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?
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.
It’s a double whammy from Regent’s Park Theatre as the venue reveals casting for its Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber double bill – Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar – playing at the Open Air Theatre and the Barbican Centre. There’s plenty of #StageFaves lining up for the principal roles so waste no time in reading on…
You couldn’t make it up. Not only is ArtsEd graduate Jac Yarrow making his professional stage debut in the West End, he is doing so at the London Palladium, alongside Sheridan Smith and Jason Donovan, while playing one of the most iconic roles in musical theatre. For Jac is living the dream by playing the lead in the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opening at the London Palladium in June 2019.
Is there a pattern emerging? First Michael Ball returns to Les Misérables to play Javert, now Jason Donovan will return to the London Palladium in the new production of Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to star as the Pharaoh, 28 years after he triumphed in the title role at the same theatre. No loincloth this time though!
Sheridan Smith has busy winning acclaim for her television work, but the Olivier Award-winning actress’ performances onstage have always been popular too (not least in the musicals Legally Blonde and Funny Girl). This summer she returns to the West End to play The Narrator in the brand new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. Now we just have to find out who her Joseph will be?
There’s something old and something new when it comes to the musicals lined up for Chichester Festival Theatre’s Festival 2019 and just look at the casting. There’s the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! starring Josie Lawrence as Aunt Eller alongside Hyoie O’Grady and Amara Okereke (Les Misérables) as Curly and Laurey. Plus Tim Firth’s first original solo musical This Is My Family features the talents of James Nesbitt, Sheila Hancock and Clare Burt. Bring on the summer…
After more than 21,000 votes being cast, the winners have been announced for The Curtain Up Show Album of the Year 2018: Six The Musical wins for Best UK Cast Recording Best UK Cast Recording, Mean Girls on Broadway is the Best American Cast Recording and Carrie Hope Fletcher’s solo effort When The Curtain Falls is top in the Best Solo Album category. Was your favourite victorious?
Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park’s awesome staging of Jesus Christ Superstar was a sell-out in 2016 and 2017. Now the iconic musical (Pope Francis is a fan) is on its way back, transferring to the Barbican Theatre for 60 performances from 4 July to 24 August 2019. So what do you think of the new trailer?
Fifty years after the release of the original concept album, a brand new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s first major musical collaboration, will be back in the West End in June 2019. So who do you want to wear the coat of many colours?
It premiered in the West End in 1978 and features a chart-topping score, now Jamie Lloyd will direct a brand new production of Evita which will bring Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s 2019 season to close. Could it be as big a hit as Superstar and who do you see picking up those iconic lead roles?
Even after two hugely successful seasons in 2016 and 2017, it was still hard to say our farewells to Regent’s Park’s memorable staging of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Chris Superstar. Now we are looking forward to welcoming it back next year when it transfers to the Barbican Theatre for 60 performances from 4 July to 24 August.
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!
David Thaxton’s Arthur and Savannah Stevenson’s Guenevere will not only be joined by the likes of Celinde Schoenmaker, Emmanuel Kojo & Oliver Savile in London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s special forthcoming concert version of Camelot on 6 October 2018, internationally renowned opera star Charles Rice has also been cast as Lancelot. How can we resist?
Cast changes see Hayden Tee playing Miss Trunchbull alongside Rob Compton and Holly Dale Spencer as Mr and Mrs Wormwood in the RSC’s Matilda The Musical with Gina Beck continuing as Miss Honey. There are also two new Matildas joining the cast, but where have they got to?
As hit London musical Aladdin enters its third year at the Prince Edward Theatre, 14 new cast members embrace a whole new world, including #StageFaves Fred Johanson and Julian Capolei.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree at the West End premiere of CHESS, starring Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke, Cedric Neal, Tim Howar, Cassidy Janson and Philip Browne at the London Coliseum (on 1 May 2018). Did Perry thank Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Tim Rice for the music at the after party?
After a sold-out run in 2014, All Star Productions – winner of the Best Producer in the Off-West End Awards 2018 – teams up in May with Trilby Productions and The Cockpit to stage a fresh new adaptation of James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
There’s the West End cast of Hamilton opening the Olivier Awards ceremony, US musical theatre legend Chita Rivera will lead a West Side Story tribute and past stars of Joseph are celebrating the show’s 50th anniversary – it’s going to be quite a night…
Full cast details have been revealed for the star-studded London revival of Chess, the first West End production of Chess since 1986 – plus there’s a new rehearsal photo featuring the cast and creative team…