The Friday musical round-up: 6th June

Happy Friday everyone! In this week’s musical theatre round-up, there’s a couple of closing notices, casting news for 3 shows an announcements of 2 new musicals. Read on for more …

  • Wizard of Oz cast announced for this summer’s production at the Royal Festival Hall. Leading roles will be taken by some big musical theatre names – Adam Cooper (Tin Man), Gary Wilmot (Cowardly Lion), and Lorna Luft (Wicked Witch). The role of Dorothy will be played by Sian Brooke. You can find out more here from Official London Theatre.
  • Jodie Prenger was the winner of ‘I’d Do Anything’, the BBC TV series, and will now play the part of Nancy in the West End when it opens in December. If you haven’t heard this news yet, where have you been for the last week!
  • Barry Manilow’s new musical, Can’t Smile Without You, will start its National Tour in August, before hopefully coming to the West End in 2009. It’s yet another jukebox musical, based on Manilow’s hits, but it’s not his first show (Copacabana was a show too in case you’ve forgotten!) 
  • Cabaret has posted its closing notices, and will finish its run at the Lyric Shaftesbury Avenue later this month (21st June), which was originally reported here on WOS. You can get your last-minute tickets from the theatre operator, Nimax, here. No news yet (as far as I can tell) on what show will replace it at the Shaftesbury.
  • Kurt Weill‘s musical, Street Scene, has been announced as part of the Young Vic Theatre’s new season. You can find out more on the theatre’s official website here
  • Oliver casting news has been announced this week, with Burn Gorman, Julian Bleach and Rosemary Leach all joining Rowan Atkinson and Jodie Prenger in the cast (see WOS story here). Apparently the company will be 75 strong, so there are still a fair few announcements to come! You can find the show’s official website here
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar will be joining the case of Spamalot from the end of June, playing the part of King Arthur. The show’s producers have also announced that the show will close in early-2009, so if you haven’t seen the show yet, you’re running out of time! For more detail, see The Stage here

This week sees the opening night of The Harder They Come, so I’ll be looking out for the reviews of that one.

Have a good weekend…

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