I'm so pleased I was able to see for myself two Featured Show campaigns I've been working on recently on StageFaves, both UK premieres of lauded Off-Broadway musicals and now both recognised with multiple Offies nominations for their London runs. On-the-spot reactions and videos here for Shida and Preludes.
Broadway star Jeanette Bayardelle has made her London stage debut in her highly personal one-woman musical SHIDA. It's an "astonishingly powerful performance" of a "visceral and unapologetic examination of life derailed". We've rounded up review highlights to date. Time to get booking!
Two-hander musical ISLANDER, inspired by the wind-beaten coastline of the Western Isles, transfers from this year's Edinburgh Fringe to London on a wave of critical acclaim as well as a Best Musical Award from our friends at Musical Theatre Review. We've rounded up a selection of festival review highlights.
The UK premiere of Preludes has now opened at London's Southwark Playhouse. Alex Sutton's new production has won plaudits from the show's Tony Awards-lauded composer and lyricist. But what have UK critics made of this genre-busting piece?
As Midlife Cowboy, the new musical created by Tony Hawks, plays its first performances at the Pleasance Theatre, listen to a couple of snippets from the show's songs before throwing on your best checked shirt and chaps to book your tickets!
Iconics roles like Cabaret's Emcee and Sally Bowles will live on far longer than the performers who play them, says John Partridge. He, Kara Hayworth and Anita Harris discussed being "custodians" of the classics at Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A...
With the Union Theatre's Hello Again, there are now two Michael John LaChiusa musicals running simultaneously in London. What makes the work of this American composer, lyricist and book writer so remarkable? Faves founder Terri Paddock discussed at her post-show Q&A with the company of Queen of the Mist...
You probably know Tony Hawks for his hilarious books and radio appearances, but did you know he was a finalist for a musical theatre prize on three occasions? You do now. He told us about fulfilling a long-time ambition by bringing Midlife Cowboy to the stage - read the interview then book your tickets!
Do you know what happened in New Orleans on 24 June 1973? Why should we remember? Watch Faves founder Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A with Tyrone Huntley, Andy Mientus and Cedric Neal, three of the stars of the European premiere of THE VIEW UPSTAIRS...
In the second of our two-part interview, Bare: A Pop Opera star Darragh Cowley shares his Shakespeare ambitions and dishes the dirt on co-star and drama school peer Lizzie Emery as well as director Julie Atherton.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening night of The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ The Musical at the Ambassadors Theatre. Described by one cast member as ‘the Pixar of British stage musicals’, Jake Brunger and Pippa Cleary’s inspiring show gives Perry goosebumps so he is thrilled to catch up several members of the cast: both the grown-ups and children. Will the musical be a big hit? Perry thinks so!
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the UK premiere of On Your Feet! – The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan – at the London Coliseum and what a night #StageFaves’ awesome vlogger had! After chatting to music legend Gloria Estefan herself on the Red Carpet before the show (as well as Beverley Knight and Christina Bennington) Perry also caught up with the show’s leading players Christie Prades and George Ioannides. Was Perry doing the conga all the way home? Read on to find out.
In the first of our two-part interview, Bare: A Pop Opera star Darragh Cowley discusses playing ‘the golden boy’ and why 2019 is the right time to revive Damon Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere's coming-of-age musical about Catholic school.
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the London premiere of Broadway musical The Light In The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall. Perry gets goosebumps from the beauty and style of the show and has the added bonus of catching up with several members of the cast afterwards including Dove Cameron, Rob Houchen, Celinde Schoenmaker and Liam Tamne. Oh and did we mention that he bumped into Tony Award-winner Ben Platt too?
Stagey weekend alert. There’s only ‘One Day More’ until a glorious selection of West End and touring musicals will congregate in one place – London’s Trafalgar Square – to entertain in a free event that grows ever popular year after year. So have you planned your tactics for getting the most out of the experience? One Woman West End Show (@OneWomanWEShow) offers Ten Top Tips to boost your enjoyment, whether you are a West End Live first-timer or an old hand. Although the most important thing is obviously to have fun!
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?
"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!
Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Marika Visser attending the West End opening of Man Of La Mancha at the London Coliseum. Marika was there on the Red Carpet, ready to ‘dream the impossible dream’ and finally tick the show off her bucket list as this is the first West End production of the show for 50 years. Shall we see how she got on?