NEWS HEADLINES – 4th September

Bernadette Peters is set to takeover as Dolly Levi when Bette Midler leaves “Hello Dolly” in the New Year. “An American In Paris” has announced a three month extension to its booking period, the show is now scheduled to run through to the end of April, 2018. It had to happen…after “Dirty Dancing” prepare yourselves for the UK premiere at Leicester Curve  of a new musical “An Officer and a Gentleman” based on the 1982 Oscar winning film which has been adapted directly from the film and created in collaboration with original screenwriter Douglas Day Stewart and Sharleen Cooper Cohen who wrote  the book (Need to point out that this is a completely new show and has nothing to do with the 2012 disastrous Australian production). “A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)” at the Pleasance Courtyard has won Musical Theatre Review’s inaugural Best Musical Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. “9 to 5 The Musical” continues at Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London until 1 October. London entertainment hub Live At Zédel will follow up the success of “After You”, the venue’s first full-length musical with a series of musicals written by new writers produced specifically for the popular venue. BBC tv’s Casualty star Suzanne Packer will be heading home to Cardiff to take on a leading role in the premiere of “Tiger Bay” the Musical at Wales Millennium Centre this November, where she will join the previously announced West End and Broadway actor John Owen and former Hear’Say singer and musical theatre star, local boy Noel Sullivan. Screen and stage actress Susan Penhaligon will join Louise Redknapp and Will Young in the new nationwide tour of Rufus Norris’ acclaimed revival of “Cabaret”. The star-studded principal cast for this year’s London Palladium pantomime “Dick Whittington” is complete with the additions of Lukus Alexander and Emma Williams playing Alice Fitzwarrren and reuniting with her Half a Sixpence leading man Charlie Stemp who takes on the title role, Williams will be returning to the theatre where she made her West End debut in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”.