It’s not been smooth running when it comes to the role of Thénardier in the new production of Les Misérables at London’s Sondheim Theatre. After doctors telling actor Gerard Carey he must rest his voice until the end of February, Matt Lucas saved the day by reprising the part but has now suffered a back injury. Cue the arrival of Ian Hughes who recently played Thénardier to great acclaim in the current sell-out UK and international tour. Phew!
What a trouper Matt Lucas is. Having heard that Gerard Carey, originally playing Thénardier in Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, had been taken ill, he rescheduled his Christmas plans and stepped into the breach. Lucas will be Master of the House for six weeks from 23 December 2019 with Carey expected to return on 3 February 2020.
Can Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables get any more popular? Perhaps it can with the just-announced new cast starring in the musical at the newly reburbished Sondheim Theatre, reopening on 18 December 2019. Just imagine Bradley Jaden as Javert confronting Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean. Are you booking already?
On 12 May 2019 at London’s Eventim Apollo there will be two concerts of The Best of… Rock Musicals for the benefit of The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and there are plenty of West End and international stars lining up to take part. They include Adam Pascal, Kerry Ellis, Judy Kuhn, Debbie Kurup, Rob Houchen, and that’s just a few. Are you trying out your air guitar in readiness?
Has the date sneaked up on you too? Can you believe that tomorrow (Sunday 28 October 2018) is the night of the theatre’s hottest fundraiser? Comedian Tom Allen hosts this year’s WEST END BARES, while Eva Noblezada opens the show. And who’s stripping off? (Well, we’re stripping off 20% with a last-minute discount!)
As HAMILTON goes into its second year at the Victoria Palace Theatre, some performers are staying put – including Jamael Westman in the lead role – while another original cast member, Sifiso Mazibuko, has won the vital part of Aaron Burr. New to the room where it happens are Allyson Ava-Brown as Angelica Schuyler, Dom Hartley-Harris as George Washington, Jon Robyns as King George & alternate Hamilton Karl Queensborough. Could all this swapping around give us the perfect excuse to see the show again?!
Have you got the Xmas Factor? Rebecca Trehearn, Jon Robyns and Tori Allen-Martin definitely do. They're amongst the #StageFaves that feature on Irish Theatre's album of new festive songs penned by Darren Clark, Luke Bateman and 16 other emerging musical theatre writers, which is released on Friday alongside a celebratory concert. You can have a sneaky listen to Olivier Award winner Trehearn singing Clark's new take on "The Little Match Girl" right here...
How many #StageFaves can you fit into the run of a Christmas cabaret? 21 and counting it turns out, as The Barricade Boys have announce the incredible line-up of guest stars for their festive show - THE BARRICADE BOYS - CHRISTMAS CABARET.
There are certain unspoken habits and traditions all musical theatre fans must abide by. Whether it's the "guess where I am" stage shot or the delicate way you handle your programmes, all theatre geeks spend time and energy on every aspect of their Musical Theatre experience. So, for the first time, Katie Rose from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society has put together the 10 commandments of a theatre lover! Tell us, how many do you follow?
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!
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.
Never Give Up on Her: After Lucie Jones represents the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest tomorrow night (13 May 2017), she'll return home and hit the road for a six-week stint with The Wedding Singer. All of which is before she then headlines the major new tour of Legally Blonde from September. Lady in demand...
Ahead of the Olivier Awards on Sunday, we're sending big congrats to Charlie Stemp, Jon Robyns, Simon Lipkin, Giles Terera and other #StageFaves who've been #AlsoRecognised in the online awards run by our sister site My Theatre Mates. And we can't stop watching the hilarious video acceptance from former Avenue Q co-stars Jon, Simon and Giles. View it here...
After her thoughts comparing The West End with Broadway, Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Katie Rose turns her attention closer to home - West End shows vs their touring counterparts...
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...
The Broadway musical version of THE WEDDING SINGER embarks on an extensive UK-wide tour in 2017. London audiences got to hear some songs from the show at West End Live over the summer. In January, they'll get an opportunity to have a whole evening's 'audience with' the stars - including Jon Robyns and Cassie Compton - before they hit the road...
In this second in Perry O'Bree's WEST END LIVE vlog series for #StageFaves, we get sneak-peeks at Jesus Christ Superstar, The Secret Garden (both opening in London this summer) and The Wedding Singer (launching a major tour in February - ahead of transfer?), as well as performance highlights from West End longrunners Jersey Boys and Thriller. Plus many #StageFaves performers and more crazy crowd interactions...