Posts Tagged 'Philip Quast'

La Cage Aux Folles IS coming to the West End

This was announced over a week ago (see What’s on Stage and Playbill articles for more), but for some reason I forgot to write about it at the time…

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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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My top 5 musical theatre actors

 Last week I wrote a post about my 5 favourite musical theatre actresses… now it’s time to do the same for my favourite actors. Once again, I have only considered people who I have seen live on stage… read on to find out more

  1. Bertie Carvel
  2. Philip Quast
  3. Nathan Lane
  4. John Barrowman
  5. Damian Humbley

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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: 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!

Review: Lauren Kennedy (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Originally posted on March 16th Lauren Kennedy

Wow! I went to see Lauren Kennedy at the Menier Chocolate Factory this weekend, and she was ridiculously good. I was in good company too – Sir Trevor Nunn was also in the audience and certainly seemed to enjoy the show.

For those of you that don’t know, Lauren Kennedy is an American musical theatre performer. She has starred in Broadway in shows including Spamalot, Les Misérables, and Sunset Boulevard. She also performed in Trevor Nunn’s South Pacific at the National Theatre in London. She is also often associated with Jason Robert Brown, and played the original Cathy in his show, The Last Five Years

Right, that’s enough by way of introduction…

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