The Friday Musical Roundup: 9th May

A Nancy already in work, lots of New York News, some reggae in the West End and Phantom of the Opera closes (only for four days though!). Enjoy this week’s musical round up and have a great weekend.
  1. The first Nancy to leave I’d Do Anything has already been cast in something. A cunning bit of cross publicity that would no doubt make Kevin Spacey’s blood boil, Amy Booth-Steel is starring in All Bob’s Women  which is advertised as “a saucy, racy, comedy-musical that shows why love and madness can go hand in hand… wearing very little!”. It starts at the Arts Theatre London from June 18th. I for one am worried this might be the act of an overzealous producer looking to bump up some questionable material. Lets see…
  2. Glory Days opened and closed on broadway. A new musical that made the rare transfer from Washington DC to Broadway unfortunately became the fastest show to close since Dance A Little Closer (I hadn’t heard of it either) in 1983. Its opening and closing night sadly were one and the same thing. With a cast of four, one set and lasting only 90 minutes it seemed unlikely to pull in broadway-priced audiences but the loss of an original musical is still lamentable. It has been announced as ineligable for any Tony Award. Mark Shenton has blogged wonderfully about it here. You can also hear some of the show at its myspace page. 
  3. The Harder They Come transfers to the West-End.It starts at the Playhouse theatre from 23rd May. Based on a 1972 film, this stage version integrates live onstage reggae music with the story of a singer looking to break into Jamaica’s music scene. The transfer follows a successful season at the Barbican.
  4. Phantom of the Opera took some time off. Unbelievably for the first time in 22 years Phantom closed its doors. The modest break of four days was to fit a new digital sound system into the theatre.
  5. Jason Robert Brown’s latest show 13 is now confirmed to open on broadway this summer and has just started its out-of-town run at the Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Connecticut. The show is being produced by Godspeed musicals, a development group who allow musicals to be staged and reworked without the glare of critics. Massively reworked from its West Coast Premiere last year it is directed by Jeremy Sams (The Sound of Music Revival), Deisgned by David Farley (Designer at Menier Chocolate Factory behind Sunday in the Park with George and La Cage Aux Folles) and Musical Directed by Tom Kitt (composer of High Fidelity).
  6. Also on the american front, an adaptation of the cult film Saved! starring Mandy Moore and Mcauley Culkin to musical form has just opened in New York at Playwrights Horizons. The film had a small but dedicated following so I wonder what’s on store for the show. Interestingly it has Book and Lyrics by John Dempsey who also wrote them for the Witches of Eastwick and The Fix.


So there it is, lots of new shows in New York, lets hope we get lots of them soon. Have a great weekend.


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