Posts Tagged 'Patti LuPone'

Broadway dispatches…

2 days into my trip to the US, and we’ve seen 2 Broadway shows. The prices over here no longer seem as ridiculous as they did a few years’ back – I guess that’s a combination of a great exchange rate and massive inflation on ticket prices in London. But anyway, I’m on holiday, so who’s counting!

I’m on holiday, so I’m limiting myself to a few thoughts, rather than trying to write complete reviews… so here goes:

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Coming to a West End theatre near you?

Back in March, when this blog was still just days old, I wrote a post entitled ‘Upcoming shows – why musical theatre fans should be excited’ in which I talked about 4 shows rumoured to be coming to London that I was looking forward to. One of the shows, Spring Awakening, has since announced that it will be opening at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Over recent weeks, the number of new shows either being rumoured, or announced, seems to have accelerated. I thought it was worth providing a round-up of rumours, to give you a sense of what you can expect to see arriving in London over the next 6-12 months.

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2008 Tony Awards – the musical winners

Last night saw the Tony Awards ceremony, and I was hoping to see some success for the Broadway production of Sunday In the Park with George, originally produced at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Unfortunately, it didn’t pick up any of the 9 awards that it was nominated for – instead, it was left to South Pacific, In The Heights and Gypsy to share the spoils..

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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!

Upcoming shows – why musical theatre fans should be excited

Originally posted on March 18th 

In the last few years, west end theatres have become increasingly dominated by musicals. Unfortunately, I’m running out of shows to see, and I’m down to just 2 shows on my list – Hairspray and Marguerite.

I don’t like to wish time away, but I started wondering if there was anything coming over the horizon – surely it was about time some more shows transferred to London from Broadway. So, I’ve done some digging, and read the best of what’s already out there on the web to find out if there are any shows to start getting excited about.

The bad news – there are plenty of shows coming that fill me with dread (Legally Blonde, Flashdance and Never Forget come to mind).

The good news – rumours suggest that there are some exciting shows that will hopfully be coming to our shores in the coming 12-18 months. However, please note that I have no inside knowledge so cannot guarantee that they will actually arrive! There are 4 in particular that excite me most:

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