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Sunday, August 25

Join Six the Musical for flashmob at Tower of London next Saturday

Six the Musical is going to  perform a special flashmob in front of the Tower of London (click link for location map ) at 12 noon on Saturday 31st August. 

Attendees are encouraged to join in and dance along to the routine, which you can preview and start rehearsing ahead of Saturday

Friday, August 23

Michael Ball, Hamilton, Les Mis plus musical supergroup The Cardinals to feature in BBC Proms in the Park

The line-up for this year's BBC Proms in the Park on Saturday 14 September, has just been announced.  It will feature a special tribute to Les Misérables with performances from three of the current concert production cast – Michael Ball, Shan Ako and Carrie Hope Fletcher, who will perform "I Dreamed A Dream", "On My Own" and "Stars", alongside a special appearance by Claude-Michel Schönberg

Ball will also present the night.

The concert will also feature the new musical supergroup Ramin Karimloo, Fletcher, Celinde Schoenmaker and Ben Forster  called The Cardinals  who will perform "Shallow" from A Star Is Born together.

Jon Robyns will perform "You'll Be Back" as a special Hamilton tribute, with  appearances from Barry Manilow, Chrissie Hynde, Jack Savoretti, Lighthouse Family and Gabrielle.

Further acts for the concert are still to be announced.

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Wednesday, August 21

Everybody's Talking About Jamie movie due for release in October 2020

The release date for  the Everybody's Talking About Jamie movie  will open in cinemas on 23rd October 2020, with 20th Century Fox distributing the piece.

As previously announced, the lead role of Jamie New will be played by newcomer Max Harwood, who makes his professional debut in the film. He was selected following an open casting call, with 20 young locals from Sheffield cast. Richard E Grant (Withnail and I) will take on the role of Hugo / Loco Chanel, with Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) playing Margaret New, Sharon Horgan (Catastrophe) as Miss Hedge and Shobna Gulati playing Ray, after having taken on the role in the West End.

The film is currently shooting and is directed by Jonathan Butterell, who directed the original stage show, with Tom MacRae writing the screenplay.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie   is currently booking  at the Apollo Theatre until 25th January 2020, and will embark on a new UK tour starting in  February 2020.

Tuesday, August 20

Full cast announced for tour of Cabaret the Musical starring John Partridge, Kara Lily Haworth and Anita Harris

Bill Kenwright is again mounting a new UK tour of Cabaret the musical opening in Bromley this August.

As previously announced, John Partridge will take on the role of the Emcee with Kara Lily Haworth (Cilla the musical tour) as Sally Bowles and Anita Harris will play Frauline Schneider with Charles Hagerty (The Bodyguard) as Cliff Bradshaw, James Paterson (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Herr Schultz and Nick Tizzard (Doc Martin) as Ernst Ludwig.

The ensemble will be  Gemma Archer, Joseph Dockree, Francis Foreman, Sophie Hirst, Mary Hodgkinson, Sara Morley, Hannah Nicholas, Oliver Roll, Ben Rutter, Catherine Saunders and Tom Scanlon.

Matthew Bourne's Romeo & Juliet to be screened in cinemas in October

More2Screen has just announced that New Adventures'   production of Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet will be screened in cinemas across the UK and Ireland from Tuesday 22nd October.

Matthew Bourne commented: 'I'm thrilled that New Adventures' brand-new production of Romeo and Juliet will be in cinemas across the UK from 22 October. We have been overwhelmed by the fantastic response to the work during our tour and felt we couldn't miss this opportunity to share it with as many people as possible across the UK and around the world. This timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery is no better told than by the young, and I have been refreshed and inspired by what this team of young dancers and artists have brought to Shakespeare's classic tale of tragic conflict and young love.'

More information avaialble at http://romeoandjulietincinemas.com/

Strictly's Joe Sugg to make West End debut in Waitress

Strictly Come Dancing and blogger star Joe Sugg will make his West End debut in Waitress the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre playing Ogie in the show, taking over from Blake Harrison  on 9th September. He joins a cast led by Lucie Jones, Marisha Wallace, Laura Baldwin, David Hunter and Peter Hannah.

Sugg said: "I got to see the show a couple of months back and it's absolutely fantastic. I'm excited to be a part of the cast and to have now landed a role in the West End really has topped off an incredible year for me. I hope I do everyone proud and thanks to all my supporters for making it all possible and the best year yet."

Thursday, August 8

Andrew Boyer to join The Waitress musical as Old Joe

Waitress the Musical has today announced Andrew Boyer will join the cast in the role of Old Joe from 12th  August, taking over  from Shaun Prendergast whose final performance will be on 10th August.

Boyer's previous credits include UK tours for Of Mice and Men and Shawshank Redemption, TV series Law & Order, and he has recently completed filming for HBO's new  series Avenue 5.
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New cast members announced for Six The Musical in London

Producers of SIX the musical have just announced that Cherelle Jay, Zara MacIntosh and Hana Stewart are to be the new alternate Queens in the cast at the Arts Theatre. They are already in rehearsals and will join the production in October replacing current alternates Vicki Manser, Grace Mouat and Courtney Stapleton.

Cherelle Jay comes to SIX direct from the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie where she understudied the leading role of Pritti Pasha. She was previously a member the UK's most recognised Hip Hop dance company ZooNation and made her professional debut in the West End in their production Some Like It Hip Hop, then went into their most recent remixed production of Into The Hoods, covering the role of 'Lil Red'. Her other West End work includes I Can't Sing! The X Factor Musical at The London Palladium.
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Zara MacIntosh is making her West End debut in SIX. She trained at the London College of Music. Her previous roles include playing Rattie in the recent hip hop musical In the Willows (UK tour) and Maria in Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Festival/Royal Court Theatre).


Hana Stewart trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and Performers College. Her theatre credits include: Ruth in The State of Things at The Brockley Jack Studio Theatre and Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at The Sheringham Little Theatre. Hana has just finished filming the feature film Brighton, starring Larry Lamb, Marion Bailey, Lesley Sharp and Phil Davis.

The show is currently booking at the Arts Theatre until 5th July 2020 and is due to go on a UK tour  kickin of in Guildford o 24th October.


Wednesday, August 7

42nd Street starring Bonnie Langford to be screened in UK and Ireland cinemas

More2Screen have just announced the cinema release of the critically acclaimed West End revival of Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble's 42nd Street will be screened in more than 550 cinemas across the UK and Ireland from 10th November 2019. 

The version of the musical stars Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock, Tom Lister as Julian Marsh, Clare Halse as Peggy Sawyer and Philip Bertioli as Billy Lawlor, performing with a dazzling tap-dancing and show-stopping ensemble cast. Featuring iconic songs 42nd Street, We’re In The Money, Lullaby Of Broadway, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Dames and I Only Have Eyes For You.

Cinema tickets are on sale now at 42ndStreetCinema.com

Wednesday, July 31

More casting news for The Prince of Egypt

Further casting has been announced for the West End run of THE PRINCE OF EGYPT which starts previews at the Dominion Theatre on 5th February next year,  

Joining the previously announced Luke Brady (Moses), Liam Tamne (Ramses), Christine Allado (Tzipporah) and Alexia Khadime (Miriam) are Joe Dixon (Seti), Debbie Kurup (Queen Tuya), Gary Wilmot (Jethro), Adam Pearce (Hotep), Tanisha Spring (Nefertari) and Silas Wyatt-Barke (Aaron). 
 
More  casting is still to be announced.

David Thaxton joining cast of Come From Away London

David Thaxton is to join the cast of Come From Away at London's Phoenix Theatre taking over the role of Kevin T/Garth and Others from David Shannon from 9th September.

Thaxton is best known for the Phantom of the Opera, as well as his Olivier-winning role in Passion. Other West End credits include Les Misérables, Love Never Dies, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
 
He joins a cast that includes Jenna Boyd (Beulah and others), Nathanael Campbell (Bob and others), Clive Carter (Claude and others), Mary Doherty (Bonnie and others), Robert Hands (Nick, Doug and others), Helen Hobson (Diane and others), Jonathan Andrew Hume (Kevin J, Ali and others), Harry Morrison (Oz and others), Emma Salvo(Janice and others), Cat Simmons (Hannah and others) and Rachel Tucker (Beverley, Annette and others) with Chiara Baronti, Mark Dugdale, Bob Harms, Kirsty Malpass, Tania Mathurin, Alexander McMorran, Brandon Lee Sears and Jennifer Tierney.

The hit musical recently announced an extension to its run in the West End until 15th February 2020.

New cast for Dolly Parton's 9 to 5 Musical in London

A cast change has just been announced for Dolly Parton's  9 to 5  Musical in London  Chelsea Halfpenny (pictured) will be the  new Judy from 27th August. She will play the role from 27th-29yh August and will be full time from Tuesday 2nd September.  Bonnie Langford, Brian Conley, Caroline Sheen and Natalie McQueen will extend their runs as ‘Roz Keith’, ‘Franklin Hart Jnr’, ‘Violet Newstead’ and ‘Doralee Rhodes’. Bonnie, Caroline and Natalie will all appear in the show until 11th January 2020 and Brian will appear in the show until 30 November 2019.

Chelsea Halfpenny began her career in the popular children’s television series ‘Byker Grove’. She appeared as Amy Wyatt in ‘Emmerdale’ for three years and was most recently seen as Alice Munroe in ‘Casualty’, a part she played for four years. 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL marks Chelsea’s West End debut.

From 2 September, the cast at the Savoy Theatre will include Victoria Anderson, Alexander Bartles, Simon Campbell, Alexander Day, Rhiane Drummond, Demmileigh Foster, Molly-May Gardiner, Llandyll Gove,  Ben Irish, Jenny Legg, Natasha Mould, Jon Reynolds, James Royden-Lyley, Giles Surridge, Antoine Thomas-Sturge, Richard Taylor-Woods, Sasha Wareham and Emily Woodford.

The show is booking in London until 4th April 2020 and embarks on an extensive UK tour  which kicks off in Birmingham on 4th September.