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Matilda The Musical Casting Announcement

August 1, 2013 

CASTING UPDATE FROM SEPTEMBER 2013

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s world premiere production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical has captured the imagination of young and old alike and continues to play to packed houses at London’s Cambridge Theatre. Sweeping the board at the 2012 Laurence Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking seven awards, the Broadway production has taken the US by storm winning four Tony Awards® and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls sharing the title role.

From 3 September 2013, James Clyde will join the adult company in London as Mr Wormwood, Lisa Davina Phillip as Mrs Phelps and Joshua Wyatt as Michael Wormwood. As previously announced, they will join Olivier Award nominated Canadian actor Alex Gaumond in the role of Miss Trunchbull and Kay Murphy as Mrs Wormwood.

Mike Denman, Juliet Gough, Antony Lawrence, Katie Lee, Antonio Magro, Gary Murphy, David Rudin, Hollie Taylor and Amy Thornton will join the current adult cast which includes Fabian Aloise, Joseph Davenport, Lara Denning, Hayley Flaherty, Madeleine Harland, Joshua Lay and Tommy Sherlock.

Matilda The Musical was commissioned by the RSC and played to sold-out audiences at the RSC’s The Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon for twelve weeks from November 2010 to January 2011.  It transferred to London’s West End on Tuesday 25 October 2011.

The New York production of Matilda The Musical, produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Dodgers, began previews on 4 March 2013 with opening night on 11 April 2013 at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre.

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New Cast For Award-Winning West End Hit Musical Top Hat

January 7, 2013 

NOW BOOKING TO 27 APRIL 2014

From 5 February 2013, joining the previously announced Gavin Lee who will play Jerry Travers in the West End hit musical Top Hat are Broadway actress Kristen Beth Williams as Dale Tremont, Olivier award nominee Alex Gaumond as Alberto Beddini and Clive Hayward as Horace Hardwick. Vivien Parry continues as Madge Hardwick and Stephen Boswell as Horace’s valet Bates.

In addition, on 28 January 2013, over 275,0000 tickets will be released for sale taking bookings for Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre to 27 April 2014.

Seventy seven years after its movie release which saw Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers playing the roles of Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont, Matthew White’s production arrived in the West End in April 2012 having completed a 20 week sell-out UK tour. Performed by a cast of 31 and accompanied by a live band of 15, this new musical comedy includes Irving Berlin classics from the original movie. A further ten numbers have been interpolated from Berlin’s 1200 strong back catalogue. In November last year Top Hat won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for London’s Best Night Out. The production has also been nominated for 5 Whatsonstage.com Awards.

Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer, arrives in London to appear in his first West End show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart.

Ensemble and swing members are Michelle Andrews, Caroline Bateson, Jeremy Batt, Charlie Bull, Alan Burkitt, Matthew Cheney, Louise Davidson, Russell-Leighton Dixon, Matt Gillett, Jonny Godbold, Ian Goss, Fenton Gray, Alyn Hawke, Lauren Jade, Paul Kemble, Jenny Legg, Martin McCarthy, Grace McKee, Debbie Paul, Holly Rostron, Callum Train, Lois Urwin, Graham Vick, Alexandra Waite-Roberts and Aron Wild.

Gavin Lee returns to the West End where he previously originated the role of Bert in the London production of Mary Poppins for which he was Laurence Olivier award nominated. He went on to play the role on Broadway for which he received Drama Desk and Theatre World Awards as well as a Tony Award nomination. While in New York he appeared at Carnegie Hall in Showboat and on television guest starred in Law and Order SUV and The Good Wife. His other London credits include Crazy For You, Peggy Sue Got Married, Me and My Girl, Over My Shoulder, Oklahoma and Contact. His regional theatre credits include Singin’ In The Rain, Snoopy, Noel Coward’s Masterpieces, Of Thee I Sing, Saturday Night, Chicago and Alan Ayckbourn’s Whenever. Gavin Lee is extremely grateful to Cameron Mackintosh, Tom Schumacher and Kenny Wax for making this opportunity possible.

Kristen Beth Williams joins the cast of Top Hat directly from the Broadway production of Nice Work If You Can Get It and previously Anything Goes, both directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall. She has also appeared in the Broadway production of Promises Promises directed by Rob Ashford. She has been regular performer in the City Centre Encores! seasons performing in Follies, Applause, Face The Music and The Marvellous Wondrettes. On tour in the US she has been seen in White Christmas, Turn of the Century, Singin in the Rain and Chicago.

Clive Hayward has most recently been seen at the Trafalgar Studios as Bernard Woolley in Yes Prime Minister. Previously his theatre credits include Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham’s Theatre, Private Lives and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Earthquakes in London for the National Theatre and A Chorus of Disapproval for The Mill at Sonning. On screen his credits include Private Peaceful, Silent Witness and Prime Suspect.

Alex Gaumond was last seen in the West End playing Galileo in We Will Rock You and Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical. His many other musical theatre credits include Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre, the UK tour of the Donmar Warehouse production of Guys and Dolls, Sunday in the Park with George at Wyndham’s Theatre, The Full Monty at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on tour in the UK, Kiss Me Kate for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Miss Saigon on tour world wide and Something About You at Jermyn Street Theatre. His many recordings include The Concrete Jungle, Scrooge and the Sondheim Tonight Gala Concert. His film credits include Between, Jeffrey, Table For Four, Paranoia and Locked Out. His first single, Here I Am, was released in June last year.

Directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer,Top Hat has set designs by Hildegard Bechtler, costume designs by Jon Morrell, wigs by Campbell Young, lighting design by Peter Mumford, sound by Gareth Owen, new orchestrations by Chris Walker, musical supervision by Richard Balcombe and musical direction by Daniel Jackson. With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and based on the RKO motion picture, the screenplay by Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott has been adapted for the stage by Matthew White and Howard Jacques and is presented by arrangement with RKO Pictures LLC, Warner Bros Theatre Ventures Inc. and the Irving Berlin Music Company. The original London cast recording of Top Hat was recently released by First Night Records.

Top Hat is produced by Kenny Wax, and his partners on the production are Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley, Ted Hartley, Flora Suk-Hwa Yoon and Lee Menzies.

Press release issued by: Premier PR

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West End Live Timetable: Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

June 17, 2012 

Back for its 8th year,  West End Live – the spectacular celebration of West End theatre – returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
12.00PM STOMP
12.15PM THE WIZARD OF OZ
12.25PM SHREK THE MUSICAL
12.35PM HAVANA RUMBA!
12.50PM DISNEY’S THE LION KING
13.00PM THRILLER LIVE
13.25PM ROCK OF AGES
13.35PM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.40PM MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.50PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
14.05PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
14.10PM MAMMA MIA!
14.25PM LOUISE DEARMAN
14.40PM MARK EVANS
14.55PM ALEX GAUMOND
15.05PM DANIEL BOYS
15.15PM JERSEY BOYS
15.40PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.55PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
16.10PM MARK JERMIN STAGE SCHOOL
16.25PM WEST END KIDS
16.40PM THE IN-BETWEEN
16.55PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
17.10PM WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
17.30PM CONGO FAITH HEALERS
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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West End Live 2012 – Timetable for Saturday 23 June 2012

Photos of last year’s West End Live event

West End Live Timetable: Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

June 17, 2012 

Back for its 8th year,  West End Live – the spectacular celebration of West End theatre – returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
11.00AM TOP HAT
11.10AM RAGTIME
11.20AM WICKED
11.35AM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
11.45AM SWEENEY TODD
11.50AM SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12.00PM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
12.10PM LES MISERABLES
12.25PM GHOST THE MUSICAL
12.35PM CHICAGO
12.50PM WE WILL ROCK YOU
13.10PM MAMMA MIA!
13.25PM JERSEY BOYS
13.45PM ROCK OF AGES
14.05PM THRILLER LIVE
14.25PM BLOOD BROTHERS
14.35PM DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS
14.45PM MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
15.00PM THE IN-BETWEEN
15.10PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.25PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
15.40PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
15.55PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
16.05PM SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
16.20PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
16.35PM DAN AND LAURA CURTIS
16.50PM BIG DANCE
17.05PM DRAG DIVAS
17.15PM THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
17.30PM ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – THE CRAZE
17.45PM STOMP
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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West End Live 2012 – Timetable for Sunday 24 June 2012

Photos of last year’s West End Live event

West End Live 2012 timetable of performances announced

June 16, 2012 

The timetable has been published for West End Live, the free annual theatre event that returns to London next weekend, on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June 2012.

West End Live 2012Back for its 8th year,  this spectacular celebration of West End shows returns to Trafalgar Square and for the first time will feature every single West End musical over the two days of the event.

West End musicals taking part in the weekend include new shows Top Hat, Ragtime, Singin’ in the Rain, Spamalot, Horrible Histories, One Man, Two Guvnors, Matilda The Musical and Sweeney Todd.

They will be joined by long-running shows including Rock of AgesGhost The MusicalThe Wizard Of OzShrek The MusicalStompMamma Mia!Disney’s The Lion KingBilly ElliotJersey BoysThriller LiveChicagoWicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Blood Brothers, Dreamboats and Petticoats, and We Will Rock You.

Stars will be out in force for the event, with performances promised by some of the West End’s top talent including Ghost’s Mark Evans, We Will Rock You’s Alex Gaumond, West End favourites Louise Dearman and Daniel Boys, and the casts of all the top shows.

There will also be performances from the West End Gospel Choir, the National Youth Music Theatre, Drag Divas and much more.

Organised by Westminster City Council and the Society of London Theatre, in association with MasterCard, this year’s event will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 23 June and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 24 June.

 WEST END LIVE TIMETABLE

Saturday 23 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
11.00AM TOP HAT
11.10AM RAGTIME
11.20AM WICKED
11.35AM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
11.45AM SWEENEY TODD
11.50AM SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN
12.00PM THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
12.10PM LES MISERABLES
12.25PM GHOST THE MUSICAL
12.35PM CHICAGO
12.50PM WE WILL ROCK YOU
13.10PM MAMMA MIA!
13.25PM JERSEY BOYS
13.45PM ROCK OF AGES
14.05PM THRILLER LIVE
14.25PM BLOOD BROTHERS
14.35PM DREAMBOATS & PETTICOATS
14.45PM MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT
15.00PM THE IN-BETWEEN
15.10PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.25PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
15.40PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
15.55PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
16.05PM SYLVIA YOUNG THEATRE SCHOOL
16.20PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
16.35PM DAN AND LAURA CURTIS
16.50PM BIG DANCE
17.05PM DRAG DIVAS
17.15PM THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
17.30PM ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS – THE CRAZE
17.45PM STOMP
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

 

Sunday 24 June 2012, Trafalgar Square

Time on Stage Show
12.00PM STOMP
12.15PM THE WIZARD OF OZ
12.25PM SHREK THE MUSICAL
12.35PM HAVANA RUMBA!
12.50PM DISNEY’S THE LION KING
13.00PM THRILLER LIVE
13.25PM ROCK OF AGES
13.35PM BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL
13.40PM MATILDA THE MUSICAL
13.50PM HORRIBLE HISTORIES
14.05PM EVERYTHING’S ROSIE
14.10PM MAMMA MIA!
14.25PM LOUISE DEARMAN
14.40PM MARK EVANS
14.55PM ALEX GAUMOND
15.05PM DANIEL BOYS
15.15PM JERSEY BOYS
15.40PM ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MOUSICAL
15.55PM BIG ZUMBA DANCE
16.10PM MARK JERMIN STAGE SCHOOL
16.25PM WEST END KIDS
16.40PM THE IN-BETWEEN
16.55PM NATIONAL YOUTH MUSIC THEATRE
17.10PM WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR
17.30PM CONGO FAITH HEALERS
18.00PM SHOW ENDS

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Photos of last year’s West End Live event

Top Hat at the Aldwych Theatre

November 18, 2011 

Classic Hollywood movie Top Hat, which famously starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, is given the full West End treatment in a glamorous new production at the Aldwych Theatre, starring Gavin Lee, Kristen Beth Williams, Alex Gaumond, Clive Hayward, Vivien Parry and Stephen Boswell.

TOP HAT brings the glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap–dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to the West End in one of the greatest dance musicals of all time.

Packed full of Irving Berlin’s greatest hits including, Cheek to Cheek, Top Hat, White Tie & Tails, Let’s Face the Music & Dance and Puttin’ on the Ritz, TOP HAT is an exhilarating celebration of 1930s song and dance.

Don’t miss Tony and Olivier award nominated Gavin Lee and Broadway leading lady Kristen Beth Williams, now starring as Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont.

**** “THIS IS THE MOST SUBLIMELY PERFORMED, CHOREOGRAPHED, ORCHESTRATED AND COSTUMED MUSICAL I HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST 25 YEARS. A MUSICAL LIKE THIS COMES AROUND ONCE IN A LIFETIME.” The Sunday Telegraph

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Alex Gaumond to return to We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre

July 4, 2011 

Canadian musicals star Alex Gaumond is to return to the cast of We Will Rock You a the Dominion Theatre in London.

Alex Gaumond to rejoin We Will Rock You

Alex Gaumond to rejoin We Will Rock You

Gaumond, who was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical gong at this year’s Olivier Awards for his performance in Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre, will play Galileo in the show from 8 August 2011.

Current Galileo, Ricardo Afonso, will leave the production to join Summer Strallen, Tom Chambers, Martin Ball, Vivien Parry and Stephen Boswell in the UK tour of the new stage version of Irving Berlin’s Top Hat.

Alex Gaumond is an actor and songwriter who has lived and worked in the UK since 2002. He played Galileo in the 2009 tour of We Will Rock You.

Also rejoining the cast of We Will Rock You will be Mazz Murray, who is the show’s longest serving Killer Queen and will make a final, two week farewell appearance in the role from 8 to 20 August 2011.

The Queen and Ben Elton musical is in its tenth year at the Dominion Theatre, where it holds the record for the longest-ever running show.

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Alex Gaumond Joins We Will Rock You

July 4, 2011 

OMG! Alex Gaumond to star in We Will Rock You. And Mazz Murray returns to say farewell to Killer Queen role.

Nominated as Best Actor in a Musical in both the Oliver Awards and Whatsonstage.com Awards for his performance as Emmett in the original London cast of Legally Blonde, actor, singer Alex Gaumond is to take over the leading role of Galileo in the Queen & Ben Elton hit West End musical, We Will Rock You. The announcement was made today by show producers Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Tribeca and Queen Theatrical Productions.

Gaumond begins rehearsals with the WWRY cast August 1st to take on the role of Galileo full time at London’s Dominion from August 8th.

Playing Legally Blonde’s shy and charming fellow law student Emmett opposite first Sheridan Smith and then Susan McFadden in the role of Elle, Gaumond proved hugely popular with audiences as well as receiving his two Best Actor nominations. Gaumond ended his eighteen month stay with the production June 18th.

Joining We Will Rock You, Gaumond takes over from WWRY’s current Galileo, Ricardo Afonso, who moves to join the cast of the stage version of Irving Berlin’s Top Hat, due to open in August.

Trading those unflattering Harvard corduroys for jeans and t’s, Gaumond is set to enter the leather clad, guitar-thrashing futurist world of Queen and Ben Elton in which originality and individualism are outlawed and only one man, Galileo, can fulfil a prophecy that will bring about the overthrow of the mighty Killer Queen and enable the return of rock ‘n roll.

It is a return to familiar territory for Gaumond – the dystopian world of Ga Ga girls, Bohemian rebels and Marks & Spencer smoothies; the Canadian actor/singer/songwriter, resident and working in the UK since 2002, gained his first major leading role when he was cast as Galileo in the 2009 UK touring production of We Will Rock You. Gaumond triumphed in the show for seven months before joining Legally Blonde.

Gaumond is presently contracted to play Galileo in the WWRY London Dominion production until end of January 2012.

The show’s co-creator Brian May welcomed Gaumond saying: “Alex is a superb actor, and his interpretation of Galileo on tour in the UK was a huge hit with audiences. We look forward to a new triumph in the Dominion, in WWRY’s 10th year.”

We Will Rock You’s producers today also announced that actress/singer Mazz Murray, the show’s longest serving Killer Queen until her departure on maternity leave last year, is to make a return to the show for a special two week farewell season. Mazz who played Killer Queen between May 2004 – June 2010, will return to say goodbye to her nemesis role August 8 -20, nicely coinciding with Alex Gaumond’s opening in the show. We Will Rock You’s current Killer Queen, Brenda Edwards, is on break during this period, returning to the show immediately after.

We Will Rock You is into the start of its tenth year at the Dominion Theatre where it holds the record for longest-ever running show. The touring production continues to break box office records throughout the UK.

September 5 will see a special performance of We Will Rock You at the Dominion to mark the 65th birthday of former Queen front man Freddie Mercury whose statue towers above the theatre entrance. Proceeds of this special performance will be directed through the Freddie For A Day campaign to The Mercury Phoenix Trust, the charity set up in Freddie’s name to fight HIV AIDS worldwide. See: www.freddieforaday.com

We Will Rock You is presented by Phil McIntyre Entertainment, Queen Theatrical Productions and Tribeca Theatrical Productions. Book and direction by Ben Elton. Music supervisors Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Release issued by PR Contact

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Photos: Natalie Casey in Legally Blonde The Musical

May 16, 2011 

Production photos for Legally Blonde The Musical at the Savoy Theatre in London, now starring Natalie Casey.

TV and stage actress Natalie Casey joined the cast of Legally Blonde The Musical last month, replacing Denise Van Outen in the role of ditzy beautician Paulette Buonofonté in the hit show.

Comedy actress Natalie, who starred in BBC sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, performs in the show alongside a cast that includes Susan McFadden as Elle Woods, Simon Thomas as Warner, Carley Stenson as Margot, Nicola Brazil as Serena, Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan.

Lee Mead is also set to join the cast from 20 June, replacing Alex Gaumond as Emmett Forrest.

Legally Blonde The Musical, which started at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009, won this year’s an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Natalie Casey’s last London stage appearance was in The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and her other theatre credits include Oklahoma for Chichester, Well at the Apollo Theatre, Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Hobson’s Choice at the Watermill Theatre.

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Alex Gaumond In Concert

April 21, 2011 

Following the success of his highly acclaimed Lauderdale House appearance, Alex Gaumond announces his debut West End Solo Concert:

Venue: Leicester Square Theatre
Date & Time: Sunday May 22nd, 7.30pm

Alex is currently starring as Emmett in Legally Blonde, a role that earned him a nomination for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’ at the 2011 Olivier Awards.

Alex will perform alongside a full band, covering songs that really inspire him. Steering away from a typical musical theatre set list and opting instead for great contemporary material, expect some rock standouts intertwined with the most beautiful love songs.

It will be a captivating evening, with special guests and an electric performance that delivers the vital passion and soul that has earned Alex respect and love from fans worldwide.

“Singer Alex Gaumond gives a breathtaking performance”
– Alexandra Womack

“Alex Gaumond truly steps up to the mark” – Mike Bird

“Alex Gaumond steals the show” – Malcolm Wallace

Release issued by: Mothership Management

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