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14 Mar
2019

One of a few big Broadway transfers to have hit the West End in recent months, WAITRESS is the irresistible musical from Sara Bareilles and the all-female creative team behind the original production. The show was a hit across the pond and judging by these reviews, it's going to be a success here too...

14 Mar
2019

"Well worth waiting 90 years for": Mark Giesser exceedingly long-overdue UK premiere of the Gershwins' STRIKE UP THE BAND has been attracting some great reviews as well as two Offies nominations. "All who profess to love musical theatre would be insane to miss it." What else have critics said?

An unexpected hit when it originally opened on Broadway, COME FROM AWAY has flown the coop, finally landing in London's West End. Needless to say, this heartwarming new musical about the triumph of humanity in the face of tremendous evil stole the hearts of UK audiences as much as across the Atlantic. Nominated for a series of the biggest honours at this year's Olivier Awards, fans and critics alike would no doubt love to see it scoop some accolades. See what the critics are saying about it here...

12 Mar
2019

How scary is it performing alone on a West End stage? How important is the relationship with an audience to a solo performer? In the second part of our Liza Sings Streisand interview, Liza Pulman gives us the scoop.

11 Mar
2019

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of the delicious WAITRESS at the Adelphi Theatre. Perry was there on the Red Carpet – rubbing shoulders with Carrie Hope Fletcher and Cuba Gooding Jr – plus post-show there was a chance to chat to cast members Peter Hannah and Shaun Prendergast. And did we mention Perry squeezed in meeting awesome Waitress composer Sara Bareilles too? It’s amazing what a little baking can do.

10 Mar
2019

A musical about going to war over cheese? The puns just write themselves and the cast have had no end of fun with them, says STRIKE UP THE BAND's Beth Burrows. But which is her favourite Gershwin song? (And have you entered our competition yet?)

08 Mar
2019

The Marx Brothers wrapped around a dark satire is what you'll get with little-known 1927 Broadway gem STRIKE UP THE BAND, says cast member Pippa Winslow. But which is her favourite Gershwin song? (Have you entered our competition yet?)

06 Mar
2019

What's your favourite Gershwin song? Actor and Frank Sinatra mega-fan Adam Scott Pringle is in no doubt... and he's pretty chuffed that he gets to croon it to co-star Charlotte Christensen in a rare production of 1927's STRIKE UP THE BAND at Upstairs at the Gatehouse this month...

06 Mar
2019

From Glyndebourne to Fascinating Aida to Barbra Streisand, actor, singer and comedienne Liza Pulman has brought her extraordinary voice to a wide range of material. Now she's bringing her latest show LIZA SINGS STREISAND to the West End's Shaftesbury Avenue. Read part one of our interview with her - and don't forget to enter our competition!

28 Feb
2019

A soulful The Shining? An a cappella Avengers? A Sondheim-esque Stand By Me? We don't know the shows being created in these images of Notflix, but they look awesome. Have a peek for yourselves, then book your tickets!

21 Feb
2019

Our #FirstNightTakeover series continues with Perry O’Bree attending the West End opening of Tony Award-winning Canadian musical Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre. Perry was there at the after-party to catch up with several members of the cast including Rachel Tucker and Jenna Boyd, plus he also caught up with original stranded passenger Kevin Tuerff, and Janice Goudie – one of the islanders who expressed such love and compassion to the 7,000 people diverted to their hometown during the wake of 9/11. Welcome to the Rock…

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!

17 Feb
2019

So it’s official. On March 31st the Broadway production of Anastasia will take one last Journey to the Past. If you need a moment to wipe away a little tear and celebrate this fabulous stage adaptation now is your chance... says Chloe Fry.

06 Feb
2019

Do biscuits inspire your creativity? Custard creams, Hob Knobs or pink wafers? Before he became a world-famous novelist (think Mortal Engines), Philip Reeve shared a spark of inspiration over a cup of tea in Brighton with Brian Mitchell. Terri Paddock talked to them about their collaboration 20 years on as The Ministry of Biscuits is revived...

05 Feb
2019

How many musicals have you committed to memory: plot, songs, choreography, musical style? For the Showstoppers, they've got a library in their improv brains of more than 300. Watch Faves founder Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A with co-founders Adam Meggido and Dylan Emery and the company after the premiere of that night's brand-new musical 'One Block Away'...

31 Jan
2019

How many types of improv laughs are there? How do the pros ‘listen, accept and commit’ in an improvised musical? In our last of our three-part SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical interview series, co-founder DylanEmery shares his faves and secrets after 11 years leading the way. (Have you entered our competition yet?)

29 Jan
2019

In the first of our three-part SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical interview series, co-founder Dylan Emery told us about he and Adam Meggido brought The Showstoppers to life, with influences from the likes of Ken Campbell and Alan Marriott. What happened next? We talk to Dylan about some highlights since from Edinburgh Fringe to the Olivier Awards... (Have you entered our competition yet?)

27 Jan
2019

How did the late British maverick theatremaker Ken Campbell, leading Canadian improv teacher Alan Marriott and the four Elizabethan humours contribute to the birth of SHOWSTOPPER! The Improvised Musical? In the first of a three-part series, founder Dylan Emery recalls the rollercoaster ride that he and Adam Meggido went on when setting up the troupe more than 11 years ago... (Have you entered our competition yet?)

25 Jan
2019

A hidden gem in the Andrew Lloyd Webber canon, ASPECTS OF LOVE has returned to the London stage after a successful run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester, and Jonathan O'Boyle's production is certainly making its mark! We've rounded up the reviews, the Offies nominations - and the stunning, brand-new trailer...

23 Jan
2019

If it was possible to love Lin-Manuel Miranda even more than we already do (we thought we were on full-love but now we're not sure) this video might be the thing that does it! In this video, the actor and writer of both HAMILTON and IN THE HEIGHTS teaches us all about Broadway slang...