News Of The Week

The 2005 Broadway musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel “Little Women” will have its European premiere at the Hope Mill Theatre this November, with a score from Jason Howland, a book by Allan Knee and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein, the production will be produced Katy Lipson and the team behind Pippin. London Musical Theatre Orchestra’s production of “Mack and Mabel” at Hackney Empire in September will star David Bedella, Natasha J Barnes and Tiffany Graves as Mack, Mabel and Lottie. A full cast recording of Conor McPherson’s musical play Girl From the North Country, based on the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan, will be released on 29 September. More casting announced for “Cilla, The Musical”; joining Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla will be Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein and Carl Au as Bobby. “Bat Out Of Hell” has finished it’s limited run at London’s Coliseum and is heading off to Toronto where it will play until December, but it is coming back to the West End and it is rumoured to be lining up the Dominion replacing “An American In Paris” when its current booking period finishes at the end of January 2018. Gordon Greenberg (Guys and Dolls) will direct the first major London revival of Cy Coleman, Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble’s Tony Award-winning musical “Barnum” with choreography by Rebecca Howell, design by Paul Farnsworth and musical direction by Alex Parker, will play at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 5th December to 3rd March, with previews from 25th November. Really Useful Group is to partner with Shanghai Media Group Live in a new initiative pairing the UK and the Chinese musical theatre industry and have announced the first Chinese language and Chinese produced staging of the composer’s “Tell Me on a Sunday”.