Wednesday, March 25

Casting for tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Initial casting has just been announced for the tour of dirty Rotten Scoundrels which recently ended its run at the Savoy Theatre.  It kicks off at the Birmingham New Alexandra on 5th May with rehearsals starting yesterday and the lead roles being  played by Michael Praed/Lawrence Jameson (The Sound of Music, Dangerous Corner, High Society), Noel Sullivan/Freddy(We Will Rock You, Priscilla Queen of the Desert), Mark Benton/Andre (Hairspray, The Railway Children, Hobson's Choice, Waterloo Road) and Carley Stenson/Chrisine Colgate(Legally Blonde, Shrek the Musical)  at venues up to and including Oxford New Theatre.

Further casting for the production, which had a successful West End run starring Robert Lindsay, Alex Gaumond. Katherine Kingsley and Bonnie Langford is to be announced.


Tuesday, March 24

Marcelo Gomes to guest star as Luca in The Car Man at Sadler's Wells.

Brazilian ballet star  Marcelo Gomes will guest star in th title role of  ‘Luca’ in the internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning dance thriller Matthew Bourne's THE CAR MANduring the four week summer season at Sadler’s Wells from 14 July to 9 August 2015. He will alternate the role with the previously announced Jonathan Ollivier and Chris Trenfield; all three dancers worked together last year, sharing the role of ‘The Swan’ when Marcelo Gomes made his debut with New Adventures in the Tokyo Season of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Full Sadler’s Wells casting schedule to be announced shortly


Rachel Tucker in Concert Back From Broadway

Rachel Tucker returns to the St James Theatre on Sunday19th April for two performances at at 3: 00pm and 7:00 pmwith her new solo show, Back From Broadway. This follows her debut at  Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, playing Meg Dawson in Sting’s musical The Last Ship New York directed by Joe Mantello.

Tucker starred as Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked (Apollo Victoria Theatre). Her debut solo album The Reason was released in August 2013. Further theatre credits include Farragut North (Southwark Playhouse), We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre), Tonight’s the Night (national tour), Rent (Olympia Theatre, Dublin), The Who’s Tommy (national tour), The Full Monty (national tour), The Wizard of Oz, To Be Sure, Merry Christmas Betty Ford and Have a Nice Life (Lyric Theatre, Belfast). Workshops include Lazarus directed by Ivo van Hove, T’Aint, Dusty and Love Never Dies. Television credits include I’d Do Anything (BBC), where she reached the semi-final stages for the role of Nancy.

Tickets for Rachel Tucker Back from Broadway


Friday, March 20

Jade Ewen out of tour of Godspell in Concert

Sugababe Jade Ewen has had to withdraw  from her role in this spring’s forthcoming tour of Godspell In Concert due to ill health.  Her replacement is Laura Mansell  (pictured) who is  already a member of the current cast and in rehearsals for the tour which opens at the Hackney Empire on Saturday 4 April.

Jade Ewen said of today’s announcement: “I’m saddened to have to withdraw from Godspell due to ill health. I wish the cast and crew a truly successful run, although I know they will put on an amazing show, and I can’t wait to see

Mansell’s previous theatrical credits include: Diva 2 in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK tour), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (White Bear Theatre), Precious Maguire in Steel Pier (Bridewell Theatre), BBC Proms with Maida Vale Singers and John Wilson Orchestra (Royal Albert Hall) and Rent (Garrick Theatre).

Motown the Musical Looking for London Theatre

According to today's Mail,  negotiations to transfer Motown the Musical into the London Palladium have broken down  because the theatre's management wants to take a break from long-running shows  and concentrate instead   one-night stands, one-week runs and other short-term projects.

Comic Relief played the Palladium last weekend: Cats the musical reopens there tonight and runs until 25th April. Future events include a Frank Sinatra tribute with the possible return of Cats in the autumn plus shows from ITV and the BBC. So Motown’s looking for another home ...


Film Version Confirmed for Beautiful Carole King Musical

It has been confirmed that  a film adaptation is in the pipeline  of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical  is to  be produced by Sony with Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Paul Blake as producers. The London production has been nominated for 8 Olivier Awards.

Songwriting legends Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil) two key  figures behind the current hit Broadway revue) have confirmed the new.

Hanks has previously produced and directed the similarly 1960s-set music-centric film THAT THING YOU DO! as well as executive produced the feature film adaptation of stage mega-hit MAMMA MIA! Also, Hanks made his Broadway debut in 2013 in Nora Ephron's LUCKY GUY for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor In A Play.


Tuesday, March 17

Sweet Charity in Concert starring Denise Van Outen, Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh & Kerry Ellis at the Cadogan Hall

Sweet Charity is being performed in concert by  Kerry Ellis (We Will Rock You/Cats/Wicked), Michael Xavier (Into the Woods/Assassins/The Pajama Game), Denise Van Outen (Legally Blonde/RENT) and Kimberley Walsh (Shrek/Elf) will star in a concert staging of Sweet Charity. at the Cadogan Hall from 19th-22nd August.  They will be accmpanied by Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and  Arts Ed Chorale conducted by Richard Balcombe

he show is directed by Paul Foster with choreography by Matt Flint. Sweet Charity has music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. It premiered on Broadway in 1966 and was most last seen in the West End in 2009 starring Tamzin Outhwaite.

Tickets for Sweet Charity in Concert

Blue's Duncan James to star in new tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

David Ian Productions and the Ambassador Theatre Group have just  announced a new  tour of PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT, starring Blue's Duncan James as ‘Tick’ will open at the Manchester Opera House in August.

David Ian said today “I am absolutely thrilled that audiences have demanded more of Priscilla! The reaction the show gets at theatres everywhere is like something I’ve never witnessed before – it is truly a party not to be missed. Having Duncan James play Tick is just the icing on the cupcake!”

 As one quarter of the pop band Blue, Duncan James has sold over 16 million records, had three number one albums and forty number one singles worldwide. His stage credits include playing Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a finalist on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.