Blog / Andrew Lippa

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.

29 Aug
2017

Children In Need always showcases an amazing array of West End shows and this year will be no different. In fact, in a special one-night-only event, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Oliver award-wining SCHOOL OF ROCK will host this year’s BBC Radio 2’s BBC Children in Need Gala on 6 November 2017, at their London home the New London Theatre...

05 Aug
2017

It's official, the smash-hit musical SCHOOL OF ROCK has announced yet another extension along with a whole new 'kids' cast which will take over later this month. We've got all the info on the booking extension, the brand new cast and open auditions for the next batch of young music maestros...

03 Aug
2017

Don't be too sad to wave goodbye to Ben Forster - THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has a new Ben on the way, and he's not exactly new to the role of the masked man. Ben Lewis was acclaimed in the Australian premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber sequel Love Never Dies. Which other #StageFaves join him in the West End from 4 September?

14 Jul
2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Zippel have revisited their 2004 West End musical THE WOMAN IN WHITE; the new version will premiere later this year at London's Charing Cross Theatre, directed by Thom Southerland. Laura Pitt-Pulford is tipped to star in the role of Marian, created by Maria Friedman...

28 Jun
2017

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?

22 May
2017

HEATHERS THE MUSICAL opens the first Work in Progress series at The Other Palace later this month and Charlotte Wakefield will lead the cast alongside Jamie Muscato and Liam Doyle. The classic 80's teen movie is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless clique at Westerberg High. This work-in-progress adaptation looks set to be a hit, as do the other shows set to follow...

19 Apr
2017

The first "Live At The Other Palace" has been announced and it's a big one! The new series, curated by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, will kick off this Sunday 23 April 2017 at The Other Palace in London Victoria, with #StageFave Lin-Manuel Miranda "In Conversation". What questions would you ask?

19 Apr
2017

The first "Live At The Other Palace" has been announced and it's a big one! The new series, curated by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, will kick off this Sunday 23 April 2017 at The Other Palace in London Victoria, with #StageFave Lin-Manuel Miranda "In Conversation". What questions would you ask?

13 Apr
2017

We all love singing along to our favourite #showtunes but how often do you get the chance to have a singalong to your favourite musicals via Facebook Live! Meet your new fave muso Eric Neuenschwander! Eric is a Choral and Theatre Director at Xenia High School in Ohio with a big love of Musical Theatre. He collects hundreds of musical theatre scores and every week he takes requests and jams out to his favourite showtunes...

In the play and design categories, Harry Potter & the Cursed Child swept the board with a record nine wins at the 2017 Olivier Awards. In the musical categories, there were double wins for Dreamgirls, Groundhog Day and Andrew Lloyd Webber, but Half a Sixpence and The Girls went home empty-handed...

The Olivier Awards are going primetime on ITV this year. And that's in addition to other coverage on radio and social media on the night. Which #StageFaves performances are you most looking forward to as part of the show?

24 Mar
2017

On Wednesday this week (22 March 2017), two of our greatest living musical theatre composers, Andrew Lloyd Webber (69) and Stephen Sondheim (87) both had birthdays. Fellow multi award-winning composer and #StageFave Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated by throwing a party on Twitter and causing a viral sensation. We invite you to the #SondWebParty here...

24 Mar
2017

Happy #RedNoseDay! Have you seen the StageFaves featured in Comic Relief's brilliant new video? Lin-Manuel Miranda and Rebel Wilson audition to become Stephen Hawking's new voice, while Andrew Lloyd Webber takes to the keyboards to compose a new musical in honour of the scientist, Everybody's Hawking. Plus, KINKY BOOTS is on fundraising fire for Comic Relief...

17 Mar
2017

Melanie C and the SCHOOL OF ROCK kids surprised last night's audience with the Spice Girls' hit song "Wannabe". #StageFaves star David Fynn joined in, too! Watch this fantastic video of the performance and sneak a peek at our onstage and backstage photos here...

15 Mar
2017
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As a rule, we don't list child actors (unless their parents or agents make a special request), but we reckon many of the uber-talented young actor-musicians from SCHOOL OF ROCK will become professional adult #StageFaves in future. Auditions are coming up from 25 March for new classmates who'll get to hashtag #ImInTheBand...

14 Mar
2017
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With Let It Shine such a big hit for TV and theatre, is there any chance of more theatre casting shows coming our way? Musical Theatre Appreciation Society's Dries Janssen compares it with the Andrew Lloyd Webber talent shows of old...

07 Oct
2016

We can hardly contain ourselves with excitement over today's news about the St James Theatre's rebirth as 'The Other Palace'. Under the ownership of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the artistic direction of Paul Taylor Mills, this is undoubtedly a new mecca for musical lovers. We think #StageFaves fans will be spending an inordinate amount of time here in the months and years to come. It officially launches in February 2017 and the inaugural season is announced today...

28 Sep
2016

Following this week's #Wicked10, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA will be the next long-running West End musical blockbuster to mark a major milestone. The Andrew Lloyd Webber classic celebrates its 30th anniversary with a gala at Her Majesty's Theatre on 10 October...

24 Mar
2016

Paul Taylor-Mills will join Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group as advisory producer. Whilst continuing to work independently on his own productions, Paul will also begin working on selected Really Useful Group titles, and supporting the programming and incubation of new work at the St James Theatre.

20 Mar
2016

You have the legendary casting director Anne Vosser to blame for my Blog this week! Not only did she kindly give me my first job from college (Pickwick choreographed by Gillian Lynne), but she recently posted this YouTube clip from the West End opening of Grand Hotel at the Dominion Theatre in 1992 which lurched my sleepy Sunday brain into action...