The full cast has been announced for this summer's return of the Open Air Theatre's Olivier Award-winning revival of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR. In addition to the previously announced Declan Bennett, Tyrone Huntley and Peter Caulfield - all reprising their performances as Jesus, Judas, Pilate and Herod, respectively - who's back and who's new?
#StageFaves Perry O'Bree and Terri Paddock attended the West End premiere of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, starring Broadway superstar Audra McDonald making her West End debut. After the show, Perry talked to the six-time Tony Award winner about playing Billie Holliday and what she has in common with chihuahua co-star Tilly...
Forget Glastonbury, this weekend the only place to be was WEST END LIVE with amazing performances from all of our favourite shows! We’re rounded up 20 of our favourite tweets from performers and shows that capture some of the magic! You can find our full social media coverage, features and more on our dedicated WEST END LIVE page.
How do you measure success when it comes to one of Europe's largest free performing arts festivals? Check out these stats for West End Live, both in terms of what happened in Trafalgar Square, and how the event became a top trending topic across both Twitter and Facebook. We think the organisers definitely #GetSocial!
Who'd our vlogger Perry O'Bree catch up with at West End Live? Watch all his backstage video interviews from both days with West End stars including Ben Forster, Jade Ewen, Danny Mac, Cassidy Janson, Marisha Wallace, Kerry Ellis, Rachel Tucker, Tyrone Huntley, John Partridge (in drag!), Lucie Jones, Jason Manford and many others from Aladdin, An American in Paris, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia!, Five Guys Named Moe, On the Town, The Lion King, Everybody Loves Jamie, Half a Sixpence and The Wind in the Willows - to name a few!
Disney knows a thing or two about getting people talking - and sharing. We loved their use of social media at West End Live this year. In the Disney hut, fans were encouraged to get pics of themselves with props and costumes from Disney's two current West End hits, ALADDIN and THE LION KING, both of which performed at this weekend's festival....
Did you make it back for Day Two of West End Live 2017 (25 June) in Trafalgar Square? In addition to several more top productions, fans were treated by special performances from West End stars as they may not have seen or heard them before, including Rachel Tucker, Kerry Ellis, Matt Cardle, Marisha Wallace, Ben Forster, Willemijn Verkaik, Trevor Dion Nicholas, Lucie Jones and John Partridge (in drag). Watch video highlights of Day Two below...
Illustrator Andy Robinson's 'inky mission' is to see as many shows as possible and try to capture them within an ink drawing - which he does with extraordinary flair, each creation a real work of art in itself. Over this weekend's #WestEndLive, he set himself an even more gargantuan task - capture ALL of the shows in one drawing before the end of the two-day event. See how he got on...
We took an awful lot of photos ourselves at West End Live this year, and we looked at thousands more over the weekend. But as #WestEndLive trended globally, there was one snapper whose pics we were continually favouriting: Ollie Cole (a.k.a. @ProducerOllie). Check out some of his Twitter collections of your #StageFaves below...
With all the #StageFaves super-stars treading the boards at West End Live, the 'real stars' were positioned just offstage. The British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters, and in particular bearded super-mover 'Jack' during performances of Dreamgirls, Motown and Thriller Live, won over scores of fans on social media. See them in action here...
Were you in the sea of theatre fans on Day One of West End Live 2017 (24 June) in Trafalgar Square? How many of these incredible performances - including Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Kinky Boots, Half a Sixpence, Les Miserables, Wicked and a first London look at Everybody's Talking About Jamie - did you catch? Watch anew or watch again (and again) with our video list in order of appearance. They never get old. Ready for Day Two?
All the #StageFaves in the company of Committee...A New Musical are gearing up for their first preview this weekend, so we're pleased to be able to share this video clip of them rehearsing the song 'We Want To Learn'. Hadley Fraser, Josie Rourke and composer Tom Deering have transformed part of an inquiry into ‘The collapse of Kids Company’ in to a brand-new musical which looks very interesting indeed.
It is 65 years since Eva Perón died so what better way to celebrate her legacy than by welcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita back into the West End for 12 weeks this summer. Leading the cast are #StageFaves Emma Hatton and the Italian Gian Marco Schiaretti.
Proving that there's life beyond Strictly, reigning Strictly Come Dancing champion Joanne Clifton has been announced as Alex Owens in a new production of Flashdance – The Musical, co-starring singer-songwriter Ben Adams, which will tour the UK in 2017 and 2018.
There may be Five Guys Named Moe but there's more than five #StageFaves in the newly-announced cast for the new production of Clarke Peters’ Olivier Award-winning and Tony-Award nominated musical. A trailer has also been released for the production will open on 14 September 2017, giving us a sneak peek of the new temporary theatre in Marble Arch, London where the show will run.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O'Bree attending the official world premiere (on 20 June 2017) of BAT OUT OF HELL at the London Coliseum. Which rock 'n' roll celebrities did he meet on the red carpet and at the after-party? (Here's a hint. The names include: McFly's Tom Fletcher, Craig Revel Horwood, Steps' Lisa Scott Lee and Faye Tozer, Arlene Phillips, Richard Fleeshman, Nathan Amzi and, well, tons of the cast and creatives!)
Whose #StageFaves diary would you like to get a peek into? Fortunately for them, their secrets are safe as it is Adrian Mole's diary that now has a cast full of brilliant #StageFaves attached to it, as the Menier Chocolate Factory have announced the full company for their brand new production of Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 – The Musical which opens in Adrian’s 50th birthday year.
They told us to #keeptalkingaboutJamie and our wishes would come true... It’s not every press release that begins with a fairy tale, still less one that actually comes true. But thanks to Jamie Campbell, Firecracker Films, Michael Ball, Sheffield Theatres and Nica Burns, a new British musical by a new British theatre writing and directing team, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie opens at the Apollo Theatre on Wednesday 22 November 2017.
Stephen Schwartz's Working opened to great reviews at the Southwark Playhouse and so they've given us a real #StageFaves treat in the forming of a brand new trailer. Now let's get to work watching it...
The mark of true #StageFaves is that not only are they great performers onstage, but that they are also great people offstage. So it is amazing to see how many performers have answered the call from Giles Terera and Danielle Tarento to join Songs and Solidarity on Sunday 25th June. Taking place at Trafalgar Studios 1 at 7.30pm, Songs and Solidarity is a West End fundraising gala evening of song, dance and comedy for the hundreds of families made homeless and the relatives of those who lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire.