Saturday, December 20

Louise Dearman in Singular Sensations at Charing Cross Theatre

The next Singular Sensations at Charing  Cross Theatre on Sunday 25th January at 3pm will feature Louise Dearman when  Edward Seckerson (formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s  musical theatre show Stage & Screen) continues his series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre. 

Louise Dearman was  the first actress to play both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked with other credits including UK tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Grease, Guys and Dolls, Jekyll and Hyde, Evita and Debbie Does Dallas at theEdinburgh Festival. She also starred in the International production of Cats.
 
Recent/current projects: An Evening of Movies and Musicals at the Apollo Victoria, Friday Night is Music Night on BBC Radio 2, Kiss Me Kate at the BBC Proms, The Waterbabies, a Variety Gala Evening at Bradford Alhambra with Michael Ball, Bond and Beyond tour and Tell Me On A Sunday.
 

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Friday, December 19

Jerry's Girls Revue at St James' Studio

Aria Entertainment and Guy James  are presenting Jerry’s Girls at the St James' Theatre Studio from 3rd-15th March. The musical revue is based on the songs of composer and lyricist Jerry Herman and will be Directed by Kate Golledge.  

The revue was created by Herman and Larry Alford in 1981 at Onstage, a nightclub located in the Theater District in midtown-Manhattan. After La Cage aux Folles opened  two years later, producer Zev Bufman approached the pair and suggested they mount a full-scale, all-star version. In  1984 the expanded show premiered in Palm Beach, Florida, with Carol Channing, Andrea McArdle, and Leslie Uggams, with  an all-female chorus, recreating scenes and songs from Herman’s hits, including Hello, Dolly!, La Cage Aux Folles, Mame, and Mack and Mabel.

Chita Rivera was nominated for her role in this musical at the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical 1980s at the 1986 40th Tony Awards.

Casting still to be announced.

Tickets for Jerry's Girls

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Keith Jack, Jodie Jacobs & Sabrina Aloueche in The Songs of Scott Morgan

Performers Keith Jack (Joseph), Jodie Jacobs (Rock Of Ages) and Sabrina Aloueche (We Will Rock You) are to  perform The Songs of Scott Morgan in The Lounge  at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 1st February 2015 for a 2:30 matinee show ( sold out) and at 8:00 pm 
The  line-up also includes: Maria Coyne, Lewis Bradley, Suzie Lowe, Sophie Ramsey, Lauren Varnham, Katie Paine, Oliver Savile, Luke Bayer and Nicole Faraday.
Thet  will perform songs from Morgan's musicals Geek! and Strange People as well as other new  projects he is working on

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City of Angels to transfer?

Josie Rourke, the artistic chief of the Donmar Warehouse, and lyricist David Zippel are in the early stages of talks about transferring the newly opened smash hit  jazzy musical City Of Angels from the Donmar into the West End.

The show is pretty much  sold out at the Donmar with discussions now  at an exploratory stage with theatre owners and if  a potential home can be identified  the availability of the cast will need to be chacked out.  The impressive line up includes Katherine Kelly, Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn, Samantha Barks, Hadley Fraser, Tam Mutu and Peter Polycarpou.


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Kerry Ellis to take over as Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger?

Andrew Lloyd Webber and his creative team of Trevor Nunn, Gillian Lynne, John Napier and David Hersey have reincarnated  Cats the musical  into a sensation yet again with many shows at the Palladium sold out. 

The Mail his morning is saying rumour has it that West End leading lady  Kerry Ellis is going to take over the role of the faded glamour puss Grizabella,  from Nicole Scherzinger   from February 9th

Nicole has recording and performing obligations and has never been staying with the show until the end of its  Palladium engagement on 28th February with rumours that Andrew Lloyd Webbetr wants to transfer into another theatre to extend its run.  They will be hard shoes to fill but Miss  Ellis has a loyal following  with an impressive list of West End credits including MY FAIR LADY, WE WILL ROCK YOU, LES MISERABLES and OLIVER!, as well as the national tours of MISS SAIGON, CHESS, THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and RENT.

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Thursday, December 18

Kerry Ellis, Adam Garcia and Christina Bianco in Tonight – From the West End

Kerry Ellis, Adam Garcia and Christina Bianco will perform in ‘Tonight – From the West End’ next April.  They will be accompanied by Scotland's Soul Nation choir to celebratemsome of the biggest musical theatre hits from the West End and Broadway.



The full list of dates and venues with booking link  are:

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Thursday, December 11

Elaine Paige postponed Irish Concert tour dates rescheduled

Elaine Paige's  postponed Irish dates from her recent concert tour have now been rescheduled and tickets are available. Here are the details including an extra show in Limerick:


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Friday, December 5

The Book of Mormon cast changes


There are some cast changes taking place at the Book of Mormon next year. Nic Rouleau  will take over the role  Elder Price from A J Holmes February 2nd.  Brian Sears (will play Elder Cunningham replacing Billy Harrigan Tighe from the same date).  Both actors have played these roles on Broadway.

Meanwhile, Gavin Creel, who originated Elder Price in London,  will take over that role on Broadway from January 6th.

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