Wednesday, September 18

Elton John's new musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada to have pre-Broadway run next year

It has just been confirmed that Elton John's  new musical adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada will play a pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago from 14th July to 16th  August,2020

Directed by Tony Award-winner Anna D. Shapiro, the musial is based on Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel and the 2006 movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway, The Devil Wears Prada features music by John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and a book by Paul Rudnick. Nadia DiGiallonardo is the show's musical supervisor and casting is by Stephen Kopel.

Elon said : "Re-imagining The Devil Wears Prada for the musical theatre is super-exciting. I'm a huge fan of both the book and the feature film, and a huge aficionado of the fashion world. I can't wait to sink my musical teeth into this hunk of popular culture."

Casting and dates for a Broadway run are yet to be announced, but a recent New York reading featured Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner as fashion magazine owner Miranda Priestly, Krystina Alabado (Mean Girls) as fledgling assistant Andy Sachs and Heléne Yorke as Emily. Skinner has previously appeared in Billy Elliot and recently starred in Broadway's The Cher Show.

Full cast announced for White Christmas at the Dominion

Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Kevin McCollum have just announce full casting for the Made at Curve production of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS at London’s Dominion Theatre from which runs from 16th November 2019-4th January  2020.Joining the previously announced Danny Mac and Dan Burton  as leads Bob Wallace And Phil Davis  are Michael Brandon as General Henry Waverly, Brenda Edwards/Martha Watson, Danielle Hope Betty Haynes and Clare Halse  as Judy Haynes.

Michael Brandon is probably best known for starring in the classic 80’s television series Dempsey and Makepeace. His most recent television credits include four seasons as Elliot Salad in Episodes with Matt Le Blanc. His theatre credits include creating the role of Jerry Springer in Jerry Springer The Opera at the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical, Singin’ in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in the West End and the New York productions of The Lady and the Clarinet with Stockard Channing and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? with Al Pacino on Broadway.

Brenda Edwards first came to the public’s attention when she became a semi-finalist in the 2005 series of ITV1’s The X Factor. Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in musical theatre. Her many West End and touring credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and on the original UK Tour, Mama Morton in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre and the 10th Anniversary Gala, Nettie Fowler in Carousel at the London Coliseum, Pearl Pastor in Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, Esta in Moby Dick at the Union Theatre and most recently Motormouth Maybelle in the UK tour of Hairspray. She is due to star in a new tour of Sister Act which opens at Leicester Curve next April. Brenda is also a regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women.
Danielle Hope is best known for winning Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit BBC television series Over The Rainbow resulting in her playing the leading role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Her other West End credits include the title role in Snow White, also at the London Palladium and Eponine in Les Misèrables at Queen’s Theatre. Her UK touring credits include Sandy in Grease, Maria in The Sound of Music, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and most recently Sherrie in Rock of Ages.

Clare Halse most recently played the lead role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Clare’s other West End credits include Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Shrek The Musical, both at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Her UK touring credits include Amber Von-Tussle in Hairspray.


Danny Mac’s many theatre credits include Joe Gillis in the recent tour of Sunset Boulevard, Gabey in On The Town at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the West End productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde. He can currently be seen as Nino in the UK tour of Amelie. Danny captured the nation’s hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing, making it all the way to the final.


Dan Burton was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as Tulsa in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. His other West End credits include Jersey Boys, The Pajama Game, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Betty Blue Eyes and Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall.


The rest of the cast includes Stephane Anelli, Delycia Belgrave, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Jordan Crouch, Aimee Hodnett, Michael Lin, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Oliver Ramsdale, Erin Rushidi, Kayleigh Thadani, Sion Tudor Owen, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Sasha Walters, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Jack Wilcox, Anna Woodside and Freya Yates.

Tuesday, September 17

All star West End cast announced for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella semi-staged concert

Christine Allado, Cedric Neal and Jac Yarrow are among the first names  announced for the   UK premiere of the Broadway version of Rodgers and  Hammerstein’s Cinderella semi-staged concert at Cadogan Hall on 20th October. The concert will be performed by a 21-piece orchestra featuring the London Musical Theatre Orchestra (LMTO).

They will  be joined by Jodie Jacobs (Bananaman, Lizzie) as Charlotte, Dean John-Wilson (Aladdin, Cruel Intentions, The King and I) as Jean-Michel, Dianne Pilkington (Young Frankenstein, Wicked) as Marie and Zoe Rainey (Kiss Me Kate, An American in Paris) as Gabrielle.

Allado (who is starring  in the West End premiere of The Prince of Egypt) will play the lead role of Ella in with Jac Yarrow (who recently won The Stage Debut Award for his performance as Joseph) playing Prince Topher. Cedric Neal (who is in the new  Back to the Future musical) will play Lord Pinkleton.

Joining them from the LMTO chorus are Christopher Cameron, Charlotte Clitherow, Abigail Earnshaw, Benjamin Froehlich, Charlotte Kennedy, Richard James-King, Danny Lane, Jade Marvin, Chris McGuigan, Mia Michaud, Sam Oladeinde, Michael Robert-Lowe, Justine Saville, Katie Shearman, Joe Thompson-Oubari and Lizzie Wofford. Further casting for the roles of Madame and Sebastian will be announced shortly.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a Tony Award-winning musical presenting a contemporary take on the classic fairytale. The semi-staged concert will be directed by Jonathan O'Boyle with a new book by Tony Award-nominee Douglas Carter Beane, musical direction by Freddie Tapner, dramaturgy by Victoria Saxton and projection design by George Reeve.


Monday, September 16

Musical of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity to open at Turbine Theatre

The first London production of  High Fidelity musical will open at the new Turbine Theatre in Battersea running there from 21st October -7th December with casting to be confirmed.

The musical is based on Nick Hornby's 1995 novel of the same name (which was adapted into a 2000 film starring John Cusack and Jack Black), and  follows a record store owner in his mid-30s who prefers to observe life rather than live it – much to the anger of his girlfriend. 

The musical first ran in Boston in 2006 with he film and stage production moving Hornby's novel from London to USA, but this new production will take the story back to the British capital.

High Fidelity Musical has a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole), music by Pulitzer Prize-winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Amanda Green (Bring It On). Vikki Stone will join the team to work with the authors to relocate the action back to its London/Camden roots.

Tom Jackson Greaves
will direct and choreograph the production, which has designs by David Shields, sound by Dan Samson and lighting by Andrew Exeter.

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Saturday, September 14

Breaking: Cast Announced for Les Miserables West End Return to Sondheim Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh has today announced the new cast of  LES MISÉRABLES at the newly restored Sondheim Theatre which re-opens on 18th  December 2019 following its major refurbishment.

Jon Robyns will play 'Jean Valjean', Bradley Jaden 'Javert', Gerard Carey 'Thénardier', Carrie Hope Fletcher 'Fantine', Shan Ako 'Eponine', Josefina Gabrielle 'Madame Thénardier', Ashley Gilmour 'Enjolras' and Lily Kerhoas 'Cosette'. Rachelle Ann Go will return to the role of 'Fantine' for 7 weeks in the Spring and will take over the role next Summer.

They will be joined by Kelly Agbowu, Ciarán Bowling, Richard Carson, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Harry Dunnett, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Claire O'Leary, Shane O'Riordan, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Mark Pearce, Emma Warren, Sake Wijers, Mared Williams and Samuel Wyn-Morris.

Cameron Mackintosh said today "As Les Mis enters its 35th year in London, I am thrilled that we have found a brilliant and exciting cast to open my new production at the Sondheim theatre , many of whom were not even born when the show first opened! I am particularly delighted that Jon Robyns will be leading the company as Jean Valjean. Jon originally played the role of Enjolras when I first produced this new production in 2010. He also starred in Avenue Q for me in the West End and is currently having a huge success as King George in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace. His Inspector Javert will be played by Bradley Jaden, who is currently a sensational Enjolras in the sell out staged Concert version of Les Mis next door at the Gielgud Theatre having previously played Javert to great acclaim at the Queen's. Other current stars of the Concert who will be reprising their show stopping roles at the Sondheim are Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and West End newcomers Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas as Eponine and Cosette. I am delighted to announce that Rachelle Ann Go, one of the incredible stars of both the Original and current London cast of Hamilton and a previously acclaimed Fantine, will return to this role for 7 weeks in the Spring before taking the role over from Carrie Hope Fletcher next Summer. The irresistibly grasping Thénardiers will be in the hilarious hands of Gerard Carey and Josefina Gabrielle. I last worked with Gerard when he portrayed the scene stealing photographer in my recent production of Half a Sixpence and Josefina who starred in my productions of Carousel, Witches of Eastwick and Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman. Though our search for Marius continues, it's terrific to be reunited with Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras - after his recent success playing Chris in my international tour of Miss Saigon. It is a testament to Víctor Hugo's timeless masterpiece and Boublil & Schönberg's brilliant musical adaptation that Les Misérables continues to attract such stellar talent to the world's longest running musical."

Jon Robyns is playing King George in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. His many other credits include creating the roles of Princeton and Rod in  Avenue Q. He has played Marius and Enjolras in Les Misérables on stage at the Queen's Theatre in London and the 25th Anniversary International Tour respectively, as well as taking part in the 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2. His West End credits also include Spamalot at the Harold Pinter and Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

Bradley Jaden is playing Enjolras in the concert of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre, a role he played in the 30th anniversary cast of the show at the Queen's Theatre. Bradley recently played Javert in the final cast of the musical at the Queen's Theatre. His other credits include Fiyero in Wicked at the Victoria Apollo Theatre, the UK tour of Ghost The Musical; Shrek The Musical at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and Stiles and Drewe's Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. His TV credits include Emmerdale on ITV and Sugar Rush on Channel 4.

Gerard Carey originated the role of Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins and played James Walsingham and the Photographer in Half A Sixpence, both at Chichester Festival Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre. His other credits include A Christmas Carol for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre, Master Class at the Vaudeville Theatre and the national tour of Shrek The Musical.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is  playing the role of Fantine in the concert of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre. She previously played Eponine in the show at the Queen's Theatre. Her many other credits include starring in Heathers at both The Other Palace and the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Carrie has also appeared in the Arena Tour of The War of the Worlds and the UK tour of The Addams Family.

Rachelle Ann Go
is  playing Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a role she has played since the show opened in London. Rachelle played Gigi in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2014, a role she reprised when the show opened on Broadway in 2017. She has also played Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre.

Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Fantine from 18 December 2019 until 29 February 2020 and then again from 20 April 2020 until 25 July 2020. Rachelle Ann Go will play the role from 2 March 2020 until 18 April 2020 and then again from 27 July 2020.

Shan Ako is currently playing the role of Eponine in the concert of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre where she made her West End debut. She recently graduated from the Brit School.

Josefina Gabrielle was most recently seen as Velma Kelly in Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre. Her many other West End credits include Olivier nominated performances in Sweet Charity, Merrily We Roll Along and as Laurey in Oklahoma! She has also played Roxie in Chicago at the Adelphi theatre, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly! at Regent’s Park and Mrs Teavee in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Ashley Gilmour recently played the lead role of Chris in the International tour of Miss Saigon. He also appeared in the West End production at the Prince Edward Theatre. His other theatre credits include Link Larkin in the national tour of Hairspray.

Lily Kerhoas is playing the role of Cosette in the concert of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre where she made her West End debut.

Jac Yarrow to play Prince in Snow White at Birmingham

Having just completed his professional theatrical debut in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium, Jac Yarrow is now due to  head to Birmingham to play the role of The Prince in the Hippodrome's pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which  runs from Saturday 21st December to Sunday 2nd  February 2020 at the venue, with Yarrow

He joins a previously announced musical thaetare cast which includes Lesley Joseph as the Wicked Queen, Matt Slack as Muddles, Joe McElderry as The Spirit in the Mirror and Faye Brookes as Snow White. 

The production will feature costumes and sets that were used at The London Palladium last Christmas which starred Dawn French.

Friday, September 13

BREAKING NEWS: Initial casting for London's Dear Evan Hansen

Breaking news from Baz in the Mail this morning is that initial casting for  Dear Evan Hansen  has finally been revealed. 

The lead role of Evan Hansen will be played by Sam Tutty, a graduate of Italia Conti Academy, who recently appeared in the BTA production of Once On This Island at Southwark . He will be joined by recent Mountview graduate Lucy Anderson as Zoe Murphy, Rebecca McKinnis (Everybody's Talking About Jamie) as Heidi, graduate Doug Colling as Conor Murphy, Lauren Ward (Matilda) as Cynthia Murphy, Rupert Young (Oklahoma!) as Larry Murphy, Jack Loxton (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) as Jared and Nicole Raquel Dennis (Waitress) as Alana.

David Breeds (The Girls) will cover the roles of Evan, Connor and Jared, Alex Thomas-Smith (Bat Out of Hell) will cover the roles of Evan and Jared while Marcus Harman will play the alternate Evan Hansen and cover for Connor and Jared. Haydn Cox (making his West End debut) will cover Connor and Jared.
Tricia Adele-Turner (Dusty) and Hannah Lindsey (The House on Cold Hill) will cover Heidi and Cynthia, while Natalie Kassanga (Motown) and Courtney Stapleton (Six) will cover Zoe and Alana. James Winter (Jersey Boys) and Mark Peachey (A Midsummer Night's Dream) will both cover Larry.


by Lucy Anderson, a graduate of Mountview Drama Academy, as Zoe Murphy a student who becomes close to Evan,  West End actress Rebecca McKinnis who was in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, will play Heidi Hansen, Evan’s with RADA graduate, Doug Colling as Connor Murphy Zoe’s brother, His parents Cynthia and Larry Murphy will be played by Tony-nominated Lauren Ward ( Caroline, Or Change Chichester,  Hampstead and the Playhouse in London) and  Rupert  F Young (High Society at the Old Vic)with  Jack Loxton as Jared Kleinman and Nicole Racquel Dennis as Alana Beck. 

Tricia Adele-Turner will cover the Heidi and  Cynthia roles, withCourtneyStapleton covering students Zoe and  Alana. Hannah Lindsey will understudy Heidi and  Cynthia. James Winterwill cover Larry Murphy.Marcus Harman has been cast as alternate Evan as well as covering  the roles of Connor and Jared. David Breeds will understudy the roles of Evan, Connor and Jared.

The hit musical  will preview at the Noel  Coward Theatre from October 29th, with the official opening night set for November 19th. It is currently booking until 4th April 2020.

Thursday, September 12

Kerry Ellis, Amy Hart, Natalie McQueen and Oliver Savile to perform in West End Bares

Kerry Ellis, Amy Hart from ITV2’s Love Island 2019; Natalie McQueen who is currently starring as ‘Doralee Rhodes’ in “9 to 5 The Musical”; Michael Auger who is best known as a member of the Britain’s Got Talent winning group, Collabro; Emmanuel Kojo who has most recently been seen in “Oklahoma!” at Chichester Festival Theatre and “Girl From The North Country” at the Noel Coward Theatre and Oliver Saville who is currently on stage in “Falsettos” at The Other Palace and is best known as ‘Fiyero’ in “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria are to perform in the 10th anniversary of West End Bares to raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust, a UK-based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS. The concept has raised over £300,000 since its inception and is based on Broadway Bares, by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (Pretty Woman).

The show will  be at Troxy on 13th  October at 8:30pm with this year's theme entitled West End Bares: Stripped
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Ellis will perform in the finale  with more special celebrity guests and performers to be announced later this month.

WEST END BARES: STRIPPED will be directed by David Grewcock and Will Lucas, with choreography from Jessica Ellen Knight (Saturday Night Fever, Evita, Cabaret), Sean Parkins (Dreamgirls, The Book Of Mormon, Wicked), Joanna Goodwin (Sunset Boulevard, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Barnum), Stuart Rogers (The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You, Mary Poppins), Racky Plews (American Idiot, Footloose, Knights of the Rose), Ashley Nottingham (Newsies, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie), Ella Nonini (Cats, Wicked, Mamma Mia) Adam Scott (Mamma Mia, That’s Entertainment), Chris Whittaker (I Wish My Life Were Like A Musical, Alice In Wonderland) and more to announced.
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Wednesday, September 11

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2020 season to include 101 Dalmations and Carousel musicals

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has announced its 2020 season with  artistic director Timothy Sheader  reuniting  with Jesus Christ Superstar choreographer Drew McOnie to produce a new revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel from 31 July to 19 September. Featuring classic numbers such as "If I Loved You" and "You'll Never Walk Alone", the pair's second musical follows the misfortunes of carousel barker Billy Bigelow. Cast and further creative team members are to be announced.

Zinnie Harris (book) and Douglas Hodge (music and lyrics)  will produce a new musical version of 101 Dalmations, based on the book by Dodie Smith (which was famously adapted into a Disney film) running from 16 May to 21 June.

The production is directed by Sheader, with puppetry designed and directed by Toby Olié. Also confirmed are Katrina Lindsay (set and costume designer), Liam Steel (choreographer), Sarah Travis (musical supervisor and orchestrator), Howard Hudson (lighting designer) and Tarek Merchant (musical director). Casting is by Jill Green, with children's casting by Verity Naughton.



Tuesday, September 10

West End Does: Halloween starring John Owen-Jones Trevor Dion Nicholas Carrie Hope-Fletcher ; Hiba Elchikhe & Rob Houchen

West End Does: Halloween returns for a second year on Sunday 27th October  at the Magic Circle Theatre (shows at 2;00pm and  6:00 pm). With a Magical theme this time round, and an all star cast including John Owen-Jones (Les Mis, Phantom); Trevor Dion Nicholas (Genie - Aladdin, West End); Carrie Hope-Fletcher (Heathers, Les Mis); Hiba Elchikhe (Aladdin Int. Tour, Fiver) & Rob Houchen (The Light in the Piazza).

West End Does director, Rob Houchen says of their Halloween event... This year, expect a unique experience at the top secret Magic Circle, where fancy dress (Witches & Wizards) is encouraged, where you'll be treated to world class magical performances & access to the Magic Circle's private Museum, before a stunning Concert hosted by TV magician Max Somerset (BAFTA nominated for 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice). Come along! It'll be magical and our most exciting concert yet!

Tickets for this family friendly and unique West End event are on sale now at www.westenddoes.com

Cast and guest stars announced for Nativity the Musical

NATIVITY! THE MUSICAL is back for a third year in London and the producers of the smash-hit show have just announced that for the London dates Sharon Osbourne will be joining the company as ‘President of Parker Pictures’, aka  Crystal Collins - mother in law to Harry Parker who will be played by  Danny Dyer who  is back as ‘The Hollywood Producer’ by popular demand following a very successful Christmas season at the Eventim Apollo last year.His daughter and winner of ‘Love Island’ 2018 Dani Dyer also returns as ‘Polly Parker’ with the previously announced Rylan Clark-Neal completing the guest star line up as The Critic. Simon Lipkin  will reprise his role as the hilarious ‘Mr Poppy’ for a third year after critical and audience acclaim.

They will be joined by Scott Garnham as ‘Mr Maddens’ and Ashleigh Gray as ‘Jennifer Lore’ who both return for a second year. Completing the cast will be Jonathan Bourne as ‘Lord Mayor’, Charles Brunton as ‘Mr Shakespeare’, Jamie Chapman as ‘Patrick Burns’ and Penelope Woodman as ‘Mrs Bevan’. They will be joined by Dawn Buckland, Connor Ewing, Kade Ferraiolo, Amy Oxley, Helena Pipe and Billy Roberts. They will  will play all UK tour venues and London.

Dani Dyer will play ‘Polly Parker’ in, Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Southampton and London and Scott Paige will play ‘Mr Poppy’ in Wolverhampton, Cardiff, Southampton, Aylesbury and Plymouth and the role of ‘Mr Rye’ in London.

They are joined by a cast of 20 children aged 9 – 12 from across the Midlands as the pupils of ‘St Bernadette’s School’. They are, Thomas Bastable, Evie Bennell-Low, Olivia Brooks, Niamh Crowley, Erin Freeman, Lucas Haywood, Alexander Hogg, Kheiri Isaac-Osmani, Isabel Landers, Evie Mallen, Joshua Millard-Lloyd, Ana Morgan, Ela Morgan, Amy-Louise Mulhall, Alastair Ngwenya, Gerald Ngwenya, Tega Oduko, Kayan Parmar, Lyla Peters, Katelyn Rollason, Teddy Saberton, Grace Townley and Nicholas Vakis.

Scott Garnham’s previous theatre credits include the UK Tour of ‘Billy Elliot The Musical’ and the West End productions of ‘Les Misérables’ at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘I Can’t Sing’ at the London Palladium. Scott returns as ‘Mr Maddens’ in ‘Nativity! The Musical’ after delighting audiences on tour and in London in 2018.

Ashleigh Gray is best known for playing the leading role of ‘Elphaba’ in ‘Wicked’ in the West End and on UK Tour. Her other theatre credits include ‘Vanities’ and ‘Cool Rider’ both in London. Ashleigh returns as Jennifer Lore in ‘Nativity! The Musical’ for a second year.









John Barrowman announces A Fabulous Christmas UK tour

John Barrowman has just announced a  tour of his solo show A Fabulous Christmas,  playing  eight UK dates this December opening  at Bristol Hippodrome on 30th November.

A Fabulous Christmas will also be released as an album with John saying Barrowman "It's been great to get back into the studio recording new Christmas tracks. I love this time of the year, but this is the first time I've put together a full album of Christmas and festive music for the most fabulous time of the year. I had so much fun on my summer tour, bringing my husband Scott and my parents along for the ride, while celebrating 30 years on stage and performing some of my favourite songs from that time. I can't wait to be back out there meeting more fans during this festive Christmas tour."
Glasgwwgian Barrowman played opposite Elaine Paige in Anything Goes at the National Theatre in 1989 and  has since starred in West End productions of Miss Saigon, The Phantom of The Opera and Sunset Boulevard, reprising the role of Joe Gillis on Broadway. He most recently appeared in the West End as Albin/ Zaza in La Cage Aux Folles in 2009 and is due to appear as a judge on ITV's next series of Dancing on Ice.

Tickets go on sale on 20th September at 10:00 am