Tony award-winning musical The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 novel of the same name, returns to the West End for a one-night-only concert celebration on 28th August at the London Palladium.
Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett with book and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, this concert production will be directed by Nick Winston (Bonnie & Clyde, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast) with music direction by Adam Hoskins (Doctor Zhivago, Camelot in Concert, Songs For A New World). Continue reading “News: The Secret Garden in concert comes to the West End for one night only”
Bray Productions Ltd have announced principal and supporting cast members that will be joining Olivier Award winner Maria Friedman in A Journey to the Past, a West End celebration of the works of the Tony Award-winning and world-renowned musical theatre writing team Ahrens & Flaherty.
The musical celebration, directed by Maria Friedman, will feature a selection of music from the writing duo’s most beloved works, including Maria Friedman reprising her Olivier Award-winning performance of ‘Back to Before’ from Ragtime. Continue reading “News: cast announced for A Journey to the Past”
The uber-exclusive (and exclusively priced) Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends – A Celebration has set its company now, with an astounding rollcall gathering to celebrate Sondheim’s legacy at the West End theatre that now bears his name. A one-night only affair on 3rd May, the show will be staged by Matthew Bourne and Maria Friedman with choreography by Stephen Mear and a 26-piece orchestra conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo.
All profits from the evening will go to the Stephen Sondheim Foundation. Continue reading “News: Sondheim’s Old Friends confirmed”
Smash hit musical Annie Get Your Gun is to be celebrated with a special one-night only concert production at the world-famous London Palladium.
2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the first ever West End production of Annie Get Your Gun. Now, fans of Irving Berlin’s hit musical will be able to witness the UK’s first ever concert production of the show at the London Palladium on Wednesday June 1.
Tickets go on sale at 10am, Thursday April 14 from www.cuffeandtaylor.com Continue reading “News: 75th UK Anniversary Concert Production of Annie Get Your Gun announced”
Sondheim finally gets to play at the Sondheim
Almost designed as an early birthday present for me, a Stephen Sondheim gala, Old Friends, has been announced. Playing at the Sondheim theatre for one night only on the 3rd May, the show promises to bring together an extraordinary collection of West End and Broadway leading light in the name of remembering his musical theatre legacy.
The cast so far includes such luminaries as Michael Ball, Petula Clark, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Evans, Bonnie Langford, Adrian Lester, Damian Lewis, Julia Mckenzie, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Paige, Clive Rowe, Imelda Staunton and Hannah Waddingham, with further names to be announced at a later date to complete a truly all-star cast. Continue reading “News: Sondheim gala Old Friends arrives in May”
Paul Foster’s concert presentation of Gypsy at Alexandra Palace has added yet more to its already exciting castlist. Ebony Molina, Rachel Stanley and Alexis Owen-Hobbs will star as the titanic trio of Electra, Mazzepa and Tessie Tura respectively. They’ll be joining the seven-fold Rose of Tracie Bennett, Nicola Hughes, Melanie La Barrie, Rebecca Lock, Keala Settle, Samantha Spiro and Sally Ann Triplett and Laura Pitt-Pulford as Louise, Carly Mercedes Dyer as June and Christopher Howell as Herbie.
Directed by Paul Foster with choreography by Joanna Goodwin and sound design by Paul Smith, the show will feature a 26-piece orchestra playing the show’s original orchestrations, conducted by Alex Parker. Book your tickets for 21st February 2022 here.
West End stars Julie Atherton and Ivano Turco are the latest names added to the bill for the exclusive one night only production of Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot in Concert at the London Palladium.
Julie Atherton (Avenue Q, Mamma Mia!, Sister Act, tick, tick… BOOM!) will play Morgan Le Fey, while Ivano Turco (Prince Charming in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella) takes the role of Mordred alongside the previously announced all-star cast of Ramin Karimloo, Bradley Jaden and Lucy St. Louis, as the legendary love triangle of King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot, in the concert production on Sunday February 6.
With just one month to go, it is also announced that joining the cast are Newtion Matthews (BKLYN) as Merlyn, and Georgi Mottram, (ITV’s Walk The Line with classical crossover group Ida Girls), as Nimue. The production will be supported with the 35-strong Trinity Laban Musical Theatre Ensemble.
Final tickets are available now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com
Not up for seeing panto but still fancy getting out of the house before Omicron burns it all down? Here’s some alternatives to pantomimes over the coming month, plus a mention for some seriously good deals on West End shows over at Seatplan
Les Misérables and The Phantom Of The Opera star John Owen-Jones will be joining fellow Welsh West End singing sensation Lucie Jones to celebrate the festive season in style at her exclusive December concerts. John – who has starred to great acclaim as both Jean Valjean and The Phantom – will appear at the Lucie Jones at Christmas concerts at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, and at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.
The intimate and exclusive shows will feature Lucie, who has just finished playing Jenna Hunterson on the UK tour of Waitress and will soon take on the iconic role of Elphaba, and John performing all their favourite Christmas songs and showtunes, accompanied by Lucie’s live band. The dates are Monday December 13 at St David’s Hall, Cardiff and Tuesday, December 14 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London.
Tickets are on sale now from www.cuffeandtaylor.com Continue reading “Some alternatives for festive shows in London, if panto ain’t your thing”
The 10th Anniversary Concert of Howard Goodall’s gorgeous musical Love Story sees a beautiful reunion for its stars Michael D Xavier and Emma Williams at Cadogan Hall
“They will dance in the puddles
And teach them these tunes”
Delayed from last year by, what else, the pandemic, this 10th Anniversary Concert of Love Story was such a gorgeous way to spend a Sunday evening. I loved Howard Goodall’s musical from the first time I heard it in the West End (and the second) and have followed it ever since, from fringe revivals in London and even to Bolton.
Director Kirk Jameson’s production elevated the show from its billed “concert” staging to something much more involved, if not necessarily the full monty. And with all the emotion and commitment shown by the musical’s original star pairing – Emma Williams and Michael D Xavier – so much of that initial magic was recaptured. Continue reading “Review: Love Story 10th Anniversary Concert, Cadogan Hall”
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Lolas Underground at The Hippodrome Casino in October, November and December 2021.
Plus Jenna Russell, Keala Settle, Shoshana Bean, and Jessica Vosk all playing Cadogan Hall.
Celebrating 2 months since re-opening, Soho’s hottest cabaret space present their September & October season of live shows, which features a whole lotta Scott Alan!
Jo Eaton-Kent, Daniele Alan-Carter, Kayleigh Atherton, Bella Bowen, Jessica Brady, Natalie Hollingworth, Megan Jobling, Alyssa Leclair, Christopher Noade, Aoife O‘Dea, Camille Rieu, India Rose, Tanya Truman and Ella Young Continue reading “News: Scott Alan pretty much takes over Crazy Coqs with his friends”