Blog / Michael John LaChiusa

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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.

07 Jun
2019

Today is going to be a good day and here’s why: An extra ticket release for the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen goes ahead on 10 June 2019 (Pasek and Paul’s Tony Award-winning show begins previews at the Noël Coward Theatre on 29 October) and now fans have a chance to be part of the musical’s distinctive artwork.

06 Jun
2019

Jason Manford is going to be in good company when the UK tour of musical Curtains opens at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on 4 October 2019, with Ore Oduba and Carley Stenson among the new cast members just announced. Let’s hope they pull it together!

04 Jun
2019

We know which performers have been cast in the new UK and Ireland tour of Disney’s landmark musical The Lion King which will roar into Bristol in September 2019 before moving on to Edinburgh in December. Why not read on and find out more?

28 May
2019

Pint of Wine Theatre Company’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s Queen of the Mist, which received its UK premiere in a sold-out run at the Jack Studio Theatre in April 2019, will transfer to London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a strictly limited seven-week season from 15 August to 5 October 2019. Plus the original London cast recording will be released to coincide with the opening.

26 May
2019

See what happened when our colleague @stagedoorjoe got to hang out at the BIG The Musical London press launch with Jay McGuiness, Kimberley Walsh, Matthew Kelly and Wendi Peters. There was an early preview of the score and a chance to have a play on the famous larger than life piano. The show will play at the Dominion Theatre from 6 September to 2 November 2019. For more images and video, read on…

17 May
2019

Great Scott! It was and remains a classic movie from the 1980s and now it’s going to be reinvented as a stage musical. Grab your hoverboard because Back To The Future The Musical is introducing itself at the Manchester Opera House on 20 February 2020 for a 12-week season before the cast (including Olly Dobson as Marty) and crew squeeze into the DeLorean to travel to the West End.

08 May
2019

Watch Kimberley Walsh & Jay McGuiness sing ‘We’re Gonna Be Fine’ from the score of BIG The Musical and catch up with all the news about Kimberley, Wendi Peters and Matthew Kelly joining Jay in the West End premiere at London’s Dominion Theatre in September 2019.

29 Apr
2019

Miss Saigon star Alistair Brammer is back in the West End and flying high with the news that he will be playing Fiyero in the hit musical Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre from 22 July 2019.

22 Apr
2019

"To find a production as good as this one with singer/actors of this calibre is a joy." Audiences and critics have taken to Twitter to praise the UK premiere of Queen of the Mist at Brockley's Jack Studio Theatre. Take a look at some of our favourite tweets, then book your tickets for the show that runs until 27 April 2019!

17 Apr
2019

The battle is on for your votes in the run up to West End Eurovision 2019 including ‘The Best ident Movie’. From previous winner The Phantom of the Opera to new kid on the block Only Fools and Horses – The Musical, #StageFaves has brought together several of the video contenders to help you make up your mind.

09 Apr
2019

As Queen of the Mist begins performances at Brockley's Jack Studio Theatre, discover more about this UK premiere of Michael John LaChiusa's historical musical from its leading lady, Trudi Camilleri. Check out the brilliant interview, then book your tickets for the show running from 9 to 27 April 2019!

05 Apr
2019

There's no watery fog in these rehearsal images from Queen of the Mist, just reams of sheet music, plenty of cases, the odd juggling ball and a host of performers, which all makes us very intrigued about the UK premiere that comes to the Jack Studio Theatre from 9 to 27 April 2019. Take a look, then book your tickets!

29 Mar
2019

"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!

19 Mar
2019

Wrap up warm because Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez and Jennifer Lee’s stage adaptation of the Disney favourite Frozen is on its way with the West End production named as the first to open at the newly refurbished Theatre Royal Drury Lane in autumn 2020. Are you ready to let it go?

18 Mar
2019

Queen of the Mist, Michael John LaChiusa’s award-winning musical based on the incredible true story of a groudnbreaking woman, will receive its professional UK premiere at the Jack Theatre next month, when Pint of Wine Theatre Company stage the show from 9-27 April 2019.

18 Mar
2019

Romance is in the air as West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and TV actor Danny Mac joins the UK touring company of Amélie The Musical, based on the much-loved film, opposite French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain. Danny will portray the sweet daydreamer Nino Quincampoix from 22 May 2019, with Chris Jared playing the part during performances at the Watermill Theatre from 11 April to 18 May.

16 Mar
2019

Did you hear the gossip? The multi-talented Peter Polycarpou – well-known for his stage, film and TV performances – has been cast in the role of Don Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza, alongside Kelsey Grammer’s Don Quixote in the first West End production of Man of the Mancha for 50 years, running at the London Coliseum from 26 April to 8 June 2019. Could that be double trouble?

16 Mar
2019

Did you hear the gossip? The multi-talented Peter Polycarpou – well-known for his stage, film and TV performances – has been cast in the role of Don Quixote’s squire, Sancho Panza, alongside Kelsey Grammer’s Don Quixote in the first West End production of Man of the Mancha for 50 years, running at the London Coliseum from 26 April to 8 June 2019. Could that be double trouble?

19 Feb
2019

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of Dolly Parton’s 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL at the Savoy Theatre, continuing in the West End to 31 August 2019. Perry was there at the after-party to catch up with several members of the cast including Caroline Sheen, Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Brian Conley and Bonnie Langford. Watch out for Brian describing Perry as one of the best theatre vloggers around & some expert video-bombing fromOlivier Award winner Michael Jibson!