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.
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.
There are some theatre productions, both big and small, that aren’t going to make it through the current shutdown and we’re sad to report that when London Theatreland gets back to some kind of normal Waitress will be missing.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the opening of Be More Chill at London’s The Other Palace. After the UK premiere production received a well-deserved standing ovation, Perry got the chance to catch up with the show’s producers, composer and lyricist Joe Iconis, director Stephen Brackett and cast members Scott Folan, Blake Patrick Anderson, Stewart Clarke, Miracle Chance, Renee Lamb, Millie O’Connell and Eloise Davies. Here’s the chance to hang out with all of them.
The reception for the UK premiere of Be More Chill has been anything but frosty with news announced that the fan favourite will now run in London until 14 June 2020. The extended season for Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s show will make it the longest-running musical at The Other Palace.
Rehearsals begin this week for Pretty Woman: The Musical, opening at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 13 February 2020, so it’s the perfect time to share the news of full casting for the show. Aimie Atkinson and Danny Mac, playing the roles of Vivian and Edward, will be joined by Rachael Wooding, Bob Harms, Neil McDermott and Mark Holden. We have to go shopping now...
Evelyn Hoskins will be welcomed to the Waitress the musical diner, playing the role of Dawn, as we head into the New Year, while it’s also announced that original London cast member Marisha Wallace is going to be back as Becky in the West End production.
Best known for his performances in Falsettos, School of Rock and Funny Girl, actor Joel Montague will take over the role of Ogie from Joe Sugg in the London production of Waitress, beginning on 2 December 2019.
How often does the writer of a show perform the lead role in their own musical and make their West End debut at the same time? Well, that is exactly what Sara Bareilles is going to do when she plays Jenna in the London production of Waitress for six weeks from 27 January to 7 March 2020. And just look who is going to perform opposite her as Dr Pomatter, it’s only Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor Gavin Creel.
The spectacular Broadway production of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, that has already created a big buzz across the pond, will have its West End opening at the Piccadilly Theatre in March 2021. Come what may, we’re excited. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza directed by Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love at National Theatre,...
All change in Chiswick! The Tabard Theatre has been renamed Chiswick Playhouse, ' in honour of the ara's illustrious theatrical heritage, and opens its inaugural season later this month with a stellar new revival of long-running Off-Broadway hit I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.
Best known recently for her role in ITV’s Emmerdale, actress Sandra Marvin is the latest addition to the cast of West End musical Waitress, taking over as waitress Becky from original cast member Marisha Wallace. Her first performance at the Adelphi Theatre diner is on 17 October 2019.
There was so much love online for Joe Iconis’ Be More Chill score in 2018 that he creatives brought it back, first Off-Broadway and then for a run on the Great White Way. Now the show which boasts a Tony-nominated score is transferring to London’s The Other Palace, with the UK premiere production running from 12 February to 3 May 2020. Get ready because the Squips are coming.
Jeanette Bayardelle tells us about bringing her one-woman musical SHIDA, based on the redemptive story of her childhood best friend, and being overwhelmed by responses from London audiences at The Vaults. See some of those audience responses here... plus another of Jeanette's Broadway Shorts.
They have been found. Meet the all-British full West End cast of London’s premiere production of Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen which opens for previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on 29 October 2019.
‘Big new musical. Big. Huge’: Yes, it’s been confirmed, on the most romantic day of the calendar in 2020, much-anticipated Broadway show Pretty Woman: The Musical will begin previews at London’s Piccadilly Theatre, playing for a 46-week engagement. Now we can start speculating about whether Andy Karl and Samantha Barks will also make the journey.
Off-Broadway musical SHIDA will get its UK premiere at The Vaults next month. It's written and performed by Jeanette Bayardelle, who we're a little obsessed with from her "Broadway Shorts" film series. Watch her take on Hamilton and her Shida trailer here...
Get your glass slippers ready. Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA is coming to London. The Broadway version of the screen-to-stage fairytale musical gets its UK premiere in a concert version, directed by Jonathan O'Boyle and accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, at Cadogan Hall for one night only on Sunday 20 October 2019.
How appropriate that Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ rockin’ Royal Tudor musical Six is going to make history. Two years to the day the show was first seen as a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it’s announced that the hit West End production will invade Broadway, officially opening at New York’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 12 March 2020. Do you feel a trip to NYC coming on?
After oodles of gossip it’s been confirmed that Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford will reprise their lead roles in the New York City Center and Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George, opening at the Savoy Theatre in June 2020. Art isn’t easy and nor will be getting hold of tickets!