November 1, 2013
Musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels comes to the Savoy Theatre this spring starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound and Katherine Kingsley.
Olivier, Tony and BAFTA winning actor Robert Lindsay (Oliver!, My Family) and comedian Rufus Hound (One Man, Two Guvnors) star as rival conmen Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson in musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Playing at the Savoy Theatre from 10 March 2014, this will be the UK premiere of the musical, based on the 1988 movie starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin.
Lindsay and Hound are joined in the show by acclaimed actress Katherine Kingsley (Singin’ in the Rain) as Christine Colgate.
Against the glamorous backdrop of the French Riviera, this musical comedy centres on the decadent world of sophisticated conman Lawrence Jameson (Robert Lindsay), whose world is set to come crashing down with the arrival of rival conman Freddy Benson (Rufus Hound). As the two go head-to-head to out-con each other and the affections of soap heiress Christine Colgate (Katherine Kingsley).
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels features music and lyrics by David Yazbek (The Full Monty) and a book by the Golden Globe winner Jeffery Lane (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown) and set and costumes are by Peter McKintosh.
Theatre: Savoy Theatre
August 7, 2013
Things are hotting up in the West End as charity TheatreMAD prepares for its annual West End Bares event!
This year’s theme is fairgrounds as West End Bares All The Fun of the Bare 2013 will run for two shows only on Sunday 1 September 2013 (9.30pm and Midnight), at the Café De Paris in London in aid of the Make A Difference (MAD) Trust.
Based on the Broadway fundraiser by West End and Broadway director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, TheatreMAD produced its first West End Bares event in 2010 and has raised over £85,000 through four sold-out shows.
This year’s event promises to be a naughty combination of burlesque and ‘tits and ass’ (literally!) as the hottest male and female dancers from the West End’s biggest musicals put on an unforgettable show.
The MAD Trust unites the entertainment industry and its audiences to offer support, help and hope to people living with HIV, AIDS and other long-term chronic illnesses.
Watch a behind-the-scenes video
July 24, 2012
The West End’s annual charity fundraiser West End Bares returns this Autumn with a sporty theme.
Billed as the West End’s sexiest night of the year, a host of West End performers will bare all in support of the Make A Difference Trust, helping people living with HIV and AIDS.
This year’s theme is sport as two performances of “On Your Marks…Get Set…Strip!” will be presented on 2 September 2012 at the Cafe de Paris in London.
International Rugby Union player Ben Cohen will be joining the celebrities at this year’s event, which is directed by Darren Carnall supported by a host of choreographers and over 100 of the West Ends hottest male and female dancers.
TheatreMAD, part of the MAD Trust, produced its first West End Bares in 2010 and has raised over £85,000 for the charity through the shows.
West End Bares is inspired by the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraiser Broadway Bares, created by director Jerry Mitchell. Their recent show in June in New York, Broadway Bares – Happy Endings, raised over $1.2 million for the charity.
Tickets from £40.
May 27, 2012
Production photos of Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings character profiles
Next month sees the hotly anticipated Broadway Bares fundraiser return to New York, featuring 200 of Broadway’s sexiest dancers. This year they pay tribute to fairy tales with a decidedly burlesque twist in Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings, running on 17 June.
This 22nd edition of Broadway Bares, which was originally created by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, who also serves as executive producer, and is produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, led by Producing Director Michael Graziano. This year’s edition is directed by Lee Wilkins.
Last year’s Broadway Bares XXI: Masterpiece raised $1,103,072 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - the highest total of any edition of Bares. To date the shows have raised more than $8.6 million.
Take a sneaky peak (perv?) at some of the performers appearing in the show. And come on the Make A Difference Trust, who organise our UK equivalent – West End Bares, this year running in London on 2 September 2012 – Broadway has set the bench quite high but we know you can out-hunk them!
Sunday, June 17, 9:30 pm & Midnight, Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street, New York
Photos by Andrew Eccles: website.
Behind the scenes video:
January 25, 2012
Olivier Award-winning musical Legally Blonde, which has played at the Savoy Theatre in London since December 2009, is to close.
The show will have its final West End performance on Saturday 7 April 2012. A UK tour is currently in progress and an Australian production of the show may open later this year.
The final cast of the show, all currently starring in the musical, will be Carley Stenson as Elle, Stephen Ashfield as Emmett, Ben Freeman as Warner and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan.
Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the show is based on the hit movie Legally Blonde.
August 22, 2011
A round-up of this month’s Broadway theatre news including new productions of Funny Girl, Godspell and Death of a Salesman, and featuring stars including Hunter Parrish, Andrew Garfield, Lauren Ambrose and Darren Criss.
The Spring Awakening and Weeds star Hunter Parrish is set to play Jesus in a new Broadway production of Godspell this autumn. The show is scheduled to open at the Circle in the Square Theater on 7 November.
The British star of the new Spiderman movie, Andrew Garfield, is set to join the Broadway cast of a new production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. The revival, opening in March, will be directed by Mike Nichols and co-star Philip Seymour Hoffman and Linda Emond.
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – LITERALLY!
Big Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can, based on Steven Spielberg’s hit film, is to close at the Neil Simon Theatre in New York. The show, which will have played 170 performances, hasn’t caught on with the public and will close on 4 September. The musical was nominated for four Tonys but only won one – Norbert Leo Butz winning a Best Actor gong. Starring Broadway hunk Aaron Tveit, the show was put together by the Love Never Dies creative team of director Jack O’Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell… guess it ain’t their year.
Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose is set to play Fanny Brice in the new Broadway production of Funny Girl. Glee’s Lea Michele had been widely tipped to star in the revival of the show that made a star out of Barbra Streisand. Bartlett Sher, whose Tony award-winning production of South Pacific is currently playing at the Barbican Theatre, will direct the show.
It has been confirmed that Glee’s Darren Criss will take over from Daniel Radcliffe as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The Glee star will take over on 3 January but only for an initial three week run.
March 23, 2011
From 26 April 2011 Natalie Casey will join the west end cast of the Olivier award-wining Legally Blonde The Musical to play ditzy beautician Paulette Buonofonté. She joins Susan McFadden as Elle Woods, Carley Stenson as Margot, Nicola Brazil as Serena, Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan. Natalie Casey takes over the role from Denise Van Outen, whose last performance will be Saturday 23 April. From mid-June Lee Mead will join the west end cast to play Emmett Forrest.
Earlier this month Legally Blonde The Musical, which opened at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009 and is currently booking until 31 March 2012, won three 2011 Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical.
College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods doesn’t take no for an answer. So when her boyfriend Warner dumps her for someone serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and heads for Harvard Law! Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Natalie Casey is best known on television for playing Donna in the BBC’s Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. On stage she has been seen in The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Oklahoma for Chichester Festival Theatre, Well at the Apollo Theatre, Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Hobson’s Choice at the Watermill Theatre. Her other television credits include Dave Shakespeare, Missing, Hollyoaks, Head Jam, Girls Night In and Chopratown. On film she played Shirley Temple in Chicago Joe and the Showgirl.
The current full cast is Stephane Anelli (Padamadan, Nikos), Emma Bateman (Stenographer), Nicola Brazil (Serena), Thomas Camilleri (Carlos), Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) Siobhan Dillon (Vivienne Kensington), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Kimmy Edwards (Judge, Saleswoman), Alex Gaumond (Emmett), Ibinabo Jack (Pilar), Suzie McAdam (Enid), Susan McFadden (Elle Woods), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Sean Mulligan (Pforzheimer), Dawn Sievewright (Kate, Chutney), Carley Stenson (Margot), Lincoln Stone (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Simon Thomas (Warner), Robbie Towns (Aaron), Dominic Tribuzio (Kiki), Denise Van Outen (Paulette), Tamara Wall (Brooke), Stephen Webb (Lowell) and Tara Young (District Attorney) as well as Jonathan Mawson, Jane McMurtrie, Lucy Miller, Ruthie Stephenson and Gregor Stewart as swings.
Directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell, Legally Blonde The Musical has music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin, book by Heather Hach, set design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Paul Miller, sound design by ACME Sound Partners and orchestrations by Christopher Jahnke.
Legally Blonde The Musical is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Robert G. Bartner, Ambassador Theatre Group, Bud Martin, Adam Zotovich, Jamie Hendry Productions, Matthew Byam Shaw and Act Productions.
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March 17, 2011
The show promises to be a modern-day burlesque that uses art as a theme, with 200 of Broadway’s sexiest bodies strutting their stuff on stage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York.
Art influenced posters to promote the next Broadway Bares event. From left, Matisse, Roy Lichtenstein and Michelangelo-inspired.
The show will be executive produced by Legally Blonde director and Catch Me If You Can choreographer Jerry Mitchell.
The first Broadway Bares was back in 1992 featuring seven dancers stripping on a bar to raise $8,000. In the 20 editions since, they have raised more than $7.5 million.
The UK charity TheatreMAD, part of the Make A Difference Trust, run a UK version of the event, West End Bares, which last ran in September at the Cafe de Paris, also exec produced by Jerry Mitchell. West End Bares: Strip Britannia raised nearly £42,000 for charity, and their next event is West End Eurovision on 21 April 2011 at the Piccadilly Theatre, seeing the casts of West End shows battle it out to be crowned West End Eurovision winner. Special guests will include the original Buck’s Fizz.
ABC DAYTIME EVENT
It’s worth mentioning that Broadway Cares also run an annual event for the last seven years called ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares. The Grand Finale Celebration was last week, 13 March 2011, and saw an evening of Broadway song and dance at New York City’s The Town Hall from over 20 American daytime TV stars. The event has raised $1,850,000 in total over the last few years – something for the UK charity to think about. I can easily see “ITV Salutes the West End” – would love to see the Loose Women, Emmerdale and Corrie teams giving us some showstoppers!
March 17, 2011
West End star Lee Mead is to join the hit musical Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre in London.
Mead will take over from Alex Gaumond in the role of Emmett Forrest from 20 June 2011, joining a cast that includes Susan McFadden as Elle Woods, Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan. Lee Mead’s wife Denise Van Outen is currently playing Paulette in the show, although may have left the production before Lee starts in the role.
Alex Gaumond, who was up for a best supporting Olivier Award this year, has been in the show since it started at the Savoy in 2009 and will leave on 18 June.
Legally Blonde recently scooped three 2011 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith and Best Performance is a Supporting Role in a Musical for Jill Halfpenny.
Lee was last seen in the West End as Fiyero in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. He rose to fame after winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do leading to a starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre. Other roles include The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre and UK tours of Miss Saigon and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.
Legally Blonde is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning Jerry Mitchell, who is currently working on big new Broadway show Catch Me If You Can.
LEGALLY BLONDE CAST LIST
Stephane Anelli (Padamadan, Nikos), Emma Bateman (Stenographer), Nicola Brazil (Serena), Thomas Camilleri (Carlos), Peter Davison (Professor Callahan) Siobhan Dillon (Vivienne Kensington), Chris Ellis-Stanton (Grandmaster Chad, Dewey, Kyle), Kimmy Edwards (Judge, Saleswoman), Alex Gaumond (Emmett), Ibinabo Jack (Pilar), Suzie McAdam (Enid), Susan McFadden (Elle Woods), Sorelle Marsh (Courtney, Mom, Whitney), Aoife Mulholland (Brooke), Sean Mulligan (Pforzheimer), Dawn Sievewright (Kate, Chutney), Carley Stenson (Margot), Lincoln Stone (Dad, Winthrop, Reporter), Simon Thomas (Warner), Robbie Towns (Aaron), Dominic Tribuzio (Kiki), Denise Van Outen (Paulette), Tamara Wall (District Attorney) and Stephen Webb (Lowell), as well as Jonathan Mawson, Jane McMurtrie, Lucy Miller, Ruthie Stephenson and Gregor Stewart as swings.
March 9, 2011
Previews begin this week for major new Broadway musical Catch Me If You Can at the Neil Simon Theatre (opens 10 April), based on the Stephen Spielberg movie and the true story that inspired it.
The show is led by rising new Broadway star Aaron Tveit (Next to Normal, Wicked) as con-man Frank Abagnale, and also stars Kerry Butler and Norbert Leo Butz. Aaron is featured in this month’s issue of Vanity Fair and there is a real buzz about him. The musical comes from the Hairspray and Love Never Dies creative team of Jack O’Brien (director) and Jerry Mitchell (Choreography), with a book by Terence McNally (The Full Monty), and score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.