Posts Tagged 'Kings Head Theatre'

‘Ordinary Days’ at the Finborough and other new musicals

Regular readers of this blog will know that I complain pretty frequently about the dearth of original new musicals, but the plethora of jukebox musicals. Having said that, I don’t want you to get the impression that I’m entirely dismissive of ‘jukebox’ shows. In fact, I’m off to the Prince Edward Theatre tonight to see one – Jersey Boys – and have been looking forward to seeing the show for ages.

Despite that, it’s great to note that there are options out there at the moment for fans of new musical theatre, and it comes from talent on both sides of the pond.

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The Friday musical round-up: 11th April

It’s Friday, so once again, it’s time for my weekly round-up on the major news in UK musical theatre. News includes 1 new opening, 2 new show confirmations, an angry response from a Producer!

And so, this week…

  1. Ben Elton confirmed to write book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera, although it’s unclear when the show will actually be finished. Elton previously worked with Lloyd Webber on The Beautiful Game
  2. Gypsy was rumoured to be coming to London in 2009, possibly starring Patti LuPone, the star of the recently-opened Broadway production. David Ian of LiveNation declared his interest to the Daily Mail this week (see the original article here)
  3. The producer of Peter Pan – El Musical hit out at London’s theatre critics for their terrible reviews of his show – in case you haven’t seen any reviews, the show was thoroughly panned (including zero stars from the Guardian!). For my review round-up, click here
  4. Elaine Stritch announced her return to London for a limited season of her one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty, which will be on at the Shaw Theatre from 31st July – 10th August
  5. Black and White Ball, the “new” Cole Porter opened at the newly-refurbished Kings Head Theatre to generally positive, but slightly underwhelming, reviews. See my review round-up here
  6. Eurobeat, billed as “the hilarious world of the Eurovision Song Contest LIVE ON STAGE!” confirmed a regional tour, which should hopefully culminate in a West End transfer. The show was a hit in Edinburgh, so find out more on the official website

Have a great weekend!

Review round-up: What the critics said about ‘Black and White Ball’

Black & White Ball

Last night marked the reopening of the newly-refurbished Kings Head Theatre in Islington with the first show in its new season, which also marks its new beginning as a fully-fledged producing house.  Black and White Ball is billed as “the new Cole Porter musical”, but is in fact a ‘collaboration’ between Cole Porter and Warner Brown, alebit one where the latter has written a new book that incorporates the music of the no-longer-alive Cole Porter.

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