Can you believe it? Tonight (Tuesday 27 September 2016), WICKED marks ten thrillifying years in the West End! The team behind the show have been painting the town green this week, and we're feeling pretty green with envy that we aren't lucky enough to be in tonight's swankified audience to wildly applaud this achievement. But in the spirit of #Wicked10, we are delighted to share these 10 milestone facts about the show with you. Do be sure to check out WICKED's #StageFaves page too. For tonight's gala, in addition to the show's official Twitter feed, we're pulling in all of your fan tweets on the #Wicked10 hashtag for posterity - and later this week, we'll be awarding #StageFaves prizes to our Top 10 #Wicked10 fan tweets!
#Wicked10 was an extraordinary West End occasion. This British cast should be recorded for posterity. Who agrees? Dries Janssens, from our friends at the Musical Theatre Appreciation Society, explains why...
What a way to add some glamour to a Bank Holiday weekend. Summer at the Musicals brought the season to a near-close at the Phoenix Artists Club with 15 dazzling divas belting out songs from a diverse range of shows including Funny Girl, Avenue Q, Flower Drum Song, A Chorus Line and many more. #StageFaves, as media partner for the annual concert, was proud to be there with our photographer...
Our #StageFaves get around. They're not just in London, there's a whole world out there and with summer holiday season upon us, Twitter's been playing host to some terrific shots of some of our favourite performers making waves around the world...
Have you been cheering on Team GB? Quite right. But we reckon the cast and crew of THE LION KING could teach some would-be Olympians a thing or two about athletic prowess - and we're not just talking about former All Black international Nicholas Afoa, currently playing Simba. In an incredible new series of videos, Team Lion King give audiences a glimpse into the rigorous regimes they undergo in order to keep themselves in tip-top shape for the show.
Faves founder Terri Paddock chaired a Q&A with #StageFaves Landi Oshinowo, Nicolas Colicos and Rosanna Hyland after yesterday's matinee performance of I'M GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD at Jermyn Street Theatre. Catch up on podcast, photos and video here...
On the 4th of July, we're exploring #StageFaves' American connections: six musicals and six performers born in the US and onstage soon in London. How many more can you name?
We're scanning Twitter every day to see which #StageFaves performers are sparkling with so much wit and wisdom that they deserve our #SFTweetOfTheDay trophy. Here are some recent ones that passed muster with our digital judges...
All the buzz from the West End opening night of Funny Girl, starring Sheridan Smith amongst a company of #StageFaves.
We've rounded up backstage pics of your musical #StageFaves winners at the 2016 #OlivierAwards. Plus, watch the video of winners' reactions on the night.
We've created special merchandise to celebrate the #OlivierAwards success of #StageFaves performers including Imelda Staunton, Lara Pulver, Matt Henry, David Bedella and all the 2016 musical nominees.
UPDATED: Winners' conversion rate now added to this story... There are 13 musical productions in the 2016 Olivier Awards running, all but three of them still running (or, in the case of Bugsy Malone, soon to be returning). Brush up on the tallies and #GetSocial with them all here.
UPDATED: Imelda Staunton wins Best Actress in a Musical for Gypsy. Brush up on all all you need to know about Imelda and other worthy contenders Laura Pitt-Pulford, Natalie Dew, Sophie Thompson and Tracie Bennett.
UPDATED: Matt Henry wins Best Actor in a Musical for Kinky Boots. Brush up on all you need to know about Matt and other worthy nominees David Haig, Jamie Parker, Ian Bartholomew and Kinky Boots' co-star Killian Donnelly.
UPDATED: Lara Pulver wins Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Here's your crib sheet on Lara as well as the other worthy Olivier contenders in this category Amy Lennox, Emma Williams, Lara Pulver and Preeya Kalidas.
UPDATED: David Bedella wins Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical for In the Heights. Brush up on your knowledge with our guide to him and the other men who wowed the judges with their supporting performances this year: Dan Burton, Gavin Spokes and Peter Davison.
She’s played Velma Kelly in Chicago, appeared in The Producers, Kiss Me Kate and Sweet Charity amongst many other successful shows. Her cabarets have received critical acclaim - including an Also Recognised Awards nomination this year for her Desperate Divas cabaret with fellow #StageFaves performer Anita Louise Combe...
You have the legendary casting director Anne Vosser to blame for my Blog this week! Not only did she kindly give me my first job from college (Pickwick choreographed by Gillian Lynne), but she recently posted this YouTube clip from the West End opening of Grand Hotel at the Dominion Theatre in 1992 which lurched my sleepy Sunday brain into action...
This time last week I was coming down from the buzz of BEAM:2016. Today, as I was re-reading my notes and other people’s write-ups for this blog, I received news on casting for The Toxic Avenger, starring Mark Anderson (who I saw performing at Beam) and produced by Aria Entertainment’s Katy Lipson (one of the producers who had their portfolios showcased at Beam). So that seems pretty apt.
My biases when it comes to Bar Mitzvah Boy... plus director Stewart Nicholls explains how he's reclaimed this gem, previously a notorious West End flop that ran for only 77 performances.