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James Norton in Belleville

Mark Ludmon gets ready to go talent spotting in search of future stars Tickets for Belleville at the Donmar Warehouse have been like gold dust but, a few years ago, you could have managed to see TV and film star James Norton along with a host of other familiar names with a lot more ease. You might have caught him alongside Daisy May Cooper, the star of hit BBC comedy This Country, in Marius von Mayenburg’s The Stone, or appearing with James McArdle – soon to be in Angels in America on Broadway – in Shaw’s Man and Superman. As part of the same season, you could have enjoyed performances by Joshua McGuire, Alexandra Roach, Susan Wokoma, Phoebe Fox, Nick Hendrix, Seline Hizli, Ivanno Jeremiah, Tom Kay, Jenna Augen, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Cynthia Erivo and several other well-known faces from TV, film and stage, all performing together in final-year student productions … Read more

Top 5 Epic Musical Theatre Performances of 2016

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Musical theatre has been well served in 2016 on both sides of the Atlantic with revivals of amazing musicals and the unveiling of some new works which are fast becoming favourites. Looking back through my browser history and playlists I’d like to put forward this list of epic musical theatre performances by some of the world’s great musical theatre performers and the cast of one particular musical which blew my mind this year. This list is by no means definitive and certainly bears the hallmark of my own taste, so I’d invite you to add your own thoughts below. Share and through sharing make the world aware of the depth of talent out there entertaining us. TOP 5 EPIC MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCES IN 2016 Number 1 GLENN CLOSE – SUNSET BOULEVARD AT THE ENO She came and she conquered with an almighty performance that would have taxed the greatest of … Read more

Cynthia Erivo and Jennifer Hudson Perform The Colour Purple

Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo star in The Colour Purple on Broadway

Following its sell-out success at the Menier Chocolate Factory, John Doyle’s new production of The Colour Purple is headed to Broadway. The new production sees Cynthia Erivo reprising the role of Celie alongside Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery. In this exciting video we hear Cynthia and Jennifer singing the title song from the show. You can also hear Jennifer sing Too Beautiful for Words and see scenes from the show below. Previews for The Colour Purple begin on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.

REVIEW: Jason Robert Brown In Concert, Royal Festival Hall ✭✭✭✭

Jason Robert Brown at the Royal Festival Hall

The unstoppable, extraordinary Cynthia Erivo proved, twice, what a potent combination Brown’s music and lyrics can be in the hands of a singer whose voice can electrify every note. Her rendition of Stars And The Moon was perfectly judged, poetical and gorgeous in every way, each word ablaze with intense feeling, each note true and rich. But her staggeringly powerful I Can Do Better Than That served as the 11 o’clock number here and, quite rightly, brought the house down.

REVIEW: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying, RFH ✭✭✭✭

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying Royal Festival Hall

On the strength of this first, tentative outing, concerts like this could come to rival those staged in the Encores! series in New York or by the Production Company in Australia. Jonathan Groff was truly terrific – and one was left wanting to see him headline a full scale production of this show, with Cynthia Erivo and Hannah Waddingham (and Amy Ellen Richardson) by his side.

Georgia Stitt And Friends At The Garrick

Georgia Stitt

US composer and lyricist Georgia Stitt makes a welcome return to London following her sell-out concerts at St Paul’s Church in 2007 and The Hippodrome in 2012. In her new show, My Lifelong Love, she performs some of her best-known songs from her albums This Ordinary Thursday, Alphabet City Cycle and, of course, My Lifelong Love, as well as from her shows Big Red Sun, The Danger Year, Mosaic and Samantha Spade: Ace Detective. This special one-off performance will take place at London’s Garrick Theatre on Sunday 26th October at 7.30pm. Georgia is joined by some very special guests including Simon Bailey (I Can’t Sing!), Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), Jamie Muscato (Dogfight), Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon) and Caroline Sheen(Putting It Together), as well as a choir from Arts Ed and her seriously cool five-piece band! This is a one-off, not-to-be-missed evening of humour, heart, and thrilling musicality. Expect to … Read more