Monthly Archives: July 2013

Siobhan Dillon playing Sally Bowles joining Will Young and Lyn Paul in tour of Cabaret

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The tour of Cabaret kicks off at Wimbledon Theatre on the 28th of next month  with Will Young  reprising the Emcee role he has already played in a previous tour and in the West End.  He is joined by Siobhan Dillon and Lyn Paul (Taboo,  Footloose, Blood Brothers) playing Fraulein Schneider

Siobhan Dillon rose to fame when she was one of the finalists in the Andrew Lloyd Webber talent show-themed BBC television series How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? in 2006.

Since then she has appeared in the West End playing Sandy in Grease at the Piccadilly Theatre,Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde at the Savoy and Molly Jensen in Ghost at the Piccadilly.

She has played Sally Bowles in Cabaret before in late 2009 on a UK tour taking over the role from Samantha Barks.

Kerry Katona is Marilyn Monroe in new West-End show

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It has been announced that Kerry Katona will star as Marilyn Monroe in a new show called ‘Norma Jeane The Musical’.
The recently bankrupt singer said: “I’m thrilled to have been given this opportunity to play one of the world’s biggest female icons and can’t wait to get to work. A successful career in drama has always been a main goal of mine and this role is a challenge but one I’m going to grab with both hands.”
Although Kerry may not be the obvious choice, The Guardian have pointed out that both women come from deprived backgrounds, have been married three times, lived with depression and addiction problems, and have had significant amounts of plastic surgery.
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The musical has been written by Belvedere Pashun whose musical Wag The Musical officially opened at the Charing Cross theatre on Wednesday 24th July
Speaking to The Sun, Belvedere said: “Marilyn’s life was one of extremes – poverty, abandonment, abuse followed by flowering beauty which brought attention, fame, wealth and power and then the well documented tragic fall. I needed an actor of huge talent, personality and experience.”
The musical is still in development, Kerry will first play Marilyn in front of an invite-only audience on 22nd September 2013.

Geronimo Rauch to be the next Phantom???

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The departure of Geronimo Rauch from Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre on Saturday night with alternate Daniel Koek taking over the role full time (Christ Holland on Monday evenings) has fuelled the rumour that has been circulating for some time that he is taking over the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera.

Argentinian actor Rauch has already said he is staying in the UK for the foreseeable future and is on holiday at the moment (doing one final show in Les Mis at the evening performance on Wednesday 31st July). This fits in perfectly with the rehearsal scheule for the new Phantom cast which changes over on 2nd September.

Jersey Boys: THE MOVIE

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According to Variety the leads for the Jersey Boys movie which Clint Eastwood is directing will be mainly cast with actors that have previously appeared in a stage production of the musical.

Current names in the frame are John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza. Warner Bros has approved the four actors as its top choices and if the offers work out and contracts are signed Young would play Frankie Valli, Bergen would play Bob Gaudio, Piazza would play Tommy DeVito and Lomenda would play Nick Massi.

John Lloyd Young is currently starring in Jersey Boys on Broadway: Erich Bergen has appeared in the US touring and Las Vegas productions of the show:  Michael Lomenda appeared in the first National Tour with Vincent Piazza the only actor not to to have performed in a version.

New 24/7 Musical Theatre Radio Show!!!

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Leading West End performers including Ramin Karimloo, Hadley Fraser and Kerry Ellis are signed up to present shows on a brand new digital radio station dedicated to musical theatre.

Stage Door is a partnership between independent production company Wise Buddah – which is behind Terry Wogan’s BBC Radio 2 show – and agency Mothership Management, which represents an array of musical theatre talent.

The radio station will offer content 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be accessible online, via computers, tablets or smartphones.

Alongside Karimloo, Fraser and Ellis, other presenters lined up to present shows include Louise Dearman, Alex Gaumond, Mark Evans, Louise Bowden and Oliver Tompsett.

Wise Buddah head of content Simon Willis explained that the station is being developed to fill a perceived gap in the market for musical theatre fans.

“Last year, 13,992,773 people bought a West End theatre ticket, and millions more bought a soundtrack CD or download. We’re creating Stage Door to bridge the gap between listening to a CD and seeing a show, and catering for those fans who want to listen to their favourite songs throughout the year. It’ll offer great songs from the best shows and be presented by the leading men and women of the West End,” he said.

It has been estimated that the cost of running the station for its first year – including setting it up and marketing it – will be £145,000. To raise this, an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign has been launched to encourage musical fans to pledge money, with the station’s creators claiming this will enable fans to “have a voice in deciding what content they want to hear” and stop the station being dependent on investors who are looking for a return on their investment.

To encourage pledges there are a number of incentives, including singing lessons with one of the presenters and the chance to record a show for the station.

Mothership Management director Rebecca Sichel-Coates said: “We’ve had an overwhelming level of support already, from performers to producers to fans. We feel Stage Door can become the number one place for fans to listen to music and get closer to musical theatre, as presented by their favourite stars and people in the know.”

Gaumond, who will shortly take up the role of Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, said he was “looking forward to taking the world of musical theatre to a wider audience”.

The Indiegogo campaign runs for 60 days and it is hoped the station will launch in November. More information can be found on Stage Door’s website.

 

West End Football

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The casts of Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to compete in charity football match alongside celebrity players On Sunday 11th August

The casts of the Les Mis and Phantom will be swapping their costumes for sports kits when they go head-to-head in a charity football match at Bromley Football Club!

As well as featuring the musicals’ cast and crew members, special celebrity players including Pop Idol runner up Gareth Gates, McFly’s Danny Jones and Hollyoaks star Danny Mac will also take part in the match. Last year’s mach was won by Les Mis and more than £12,000 was raised for charity.

The match is in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital ‘Theatre for Theatres’, a charity campaign which is close to the hearts of many of the cast and crew. The charity provides invaluable support to so many children and their families.

The teams are also playing as a mark of support for Melanie Oakley-Dow, Head of Wigs at Les Mis, in her brave fight against cancer.

Team Les Mis

Mario Falcone, Gareth Gates, Danny Jones, ex-Southampton and Wales goalkeeper Paul Jones, Danny Mac, and ex-West Bromwich Albion FC player ‘super’Bob Taylor will join cast members Ethan Bradshaw, Dougie Carter, Lee Dillon-Stuart, Dayle Hodge, Tam Mutu, Jonny Purchase, Leo Roberts and Niall Sheehy, Stage Manager Ricky Green, Resident Director Chris Key, and Associate MD Steve Moss.

Team Phantom

X Factor’s Andy Abraham, Hollyoaks’ James Atherton, ex-Southampton FC player Francis Benali and his son Luke Benali and star of stage and screen Ralf Little will join cast members Dom Cobby, Peter Dukes, Michael Kerry, Tim Laurenti, Jeremy Secombe, Richard Shelmerdine, Simon Shorten and Simon Thomas, crew members Chris Barlow, Ben Brown, Ryan O’Gorman, Simon Prockter, ex-cast member Nadim Naaman and Resident Director Sam Hiller.

 

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BARNUM IS BACK!!!

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GREAT news guys!! Barnum is back!!

The Classic show opens tonight at the Chichester Festival Theatre originally starring the one and only Michael Crawford as Phineas T Barnum and now Christopher Fitzgerald is taking the baton from that phantom and playing “The Greatest Show On Earth”. the show runs from today (Monday 15th of July) to Saturday 31st of August 2013.

This exhilarating musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, America’s Greatest Showman. The story of his life and his marriage to Chairy reveals a couple who looked at the world from opposite sides of the spectrum, and also reveals that she was the practical one who made his dreams come true. We follow the legendary showman’s life as he lit up the world with the colour, warmth and excitement of his imagination and finally teamed up with J A Bailey to create Barnum and Bailey’s Circus – the Greatest Show on Earth.

Cy Coleman’s wonderfully exuberant score includes the hits Come Follow The Band, The Colours Of My Life and There’s A Sucker Born Ev’ry Minute. Barnum will be produced especially for the Theatre in the Park, Festival 2013’s magnificent temporary auditorium, its vast tented environment creating the perfect home for this brilliant, uplifting musical, shot through with the magic of circus.

 

Is Viva Forever still living?

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The spice girl musical “Viva Forever!” closed early last month after some pretty bad reviews. Written by Jennifer Saunders it played to dwindling houses for six months before  finally posting early closing notices.

 

Its producer Judy Craymer (of Mamma Mia! fame) told the Telegraph that while it has its faults, it could still be fixed and re-staged saying Oh yes, I’m sure Viva! will rise again at some point. It can be worked on. It was heartbreaking that we had to close it. I wouldn’t say there weren’t faults with it, but I love the Spice Girls, and, when you are thinking about a subject to write a musical about, I think that the Spice girls have earned a place on our landscape. Audiences had a good time. It wasn’t Mamma Mia! but I wasn’t trying for it to be Mamma Mia! It was meant to be more the combination of Jennifer [Saunders], and comedy with a wink at pop culture.

Kenneth Branagh tipped to lead London’s Old Vic theatre

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Kenneth Branagh tipped to lead London’s Old Vic theatre

Kevin Spacey, who has been in the post for nine years, has announced his intention to step down in 2015

Kenneth Branagh is tipped by the Daily Mail to succeed Kevin Spacey as artistic director when the Hollywood star steps down from London theatre in 2015

Branagh told BBC Radio 4’s Front Row two years ago “I have a pathetic urge at some stage in my life to be able to pull out my wallet and pull out a little card on which it would say Kenneth Branagh, artistic director,”