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The Friday Musical Roundup: 9th May

A Nancy already in work, lots of New York News, some reggae in the West End and Phantom of the Opera closes (only for four days though!). Enjoy this week’s musical round up and have a great weekend.

Any Dream Will Do – the winners’ story

We’re now more half way though ‘I’d Do Anything’, and the pressure is mounting on the remaining contestants… but I have been wondering – is it really an all-or-nothing situation for the girls who are left, or have they already overcome the hardest hurdle by making it this far?

When the BBC was under attack from critics for broadcasting ‘an extended advert for the musical’, some fans (including myself) defended it on the basis that it is likely to help make a career for the majority of the stars of the show. Having written that in my response to Kevin Spacey, I thought I should actually test whether that was true based on previous series…

After a bit of research, I was somewhat surprised by what I discovered – all but one or two of the finalists have made been successful, but it relied massively on Bill Kenwright, the producer who was a judge in the last series…
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Review: Speed-the-Plow (Old Vic Theatre)

Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic Theatre

Despite what you might think if you have read this blog before, I do go to see straight plays as well as musicals. In fact, rather in the manner of London buses, 2 trips are coming along for me in quick succession. Last night was Speed-the-Plow at the Old Vic, and next Monday is God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre.

There are some obvious parallels between the 2 productions. Both have big name film actors in the cast – Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in the former, and Ralph Fiennes in the latter. Both plays are also directed by the same man – Matthew Warchus. Unsurprisingly, I was pretty excited about both trips.

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The Friday musical round-up: 4th April

As promised, it’s time for my weekly round-up of this week’s musical theatre news. Here’s what has happened last Friday…

And so, this week…

  1. Kevin Spacey criticised the BBC this week for what he considers to be “a 13-week promotion for a musical” that is ‘I’d Do Anything’ – for more on this, see my response here or my round-up of critics’ responses here 
  2. Peter Pan – El Musical opened at the Garrick Theatre this week, receiving consistently terrible reviews, including a zero-star one from The Guardian. For a full round-up of what the critics said, check here
  3. Suzanne Shaw, recent winner of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’ and formerly of Hear’Say, announced as the newest cast member of Chicago, in which she’ll play the part of Roxie Hart
  4. David Essex announced that he has written a new jukebox musical based on his own songs, entitled All the Fun of the Fair. It has initially announced a 3-month tour schedule. See the official website here
  5. Alexia Khadime confirmed to star as Elphaba in Wicked from June 2009, taking over from Kerry Ellis who was continue playing the role on Broadway. Khadime is currently starring in the Lion King. See original press release here
  6. La Cage Aux Folles is now not expected to transfer to the West End until at least September, according to whispers on quoted on the Philip Quast fan-site here. There has been no official confirmation of this from the Menier Chocolate Factory thus far

Have a great weekend!

In response to Kevin Spacey.

Kevin Spacey

As you will no doubt have seen but now, Kevin Spacey had a pop at the BBC and ‘I’d Do Anything’ in particular at the start of this week. If you haven’t seen a newspaper yet, then take a look here for coverage of his original comments

Given this, it’s not surprising that his comments have started a debate within the press, and its well worth reading some of the responses by people like Michael Billington to see what they have to say – I’ll be posting a fuller round-up a little later, so do check back if you are interested.

But this post is my opportunity to wade into the debate, so read on if you want to hear what I have to say on the matter. As far as I’m concerned, Kevin Spacey was both right and wrong!

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