Join Michael Ball and some of the West End’s biggest stars as the Stages Musical Theatre Festival At Sea brings luxury to a musical theatre festival experience this October. Artists including Michael Ball, Collabro, Beverley Knight, The Showstoppers, Christina Bianco, Lee Mead, Sophie Evans, John Owen-Jones, Don Black, Arlene Phillips and Marti Webb will headine this unique experience which is a must for musical theatre lovers. Check out the updated artist list here. Departing Southampton on the 15th October this four night trip to Amsterdam (including a full day ashore in Amsterdam) is the red carpet adventure of a lifetime on the Royal Caribbean’s Navigator Of The Seas. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=53&v=9tt_FJSql8E Stages guests will experience non-stop interactive musical theatre activities, Events and workshops day and night. You will walk the red carpet on a star-studded theme night and be in the inner circle for all the blockbuster shows. Get access to intimate … Read more
Cardiff’s own Noel Sullivan has joined the cast of Tiger Bay the musical which is to be presented at the Wales Millennium Centre from 13 – 25 November 2017. Tiger Bay the Musical is set in 1900s Cardiff at a time of unrest between the workers heaving coal in the docklands, known as Tiger Bay, and the Bute Dock Company and merchants of the Coal Exchange they afforded. A fictional story of revolution, reconciliation, courage and love, the award-winning creative team – composer, Daf James, writer Michael Williams and director, Melly Still – have remained sympathetic to the reality of the era which includes forming a promdominently Welsh cast. Noel, whose grandfather worked on Cardiff’s docks, said: “I am used to taking on roles in productions that are already established, so not only will this be the first time I play the bad guy, it is incredibly exciting to be … Read more
Full casting has been announced for Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party, which will receive its London premiere at The Other Palace (formerly the St James Theatre) on 13 February 2017. Tickets are now on sale. Joining the previously announced Frances Ruffelle as Queenie are John Owen-Jones (Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera) as Burrs, Simon Thomas (Phantom Of The Opera, Legally Blonde) as Black, Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line, Promises, Promises) as Dolores, Dex Lee (Grease, In The Heights) as Jackie, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt (Murder Ballad, In The Heights) as Kate, Ako Mitchell (Ragtime, Grey Gardens) as Eddie, Gloria Obianyo and Genesis Lynea as The D’armano Bros, Melanie Bright as Sally, Lizzy Connolly as Mae, Steven Serlin as Goldberg, Sebastian Torkia as Gold, Bronté Barbé as Nadine and Tiffany Graves as Madelaine. Set against a backdrop of Manhattan decadence and 1920’s excess, The Wild Party tells the story of … Read more
Cadogan Hall brought a lavish concert performance of the piece to its stage, and – once again – we saw and heard just why we should value this work amongst the highest achievements in the musical theatre. It is simply breath-taking. Indeed, freed of decor and costume, lighting and choreography, and of all the pageantry of the theatre, when exposed to the forensic inspection of the concert platform its virtues come across even more strongly.
West End Heroes wisely avoided making the concert a remembrance festival; instead it was a celebration of the brilliant talent within both the military and the UK theatre scene. Director Tim Marshall said he wanted to offer a ‘great night out’; by that standard the production passed with flying (military) colours.