The Friday musical round-up: 18th July

This week’s update includes news of 2 show openings, 1 piece of casting news and a couple of show announcements. I’d expect the number of announcements to increase in the coming weeks as shows confirm casts or finalise theatres.

In the meantime, here’s my round-up of what has happened this week.

  • Lee Mead’s final date in Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has been announced. According to an article in What’s On Stage, his last performance in the coloured coat will be January 10th 2009. There’s been no news on replacement casting as of yet, but I wouldn’t bet against it being one of the other ‘Any Dream Will Do’ finalists -a full-time role for Lewis Bradley perhaps?
  • Zorro the Musical opened on Tuesday to strong reviews (including a remarkable 4-stars from Michael Billington in the Guardian, not normally the biggest fan of musicals). Unfortunately the positive glow from the critics quickly disappeared the following night as the production was hit by technical issues that delayed the show by more than an hour
  • Ray Davies, formerly of The Kinks, has turned his hand to musical theatre, and is writing a new show, Come Dancing, which will premiere at the Theatre Royal Stratford East from September. You can find out more here
  • Street Scene also opened at the Young Vic this week, getting a very positive review from The Guardian and a slightly less positive one from the Evening Standard
  • New Voices Collective, the US-based group that acts as a showcase for new writing from musical theatre composers, will be staging a series of London events. Its first event will take be at the Southbank Centre on 12th October, and judging by the announcement, it will be well worth seeing. Performers include Lara Pulver and Damian Humbley, and they will be singing songs from composers including Jason Robert Brown


Have a great weekend


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