The Friday musical round-up: 4th April

As promised, it’s time for my weekly round-up of this week’s musical theatre news. Here’s what has happened last Friday…

And so, this week…

  1. Kevin Spacey criticised the BBC this week for what he considers to be “a 13-week promotion for a musical” that is ‘I’d Do Anything’ – for more on this, see my response here or my round-up of critics’ responses here 
  2. Peter Pan – El Musical opened at the Garrick Theatre this week, receiving consistently terrible reviews, including a zero-star one from The Guardian. For a full round-up of what the critics said, check here
  3. Suzanne Shaw, recent winner of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’ and formerly of Hear’Say, announced as the newest cast member of Chicago, in which she’ll play the part of Roxie Hart
  4. David Essex announced that he has written a new jukebox musical based on his own songs, entitled All the Fun of the Fair. It has initially announced a 3-month tour schedule. See the official website here
  5. Alexia Khadime confirmed to star as Elphaba in Wicked from June 2009, taking over from Kerry Ellis who was continue playing the role on Broadway. Khadime is currently starring in the Lion King. See original press release here
  6. La Cage Aux Folles is now not expected to transfer to the West End until at least September, according to whispers on quoted on the Philip Quast fan-site here. There has been no official confirmation of this from the Menier Chocolate Factory thus far

Have a great weekend!

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