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Reviews Round-up: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 3, 2014 

Round-up of reviews of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

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Photos: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

April 2, 2014 

Production photos of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre. Photo © Johan Persson

New musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels has opened at the Savoy Theatre – and its a hit!

Starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond, the show is directed by Tony Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).

 

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New Musical: Becoming Nancy The Musical directed by Jerry Mitchell

January 28, 2014 

Musicals director Jerry Mitchell told The Stage last week that he plans to produce and direct a new musical based on the book Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald.

Jerry Mitchell in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Jerry Mitchell in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

A gay coming-of-age tale set in 1970′s London, Becoming Nancy is about schoolboy David Starr who is cast as Nancy in a school production of Oliver! He subsequently falls for handsome school football team captain Maxie Boswell, confides in teacher Hamish McClarnon, and is supported by best friend Frances Bassey.

The musical would be part of his new Jerry Mitchell Productions company that he has formed in association with Ambassador Theatre Group.

Becoming Nancy was written by Terry Ronald, who was originally a pop star before becoming a well-known writer, lyricist and arranger for artists including Girls Aloud, Kylie Minogue, The Wanted and Westlife. He is also a musicals writer and arranger, with West End credits including work on Rent Remixed, The Hurly Burly Show and co-writer of new Denise Van Outen one-woman play Some Girl I Used To Know.

The first project for Mitchell’s new company is musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Rufus Hound and Robert Lindsay.

Mitchell is also working on a new musical based on a album.

Jerry Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most respected directors, with recent work including last year’s big Tony winner Kinky Boots, which is on its way to the West End, and Legally Blonde The Musical.

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Amazon: Becoming Nancy by Terry Ronald

Photos: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Launch and Rehearsals

January 23, 2014 

Photos of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels rehearsals and launch event.

Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Robert Lindsay and Katherine Kingsley in rehearsals for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Rehearsals for big new musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels are in full spring, in preparation for its 10 March 2014 opening at the Savoy Theatre.

Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde) is in the director’s chair for the show, which stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond.

Today, Thursday 23 January, also saw a launch event in London for the show.

Book tickets and read more at: www.westendtheatre.com/22994/shows/dirty-rotten-scoundrels-at-the-savoy-theatre-starring-robert-lindsay


Kinky Boots to play the West End in 2015

January 23, 2014 

Director of Broadway hit Kinky Boots confirms that the show is to open in the West End in 2015.

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

Billy Porter as Lola in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots

We knew it

Following our recent”Broadway to London: Broadway hits we want to see transfer to the West End in 2014” top of the list was Kinky Boots – the Tony Award winning musical penned by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein and based on the British film that starred Chiwetel Ejiofor.

And now Jerry Mitchell, director of Kinky Boots, has confirmed that the show is to transfer to London in 2015.

At a press conference today for his new show Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre, he confirmed to The Stage that, “It’s definitely coming” and that the show was scouting four suitable theatres but all currently have shows in them.

The news places Kinky Boots as the front-runner for most exciting new opening of 2015. Following Billy Porter’s extraordinary performance as Lola in the New York production, announcements on casting will be of huge interest.

We are gunning for Billy to do London!

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More news on Kinky Boots
Book tickets to Kinky Boots on Broadway
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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay

November 1, 2013 

Musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre starring Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley and Samantha Bond.

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.

Now playing at the Savoy Theatre, this will be the UK premiere of the hit 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, Downton Abbey star Samantha Bond as Muriel Eubanks and John Marquez as Andre Thibault.

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.

THE STORY

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).

REVIEWS

“A masterclass in how to put on a musical” Baz, Daily Mail
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The Evening Standard

 

WEST END BARES All The Fun of the Bare 2013

August 7, 2013 

Things are hotting up in the West End as charity TheatreMAD prepares for its annual West End Bares event!

West End Bares 2013

West End Bares 2013

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.

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Book tickets to West End Bares All The Fun of the Bare 2013

 

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West End Bares 2012 to feature Olympic theme, stars include Ben Cohen

July 24, 2012 

The West End’s annual charity fundraiser West End Bares returns this Autumn with a sporty theme.

Rugby Union player Ben Cohen to star in the show

Rugby Union player Ben Cohen to star in the show

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.

LINKS

Tickets from the MAD Trust website

Broadway Bares 2012 – promotion photos

Photos: Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings

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.

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For tickets visit the website

VIDEO

Behind the scenes video:



 

Legally Blonde to close at Savoy Theatre

January 25, 2012 

Olivier Award-winning musical Legally Blonde, which has played at the Savoy Theatre in London since December 2009, is to close.

Carley Stenson as Elle in Legally Blonde

Carley Stenson as Elle in Legally Blonde

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.

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SPECIAL OFFER: SAVE £29 on tickets to Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre in London

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