Posts Tagged 'Maria Friedman'

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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The Friday musical round-up: 28th March

It’s Friday, so is this is my last post of the week, and the first of what I hope will become a regular weekly article – a very brief round-up of musical theatre news from the last week. I’ll keep it in bullet point form, and if something needs more explanation, I’ll link to it!

And so, this week…

  1. Maria Friedman Re-arranged opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory, where it will run until the 4th May (for more info, click here, or read my review here)
  2. 12 finalists were selected to go forward to the live shows of I’d Do Anything, starting from tomorrow night (see what I thought here)
  3. Royal Festival Hall announced that this year’s summer musical will be The Wizard of Oz, directed by South Bank Centre’s artistic director, Jude Kelly (book tickets here)
  4. Desmond Barrit was confirmed as the newest member of Wicked – he will take over the role of the Wizard from Nigel Planer, who originated the role in London
  5. Into The Hoods, a hip-hop adaptation of Sondheim musical Into The Woods, opened at the Novello Theatre, garnering superb reviews (to see 2 of them, click here or here)
  6. Rowan Atkinson was announced as Fagin in Cameron Mackintosh’ upcoming production of Oliver, which will be on at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
Have a great weekend.

Review: Maria Friedman Re-arranged (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Originally posted on 21st March

Maria Friedman

I went to see Maria Friedman: Re-arranged at the Menier Chocolate Factory last night to start the Bank Holiday weekend.

Despite being only the 2nd night of a 6-week run, the Chocolate Factory was still completely packed out, reminding me just how popular Maria Friedman is in London. On this evidence, the theatre has yet another commercial hit on its hands.

But what about the show itself?

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