The Friday musical round-up: 4th July

Apologies for the fact that I haven’t written my friday round-up for a couple of weeks. I’ve covered a number of the big announcements elsewhere on my blog (e.g. They’re Playing Our Song coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory), so you haven’t missed too much of major excitement.

So, in this week’s musical theatre news…

  1. Flamenco Flamen’ka, a dance show directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood (probably most famous as a judge on the BBC’s ‘Stricly Come Dancing‘ was announced as opening on 18th September. The show is scheduled to run at the Lyric Theatre (currently home of Cabaret) for what appears a somewhat ambitious eight-week run. Given that the recent struggles of a number of new shows, it will be interesting to see how this show does.
  2. Tim Rice is planning to write a new musical about the life of Machiavelli, although he doesn’t yet have a composer on board to write the music to go with his lyrics. Apparently it won’t be Andrew Lloyd Webber though as he’s too busy with Phantom part II! You can see the original news in The Stage here.
  3. Imagine This is the new musical which will step into the shoes of the recently-departed Gone With the Wind at the New London theatre (home of Cats for so many years). According to the covereage in The Stage, the musical is set in the Warsaw ghetto during the Second World War. Producers explain that it’s not just depressing, and I’ve heard comparisons to Roberto Benigni’s much-acclaimed film ‘Life is Beautiful‘. The show is directed by Timothy Sheader, Resident Director of the Open Air Theatre, and opens in November.
  4. Daydream Believer has canelled its run at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, reducing the number of jukebox musicals hoping to reach the West End by one. According to What’s On Stage, poor ticket sales were its downfall. Perhaps the public is looking for something other than a jukebox musical?
  5. Sanjiv Bhaskar has his first night in Spamalot, receiving only lukewarm reviews from the press for his performance. According to an article on the Society for London Theatre website, he blamed his nerves on the presence of original Python Terry Jones in the audience. 
  6. The Music Man opened in Chichester to excellent reviews, including a 4-stars from Michael Billington in the Guardian. The production stars Brian Conley and Starlet Strallen in the leading roles and runs in rep until 30th August, and you can buy tickets at the theatre’s website here. I’ve already seen the show, and thoroughly enjoyed it – I’ll be writing my review during the week.
  7. Jermyn Street Theatre will be home to a revue show of the work of Kander & Ebb later this summer. Tickets for Coloured Lights (yes, this blog is also named after a Kander & Ebb song!) are on sale via the Jermyn Street Theatre website. The cast have plenty of West End credits between them, so it should be worth a trip.


If you’re aware of any news that I’ve missed, do let me know.


1 Response to “The Friday musical round-up: 4th July”

  1. 1 webcowgirl July 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Ooh – that last one looks good!

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