Our friends at Musical Theatre Appreciation Society paid a visit to rehearsals for Bare: A Pop Opera, which is revived at The Vaults this summer care of performer-turned-director Julie Atherton. We're super-excited now! Have you entered our competition to win tickets yet?
Would you go over Niagara Falls in a barrel? Some 5,000 bodies were found at the foot of the falls between 1850 and 2011. The first recorded person to go over and survive was Annie Edson Taylor in 1901. Join Faves founder Terri Paddock and the QUEEN OF THE MIST company on 20 August 2019 to find out more about this extraordinary woman and the musical she inspired.
What a night for the Broadway production of Hadestown at the Tony Awards which celebrated eight wins including a welcome one for female director Rachel Chavkin and acting honours for the show’s André De Shields. Elsewhere, though, there was still room for Tootsie, The Cher Show and Oklahoma! to go home with two Tony Awards each.
Broadway star and American X-Factor finalist Stacy Francis plays a Catholic school nun in Julie Atherton's revival of coming-of-age and coming-out hit Bare: A Pop Opera at The Vaults this summer. Which other StageFaves are joining her in class...?
How does Michel Legrand's score inspire the cast of AMOUR? The five-time Tony Award-nominated musical receives its UK professional premiere in this production, which is also the first staging since Legrand's death in January. Terri Paddock talked to the company as well as producer Danielle Tarento and director Hannah Chissick...
"C'est magnifique!" says The Stage and, across the board, critics are professing j'adore AMOUR. We've rounded up a few of the four- and five-star reviews as well as the latest show trailer. Are you ready to fall in love? Time to get booking!
Jethro Compton’s stage adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s short story The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, with music by Darren Clark, premieres this week at London’s Southwark Playhouse. Compton explains why he transplanted this mythic tale to the coast of Cornwall...
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of AMOUR at the Charing Cross Theatre. Perry was there taking in the intimate atmosphere of Michel Legrand’s musical fantasy and of course fitting in some post-show chats with cast members Anna O’Byrne, Elissa Churchill and Claire Machin. It was a ‘chocolate box of delightful joy’ and Perry seems to have loved every bite!
Actor-turned-director Julie Atherton helms a new production of coming-of-age and coming-out hit Bare: A Pop Opera, coming to The Vaults this summer and marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Casting has yet to be announced...
'I don't deserve your attention / I'm hardly worthy of mention...' So sings Dusoleil in Michel Legrand's AMOUR - but we beg to differ. Especially after watching this full-length, sneak-peek into the rehearsal room, including interviews with stars Anna O'Byrne and Gary Tushaw and director Hannah Chissick. Have you entered our competition yet?
Hold on to your hats, Smash fans! Andy Mientus is making his UK stage debut in the European premiere of new LGBTQ+ musical THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Soho Theatre in July. And he's joined by a hot, hot, hot cast of StageFaves for this limited summer season...
F Scott Fitzgerald's 1922 short story, set in Baltimore, was made into a 2008 Hollywood film starring Brad Pitt, set in New Orleans. Now this epic, reverse-ageing fantasy gets a British stage musical makeover set in Cornwall with an original Celtic score. It's performed by a five-strong ensemble cast...
Oscar-winning French musical composer, conductor and pianist Michel Legrand passed away in January. Join Faves founder Terri Paddock on Monday 13 May 2019 at the posthumous UK premiere of his five-time Tony-nominated 2002 musical AMOUR to discuss Legrand, his legacy and the show with director and cast...
We love these snapshots of activity as we count down to the much-anticipated UK premiere of the late, great Michel Legrand's AMOUR. Did you know that the Charing Cross has a theatre pug?! Plus, have you watched Anna O'Bryne's first-listen video yet? Or entered our competition?
Just months after Michel Legrand passed away, at the age of 86 on 26 January 2019, his five-time Tony-nominated musical AMOUR receives its professional UK premiere at London's Charing Cross Theatre for a limited 12-week season. Gary Tushaw, Anna O'Byrne and Alisdair Harvey lead the cast. Who's joining them?
"I will tempt my fate, take a chance." So says Anna Edson Taylor in this atmospheric, watery new trailer for musical Queen of the Mist, which comes to the Jack Studio Theatre from 9 to 27 April 2019. Have a watch, then book your tickets!
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of LIZA SINGS STREISAND, in which Liza Pulman pays tribute to the musical talents of Barbra Streisand (though, trust us, this isn't a 'tribute show'!), at Shaftesbury Avenue's Lyric Theatre. What did Perry think of the show? What did he and Liza bond over afterwards? Watch here!
"Well worth waiting 90 years for": Mark Giesser exceedingly long-overdue UK premiere of the Gershwins' STRIKE UP THE BAND has been attracting some great reviews as well as two Offies nominations. "All who profess to love musical theatre would be insane to miss it." What else have critics said?
How scary is it performing alone on a West End stage? How important is the relationship with an audience to a solo performer? In the second part of our Liza Sings Streisand interview, Liza Pulman gives us the scoop.
A musical about going to war over cheese? The puns just write themselves and the cast have had no end of fun with them, says STRIKE UP THE BAND's Beth Burrows. But which is her favourite Gershwin song? (And have you entered our competition yet?)