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West End Live Rocks Trafalgar Square

June 20, 2011 

A rainy weekend didn’t deter the crowds from attending this year’s West End Live event in Trafalgar Square on Saturday and Sunday, 18 and 19 June 2011.

And our photographer Roy Tan was there to capture the action, including exclusive shots of the cast of hot new musical Rock of Ages, opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre this August.

The set by Rock of Ages included a video message from Justin Lee Collins, and a rocking Shayne Ward belting out Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”, followed by Oliver Tompsett and Amy Pemberton with “High Enough”.

In a break with tradition this year’s event was held in Trafalgar Square whilst renovation work is under way in Leicester Square, which provided a lot more room for fans to enjoy the main stage.

In addition to Rock of Ages, West End musicals that took part included Betty Blue Eyes (see photos, below), Ghost The MusicalThe Wizard Of Oz,Million Dollar QuartetShrek The MusicalLend Me A Tenorand the Open Air Theatre’s new production of Crazy For You. And a host of long-running shows including Stomp,War HorseLegally Blonde The MusicalLove Never Dies,Mamma Mia!The Lion KingBilly Elliot The MusicalJersey BoysThriller LivePriscilla Queen Of The Desert The MusicalChicagoWicked and We Will Rock You.

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View West End Live photos of Ghost The Musical, Wicked and Jersey Boys

 

View West End Live photos of Legally Blonde and Lend Me A Tenor

 

View West End Live photos of Billy Elliot and Love Never Dies

 

View West End Live photos of Chicago, The Lion King, Priscilla Queen of the Desert

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West End Live 2011: Rock of Ages and Betty Blue Eyes

June 20, 2011 

West End Live 2011 photos including Rock of Ages and Betty Blue Eyes

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ROCK OF AGES announces full London cast

June 16, 2011 

** ROCK OF AGES – The Musical announces full London cast **
** Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins joined by West End stars **
** Cast members to perform at West End Live this weekend *

ROCK OF AGES THE MUSICAL, the smash hit musical comedy is proud to announce the full cast line up, as Justin Lee Collins and Shayne Ward are joined by West End stars Amy Pemberton, Oliver Tompsett, Simon Lipkin and more.

The roles of the small-town girl and boy Sherrie and Drew, who meet, fall in love, lose each other then struggle to fight for their love, will be taken by West End stars Amy Pemberton (Footloose, Jersey Boys) and Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero in Wicked). They will join a talented ensemble cast (listed below) when the show opens at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre. Previews start on 31st August.

Oliver Tompsett said: “Growing up listening to 80′s Power Ballads on VH1, I used to dream about combining 80′s rock songs with musical comedy, but someone beat me to it. Rock of Ages – the Musical is way better than what I dreamt of, and you know what they say – ‘If you can’t beat them, join them!’”

Joining Oliver and Amy to belt out some of the greatest hits of the 80′s (including Wanted Dead Or Alive, Don’t Stop Believin’, Here I Go Again and I Want to Know What Love Is) will be Simon Lipkin. Best known for playing Nicky / Trekkie Monster in the Original London Cast of Avenue Q, Simon will be taking on the role of the wise-cracking narrator Lonny.

Also, members of the cast will be previewing the show at London’s West End Live event in Trafalgar Square this coming weekend, 18th and 19th June. The performances will be on Saturday – 2.55pm & 3.55pm and again on Sunday – 1.35pm & 3.35pm.

Amy Pemberton’s West End credits include Footloose and Jersey Boys. Other theatre credits include In Touch (Trafalgar Studios) and Sunburnt (New Theatre Hampstead).

Oliver Tompsett is best known for playing the role of Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked. His other West End credits include Mamma Mia, Our House and Over My Shoulder. Other theatre credits include The Royal Hunt of the Sun
(NT) and Kismet (Arcola).

Leading cast:
Dennis Dupree – Justin Lee Collins Stacee Jaxx/Father – Shayne Ward
Drew – Oliver Tompsett Sherrie – Amy Pemberton
Lonny – Simon Lipkin Hertz – Rohan Tickell
Justice/Mother – Rachel McFarlane Regina/Candi – Jodie Jacobs
Franz – Sandy Moffat

(remaining cast are alphabetical)
Mayor/Ja’Keith Gill – Nathan Amzi Ensemble – Natalie Andreou
Ensemble – Grant Anthony Ensemble – Carly Mercedes Dyer
Ensemble – Cordelia Farnworth Ensemble – Ian McIntosh
Waitress #1 – Twinnie-Lee Moore Ensemble – Jamie Muscato
Ensemble – Andrew Spillett Reporter – Zizi Strallen
Young Groupie – Amy Thornton Joey Primo/Sleazy Producer – Dylan
Turner

Release issued by: The Corner Shop PR

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West End Live 2011 timetable of performances announced

June 14, 2011 

The timetable has been published for West End Live, the free annual theatre event that returns to London this weekend, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2011.

West End Live 2011This year the event will be held in Trafalgar Square whilst renovations continue in its traditional home of Leicester Square and promises to be a spectacular celebration of West End shows.

West End musicals taking part in the weekend include Rock of Ages, Betty Blue Eyes, Ghost The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek The Musical, Lend Me A Tenor and the Open Air Theatre’s new production of Crazy For You. Also new this year will be performances from the madcap The Flying Karamazov Brothers, CBBC’s Dan and Jeff in Potted Potter and ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop.

They will be joined by long-running shows including Stomp, War Horse, Legally Blonde The Musical, Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!, The Lion KingBilly Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Thriller Live, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, Chicago, Wicked 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 Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz), Lee Mead (Legally Blonde) and Sarah Lancashire (Betty Blue Eyes).

There will also be performances from Free Run, the West End Gospel Choir, The Gleeks and the London Gay Men’s Chorus and exhibits from the Science Museum, London Film Museum and National Gallery.

This year’s event will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 18 June and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 19 June.

WEST END LIVE 2011 TIMETABLE

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2011

11.00 Million Dollar Quartet
11.20 Free Run
11.35 Wicked
11.43 Love Never Dies
11.50 Billy Elliot
11.55 War Horse
12.00 Lend Me a Tenor
12.15 Legally Blonde
12.30 Betty Blue Eyes
12.45 Chicago
13.00 We Will Rock You
13.20 Jersey Boys
13.45 Mamma Mia
14.00 Thriller Live
14.25 Flying Karamazov Brothers
14.40 Ghost The Musical
14.55 Rock of Ages
15.10 Crazy For You
15.25 West End Kids
15.40 Bob The Builder
15.55 Rock of Ages
16.10 Mark Jermin Stage School
16.20 West End Gospel Choir
16.35 London Gay Men’s Chorus
16.55 Dan and Laura Curtis
17.10 Helena Blackman
17.20 Some Like It Hip Hop
17.35 Priscilla Queen of The Desert
17.50 Stomp
18.00 SHOW CLOSES

 

SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2011

12.00 Stomp
12.15 All Join In And Other Stories
12.30 The Wizard of Oz
12.40 Thriller Live
13.05 Disney’s The Lion King
13.20 Shrek The Musical
13.35 Rock of Ages
13.50 West End Gospel Choir
14.10 Mamma Mia!
14.25 Potted Potter
14.40 The Gleeks
14.55 Bob the Builder
15.10 Jersey Boys
15.35 Rock of Ages
15.50 Helena Blackman
16.00 Julie Atherton
16.15 EverYoung
16.30 Sylvia Young Theatre School
16.50 National Youth Music Theatre
17.15 Congo Faith Healers
18.00 EVENT CLOSES

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The X Factor’s SHAYNE WARD joins West End cast of ROCK OF AGES The Musical

June 9, 2011 

ROCK OF AGES The Musical announces further London casting: The X Factor winner Shayne Ward to take the role of rock bad boy Stacee Jaxx

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is proud to announce the casting of X Factor winner Shayne Ward in the role of disillusioned rock bad boy Stacee Jaxx.

Shayne Ward will be taking to the West End stage when ROCK OF AGES The Musical previews at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 31st August 2011. Tickets are on sale now.

Shayne Ward is one of the UK’s premiere vocal talents, having sold over 3 million records worldwide since winning the X Factor in 2005. ROCK OF AGES The Musical marks his West End debut. He said: “I cannot wait to take to the stage for Rock of Agesl it’s an absolute thrill to have been chosen for this part and can’t wait to show a new side to my voice.”

Ward released his third album Obsession last Autumn, followed by a nationwide UK and Ireland tour.

ROCK OF AGES The Musical is the ultimate 80′s rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of hedonism, dreams, love and, of course, rock.

A celebration of classic 80′s rock culture, ROCK OF AGES The Musical tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade.

So popular has it been in New York, Toronto and Melbourne that the show is currently being made into a star-studded movie starring, amongst others, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Tom Cruise will be playing Shayne Ward’s role of Stacee Jaxx.

Release issued by: The Corner Shop PR

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Justin Lee Collins to join Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre

June 1, 2011 

TV and radio star Justin Lee Collins is to play Dennis Dupree in new West End musical Rock of Ages.

Justin Lee Collins to join the cast of Rock of Ages

Justin Lee Collins to join the cast of Rock of Ages

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages, which is set to rock London this autumn as it transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre, has announced its first casting.

The high-profile new show will see TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins play bar owner and ageing hippy, Dennis Dupree, a role originally played in the LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass.

Rock of Ages, which runs from 31 August 2011 at the Shaftesbury, celebrates (glam)rock music of the 80’s, featuring hit songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Pat Benatar and many more.

Lee Collins, who started as a stand-up comedian, has gone on to forge a strong TV and radio career including The Friday Night Project and The Justin Lee Collins Show. Rock of Ages won’t be his West End stage debut as he played Mr. Cellophane in Chicago for three nights in 2009 as part of Sky show JLC Is….

Rock of Ages is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, when a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love, set against the greatest songs of the 80s. This arena-rock love story is told through a succession of rock hits including I Wanna Rock, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Come on Feel the Noize, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Stop Believin’, Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know What Love Is and The Final Countdown.

The musical features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, and a Hollywood movie version is currently in production starring Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Paul Giamatti.

Rock of Ages is set to perform at this year’s West End Live in Trafalgar Square over the weekend of 18 and 19 June 2011, with some of the Broadway cast being flown over for the event.

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Rock of Ages announces first London cast member

June 1, 2011 

Comedian and TV presenter JUSTIN LEE COLLINS to play Dennis Dupree

TV and radio personality Justin Lee Collins has signed up to star in the West End version of the hit rock musical Rock of Ages. He will take on the role of bar owner and ageing hippy, Dennis Dupree (played in the original LA stage show by Tenacious D’s Kyle Gass).

Justin Lee Collins will be taking to the West End stage when Rock Of Ages begins at the prestigious Shaftesbury Theatre from 31st August 2011. Tickets are on sale now.

Rock Of Ages is the ultimate 80’s rock mix-tape musical, an hilarious story of hedonism, dreams, love and, of course, rock.
A celebration of classic 80′s rock culture, Rock of Ages tells the story of a small town girl and a big city rocker falling in love to the greatest songs of the decade.

So popular has it been in New York, Toronto and Melbourne that the show is currently being made into a star-studded movie starring, amongst others, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Alec Baldwin will be playing Dennis Dupree.

Justin Lee Collins has always had a passion for singing and for the theatre. Famously he performed as Tom Jones in Convention Crasher for Channel 4; and he actually got to perform with the man himself on the Sunday Night Project (Channel 4) when Tom appeared as a guest host in the last series. He has sung live on several occasions on Chris Moyles’ Radio One Breakfast Show.

He has never shied away from showing his love for the artists whose music he will be singing in the show. He says: “Being a fan of bands like Whitesnake, Foreigner, Journey and Bon Jovi, I couldn’t resist when I heard about the chance to appear in the show. What young lad hasn’t strummed the air guitar to the classic riffs of those poodle-haired rock bands of the 80’s? Now I’ll get to do it on stage every night!”

Collins’ dream of performing in the West End came true in 2009 when he was working on a series for Sky: JLC Is…… He starred in Chicago as Mr. Cellophane for three performances after weeks of intense voice training and rehearsing.

Release issued by: The Corner Shop PR

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Free event West End Live back for 2011 featuring Betty Blue Eyes, Shrek, Rock of Ages and more

May 19, 2011 

West End Live, the free annual theatre event, will return to London this summer on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2011, promising a spectacular celebration of West End shows.

West End Live 2011In a break with tradition, the seventh annual event will be held in Trafalgar Square whilst the renovations continue in its traditional home of Leicester Square.

A host of major London shows have signed up to take part in the live showcase, including new musicals Rock of Ages, Betty Blue Eyes, Ghost The Musical, The Wizard Of Oz, Million Dollar Quartet, Shrek The Musical, Lend Me A Tenor and the Open Air Theatre’s new production of Crazy For You. Also new this year will be performances from the madcap The Flying Karamazov Brothers, CBBC’s Dan and Jeff in Potted Potter and ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop.

They will be joined by long-running shows including Stomp, War Horse, Legally Blonde The Musical, Love Never Dies, Mamma Mia!, Billy Elliot The Musical, Jersey Boys, Thriller Live, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert The Musical, Chicago, Wicked and We Will Rock You.

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Rock of Ages, which does not open until September at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London, is flying some of the stars of its Broadway cast over to London especially for the event. Rock of Ages is currently being made into a big-budget Hollywood movie starring Tom Cruise.

Stars will be out in force for the event, with performances promised by some of the West End’s top talent, including Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope (The Wizard of Oz), Lee Mead (Legally Blonde) and Sarah Lancashire (Betty Blue Eyes).

There will also be performances this year from Free Run, the West End Gospel Choir and the London Gay Men’s Chorus and exhibits from the Science Museum, London Film Museum and National Gallery.

This year’s event will run from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 18 June and 12pm to 6pm on Sunday 19 June.

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Photos from past West End Live events. Photos by Roy Tan.


Rock of Ages to hit London

March 7, 2011 

The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages is set to rock London this autumn as it transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 31 August 2011.

Rock of AgesRock of Ages celebrates (glam)rock music of the 80’s featuring hit songs by Bon Jovi, Journey, Whitesnake, Poison, Pat Benatar and many more.

The show is set in 1987 on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, when a small town girl meets a big city rocker in LA’s most famous rock club and they fall in love, set against the greatest songs of the 80s. This arena-rock love story is told through a succession of rock hits including I Wanna Rock, We’re Not Gonna Take It, Come on Feel the Noize, Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Don’t Stop Believin’, Dead or Alive, We Built This City, I Wanna Know What Love Is and The Final Countdown.

The musical features a book by Chris D’Arienzo, and a Hollywood movie version is currently in pre-production starring Tom Cruise.

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Rock of Ages at the Shaftesbury Theatre

March 4, 2011 

ROCK OF AGES CLOSES AT THE SHAFTESBURY THEATRE ON 6 JANUARY 2013 AND RE-OPENS AT THE GARRICK THEATRE ON 18 JANUARY 2013. The smash-hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages is rocking London at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

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