Friday, June 12, 2020

Four new musicals performed live at the Union Theatre during lockdown for In the Wings

Do you want to see the first live performances – with a live band – in a theatre since the West End and Off-West End closed in mid-March? Then tune in from tonight (12 June 2020) to see …

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Up to date on theatre lockdown timing? West End remains closed until at least 2 August 2020

When can we all get back to our fave shows? The most recent statement from the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) – on behalf of the major commercial West End theatre operators – confirms …

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Tune in: The Shows Must Go On resumes this weekend with The Wiz Live! Watch the trailer here

Ease on down the road: Way before Wicked, The Wiz reinvented children's classic on Broadway. The star-studded live American telecast of the soul and R&B take is the next free-to-view str…

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Lauren Samuels & Danny Becker star in lockdown staging of The Last Five Years

Jason Robert Brown's ever-popular song cycle The Last Five Years gets a new 'virtual lockdown production' this month, starring Lauren Samuels and Danny Becker. Pre-sale begins today (4 June …

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Close Every Door? Just for 12 months: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat returns in 2021

Are you already humming Any Dream Will Do in anticipation? You'll have to wait a year longer but Jac Yarrow will reprise his acclaimed performance in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dre…

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Imelda Staunton's much-anticipated Hello, Dolly! is postponed indefinitely

Imelda Staunton won't be back where she belongs - the theatre, that is - quite when we expected. HELLO, DOLLY! is the latest West End postponement in the face of the ongoing coronavirus cris…

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Tune in: The Shows Must Go On screens Peter Pan Live! Watch the trailer here

'Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning': Peter Pan Live! is next up on The Shows Must Go On YouTube channel this Friday. How well do you know the Broadway musical? Watch the …

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Re-routing impossible: The Phantom of the Opera's UK tour, starring Killian Donnelly, is cancelled

Oh how we do wish they were somehow here again... Killian Donnelly and Holly-Anne Hull only had 13 performances as the Phantom and Christine, and sadly they won't get any more as the remaind…

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Friday, May 29, 2020

Tune in: Bristol Old Vic streams The Grinning Man for one week from 26 June. Watch the trailer here

As part of the city-wide sourced Bristol Arts Channel on YouTube, Bristol Old Vic will screen its acclaimed macabre musical THE GRINNING MAN, free to view for one week from 7pm on Friday 26 …

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nothing to cheer about: Bring It On postpones until 2021 with four other Selladoor tours

Bring It On The Musical, starring Amber Davies and Olympian Louis Smith, was meant to spend Christmas at London's Southbank Centre as part of a UK-wide tour. It has now been postponed until …

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Tune in: The Shows Must Go On screens stellar American television broadcast of Hairspray Live!

You can't stop the beat! Ahead of the London stage revival starring Michael Ball, due at the London Coliseum later this year (fingers crossed), you can catch Hairspray Live! on lockdown musi…

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Tune in: The Shows Must Go On continues with The Sound of Music. Watch the trailer here

We were worried after Andrew Lloyd Webber signed off, but The Shows Must Go On free musical theatre lockdown viewing will continue on YouTube. Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music is…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

It won't be in Trafalgar Square, but a virtual version of West End Live will take place in June

Something to look forward to during theatre lockdown: WEST END LIVE is going virtual next month. Which musicals would you most like to see showcased?

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Tune in: Beverley Knight performs Leave a Light On farewell online concert on 26 May

After ten weeks, 72 virtual shows and over £30,000 raised for musical theatre performers during lockdown, the hugely successful #LeaveALightOn online concert series will come to a close nex…

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Strictly Ballroom's UK tour, starring Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, postpones until autumn 2021

Craig Revel Horwood's new production of Baz Luhrmann's STRICTLY BALLROOM only announced its big-name star, Strictly Come Dancing's Kevin Clifton, in mid-March, just as theatres were locking …

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

After 101 Dalmatians, Open Air postpones Carousel - & the rest of this summer - until 2021

The Open Air Theatre has announced its third musical cancellation this year. Carousel follows news about 101 Dalmatians and its transfer of Evita to the Barbican, along with the postponement…

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Tune in: Cats is next up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's lockdown streaming line-up. Watch Elaine Paige singing 'Memory'

Never mind the panned 2019 big-screen release. True feline fans know that the 1998 recording of CATS, featuring Elaine Paige reprising her role as Grizabella, is where's it's really at. And …

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Lockdown extends: West End theatres will remain closed until at least 28 June 2020

When will be able to see our fave West End musicals again? The rolling cancellations continue as the National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris and Nimax Theatres' owner Nica Burns warn…

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Not ready to Move On? Sunday in the Park with George cancels its London season 'until further notice'

How gutted are you? As the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) confirms that all West End performances are now cancelled until at least 28 June 2020, the Broadway transfer of Sondheim's SUNDAY …

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tune in: Andrew Lloyd Webber & Alan Ayckbourn’s By Jeeves streams this week. Watch extracts

It was last in the West End more than twenty years ago so this may be the first opportunity for many to see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alan Ayckbourn's sole collaboration. Their musical comedy …

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th birthday concert is next up on The Shows Must Go On channel. Watch the highlights here

Another weekend must-watch for musical theatre fans. The latest broadcast on the lockdown line-up for The Shows Must Go On freeview YouTube channel is the star-studded 50th birthday concert …

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Watch Dreamgirls’ new Effie White, Nicole Raquel Dennis, get to grips with her new role

She got to perform 'And I Am Telling You' with Jennifer Hudson on The Voice... and soon Nicole Raquel Dennis will get a chance to sing all of Effie White's songs every night as she is cast t…

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Whoopi will be back... with a year's delay: Sister Act reschedules London run for 2021

Sadly, it's getting to be a habit announcing coronavirus postponements and cancellations. SISTER ACT, including the much-anticipated return of Whoopi Goldberg to the role of Deloris Van Cart…

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Friday, April 24, 2020

On Hope digital trilogy brings together over 60 composers & 100 performers

Will a brand-new digital song cycle bring you hope in dark times? The casting alone is raising ou hopes. Over 100 performers, recording in lockdown isolation, will bring to life this new mus…

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Downloaded yet? You can watch the stellar Les Miserables staged concert & raise funds for Covid charities

Tickets to the star-studded special staged concert of Les Miserables were like gold-dust last year when the West End's longest-running musical moved temporarily to the Gielgud Theatre while …

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Tune in: Phantom sequel Love Never Dies is next up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's lockdown streaming line-up

Another must-watch for musical theatre fans. The latest broadcast on Andrew Lloyd Webber's lockdown The Shows Must Go On freeview YouTube channel is the award-winning Australian production o…

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Friday, April 17, 2020

Screen-to-stage musical Local Hero's summer season at the Old Vic is postponed

Another Theatreland casualty of the coronavirus outbreak, this summer's London premiere of LOCAL HERO has been cancelled at the Old Vic Theatre.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Tune in: The Phantom of the Opera is next up on Andrew Lloyd Webber's lockdown streaming line-up

Another must-watch for musical theatre fans. Andrew Lloyd Webber is giving you an unmissable opportunity to see the spectacular 25th-anniversary Royal Albert Hall staging of THE PHANTOM OF T…

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Crazy Little Thing: We Will Rock You announces new tour dates for 2021

Bring on the champions. Queen wanted to give musical theatre fans something to look forward to so scrambled quickly to reschedule We Will Rock You's 2020 tour, which had been due to start ne…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Tune in: Kander & Ebb's Curtains, starring Jason Manford, streams online to raise money for charity

Another lockdown must-watch for musical theatre fans takes place on Tuesday 14 April 2020. And the producers of CURTAINS are inviting fans to get involved too with their own #ShowPeople vide…

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Sisters unveiled: Stephanie McKeon will play Anna to Samantha Barks' Elsa in Frozen

Here's something to look forward to - and cannily announced on National Siblings Day (10 April 2020) - Samantha Barks' Elsa has found her new little sis Anna in the form of Stephanie McKeon …

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