The Friday musical round-up: 8th August

Despite being in the midst of the summer, things still appear to be happening in the theatre world. This week there’s 1 new show opening, a couple of transfers and some casting news and rumours.

I’m off to New York tomorrow, so there’s a good chance this blog will be quieter in the next 2 weeks – apologies in advance for that. Have a good weekend…

  • They’re Playing Our Song has its official first night at the Menier Chocolate Factory this week. The show stars Connie Fisher (of Maria fame) and Alistair McGowan If you want to know more, check out reviews in the Guardian, Telegraph or the Evening Standard
  • Francesca Jackson is the latest contestant from ‘I’d Do Anything’ to be cast in a major show – according to various reports, she’ll be joining the cast of the upcoming Barry Manilow jukebox musical – Can’t Smile Without You . As reported in my round-up last week, Jackson will be joining Siobhan Dillon and Chesney Hawkes in the cast. 
  • Calendar Girls producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rodgers) confirmed, rather unsurprisingly, that they intend to bring the show to the West End after the national tour that’s already scheduled to follow its run in Chichester. According to the Official London Theatre Guide, it will probably arrive sometime around Christmas. A stellar cast includes Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge and Gaynor Faye.
  • Jason Donavan might be coming back to the West End. According to the Daily Mail (picked up here by What’s On Stage), Donavan is being lined up to join the cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert when it arrives in London next year. Apparently Michael Crawford was also keen to be in the show, but now may not get his wish as the role is reprised by a member of the original Australian case. 
  • Never Forget has found a new home – phew! The jukebox musical using the music of Take That is currently playing at the Savoy Theatre, but The Stage reports that after making way for Carousel later in the year, it will move to the Lyric Theatre (previously home of Cabaret) for a ‘permanent transfer’. You can find out more or book tickets at the show’s official website

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