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  • Ruthless!” – the off-Broadway hit is to receive its UK premiere at the Arts theatre on 27th March where it will run until 23rd June (previews 16th March). Joel Paley and Marvin Laird’s all-female show, which spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, will be directed by Richard Fitch with choreography by Rebecca Howell and musical supervision by Gareth Valentine. It tells the story of a talented 8 year-old who will do anything to play the lead in her school play. The show’s 1992 off-Broadway premiere discovered young performers including Natalie Portman and Britney Spears. The Menier Chocolate Factory will act as executive producer.
  • Myth: The Rise And Fall Of Orpheus” – a rock musical which debuted under the name “27” at the Cockpit Theatre in 2016 is set for a semi-staged production with new book and some new songs at The Other Palace from 10th to 17th March and will be directed by Arlene Phillips.
  • Pippin” – Jonathan O’Boyle’s acclaimed production of the multi-Tony Award-winning musical by Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (composer of Wicked!) will transfer to Southwark Playhouse running from 23rd February-24th March 2018. It will be the third production from Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre to transfer to London’s Off-West End in under a year. Their production of Hair has just ended its run at The Vaults. The cast will inlclude Jonathan Carlton reprising his role as Pippin and Genevieve Nicole returning as The Leading Player.
  • The King and I” – Tony Award winner, Ruthie Ann Miles is to reprise her Tony winning role, Lady Thiang, alongside previously announced stars Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe in the West End transfer of the Broadway production which opens at the London Palladium in June and has just extended its booking period to 8th September.
  • Bob Carlton – the creator of The Tempest-inspired “Return to the Forbidden Planet”, has died following a battle with cancer. The writer and director who created the award-winning ‘jukebox rock‘n’roll musical (Winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical in 1989/90 ahead of both Miss Saigon and Buddy) during his tenure as artistic director of London’s Bubble Theatre, went on to make his mark as artistic director of the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, holding the post for 17 years before stepping down in 2014.
  • Calendar Girls” – the critically acclaimed musical which ran in the West End under the shortened tile “The Girls” has announced it’s cast for the tour and will include Denise Welch (Celia), Sara Crowe (Ruth), Lorraine Bruce (Cora), Fern Britton (Marie), Anna Jane Casey (Annie), Rebecca Storm (Chris), and Ruth Madoc (Jessie). It will open at the Leeds Grand Theatre on 15th August 2018 before going on an extensive tour of the United Kingdom.
  • All The Way” – Producers Ambassador Theatre Group, Stewart Till and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, along with Edward Walson have announced that Emmy Award-winning writer Danny Strong has been commissioned to write the book for a highly anticipated new musical based on the life of the legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra. The show, which is planned to open in early 2020, will feature a number of timeless hit songs from Sinatra’s incredible catalogue recorded during his illustrious career.