The Friday musical round-up: 23rd May

Apologies for the fact that there was no Friday round-up last week – I was on holiday, and I decided it probably wasn’t worth interrupting my holiday for!

This week we’ve had 2 major new musicals opening in London and another new show finally announced for January 2009. We’ve also had some real and confirmed casting news, as well as some more reality TV rumours.

Read on for the full story…

  1. Marguerite opened to good, but not outstanding, reviews. Times and Guardian reviews both gave the show three stars, so it will be interesting to see how the show does at the box office. I’ll be putting together a review round-up once the Sunday papers have come out.
  2. Spring Awakening has finally been confirmed to open in the UK at Lyric Hammersmith, as has been rumoured in recent weeks. The show is scheduled for a 6-run run, opening in January 2009. I’m sure a West End theatre has already been lined up for the transfer, so I’m sure we’ll start hearing the rumours on that one soon too. See the original news article from The Stage here
  3. Emma Williams will be joining the cast of Zorro, opposite Matt Rawle, when it reaches the West End later this year. For the producers’ sake, let’s hope this show is slightly more successful that one of Williams’ last West End appearances, in the miserable failure that was Desperately Seeking Susan! To see news of the announcement on broadway.com, click here
  4. Never Forget opened to generally poor reviews at the Savoy Theatre. Both the Guardian and Times gave the show two stars, with Lynn Gardner (Guardian) suggesting that “it offers an alternative for hen parties who forgot to book for Dirty Dancing in time” – some praise! I’m pretty confident that the show’s ticket sales will do just fine!
  5. Jesus Christ Superstar is still looking it’s next on the list for Andrew Lloyd Webber to cast using a Saturday night primetime show. This is not the first time this rumour has been seen, but check out the What’s On Stage site here for the latest story
  6. Niamh Perry is apparently already being lined up for a run in the West End after her exit last week from I’d Do Anything. There’s a lot of chatter on the digitalspy talkboards that suggest that she’s going to be playing Lisel in The Sound of Music . I still don’t think she’s ready for the West End though…
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1 Response to “The Friday musical round-up: 23rd May”


  1. 1 Rogue Zentradi May 25, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Also worth mentioning is that The Harder They Come started West End previews last week. I wonder if it will qualify for this year’s awards season as the definitions are more vague here than in New York, so it may have already exhausted its options at Stratford.


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