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Check here for the latest musical news with links to all your #StageFaves performers, shows and theatres. Also look out for our regular #GetSocial features and contributions from our syndicate media partners including MyTheatreMates.com and the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society.

18 Aug
2017

This week, #StageFaves vlogger Shalana Serafina gives us a glimpse of backstage life at Upstairs at the Gatehouse as they prepare for the opening night of 5,6,7,8 - a Steps Musical.

17 Aug
2017

StageFaves founder Terri Paddock hosted a panel debate this week to help open the fifth annual From Page to Stage festival of new musicals, in its new home at The Other Palace. Listen to the podcast, with a panel including Aria Entertainment impresario Katy Lipson and The Diary of Adrian Mole co-writer Jake Brunger, here...

17 Aug
2017

It's official - we've found your new favourite musical at the Fringe! PROM KWEEN is taking Edinburgh by storm this August, selling to packed out, party-ready crowds at Underbelly Cowgate and even winning The Stage award for Best Ensemble. This camp, funny and touching show about the true story of a non-binary teenager who ran for Prom Queen (and won!) is stealing hearts and changing minds every night at 8:35pm. We chatted to Rebecca Humphries wrote the show and is also in it, about why she wanted to tell this story, how she decided to tackle the issue of gender in a time where everyone seems to have an opinion on it, and how she made the show so FABULOUS Darling!

17 Aug
2017

From West-End shows to major tours; UK premiers to exciting new musicals, George Rae has certainly been around the block when it comes to Musical Theatre in the UK, but now for the first time, he's heading across the pond! For one night only next February 2018, George will perform “Life is a Caba-RAE: A Scot in New York!” sharing poignant songs and interesting anecdotes from his incredible career with a host of Tony and Olivier award winning special guests! George sent over a special vlog to tell us more about what he has planned for the show at the legendary Feinstein's 54 Below. We wish we lived in NYC!!

16 Aug
2017

Join the Tribe! Andy Coxon, who finishes this weekend in Yank!, leads the 50th-anniversary revival of HAIR as hippy Berger, alongside original Manchester cast members Robert Metson and Laura Johnson as Claude and Sheila. Who else has been cast?

15 Aug
2017

We reckon it's going to be one of the biggest shows of the season, but the National Theatre's run of FOLLIES has just become even more exciting! On Tuesday 22 August, the man himself, Stephen Sondheim will chat to Jeremy Sams about the legendary musical, chocked full of StageFaves from Imelda Staunton to Janie Dee. It's in the Dorfman so tickets are extremely limited, but you can enter a ballot to win the chance to get them...sign us up right now!

15 Aug
2017

They're our favourite all-female long-form Musical Theatre troupe (it's a pretty specific niche, right?) and they're taking the fringe by storm! The lovely ladies of NOTFLIX are selling out every show of their Edinburgh run and not only that, they've just announced an extra-special performance! On Friday 18 August at 6pm, the girlgang will be taking to the stage at the Gilded Balloon's Debating Hall for their biggest show to date! Armed with a set of microphones and full band to back them up, the women of the hour will improvise a full one-hour musical before your very eyes...

15 Aug
2017

The fabulous Ryan Carter isn't just a brilliant performer. The StageFaves superstar, currently raising the roof in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL also runs creative company Ryca Creative who are currently rehearsing for an exciting new event, a new type of Musical Theatre cabaret - 'RyCa : Refresh' - on 20 August...

12 Aug
2017

We last saw earlier this year in Sonheim's THE FROGS at the Jermyn Street Theatre and now the Scottish #StageFave is heading across the pond to the great white way for one night only! Next February, George Rae will perform at Broadway's supper club Feinstein's 5/4 Below, sharing stories and singing songs from his 17-year musical theatre career and beyond. He's already announced a host of special guests, from Olivier-winners to Amrican touring superstars, so to all you Broadway-bound MT fans, keep 5 February 2018 in your diary because this is one night not to be missed...

We all know the theatre can be political, just look at what HAMILTON and RENT did, not just for Broadway but America as a whole! Occasionally though, it's the controversy offstage that makes the headlines Joanne Sadler from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society assesses the future of the Great Comet and discusses the recent issues regarding the shortening of a black actor's contract, to be replaced by a more established white one...

11 Aug
2017

X Factor star Stevi Ritchie is set to make his musical debut alongside former S Club Juniors singer Stacey Franks (nee McClean) in The Sword and the Dope, a musical comedy at Waterloo East Theatre, making its fourth run in September with a new political edge.

10 Aug
2017

The Stage's inaugural Debut Awards has brand-new musical theatre talent categories including Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical and Best Composer. There's also a Best West End Debut category which includes some already very big names. How many of your #StageFaves are in the running?

10 Aug
2017

This week, newest #StageFaves vlogger Shalana Serafina takes us into the rehearsal room for 5,6,7,8 - A Steps Musical. Opening next week as part of Camden Fringe Festival, meet the cast as they get ready to bring the music almighty pop sensation Steps to the stage.

10 Aug
2017

We always knew that Musical Theatre could change lives and the guys and gals of Batley and Spen Youth Theatre Company know it more than most! The company, from the heart of the area represented by the late Jo Cox, are putting on a performance of her favourite show LES MISERABLES in her honour, to raise funds for the project and awareness of the values Jo stood for.

09 Aug
2017

The amazing Mr Toad and his furry friends are packing up and leaving us at the end of the summer. THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS will now finish its West End run at the London Palladium on 2 September. Will you have a chance to see it before it closes? Big plus: Kids go FREE!

09 Aug
2017

Our #SummerMusicalMoment interview series is in full force and we're feeling the summer vibes! This week, we chatted to BEAUTIFUL's David O'Mahony about his post-West End plans, jetting off to foreign shores and taking his girlfriend with him...as long as she gets a window seat!

08 Aug
2017

It's time for an injection of brand new musical theatre! Following their pitch day earlier this year, The Other Palace has announced that two new shows, SPILT MILK and EVER ONWARD will have public sharings on Friday 11 August and Friday 24 November respectively. Here at StageFaves we love seeing new talent get the platform it deserves and we can't wait to see what these fab new shows are like...

07 Aug
2017

How can time have flown by so quickly? On Saturday 5th August BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL bowed out after more than two fabulous years in the West End and we were so sad to see it go! The good news is that a UK tour with a new cast kicks off in September! In the meantime, we counted down 10 top tweets from the final night. Warning: you may need a box of tissues handy…

07 Aug
2017

Here's a #StageFaves question for you - can you guess how many toilets are inside the Dominion Theatre? And how much it might cost to refurbish them all? Well, £6 million goes a long way towards sprucing all 95 of them. And in addition, they've also added the West End's largest and swankiest double-sided LED screen onto the facade alongside a host of other improvements.

The theatre has often been a safe space for LGBT+ performers and audiences alike and can serve to educate others on the issues faced by marginalised communities and humanise a group who have historically been persecuted. Lauren Philpott from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society discusses how Musical Theatre can both educate their audiences and empower people within the LGBTQ+ community...