Wednesday, October 7

Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock to lead cast of European premiere of Broadway musical Grey Gardens next year

Jenna Russell and Sheila Hancock will star in the European premiere of the Broadway musical Grey Gardens which will run at Southwark Playhouse from 2nd  January to 6th  February next year. Later this month the pair are starring in Stiles & Drewe's Peter Pan - a Musical Adventure Concert

Grey Gardens is about  the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Hancock will play Edith 'Big Edie' Bouvier Beale and Russell will play her daughter Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale.

Based on the iconic film, Grey Gardens tells the spectacular real life rise and fall of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s aunt and cousin, Edith and Edie Bouvier Beale. Starting in 1941 at an engagement party at Grey Gardens, the Bouvier’s mansion in East Hampton, Long Island, the musical tracks the progression of the two women’s lives from American aristocrats to reclusive social outcasts living in such squalid conditions, in a home overrun by cats, that the Health Department deemed the mansion ‘unfit for human habitation’.

The 2006 musical has a book by Doug Wright, lyrics by Michael Korie and music from Scott Frankel. The show won three Tony Awards and 12 Drama Desk awards when it ran on Broadway.
Producer Danielle Tarento and director Thom Southerland, the team behind recent productions of Titanic, Grand Hotel, and Parade, will bring the show to the Southwark Playhouse, London in January next year.

Tickets for Grey Gardens


Confirmed: BBC Filming Gypsy for TV Broadcast

Great news! It is now confirmed that plans are already in place for the BBC to film the next three performances of the fabulous London production of Gypsy to be broadcast at some time still to be announced. 
You still have time to see Imelda Staunton's amazing performance as Mama Rose with the show running  at the Savoy until 28th November with a small cast change due next week.


Full cast announced for Broadway's The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks

Full casting has just been announced for the  Jennifer Hudson (as Shug Avery), Cynthia Erivo (Celie) and Danielle Brooks (Sofia) Broadway Revival of The Color Purple. They will be joined by  Isaiah Johnson (as Mister), Joaquina Kalukango (as Nettie) as Nettie, and Kyle Scatliffe (as Harpo) with Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb.

Adapted from the novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. It tells the story of a woman named Celie as she navigates her life in rural Georgia in the early 1900s. This production is directed by Tony winner John Doyle. Ii originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 and is set to begin performances  on November 10th, opening on Decemberth 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.


Saturday, October 3

Cast announced for Damon Albarn's

The cast has been announced for Damon Albarn's  new musical which is  inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. It  features music by Damon Albarn and book and lyrics by Moira Buffini and runs at the Olivier, National Theatre, from 23rd November  to 28 Feb 2016, with an  opening on  2nd December.

The cast will be led by  Carly Bawden (McQueen, Assassins, My Fair Lady, Stephen Ward, The Light Princess) as Alice/Aly with  Sam Archer, Lois Chimimba, Ivan De Freitas, Anna Francolini, Hal Fowler, Paul Hilton, Daisy Maywood, Enyi Okoronkwo, Golda Rosheuvel, Cydney Uffindell-Phillips and Whitney White, Leon Cooke, Nadine Cox, Adrian Grove, Joshua Lacey, Lisa Ritchie, Ed Wade, Simon Anthony and Stephanie Rojas. 

(Carly Bawden is currently performing as Dahlia in McQueen, which has just announced early closure  on 17th  October). let you be exactly who you want to be. Young Aly loves this extraordinary virtual world. She was bullied at school and is unhappy at home so lets her escape from her parents, from teachers, and  herself ... 

The production is  directed by Rufus Norris with  set designs by Rae Smith, and  projections by 59 Productions, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Arditti, choreography by Javier De Frutos and musical direction by David Shrubsole.

Tickets for


Friday, October 2

Maria Friedman, Daniel Evans, Adrian Lester and David Thaxton in Concert celebrating 40 years of Olivier Awards.

Maria Friedman is to direct and perform in a concert at the Royal Festival Hall on Monday 25th January at 7:30 pm. It  will feature stars performing a selection of songs from celebrated stage musicals accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart celebrating 40 years of the Olivier Awards. It will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The Oliviers concert will also feature performances from Olivier Award winners  Daniel Evans, Adrian Lester and David Thaxton with further names still to be announced

Tickets for The Oliviers Concert


Oompa-Loompa Open auditions for Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

For the first time  the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, will be holding open auditions later this month. Performers are invited to attend a day of auditions for Oompa-Loompas to join the 2016/17 West End Company.

Auditions will be held on Monday 26th October 2015 at The Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road.  Auditions for female performers start at 10:00 am and for male performers at 2:'' pm.

The creative team is looking for technically strong dancers, highly skilled in a range of styles including ballet, street, hip-hop, disco and tap. Alongside dance technique, the team will be looking out for performers with bags of personality and excellent facial and character skills.  Whilst this will be a dance only call, strong singing voices will be required for any recalls. Attendees must be aged 18 years or older, eligible to work in the UK and having a playing age of 18 – early 30s.  Female performers to be 5’1’’-5’8’’ and male performers 5’6’’ – 6’0’’.  Performers of all backgrounds and ethnic groups are encouraged to attend.

Auditionees should bring tight fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes, trainers and kneepads as well as a C.V. and headshot stapled together.


New Sound of Musicals Tour starring Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen, Tim Howar & Graham Bickley

The Sound of Musicals is a new tour presenting a  programme of show–stopping music and songs from the greatest Broadway musicals including Kiss Me Kate, Singin' in the Rain , The Sound Of Music, Cabaret, Oliver!, Mary Poppins, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory,  Les Miserables anf Oklahoma!  and Wicked 

 P erformed by an all-star West End cast including Kerry Ellis, Summer Strallen,  Graham Bickley  and Tim Howar accompanied by the London Concert Orchestra conducted by  Richard Balcombe

Tickets for the Sound of Musicals Tour are on sale at the following Venues

14:30 December 27th: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall  
15:00 December 28th: Bridgewater Hall Manchester
19:30 December 29th Birmingham Symphony Hall
19:30  DEcember 30th: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
14:30 January 2nd: London Barbican Hall


Philip Schofield Hosting Music Of The Knights Concert Tour

Phillip Schofield is to host new Music of the Knights UK concert tour in April 2016. He currently presents ITV's This Morning , All Star Mr & Mrs and The Cube Game Show and  previously starred in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium as well as the UK tour of Dr Dolittle.

He says: "I'm so thrilled to be hosting Music of the Knights. It promises to be a great night of music and surprises. It's been quite a while since I've appeared on stage so I'm really looking forward to a great evening."

Music of the Knights is described as a celebration of the legendary Knights of the entertainment industry who have transformed the face of music, film and theatre throughout the ages.The Knights include: Sir Elton John, Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Paul McCartney and The Beatles, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Sir Tim Rice, Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Bob Geldof, Bono and Sir Van Morrison.

It will star some top West End stars accompanied by a live band performing musical numbers including: ‘I’m Still Standing’, ‘Rocket Man’ (Elton John), ‘Twist And Shout’, ‘Hey Jude’ (The Beatles), ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ (Les Miserables), ‘Do You Want To Dance’ (Cliff Richard), ‘It’s Not Unusual’ (Tom Jones), ‘Close Every Door’ (Joseph) and ‘Satisfaction’ (Mick Jagger).

Booking is now open at the following Music of the Knights Tour Dates:

Thursday 21st April: Cardiff St Davids Hall

Friday 22nd April: Ipswich Regent Theatre

Saturday 23rd April: Northampton Derngate

Sunday 24th April: Southampton  Mayflower