Current West End Musicals News

Current West End Musicals news and rumours… (October 2014)

Once is to close but not before Ronan gets to play his part.

Current West End Musicals News - Once to close

Current West End Musicals News – Once to close

Once at the Phoenix Theatre posted closing notices with a final performance on 21 March 2015 ahead of a European tour.

Boyzone star Ronan Keating will still  make his West End debut, when he joins the cast of from 17 Nov 2014 to play the leading role of ‘Guy’. Jill Winternitz  continues in her role as ‘Girl’. They will both stay to the end of the production.

Fantastic, that means there’s still time to book Once Theatre Breaks and see ‘himself ‘ in the role.

Matilda the Musical Goes On and On…

A great choice for Friday night theatre breaks this winter

A great choice for Friday night theatre breaks this winter

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Matilda the Musical has extended its booking period – tickets are now on sale to Sunday 20 December 2015 at the Cambridge Theatre.

If you fancy seeing it a bit sooner than that our Readers Offers site has some good deals for this December and beyond.

The Scottsboro Boys Arrive in London

The Scottsboro Boys - Theatre Breaks

The Scottsboro Boys – Theatre Breaks

There were protests when the Scottsboro Boys The Musical  premiered in New York  four years ago. The show was criticised for using a ‘black and white minstrel’ style to tell the story of one of the most controversial race cases in American history. The musical, by John Kander and Fred Ebb, involves black actors “whiteing up” to play the white characters, subverting the black and white minstrel tradition of white actors “blacking up”.

 

“They use it in a powerful way to empower the boys. There are real dramatic honest moments juxtaposed with humour and song and dance. You’re forced to enjoy yourself and then reflect on what you’re enjoying. It’s a masterpiece.” (One of the original stars of the show, Brandon Victor Dixon)

See for yourself – Scottsboro Boys the Musical Theatre Breaks

Wicked gets a ‘new’ Elphaba, but not really.

wickedtheatrebreaks Emma Hatton will take over the role of ‘Elphaba’ in the West End production of Wicked from 02 February 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. She will replace Jennifer DiNoia. This is not really big news as Hatton is currently standby Elphaba and has been since last year. She already had a stint as lead Elphaba in July and August before Kerry Ellis re-joined the cast.

To be honest, and at the risk of being pounced on by Kerry fans, all the Elphabas have been great. There’s not much to choose between them!

Wicked Theatre Breaks are consistently “Popular” 😉 See what I did there?

West End Rumours

Pride the Musical? Be Still My Heart!

This one is a rumour but a very believable one! It seem that a stage musical adaptation of the new hit film Pride is in development. Director Matthew Warchus is supposed to be attached to the project. There are even mutterings of a West End run.

Pride, in case you don’t know, or for those of you living under a stone, is a new hit film, based on a true story. It is about a group of gay activists who raise money to help a Welsh community of miners affected by the miners’ strike in the 1980s.

Oh, I do hope they do it!

Bend It Like Beckham the Musical rises from the Phoenix?

Phoenix Theatre for Bend it Like Beckham?

Phoenix Theatre for Bend it Like Beckham?

Bend It Like Beckham the Musical will replace Once at the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End next year, according to Baz Bamigboye of the Daily Mail. He may well be right, he has a good track record for these things.

I quite like the idea myself, though I’m sad to see Once go, what do you think?

 

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