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Panto season is coming round again and this year's big West End production is DICK WHITTINGTON with an all-star cast of StageFaves. Becky Wallis from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society shares her excitement for the Christmas production at the London Palladium and talks about how celebrity casting is becoming as much of a tradition as panto itself!

We've known our Mack and our Mabel for a while, but the London Musical Theatre Orchestra have now announced the full cast for the one-night-only concert at the Hacknew Empire on 23 September 2017. And to celebrate the first day of rehearsal, they've released a video of David Bedella singing ‘I Won’t Send Roses’ - oh, and don't forget to enter our MACK AND MABEL competition to win tickets!

01 Sep

The London Musical Theatre Orchestra are going from strength to strength and this Autumn will be no exception! Their next show MACK AND MABEL will take place at the Hackney Empire and casting has now been announced! David Bedella will join Natasha J Barnes and Tiffany Graves for the concert that will take place on 23 September...

29 Aug

She's had a fantastic few years, becoming a West-End sensation in FUNNY GIRL and going on to reprise the role in the UK and Ireland tour but now it's time for Natasha Barnes to break out into the music business in her own right! Sony Music has announced her debut single Supermodel, will be released this September, followed by a whole album of original and classic tunes...

Originally from New York, musical theatre star Chris Peluso made the trip across the pond to star in his West End debut as Chris in Miss Saigon. Now he's playing opposite a #StageFaves favourite in the UK tour of Funny Girl. Musical Theatre Review's Polly Sisley wondered what the draw of the UK was for him...

24 Feb

Lots of #StageFaves musicals and performers have been nominated in this year's third annual #AlsoRecognised Awards, run by our sister site MyTheatreMates. Public voting has now opened and continues until 26 March 2017...

We all wish for that magical night we get called onto stage to spontaneously perform the lead role. Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Dawn Bush wonders if being an understudy is just the same thing...

11 Jan

After starring in the European premiere of DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY in London this month, Miss Saigon and Show Boat hunk Chris Peluso will hit the road to star opposite Sheridan Smith's Fanny Brice as Nick Arnstein in Funny Girl. The full cast of #StageFaves performers for Funny Girl's extensive post-West End tour also includes Darius Campbell and Sheridan's former understudy Natasha J Barnes, reprising their roles as Nick and Fanny later in the run...

Is it better to see a musical live on stage, or to snuggle up with a glossier, pre-packaged film alternative? Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Katie Rose compares her best and worst contenders...

04 Nov

Was Mrs Henderson Presents underrated? YES. Is Kinky Boots and its luscious Lola, Matt Henry, still strutting strong? YES. Do #StageFaves Kerry Ellis, Mazz Murray, Claire Machin and Natasha J Barnes deserve gongs a-go-go? YES, YES, YES, YES. We are in broad agreement with the talent celebrated at this year's West End Wilma Awards, announced today...

You don't have to tell us here at #StageFaves what an absolutely amazing job understudies do. They're as big as the stars they cover, as far as we're concerned. So we wholeheartedly second the case that Dries Janssens makes here, care of our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society...

02 Sep

She became a star overnight stepping up as Sheridan Smith's understudy in FUNNY GIRL, and now Natasha J Barnes is headlining a West End show in her own right. This CINDERELLA will go to the ball at the London Palladium in December...

12 Aug

Many #StageFaves make the running in this year's third annual West End Wilma Awards, for which the nominations are announced today ahead of public voting opening on 2 September 2016 and the awards ceremony on 4 November 2016.

08 Jul

What a trooper! Sheridan Smith has returned to FUNNY GIRL, and will continue until the end of the run, with her heroic understudy Natasha Barnes now continuing to alternate as Fanny Brice on Monday evening and other performances. Two-for-one #StageFaves...

10 Jun

After speculation in the national press that Sheridan Smith may have left the West End production of Funny Girl for good, producers have issued a statement today, confirmed that she will return, albeit much later than anticipated.

03 Jun

Let's hear it for the ladies! We've got a plethora of wonderful shows on tour and in the West End which put brilliant women centre stage. Here, we take a look at some trailers for shows either currently or soon to be in the West End where fantastic actresses do what they do best - eight times a week.

12 May

Sheridan Smith is taking a leave of absence from FUNNY GIRL over the next few weeks. We know there will be many Sherifans out there disappointed that they won't get a chance to see her in the show. But we're sending the stressed-out star all our best for a much-needed rest and speedy recovery. And in the meantime, we are cheering to the rafters Smith's understudy who has stepped heroically into the limelight...