We were worried after Andrew Lloyd Webber signed off, but The Shows Must Go On free musical theatre lockdown viewing will continue on YouTube. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music is next up. Watch the trailer, plus Lloyd Webber's reflection on the series, here...
Something to look forward to during theatre lockdown: WEST END LIVE is going virtual next month. Which musicals would you most like to see showcased?
After ten weeks, 72 virtual shows and over £30,000 raised for musical theatre performers during lockdown, the hugely successful #LeaveALightOn online concert series will come to a close next Friday 26 May 2020 with Beverley Knight.
Craig Revel Horwood's new production of Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM only announced its big-name star, Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, in mid-March, just as theatres were locking down. It's now postponed its tour, which was due to launch in late September, by a full year...
The Open Air Theatre has announced its third musical cancellation this year. Carousel follows news about 101 Dalmatians and its transfer of Evita to the Barbican, along with the postponement of its entire summer season until 2021.
Never mind the panned 2019 big-screen release. True feline fans know that the 1998 recording of CATS, featuring Elaine Paige reprising her role as Grizabella, is where's it's really at. And it's next up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's free lockdown line-up - though only for 24 hours.
When will be able to see our fave West End musicals again? The rolling cancellations continue as the National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris and Nimax Theatres' owner Nica Burns warn that many theatres may not survive...
How gutted are you? As the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) confirms that all West End performances are now cancelled until at least 28 June 2020, the Broadway transfer of Sondheim's SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, due to run 11 June to 5 September 2020 at the Savoy Theatre, has postponed its season until some point in 2021.
It was last in the West End more than twenty years ago so this may be the first opportunity for many to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's sole collaboration. Their musical comedy BY JEEVES, inspired by PG Wodehouse's classic Jeeves and Wooster stories, streams for 48 hours for free on YouTube from this Friday 8 May 2020. Watch two of the show's songs here...
Another weekend must-watch for musical theatre fans. The latest broadcast on the lockdown line-up for The Shows Must Go On freeview YouTube channel is the star-studded 50th birthday concert for composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall.
She got to perform 'And I Am Telling You' with Jennifer Hudson on The Voice... and soon Nicole Raquel Dennis will get a chance to sing all of Effie White's songs every night as she is cast to lead Dreamgirls' first-ever UK tour. Watch her in action here.
Sadly, it's getting to be a habit announcing coronavirus postponements and cancellations. SISTER ACT, including the much-anticipated return of Whoopi Goldberg to the role of Deloris Van Cartier, has been delayed a year until next summer.
Will a brand-new digital song cycle bring you hope in dark times? The casting alone is raising ou hopes. Over 100 performers, recording in lockdown isolation, will bring to life this new musical trilogy composed by over 60 composers and broadcast by The Other Palace.
Tickets to the star-studded special staged concert of Les Miserables were like gold-dust last year when the West End's longest-running musical moved temporarily to the Gielgud Theatre while its home at the Queen's Theatre was refurbished. Now's your chance to see it - or see it again... and help out those suffering during coronavirus...
Another must-watch for musical theatre fans. The latest broadcast on Andrew Lloyd Webber's lockdown The Shows Must Go On freeview YouTube channel is the award-winning Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera sequel Love Never Dies.
Another Theatreland casualty of the coronavirus outbreak, this summer's London premiere of LOCAL HERO has been cancelled at the Old Vic Theatre.
Another must-watch for musical theatre fans. Andrew Lloyd Webber is giving you an unmissable opportunity to see the spectacular 25th-anniversary Royal Albert Hall staging of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA for free... for 24 hours only!
Bring on the champions. Queen wanted to give musical theatre fans something to look forward to so scrambled quickly to reschedule We Will Rock You's 2020 tour, which had been due to start next month, for early 2021, with several new dates added.
Another lockdown must-watch for musical theatre fans takes place on Tuesday 14 April 2020. And the producers of CURTAINS are inviting fans to get involved too with their own #ShowPeople videos. Get filming!
Here's something to look forward to - and cannily announced on National Siblings Day (10 April 2020) - Samantha Barks' Elsa has found her new little sis Anna in the form of Stephanie McKeon for the West End premiere of Frozen, due to reopen the refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane this autumn.