Eschewing grandeur and wisely opting to follow that sensible motto, Less Is More, this transfer of the Tooting Arts Club production of late 2014 is a complete triumph in every way. It takes you by the throat and clasps you firmly in its thrall for its entire duration. It is shockingly powerful, brutally honest, raw and rich at the same time. A cast of eight, a band of three, clever but simple lighting, the potent power of blood and candles, economy in every department, a dedication to the text and the score: these are the ingredients of this absolute success.
Mikey Jay-Heath is superb as Tom Thumb and his big number, Bigger Isn’t Better, is wonderful in every way. Landi Oshinowa displays great vocal chops, twice. Her Joyce Heth number, Thank God I’m Old, is vocally aglow and her second Act number, Black and White, is a solid jazz/blues number. There are some terrific cameos from Nick Butcher and Edward Wade, both of whom are accomplished triple-threats with bright futures. But this is not Barnum at its best.
Following a season at the Chichester Festival in 2013, Cy Coleman’s much loved musical headed out on the road with Brian Conley in the role of Phineus Taylor Barnum, a role originally played by Michael Crawford when the show opened in London in 1981. Barnum is a musical biography of the great American showman, utilising circus acts to document the great mans life and highlight … Read more
CLICK FOR MARY POPPINS TOUR DATES & TICKETS BELOW Disney and Cameron Mackintosh are delighted to announce that their multi award-winning musical Mary Poppins will embark on a tour of the UK and Ireland, opening at Leicester Curve on Tuesday 13 October 2015. Cameron Mackintosh said “It’s hard to believe that it is already 11 years since Mary Poppins first landed on the London stage. … Read more
Following the sell-out success of the 25th Anniversary Gala of Miss Saigon on the 22 September, 2014, the celebratory encore teaser of that special performance has just been released via You Tube. The 25th Anniversary Gala saw the current cast of Miss Saigon joined by original 1989 cast members including Jonathan Pryce, Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman and Claire Moore. Tickets for the 25th Anniversary Gala … Read more
Cameron Mackintosh’s new production of Boublil & Schönberg’s Miss Saigon opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in May 2014. Breaking box office records for the biggest single day of ticket sales in West End and Broadway history, this acclaimed new production has audiences leaping to their feet with adoration at every performance! This epic musical tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned … Read more
The Gala Performance to celebrate 25 years of Boublil and Schönberg’s “MISS SAIGON” on Monday 22 September, has sold out within minutes of tickets going on sale this morning, Tuesday 26 August. Over 18,000 people tried to buy tickets when booking opened at 10.00am; an unprecedented amount for a single performance in a theatre with just over 1700 seats. Fans who queued around the block … Read more