Blog / Jonathan O’Boyle

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14 Jun
2019

When the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Singin’ in the Rain transferred to the West End in 2012 it went on to be a hit with audiences and receive four Olivier nominations. Now it’s back for a five-week summer season at Sadler’s Wells with Adam Cooper returning to the role of Don Lockwood, made so famous by Gene Kelly in the MGM movie. We think the show will make quite a splash.

09 Jun
2019

From soap sets to stilettos, TV and stage actor Bill Ward will take on the role of Hugo/Loco Chanelle in Dan Gillespie Sells and Tom MacRae’s Everybody's Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre from 1 July 2019 for a limited season.

17 May
2019

Fresh from his success directing Ain’t Misbehavin’ at Southwark Playhouse, Tyrone Huntley will be back in the spotlight, playing the role of Wes in the European premiere of new LGBTQ+ musical The View Upstairs, previewing from 18 July 2019 at London’s Soho Theatre. With Andy Mientus, Declan Bennett, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, Cedric Neal and John Partridge already in the line-up, it’s turning into quite a cast!

22 Apr
2019

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical is based on a cult Hollywood movie, it’s packed with 90s pop classics from Britney Spears, Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, Natalie Imbruglia, *NSYNC, R.E.M and many more, and it’s having its UK premiere at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. What else could we ask for?

17 Apr
2019

Something special is coming: The Pet Shop Boys and Jonathan Harvey are collaborating once more, this time on the world premiere of cabaret show MUSIK at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Frances Barber back in the role of Billie Trix from the writers’ musical Closer To Heaven. Plus we are going to get to hear FOUR new Pet Shop Boys songs written especially for the show.

23 Mar
2019

Fresh from her success as a Strictly Come Dancing finalist, Steps star Faye Tozer is putting on those knockoff Jimmy Choos to play the part of Miss Hedge from 6 May to 3 August 2019 in the ever-popular London production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre. Will she be in a class of her own?

10 Mar
2019

The dedicated fans of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie have nothing to worry about as the show’s producers have announced that the London run has been extended to Jan 2020. Not only that, but Layton Williams is enjoying playing Jamie New so much that he has pledged to lead the cast – & wear those heels! – right through that time and help celebrate the show’s second West End birthday in November 2019.

05 Feb
2019

It’s had a successful Off-Broadway run and now London audiences are going to get a chance to see young up-and-coming artist Max Vernon’s new LGBTQ+ musical The View Upstairs from 18 July to 31 August 2019 at Soho Theatre. Are you ready to go on ‘an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration’?

20 Jan
2019

Kelly Price stars as the romantically entangled Rose Vibert in Andrew Lloyd Webber's ASPECTS OF LOVE, now transferred to London's Southwark Playhouse from the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. We caught up with her to find out more about her Andrew Lloyd Webber journey, her other musical influences and her Shakespeare debut...

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the London opening of ASPECTS OF LOVE at Southwark Playhouse. Dressed appropriately (you’ll see what we mean), Perry is wowed by the beautiful setting for Jonathan O'Boyle’s acclaimed chamber revival, the gorgeous score and the stunning performances. Plus he gets to chat with several of the cast including Jerome Pradon, Madalena Alberto, Felix Mosse, Kelly Price and Eleanor Walsh. Does love change everything? Read on and find out…

09 Jan
2019

Following the announcement that at the end of January 2019 Layton Williams takes over the role of Jamie New & Shane Richie will play Hugo/Loco Chanelle in the West End production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at London’s Apollo Theatre, there is news today that Hayley Tamaddon is stepping into the role of Miss Hedge. Now we have a good excuse to plan a return visit!

07 Dec
2018

It’s farewell Alfie Moon and hello drag artist Hugo/Loco for Shane Richie as he joins Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre from 28 January until 4 May 2019 alongside another new recruit, Layton Williams’ in the title role.

28 Nov
2018

2019 marks 30 years since Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black's ASPECTS OF LOVE premiered at the West End's Prince of Wales Theatre. What do you have to look forward to when Jonathan O'Boyle's acclaimed chamber revival transfers from Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre to London's Southwark Playhouse in January to celebrate the anniversary? Watch this stunning trailer to see why critics are raving already...

26 Oct
2018

Everybody is definitely talking about Layton Williams, best known to musical theatre fans for his roles in Rent and Hairspray, who will take over as Jamie New in the award-winning Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre from 28 January 2019. Now we are left wondering if John McCrea will be heading to Broadway with the show?

22 Oct
2018

Southwark Playhouse could never be accused of not championing musicals including productions of new work. Next year’s season will see the transfer Aspects of Love from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester; the one-man musical Stay Awake, Jake in its first full-length run and the world premiere of new musical The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A trio of treats!

03 Oct
2018

First presented at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, Hair – The Musical then went on to enjoy a sell-out transfer to London’s The Vaults. Now a national audience is going to have the chance to see this award-winning production, kicking off with the New Wimbledon Theatre. Are you ready for the Age of ‘Aquarius’?

27 Sep
2018

Michelle Visage seems to have liked Everybody’s Talking About Jamie so much that she fancied joining the cast! Best known to TV audiences for RuPaul’s Drag Race and Ireland’s Got Talent, now she will make her West End debut as Miss Hedge from 18 October 2018 to 26 January 2019.

14 Sep
2018

It doesn't matter where you're from, if you're a fan of musical theatre you've heard of RENT! The gritty, important and incredibly poignant show defined a generation and changed Broadway forever. This Friday we're taking you back to 1996 when the original Broadway cast performed at the Tony Awards. This is certainly a piece of Musical Theatre for the history books...

05 Sep
2018

As rehearsals begin for Aria Entertainment’s prestigious festival of new musical theatre, From Page To Stage, returning for a sixth successful year and featuring seven new shows, we fill you in on everything you need to know – including all the full casting details.

20 Jul
2018

It's hard to argue that RENT isn't one of the most important pieces of Musical Theatre ever! But what about the man behind the masterpiece and what about his other work? While TICK, TICK...BOOM! has achieved moderate success, not a huge amount is known about the late Jonathan Larson's career beyond these two shows. Now, with the release of "Boho Days" this October, that's all about to change...