26-piece orchestra conducted by Alex Parker, playing the show’s original orchestration. 

Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed production of ‘Rent’, Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in association with Ameena Hamid Productions has announces the cast for a radical new version of the 70s musical The Wiz: The Super Soul Musical “Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. Directed by Matthew Xia, The Wiz is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz reflecting contemporary
African-American culture.The cast features Cherelle Wiliams as Dorothy; Tarik Frimpong as Scarecrow; Llewellyn Graham as Tin Man;
Jonathan Andre as Lion; Cameron Bernard Jones as The Wiz; Anelisa Lamola as Addaperle; Bree Smith as Aunt Em & Glinda; Kofi Dennis as Lord High and  Ashh Blackwood as Evillene, alongside an ensemble of Andile Mabhena, Shayna McPherson, Dylan Gordon-Jones, Samantha Shuma and Marisha Morgan.

Creative team: Director Matthew Xia; Musical Supervisor and Orchestrations Sean Green; Musical Director Ehsaan Shivarani; Choreographer Leah Hill; Design Simon Kenny; Associate Costume Design Maybelle Laye; Lighting Design Simisola Majekodunmi; Sound Design Tony Gayle; Casting Director Ryan Carter; Casting Mentor Anne Vosser.

The Wiz will run from Wednesday 24 November 2021 to Sunday 16  January 2022.

The Hope Mill production of Little Women runs at the Park Theatre from 11 November to 19 December, directed by Bronagh Lagan. With book and lyrics by Allan Knee and Mindi Dickstein as well as music by Jason Howland. the piece has set and costume design by Nik Corrall, musical direction by Leo Munby, orchestrations by Andy Collyer, choreography by Sarah Golding, lighting design by Ben M Rogers, sound design by Paul Gavin and casting by Jane Deitch.

Appearing will be Ryan Bennett as Professor Bhaer, Hana Ichijo as Meg, Sev Keoshgerian as Laurie, Anastasia Martin as Beth, Mary Moore as Amy, Bernadine Pritchett as Aunt March, Brian Protheroe as Mr Lawrence, Lejaun Sheppard as John Brooke, Savannah Stevenson as Marmee and Lydia White as Jo. Also in the company is Liv Andrusier.

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