Principal Casting Announced For Menier’s Fiddler On The Roof

Fiddler On The Roof cast Menier Chocolate Factory

Principal casting has been announced for Trevor Nunn’s new production of classic musical Fiddler On The Roof at the Menier Chocolate Factory. The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced principal casting for its revival of classic musical Fiddler On the Roof which is to be directed by Trevor Nunn. For this new poroduction Andy Nyman is to lead the company as Tevye, with Judy Kuhn as Golde. Harriet Bunton (Hodel), Dermot Canavan (Lazar Wolf), Stewart Clarke (Perchik), Matt Corner (Fuedka), Joshua Gannon (Motel), Louise Gold (Yente), Kirsty MacLaren (Chava) and Molly Osborne (Tzeitel). This joyous and heart-breaking story of the travails of Tevye the milkman, his wife and five daughters features such classic songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and remains a heart-warming celebration To Life – L’chaim! Fiddler on the Roof sees Trevor Nunn renew his collaboration with the Menier – he previously … Read more

FIRST LOOK: Rehearsals for Kander and Ebb’s The Rink at Southwark Playhouse

Kander and Ebb's musical The Rink at Southwark Playhouse

Check out these great rehearsal photos from the rehearsal rooms of Kander and Ebb’s The Rink starring Caroline O’Connor and Gemma Sutton at the Southwark Playhouse. Kander and Ebb’s musical The Rink gets its first London revival in 20 years at Southwark Playhouse from 25 May 201 The Rink stars Caroline O’Connor as Anna and Gemma Sutton as Angel, the cast also includes Stewart Clarke as Dino, Ross Dawes as Lino, Michael Lin as Lucky, Elander Moore as Benny, Ben Redfern as Lenny and Jason Winter as Tony. Anna, an Italian housewife who runs a roller-skating rink on the Eastern seaboard, is about to sell it to developers until her estranged daughter, Angel, returns after a long absence, hoping to save the rink and patch things up with her mother. The Rink is directed by Adam Lenson with choreography by Fabian Aloise and is produced by Jack Maple and Brian … Read more

REVIEW: The Hired Man In Concert, Cadogan Hall ✭✭✭✭✭

The Hired Man at Cadogan Hall

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.

REVIEW: Musicals Unsung, St James Theatre Studio ✭✭✭✭

Unsung Musicals at the St James Studio

Musicals Unsung St James Studio Theatre 27 May 2016 4 Stars Musicals Unsung is an evening of songs cut from musicals. It’s an interesting premise and one that I found both entertaining and informative as a musical theatre lover. On this occasion, the song choices were decidedly modern with songs chosen from shows including The Last Five Years, Wicked, Shrek, Aladdin and The Drowsy Chaperone. The evening offered an insight into the process involved in developing musicals, and in some cases the fine tuning done to major musicals as they tour, or are made from animated features into stage musicals. Major musical motifs tend to remain in songs cut and replaced and it is usually easy to identify what shows are involved without being told. In the intimate St James Studio, playing to a full house, were Stewart Clarke, Lucie Jones, Jeremy Legat, Katie Paine and Sally Samad.  The majority … Read more

REVIEW: Assassins, Menier Chocolate Factory ✭✭✭✭✭

Assassins at the Menier Chocolate Factory starring Aaron Tveit

What is most impressive about Lloyd’s Assassins is the way it can walk the line between tragedy and farce, between opera and vaudeville, with integrity and precision. Chris Bailey’s quite wonderful choreography makes you feel exuberant and queasy at the same time. More than anything else, the emphasis here is on putting the Musical into Assassins.

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