The Friday musical round-up: 25th April

It’s been a remarkably quiet week in terms of musical theatre news… apart from the opening of Gone with the Wind – The Musical, it’s basically just some gossip and casting announcements
So, here’s a very short round-up of this week’s musical theatre news…

  1. Gone with the Wind, Sir Trevor Nunn’s latest project, opened at the New London Theatre and duly received a panning from the critics. For a round-up of what they said, check out my blog post here. If you don’t trust the critics, or want to see the show anyway, check out the official website
  2. Adam Cooper is rumoured (also by WOS) to be leaving the cast of Gipsy Kings musical, Zorro, before it reaches the West End. Apparently the show is lined up for the Garrick Theatre. Given the failure of some of the theatre’s previous musicals (Bad Girls and Peter Pan – El Musical spring to mind!), is this really where the producers want the show to be?!
  3. Spring Awakening is contining to generate chatter – this time the focus is on the likely destination of the show when it opens in 2009. Gossip on the What’s On Stage website suggests that the show will open at the Lyric Hammersmith before moving onto the West End. No official word on this as the official website is still advertising auditions…
  4. Sarah Soetaert is returning to the cast of Chicago to play Roxie Hart from Monday for a month. She’ll be keeping the seat warm for Suzanne Shaw (ex-Hear’say) until she starts in the role on 2nd June.
  5. Donmar Warehouse confirmed that they are developing a new musical with Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, formerly of The Libertines. The theatre’s Associate Director, Douglas Hodge, is working with the duo to develop the show (see original Guardian story here)

 Have a good weekend!


1 Response to “The Friday musical round-up: 25th April”

  1. 1 Andy Roberts April 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    I reckon the Pete Doherty rock’n’roll show will be a breath of fresh air – IF it sees the light of day. Gone with the wind might be a surprising winner in the end too.

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