A new theatre magazine is launching later this month.
The only print magazine celebrating all things Musical Theatre, MUSICALS magazine is the latest consumer title from Mark Allen Group, who also produce Gramophone, Jazzwise and Songlines magazines.
The magazine will have a focus on West End and Broadway shows, plus cover regional and international productions, on stage and screen.
MUSICALS promises interviews with the creative teams of musicals, including producers, designers, composers and lyricists, plus stars of the shows and in-depth reviews of shows and soundtracks.
Edited by Sarah Kirkup, the magazine’s writers include critic, broadcaster and presenter Edward Seckerson, London theatre critic for the International New York Times Matt Wolf, official Sondheim biographer and London critic for Variety David Benedict, and Deputy Editor of The Stage Matthew Hemley.
The launch issue includes an interview with West End and Broadway star Marisha Wallace (Dreamgirls, Waitress, Hairspray), who recently starred in Oklahoma!; a feature on the legacy of Stephen Sondheim; a look at musicals films including 13, Matilda and Wicked; an interview with musicals maestro Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, Sister Act, Newsies); and reviews of Bugsy Malone, Great British Bake-Off The Musical and South Pacific, plus soon to close Broadway show A Strange Loop, and 13, 42nd Street and MJ The Musical.
Sarah Kirkup said: ‘Whether you’re new to Musical Theatre, an afficionado, or somewhere in between, this magazine is for you. Our cover star of the launch issue is the unstoppable Marisha Wallace who has smashed through barriers to redefine what Musical Theatre in the 21st century looks like, most recently in her unflinching portrayal of Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma!’ at London’s Young Vic.
“Other features include an appraisal of Sondheim’s legacy by his official biographer David Benedict, while Matt Wolf looks at the most recent successful transfers of stage musicals to the big screen, from this summer’s ‘13’ to the forthcoming ‘Matilda’. Plus, we review UK shows including ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘The Famous Five’, Broadway’s ‘MJ’ and ‘A Strange Loop’ and the North American premiere of ‘& Juliet’ in Toronto.
“We’re pleased to include recording reviews too, from the cast recording of ‘Back to the Future’ to John Barrowman’s new album ‘Centre Stage’. And we have the one-and-only Elaine Paige joining us too, for a trip down memory lane – from her earliest encounters with musicals to the starring role in ‘Evita’, which transformed her career.”
The first issue of MUSICALS is on-sale from 21 October 2022 in shops, including WHSmiths, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsburys, and online for home delivery, priced £9.99. The magazine will be bi-monthly from April 2023.