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The Friday musical round-up: 5th September

After a few weeks without writing my Friday round-up, musical lovers everywhere must be getting withdrawal symptons, so apologies for that!

As ever, here’s my round-up of what has happened in the last week… we have a couple of pieces of casting news, 2 transfers, 1 show opening, 1 show extension and a new TV programme…

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I’d Do Anything – 12 finalists and my predictions for what comes next

It’s now nearly a week since the final of I’d Do Anything, so the dust has started to settle. Having blogged about the show throughout the series, I still had some opinions that I wanted to share… So in the first of my last few posts about ‘I’d Do Anything’, here’s my rundown on each of the 12 finalists, with my predictions on where their career will go next. They are in order of their position in the show (12 = the 1st person to have been voted out of the competition)…

Read on to find out what I think – I’d also love to know if you have any other ideas, or have heard gossip or rumours!

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I’d Do Anything – Week 10 reaction (delayed)

As you’ll know if you read my week 9 post here, I have been on holiday for the last 2 weeks, so I have been catching up on the last 2 weeks’ shows.

Last night, I watched last Saturday’s live show (17th May), and I’ll watch the results show tonight so that I am up-to-date before tomorrow’s semi-final…

As the weeks go on, something slightly strange is happening – I’m getting less and less convinced in the girls’ ability to play the role. In the previous 2 series, I had made up my mind long before this stage, where this time around, I’m still not quite sure who I want to win. If you want to know what I’m thinking, read on for my full reaction:

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Recommended Website – ArkivSong.com

 

I am always pleased to stumble across new theatre websites, especially when they offer something that doesn’t really exist elsewhere. About a month ago, I wrote about a fantastic website – CastAlbums.org. It’s an amazing database resource for musical theatre recordings…

Via an advert on that website, I’ve discovered another site that complements CastAlbums perfectly – ArkivSong.com. It’s an American website where you can buy soundtracks, including ones that you’d struggle to find on Amazon!

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My top 5 musical theatre actresses

If you’d read this blog before, you might have noticed links to another blog – Musical Top Fives – where I intended to write about musical theatre only, in the form of lists of top fives… I’ve decided that there’s just no real point in keeping the 2 things separate any more (which might also mean that more people read them!)… I’m going to start by re-visiting something I wrote a few weeks back – my 5 favourite musical theatre actresses.

There are some hugely talented musical theatre actresses on both sides of the pond. I was trying to decide who my Top 5 are – so here they are… I have only considered people who I have seen live on stage… read on to find out more

  1. Lauren Kennedy
  2. Idina Menzel
  3. Lara Pulver
  4. Ruthie Henshall
  5. Sally-Ann Triplett

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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!


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