Month: August 2010

Applause Magazine – October 1996

Applause Magazine – October 1996: Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Heathcliff, Cliff Richard, Ned Sherrin, Gene Wilder, Globe Theatre, Alan Ayckbourn, Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Ken Livingstone

Applause Magazine – March 1997

Applause Magazine – March 1997: Maria Friedman, Lady In The Dark, Christopher Biggins, Ned Sherrin, Bill Kenwright, Richard Nelson, Constance Cummings, Neil Simon, Ruaidhri Conroy, The Cripple Of Inishmaan, Gerald Kaufman

Applause Magazine – May 1997

Applause Magazine – May 1997: Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, Julie-Alanah Brighten, John Barrowman, Simon McBurney, Theatre De Complicite, Christopher Biggins, Terrence Mcnally, Master Class, Beach Blanket Babylon, Ibsen, Peggy Ashcroft, John Napier and Roy Hattersley

Applause Magazine – August 1997

Applause Magazine – August 1997: Dominic West, Ned Sherrin, Thelma Holt, Clare Rayner, Kathleen Turner, Jubilee, Julie Wilson, Alan Bates, Martin McDonagh

Sheridan Stays Blonde, Van Outen joins

Sheridan Smith, the gorgeous, multi-talented star of Legally Blonde, has decided to extend her run in the show at the Savoy Theatre in London. Plus a new cast joins from 25 October including Denise Van Outen, Siobhan Dillon and Carley Stenson.

Applause Magazine – September 1997

Applause Magazine – September 1997: Zoe Wanamaker, Simon Russell Beale, Noel Coward, Andre Lewis of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Adam Long

Applause Magazine – July 1996

Applause Magazine – July 1996: Margarita Pracatan, Ned Sherrin, Kevin Whately, English National Ballet, Alice In Wonderland, Larry Adler, Christopher Lloyd, Lyceum Theatre, Googie Withers, Hannah Gordon

Fantasy Transfers #432: Follies

Is there no end to the number of Sondheim productions whizzing around in celebration of his 80th? Up next year is a sparkly new production of Follies, with none other than Broadway goddess – and current A Little Night Music star – Bernadette Peters in the lead as Sally, at Washington’s Kennedy Center (7 May to 5 June 2011).

Avenue Q, the magic will live on

One of the furry characters from Avenue Q has knocked out a new project to keep him busy after the show closes at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 30 October.

Radio 2 lines up a Musical autumn

BBC Radio 2 will broadcast a major new documentary on the history of West End and Broadway musicals this autumn. Produced by the BBC’s Malcolm Prince, who also produces Elaine Paige’s show on a Sunday, The Musical will reveal the enduring appeal of West End and Broadway shows. Running for eight weeks, the programme will explore the 80-year history of musical theatre from its humble beginnings to a multi-billion pound industry. No official scheduling information has been announced for the programme, although it is expected to play from week beginning 6 September. Also on Radio 2 this autumn, and also …

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ITV’s This Morning – Musicals week

All this week, ITV’s This Morning has been celebrating the West End Musical, with Monday’s show featuring the cast of Mamma Mia! and Tuesday shaking things up with Sister Act. Plus Grease, Dirty Dancing and We Will Rock You.

Dexter acts superior in Sister Act

Sally Dexter will join the cast of Sister Act next month at the London Palladium when she becomes the third actress to play Mother Superior in the hit musical.

“Stephen Sondheim” the HBO drama?

New HBO pilot The Miraculous Year, starring Susan Sarandon and Norbert Leo Butz, comes pretty close to the life of Stephen Sondheim.

The West End stage in September 1994

A snapshot of what was playing in the West End in September 1994, including Sunset Boulevard, Crazy for You, Copacabana, Design for Living starring Clive Owen, Imogen Stubbs in Saint Joan and Ruthie Henshall in She Loves Me

Shows closing in September

It’s all change in the West End next month as September sees a number of shows bid farewell.

Howard Panter: Fame and fortune

We read with interest Ambassador Theatre Group co-owner Howard Panter’s spread in the Sunday Times Money section this weekend, “Fame and fortune: I put my savings on the stage”, in the hope of getting some tips.

Into The Woods opens tonight

The Open Air Theatre’s new production of Into The Woods officially opens tonight, 16 August, at its Regent’s Park venue.

Casting: Corrie’s Curly hits WWRY

Kevin Kennedy, aka Curly Watts from Coronation Street, and the X-Factor’s Brenda Edwards to join the cast of We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre.

VIDEO: Deathtrap trailer released

With the opening of Deathtrap at the Noel Coward Theatre only days away, a promotional video has been released featuring Simon Russell Beale, Jonathan Groff and Claire Skinner.

Apollo Victoria celebrates 80 years

A charity gala is being held at the Apollo Victoria this October to celebrate the West End theatre’s 80th birthday.

Broadway: Spiderman to finally swing in

Broadway News: Big-budget Bono musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark confirms its long-awaited opening, plus a new take on Alice in Wonderland comes to New York

Whoopi a smash in Sister Act

Whoopi Goldberg makes her West End debut tonight, 10 August, in Sister Act at the London Palladium.

Complimentary London Hotel Rooms

Enjoy complimentary London hotel rooms in our fabulous West End Theatre sale – featuring HAIR, Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot, Sweet Charity, Sister Act, Dirty Dancing and many more.

Whoopi Goldberg starts tonight

Whoopi Goldberg makes her West End debut tonight, 10 August, in Sister Act at the London Palladium.

Krapp’s Last Tape

Following rave reviews at Dublin’s Gate Theatre, a transfer to London of Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape starring Michael Gambon, directed by Michael Colgan.

A Flea in her Ear

Tom Hollander (Rev, In The Loop) and Lisa Dillon star in Georges Feydeau’s 1907 French farce A Flea in her Ear, directed by Richard Eyre in a version by John Mortimer.

Cause Celebre tickets at the Old Vic Theatre starring Anne-Marie Duff

Thea Sharrock follows her hit revival of Terence Rattigan’s After The Dance with the playwright’s drama based on the true story of Alma Rattenbury, played by Anne-Marie Duff, who went on trial with her 18-year-old lover for the murder of her husband.

Design for Living

Anthony Page directs Tom Burke, Lisa Dillon and Andrew Scott in Noël Coward’s wickedly witty, romantic comedy Design for Living. From 1930s bohemian Paris to the dizzying heights of Manhattan society, a tempestuous love triangle unravels…

When We Are Married

J B Priestley’s classic comedy about class and hypocrisy returns to the West End featuring an all-star cast including Maureen Lipman, Lynda Baron, Susie Blake, Roy Hudd and Sam Kelly.

Love Story

Erich Segal’s best-selling novel Love Story, which was famously turned into a film, transfers to the West End from Chichester starring Emma Williams and Michael Xavier, and produced by Michael Ball.

Birdsong

A new stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulks’ acclaimed novel Birdsong, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring the Chronicles of Narnia’s Ben Barnes, Nicholas Farrell, Iain Mitchell, Genevieve O’Reilly and Lee Ross.

The Country Girl

Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw star in Clifford Odets’s The Country Girl, about a once-great theatre star who is given the chance to make a major comeback.

VIDEO: Into The Woods – Rehearsals

VIDEO: The Open Air Theatre’s new production of Into The Woods opens this Thursday, 5 August, at their Regent’s Park venue.

All My Sons

David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker star in Arthur Miller’s powerful drama, directed by Howard Davies.

Avenue Q

The Broadway hit musical that features humans and puppets in a furry, funny adults-only musical about life on a city street.

The Railway Children

A critically acclaimed new production of E. Nesbit’s classic children’s story The Railway Children comes to London in an exciting new venue at Waterloo Station, featuring a real steam train.

Flashdance

Based on the hit Jerry Bruckheimer movie, Flashdance The Musical is a high-octane dance sensation choreographed by Arlene Phillips and featuring an iconic score that includes Manhunt, Gloria and Flashdance – What A Feeling.

Stephen Sondheim tribute at BBC Proms

A major tribute to musicals composer Stephen Sondheim was held on Saturday, 31 July, in London to celebrate his 80th year.

Tap Dogs

Dein Perry’s TAP DOGS returns to The London stage with an electrifying new show

Sweet Charity

The smash-hit Menier Chocolate Factory production of Sweet Charity transfers to the West End starring Tamzin Outhwaite. A joyous score includes famous numbers Hey Big Spender and The Rhythm Of Life.

Yes, Prime Minister

Following a sell-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, the original writers of the BBC series, Antony Jay & Jonathan Lynn, have reunited for this 30th anniversary production of Yes, Prime Minister starring Henry Goodman and David Haig.

HAIR

Acclaimed Tony-award winning Broadway revival of the classic 1960s tribal rock musical, full of famous songs.

All the Fun of the Fair

Pop star David Essex writes and stars in a roller coaster ride of a musical set in a fun fair.

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

From the director of The Woman in Black comes Jeremy Paul’s thrilling play based on Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. Stars Peter Egan and Robert Daws.

We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre

FINAL FEW WEEKS – MUST END 31 MAY: London’s longest-running rock musical, WE WILL ROCK YOU is the smash-hit show featuring the songs of legendary band Queen.

Chicago at the Phoenix Theatre

Kander and Ebb’s sexy, sassy musical about murderous showgirls returns to the West End.

Dirty Dancing

The classic story – and hit movie – comes to the stage in a record-breaking adaptation, now featuring Ray Quinn.

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