Tuesday, August 19

Anton du Beke & Erin Boag That's Entertainment Tour

Strictly Come Dancing pros Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag are touring  a spectacular new show ‘That’s Entertainment’  in UK and Ireland in 2015 .

It provides a sophisticated combination of music, song and dance for Anton and Erin to perform their quick step, foxtrot, tango and waltz with the showbiz razzmatazz of hits and steps from stage and screen including ‘Steppin’ Out With My Baby’, ‘True Love’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’, ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’ and ‘That’s Entertainment’.

They will be joined on stage by  vocalist Lance Ellington, six world-class Ensemble Dancers and the 25-piece London Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe

The tour starts on 22nd January  at Northampton Royal & Derngate and goes on a countrywide tour which is currently scheduled to end at the Bristol Hippodrome on 29th March.

Tickets for That's Entertainment


Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Gala Performance in September

The revamped Miss Saigon opened to rave reviews on 22nd May  at the Prince Edward Theatre in London. It is the musical's 25th anniversary year and they have just announced that they are performing  a special gala  on September 22nd at 7:00 pm featuring the cast of the new production and members of the original company. All tickets will be at the original 1989 prices of: £22.50, £20.00, £16.50 and £13.50 and they go on sale on Tuesday 26th August at 10:00am.  Fans of the show will have a two-hour priority-booking period on-line from via “MISS SAIGON” social networks and the official show website with general on-sale starting at 12.00 noon (maximum 2 tickets per person on-line). Fans can also purchase by queuing in person at the Box Office which is open from 10am (maximum 4 tickets per person). To register please visit miss-saigon.com.

The show will be recorded for BBC Radio 2 and will be broadcast in its entirety on Sunday 28 September .

The first Live Cast Recording of the entire show featuring the  2014 company  goes on sale on Monday 22nd  September.


Monday, August 18

Final Dates Cancelled of Annie Get Your Gun Tour

The tour of Annie Get Your Gun starring Jason Donovan Emma Williams and Norman Pace (as Buffalo Bill (until September) is due to end earlier than planned and will now finish at the Wimbleon Theatre on 13th September.

According to The Stage the producers (Ambassador Theatre Group and Tulchin/Bartner Productions) have cancelled The final two dates at Aberdeen His Majestys and Torquay Princess Theatre which is where it was due  to end on 4th October.

In a statement from the producers they said:  Despite encouraging ticket sales and every effort being made to try to safeguard this show for our audiences, the picture across the tour led the producers to make the decision to cancel the remaining performances.


Cast announced for tour of Barnum starring Brian Conley

The new tour of Barnum is currently in rehearsal and  will open at Leicester’s Curve Theatre next month before embarking on an extensive tour which is currently due to end next August. It is based on the Chichester Festival production, but it is believed that the staging will undergo some changes.It will star Brian Conley as showman Phineas T Barnum with West End leading lady Linzi Hateley playing his wife Charity (Chairy) Barnum.

They will be joined by Kimberly Blake/Jenny Lind:Mikey Jay-Heath/Tom Thumb: Landi Oshinowo Joice Heth/Blues Singer and John Stacey Ringmaster/Bailey with ensemble members Georgie Ashford , Alison Connell, David Birch, Nick Butcher, Stefan Dermendjiev, Silvia Dopazo, Pascal Haering, Erin Jameson, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jen Robinson, Louis Stockil, Lucy Thatcher and Edward Wade with swings Greg Bernstein, Chris Gage, Rebecca Hawkins and Joanna Goodwin swing and dance captain


Sunday, August 17

Laura Michelle Kelly and Jeremy Jordan lead the cast of new production of Finding Neverland

Finding Neverland, the new musical inspired by the 2004 film of the same name  will open on Broadway next March at a theatre owned by the Nederlander Organization, spokespeople for producer Harvey Weinstein have announced.

The new production, directed by Diane Paulus, opens tonight at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts with a cast led by Laura Michelle Kelly and Jeremy Jordan.

An earlier production of Finding Neverland starring Julian Ovenden and Rosalie Vraig   premiered at the Curve  in Leicester just over a year ago,  with a score by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie and a book by Allan Knee, who wrote the film's screenplay. After mixed reviews, an expected West End transfer was cancelled , and the creative team (which included director Rob Ashford) was overhauled.

The musical now  features a score by British composer-lyricists Gary Barlow and Elliot Kennedy and a book by James Graham. Also in he creative  team are Mia Michaels (choreography), Scott Pask (scenic design), Suttirat Larlarb (costume design), Philip Rosenberg (lighting design), Jonathan Deans (sound design), Gilles Papain (projection design), Daniel Wurtzel (fan design), David Chase (musical supervisor), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (musical director), and Simon Hale (orchestrations).

Inspired by the film of the same title starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet, Finding Neverland explores the friendship between faltering playwright J.M. Barrie (Jeremy Jordan) and Sylvia Llewelyn Davies (Laura Michelle Kelly), a widowed mother of four boys, and how that relationship inspired Barrie to write his beloved Peter Pan stories.

Jordan and Kelly are joined  by Michael McGrath as Charles Frohman, Carolee Carmello as Madame du Maurier, Jeanna de Waal as Mary Barrie, Aidan Gemme as Peter, Alex Dreier as Michael, Sawyer Nunes as George, and Hayden Signoretti as Jack. The ensemble is made up of Courtney Balan, Dana Costello, Rory Donovan, Gaelen Gilliland, Thayne Jasperson, Josh Lamon, Melanie Moore, Mary Page Nance, Stuart Neal, Emma Pfaeffle, Jonathan Ritter, Tyley Ross, Julius Rubio, J.C. Schuster, Paul Slade Smith, and Ron Todorowski. Casting for the Broadway run has not been confirmed.


Jon Lee & Richard Grieve to star in new tour of Copacabana

Dancing Fool Theatrical  in association with Harlow Playhouse are presenting a new tour starting in October of Barry Manilow's  Copacabana

Starring Jon Lee (S Club 7, Les Miserables and Jersey Boys) as Tony Starr, Richard  Grieve (Emmerdale,Footloose, Priscilla Queen of the Desert)  as Sam Silver and introducing Jennifer Harding as  'Lola.'

 The musical, written by Manilow and his longtime collaborators Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman, has not been seen in the UK for ten years and will kick off at Harlow Playhouse on Thursday 2nd October 2014 (press night Friday 3 October at 7.30pm).  This new production will reimagine the original stage version of Copacabana, which was first performed in the US in 1991 and has never before been seen in the UK.Featuring Manilow hits including Dancin' Fool, Who Needs to Dream, Welcome to Havana and of course, the Grammy Award-winning Copacabana (At The Copa).

This tale of romance and stardom features aspiring songwriter Tony working as a pianist in a bar when he meets the gorgeous Lola, who is determined to make it in showbiz. Quickly falling for Lola, Tony does everything he can to assist her attempts to find stardom. At Manhattan's Copacabana Lounge both start to find fame, before fate steps in and Lola is swept away to Havana to work in a splashy night club. But Lola's new mentor and boss Rico may demand a price for putting her name in lights.

Touring venues  we have so far include Harlow Playhouse, Southsea Kings,  Buxton Opera House, Jersey Opera House, Bournemouth Pavilion, Newcastle Mill Volvo, Blackpool Grand and Billingham Forum.  More casting and  dates for next year to follow shortly.


Friday, August 15

New Sondheim number for Meryl Streep Into the Woods has been cut

Into the Woods  movie director Rob Marshall has  revealed that a previously reported new Sondheim-penned song for Meryl Streep's character of The Witch has not made the film's final cut.

"We've been incredibly faithful to the original," he said  confirming that the the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of the stage musical which is due for release at Christmas will not add any new original songs.

 Marshall promises that Streep's singing chops will certainly not  disappoint movie goers. "I don't think people will be remotely ready to hear her sing this material. The power from her is off the charts."


Wednesday, August 13

Cast for new tour of Blood Brothers

Maureen Nolan is set to reprise the role of Mrs Johnstone in Bill Kenwright's tour of  Blood Brothers when it begins again on 2nd  September at the Cambridge Arts Theatre
Maureen, who has played the role several times previously including the 2013/14 tour, is the fourth Nolan sister to take on the role, with Bernie, Denise and Linda all preceding her. This has earned the Nolans an entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.

The cast will also include Kristofer Harding as the  Narrator, Sean Jones as Mickey, Mark Hutchinson as Eddie and Tracy Spencer as Mrs Lyons.

 The tour will also visit venues including Belfast, Dublin, Birmingham, Leicester, Glasgow, Darlington and Rhyl.