Saturday, March 23

Jeremy Jordan in concert at Cadogan Hall

Following sell out concerts in 2016 and 2018, Broadway and TV star Jeremy Jordan is back performing in  London on  Friday 25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 2019 at Cadogan Hall, for just four shows.

Jeremy  earned Tony, Grammy and Drama Desk nominations for starring as Jack Kelly in the hit Broadway musical, Newsies, reprising the role in Disney's 2016 film release of the show. Also on Broadway he starred as 'Tony' in the most recent Broadway revival of West Side Story; originated the role of 'Clyde Barrow' in Bonnie & Clyde, for which he won the Theatre World Award; and was featured in Rock of Ages.

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Friday, March 22

Janie Dee and Phil Daniels lead workshop cast of new Happy Prince musical based on Oscar Wilde's fairy story


The new Happy Prince musical based on Oscar Wilde's iconic children's fairy story  is to be workshopped at The Place in King's Cross on 3rd and 4th  May. 


With music, lyrics and direction by Hal Cazalet and book and movement direction by Michael Barry,
The showcase will have lighting by David Howe and choreography by Hurdley and Archer, the piece is set in an unpleasant  1920s laundry house located in a town where a despotic mayor drives the citizens into bankruptcy and ruin. Drawing parallels to the world today, walls are being built to divide societies, so the Statue of a Prince, trapped behind the walls of his own palace, must win over the heart of a Swallow to save his people. The Prince is troubled by the poverty and suffering surrounding him. He persuades the Swallow to become his messenger and distribute his treasures to the townspeople who are most in need. In a race against time, and as the Swallow gradually removes his sapphire eyes and his gold leaf, outwardly the statue looks dull and shabby but the Prince is inwardly renewed and freed of his torment.

Appearing in the three showcase performances will be Janie Dee (Follies) as Mrs Bentley , Phil Daniels (A Very Very Very Dark Matter) as the Mayor, Sophia Hurdley (New Adventures company member) as eh Swallow and Sam Archer (Wise Children) as the Prince with  David Burt, Louis Gaunt, Sammy Graham, Jessica Pardoe, Edwin Ray, Ronald Samm, Cilla Silvia, Gemma Wardle and Alfie Wickham.

Cazalet said: The Happy Prince is a fairy tale for today and as Oscar Wilde intended, for both adults and children alike. I can't help but feel that the Wildean themes of greed and corruption set against the redeeming power of love and sacrifice are every bit as relevant and urgent in our present world, as when Wilde wrote the story in 1888.

Faye Tozer to join cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie

Steps star and Strictly Come Dancing finalist Faye Tozer is  joining the West End cast of Everybody's Talking About Jamie playing Miss Hedge for a limited season from 6th May until 3rd August.
 
The show originally opened at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre in 2017 and has music from Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics from Tom MacRae. It is currently in its second year in the West End booking until Saturday 25th January 2020, with current star Layton Williams confirmed to be playing lead character Jamie New until that date.
 
Faye Tozer said:I am extremely proud to be joining this ground-breaking, award winning production which is so fresh and current on the West End scene.

Faye Tozer is a singer-songwriter, dancer and stage actress who is best known for being a member of the Brit Award winning pop band Steps. Steps have sold over 20 million records worldwide and performed sold out arena tours. Faye began her theatre career in 2004 starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tell Me on a Sunday. Other theatre credits include Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens (The Venue Theatre, London), Tailor Made Man (The Arts Theatre, London) and UK tours of Love Shack, Me & My Girl, Dial M for Murder, Over the Rainbow, Rhinestone Mondays, Singin' in the Rain and The Naked Truth. She was most recently seen on television in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing, where she made it to the 2018 finals with her dance partner Giovanni Pernice.

Faye will join current cast members: Layton Williams (Jamie New), Alex Anstey (Laika Virgin), Luke Baker (Dean Paxton), Courtney Bowman (Fatimah), Marvyn Charles (Swing), Marlon G Day (Dad), Momar Diagne, Zahra Jones (Becca), James Gillan (Tray Sophisticay), Ryan Hughes (Mickey), Daniel Jacob (Sandra Bollock), Melissa Jacques, Emily Kenwright (Vicki), Sejal Keshwala (Ray), Luke Latchman (Sayid), Jordan Laviniere (Cy), Rebecca McKinnis (Margaret New), Harriet Payne (Bex), Rachel Price (Swing), Sabrina Sandhu (Pritti Pasha), Biancha Szynal (Swing), Adam Taylor (Swing) and Ziggy Tyler Taylor (Levi).

Wednesday, March 20

More casting news for Spielberg's West Side Story movie

Further casting has been announced for Steven Spielberg's West Side Story film, which is expected to begin shooting this summer with a release date  yet to be announced

According to Deadline, joining the previously announced two leads Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in the film will be  Corey Stoll (Ant-Man and Midnight in Paris) as the fearsome Lieutenant Schrank and three-time Tony-nominee Brian dʼArcy James as iconic Officer Krupke who was the original King George in Hamilton on Broadway.

They  join Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Rita Moreno (Valentina) and Josh Andrés Rivera (Chino).

Set in 1950s New York, the classic musical tells of the gang rivalry between the New York Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. It is loosely based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and features classic numbers including "I Feel Pretty", "Something's Coming", "America", "Cool" and "Tonight". It has music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins.

The original film came out in 1961 and starred Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. It went on to win ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Jac Yarrow to play Joseph at Palladium

Arts Educational School's Jac Yarrow,  will play the tile role in the new West End production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat joining  the already cast Sheridan Smith as the Narrator and Jason Donovan as Pharoah. Lloyd Webber and Rice had already told producer Michael Harrison,  that they wanted a 20-year-old ‘new discovery’ to play Joseph in Dreamcoat.

Jac is just 21 years old and comes from the village of Creigiau, near Cardiff. He came to everyone's attention when he stood out playing the lead role in Newsies at ArtsEd.  He has been given special dispensation by the College to begin rehearsing Joseph a month before his graduation date in June.  He was told he had won the role on his 21st birthday saying This is more than I can ever imagine. Let alone for my first job straight out of college, and to be working with Sheridan and Jason. It’ll be like a getting a masterclass.






Tuesday, March 19

White Christmas starring Danny Mac and Dan Burton playing at Dominion Theatre over Christmas

Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Kevin McCollum are delighted to present the spectacular new Made at Curve production of Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS at London’s Dominion Theatre for a strictly limited season from 16th November 2019-4th January  2020 directed by Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster and choreography by two-time Olivier Award-winning choreographer Stephen Mear (Mary Poppins).

It will again star Danny Mac (Bob Wallace) his  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 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. He is shortly to appear in the tour of Amelie the Musical and Dan Burton as Phil Davis 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. More casting news to follow soon.

The musical, with book by David Ives and Paul Blake, is based on the 1954 film of the same name and features the iconic Irving Berlin song "White Christmas". It tells of two veterans who form a showbiz duo in the wake of the Second World War.

The show has choreography by Stephen Mear with set design by Michael Taylor and costume design by Diego Pitarch. Musical supervision is by Stephen Brooker, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Tom Marshall. Orchestrations are by Larry Blank with new musical arrangements by Jason Carr.

A timeless romantic comedy to warm hearts of all ages, White Christmas features the classic songs Blue Skies, Sisters and the most famous festive song of all… White Christmas.

Tickets on sale 21st March at noon  



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Kym Marsh, Tam Ryan & Shaun Williamson appearing in Elf Arena tour this Christmas

The West End and Broadway musical Elf will again embark on a  limited arena tour this year running at M & S Bank Arena  Liverpool 7 -8 December, Glasgow SSE Hydro 14-15 December and SSE Arena London on 21- 23 December. Appearing in the 2019 stadium tour will be Kym Marsh/Buddy's girlfriend Jovie, Tam Ryan/ reprising the role of Buddy and Shaun Williamson as Buddy's dad Walter Hobbs.
Buddy’s dad Walter Hobbs

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/03/14/coronation-streets-kym-marsh-announces-first-role-post-michelle-connor-with-barry-from-eastenders-8898585/?ito=cbshare
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Buddy’s dad Walter Hobbs

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Just two weeks ago Kym confirmed that she had quit Coronation Street after 13 years of playing Michelle Connor to pursue other acting opportunities, but insisted the door will be left open for her return.She told The Sun: When I was lucky enough to be offered four episodes I could never in my wildest dreams have thought I’d be here 13 years later.It’s been an incredibly difficult decision but it feels like the right time for me to explore some other roles.

Speaking about her role in the show, Kym said: I am delighted to be getting back on stage and joining the cast of Elf this December.Elf is an iconic Christmas film and having seen the musical myself last year I am very excited to be part of this fun and heart-warming family show.Kym will take on the role previously played by Zooey Deschanel in the film, and Kimberley Walsh when the musical played in the West End.
 
Based on the iconic film of the same name, the musical first ran in 2010 on Broadway, directed by Casey Nicholaw. It has a book written by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers and Hairspray) and an original score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. Elf had its West End premiere at the Dominion Theatre in 2015, starring Ben Forster as Buddy. Last year's arena tour starred David Essex and Martine McCutcheon.


Friday, March 15

Danny Mac joins cast for the UK premiere of Amélie the Musical


Danny Mac is to play daydreamer Nino Quincampoix in the tour of Amelie the musical   which  previews from 11th April at the watermill Theatre in Newbury. Mac will play the role from 22nd  May on tour, while Chris Jared will play the part during the Watermill Theatre performances from 11th April to 18th May.

The rest of the cast joining him and join Audrey Brisson includes Oliver Grant as Lucien / Mysterious Man, Samuel Morgan-Grahame as Joseph / Fluffy, Sioned Saunders as Gina, Johnson Willis as Collignon / Dufayel, Caolan McCarthy as Hippolito / Elton John, Faoileann Cunningham as Georgette / Sylvia, Kate Robson-Stuart as Suzanne, Josh Sneesby as Blind Beggar / Gnome, Jez Unwin as Raphael / Bretodeau and Rachel Dawson as Andamine / Philomene.

Full cast announced for tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

Full casting has just been announced for he new tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert which is due to kick off in  September.

 As previously revealed Joe McFadden has been cast in the lead as Tick/Mitzi, and hew ill be joined by with Miles Western as Bernadette and Nick Hayes as Adam/Felicia. They are joined by Daniel Fletcher (Bob), Miranda Wilford (Marion), Kevin Yates (Miss Understanding), Jacqui Sanchez (Cynthia). The Divas will be played by Nikki Bentley,Claudia Kariuki, Rosie Glossop and the cast is completed by Jak Allen-Anderson, Natalie Chua, Emma Crossley, Jordan Cunningham, Martin Harding, Justin-Lee Jones, Nell Martin and Edwin Ray.

Tour of Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 Musical announced

Following the huge success of 9 to 5 THE MUSICAL at London's Savoy Theatre , the producers of the show have announced that a second production  will visit  11 cities throughout the UK and Ireland, opening at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham on 6th September 2019. Casting is to be announced soon.

The London production of the show is currently booking until 31 August 2019 and stars Caroline Sheen (until 23 March), Amber Davies, Natalie McQueen, Bonnie Langford and Brian Conley. Louise Redknapp is to join the cast from 25 March to 29 June.

Parton said: "I am beyond thrilled to the response from across the pond to 9 to 5 The Musical. The overwhelmingly positive fan reaction to this universal story tickles every rhinestone on my body! I can't wait for more people throughout the UK and Ireland to enjoy it and sing along".

Petula Clark and Joseph Millson join Mary Poppins cast

The latest casting news  on Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre is that Petula Clark is returning to London's West End this autumn after an absence of  22 years  to play the Bird Woman who sings the iconic Sherman Brothers song  "Feed the Birds". Cameron Mackintosh has also hinted that she will be doing "something extra" in the show.

Joseph Millson  joins the cast as Mr. Banks, the banker father of Jane and Michael  who undergoes a big  adjustment during Mary's stay in his home.

Clark starred as Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music in the West End in 1981 and Candida by George Bernard Shaw in 1983. Her other theatre credits  include Sunset Boulevard, Blood Brothers and Someone Like You.

Millson's extensive theatre credits include Apologia at Trafalgar Studios, The Rover for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Mr Foote's Other Leg at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe, Much Ado About Nothing, King John and the Spanish Golden Age Season for the RSC/West End, Rocket to the Moon, Pillars of the Community and Every Good Boy Deserves Favour for the National Theatre, Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre and The Priory for The Royal Court Theatre. Most  recent television work includes Catch 22, Grantchester, Ransom, Banished, 24 Live Another Day, as well as regular roles in The Last Kingdom, Campus, Holby City and The Sarah Jane Adventures. His film credits include Casino Royale, I Give It A Year, All The Devils Men, Dragonheart Vengeance, Angel Has Fallen, No Vacancies, Burning Men, Tango One, The Dead 2 and Devil's Bridge.

Other casting news previously announced is that Zizi Strallen will be playing the title tole and Charlie Stemp is Bert.

Thursday, March 14

Hugh Jackman to star in the The Music Man on Broadway

It has been confirmed that Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway on October 22nd , 2020 to play Harold Hill in a revival of Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” It will be his first musical theatre stage role in more than a decade when he won a a Tony Award for best actor in “The Boy From Oz,”

Jackman will play con man Harold Hill, a role made famous on screen and stage by the late Robert Preston. The show follows Hill’s latest scheme, that finds him posing as the head of boys’ marching band (76 Trombones). Scott Rudin will produce the revival.

Jackman’s recent film roles include the smash hit “The Greatest Showman,” Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables" as well as the Gary Hart biopic “The Front Runner.” His other credits include “Logan,” “The Prestige,” and “The Fountain.” On stage, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the plays “A Steady Rain” and “The River.” He is currently touring the world in his one-man stage show which comes to the UK in May   singing songs from “The Boy From Oz,” “The Greatest Showman” and other musicals.