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  • “Bayside” – a new musical parody based on the popular TV comedy Saved By The Bell makes its UK debut at The Other Palace on 9th March and run through the 17th March. Having extended seven times off Broadway, it brings all the characters from the show to the stage. Penned by Bob and Tobly McSmith, creators of “Friends The Musical Parody”, which is currently playing Off-Broadway. American actor Ben Campbell (A Futile & Stupid Gesture, Netflix) has been cast as Zack Morris, a role made famous by Mark-Paul Gosselaar.
  • “The Secret Garden” – the American musical by Marsha Normand and Lucy Simon will be directed by Dominic Shaw and open at Cirencester’s new Barn Theatre on 19th March (previews from 16th) and run until 15th April.
  • “Heaven on Earth” – performers, creatives and venues are among those owed an estimated £2.6 million (one of the largest ever in relation to a collapsed theatre production) by producers of the musical which was to star Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard, which was cancelled in November three weeks before it was due to open at Arena Birmingham ahead of a 5 month UK arena tour.
  • “The Last Ship” – Jimmy Nail, who in October when tickets first went on sale was hailed as the star will not be appearing in Sting’s musical which is to have its UK premiere in Newcastle on 12th March. The announcement came from theatre company Northern Stage which stated that his part, as shipyard foreman Jackie White, would now be performed by Liverpool-born actor Joe McGann who will be joined by Charlie Hardwick, Richard Fleeshman and Frances McNamee.
  • Historic West End restaurant J Sheekey has announced a series of in discussion dining events with stars of stage and screen starting on 29 January with BAFTA and Golden Globe-winning actress Leslie Caron, whose film roles include Lise Bouvier alongside Gene Kelly in An American in Paris (1951) and the title role in Gigi (1958), to be followed by an evening with West End leading man Ben Forster. Forster who starred in Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Elf. The final evening will feature Jemma Redgrave who appeared in a West End production of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, The Great Game at New York’s Public Theater, as well as her TV roles including Doctor Who and Holby City. Tickets for each event cost £100 per person and include a three-course meal, glass of champagne and half a bottle of wine – feature a discussion with the actors followed by an open Q&A session.
  • Ashley Day (hot from leading the cast of An American In Paris) and Emma Williams will be joining the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra to perform “The Great American Songbook” on 31st January at Thailand’s Cultural Centre in Bangkok.
  • “An American In Paris” – will be showing in cinemas around the world on May 16th (except for Japan and the USA) the production was recorded early in its run at London’s Dominion and features the original London cast led by New York’s Robert Fairchild.