News Update….News….News….News….News….News

  • “Chess” – the ENO co-production opening on 1st May at London’s Coliseum is due to star West End legend Michael Ball as Anatoly Sergievsky and  Alexandra Burke as Svetlana Sergievsky. Joining them is said to be Tim Howar (Rock of Ages) as Frederick Trumper, Cassidy Janson (Beautiful) as Florence Vassy and Murray Head, who returns to the show to play The Arbiter, having originated the role of Frederick in the show’s 1986 West End premiere.
  • Young Frankenstein” – Cory English will join the cast of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre on 12th February as Igor, he will replace Ross Noble , who is set to complete his run on 10th February. English  has played the part before replacing Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald at Broadway’s Hilton Theatre and also on the US tour.
  • “Assassins” –  the new revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical, which runs  at Pleasance Theatre from 20th  March – 8th April and is directed by Louise Bakker with Jordan Clarke as MD, will reflect the current political climate in the US.  The company includes Jason Kajdi (Our House UK tour)/Balladeer/Lee Harvey Oswald, Andrew Pepper (Mary Poppins)/Charles Guiteau, Alexander McMorran (A Little Night Music)/John Wilkes Booth, Abigail Williams (Elegies for Angels Punks & Raging Queens)/Sara Jane Moore, Alfie Parker (School of Rock)/Samuel Byck, Conor McFarlane (The Mikado)/Leon Czolgosz, Jack Reitman (Love’s Labour’s Lost)/Giuseppe Zangara, Peter Watts (Rubber) as Propietor and Toby Hine (The Kissing Dance)/John Hinckley.
  • “Sweet Charity” – runs at the Nottingham Playhouse from 31 August to 22 September 2018 and is directed by Bill Buckhurst. Rebecca Trehearn will star in the title role, joining the previously announced Marc Elliot who will play Oscar. Trehearn’s theatre credits include Floyd Collins (Wilton’s Music Hall), City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse) and Show Boat (Sheffield Crucible and West End) for which she won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical. The production is part of Adam Penford’s first season as artistic director of Nottingham Playhouse.
  • “Alexander S. Bermange” – will have his work celebrated next month for a one-off show celebrating his work. Musical theatre favourites will take to the stage at London’s Hippodrome on Sunday 4 March. Lined up to appear on the night are: Adam Bayjou (currently Jean Valjean at certain performances of Les Misérables), Christina Bennington (recently Raven in Bat Out of Hell), Danny Colligan (recently a finalist on BBC1’s Let It Shine), Matthew Croke (currently playing the title role in Disney’s Aladdin), Daniel Hope (recently Michael Wormwood in Matilda), Charlotte Kennedy (currently Cosette in Les Misérables), Rebecca Lock (recently Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins), Suzie Mathers (recently Glinda in Wicked), Kelly Mathieson (currently Christine in The Phantom of the Opera), Haydn Oakley (recently Henri Baurel in An American In Paris), Lucy O’Byrne (currently Maria in The Sound of Music), Hollie O’Donoghue (recently Eponine in Les Misérables), Benjamin Purkiss (recently alternate Strat in Bat Out of Hell), Patrick Sullivan (recently Blake in Bat Out of Hell) and George Ure (recently Zaki in Big Fish).
  • “Motown The Musical” – castingchanges have been announced for the West End production which celebrates its second birthday at the Shaftesbury Theatre where it is currently booking until 5th January 2019. Jay Perry will join the cast as Berry Gordy. He is joined by Natalie Kassanga as Diana Ross and Carl Spencer as Marvin Gaye. 11 year-old Cruz Lee-Ojo also joins the company to share the role of Young Michael Jackson, Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder with 12 year-old Tumo Reetsang. 
  • “Orpheus – The Musical” – Richard Stilgoe’s musical will be performed by students and alumni from the Arts Educational School at The Other Palace Theatre from 26th-31st March with special guests including Rob Brydon, Bertie Carvel, Patricia Hodge, Miles Jupp, Jim Carter and Jane Asher  making  one-off cameo appearances playing the role of the Greek Chorus on different nights. 
  • Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus” – the rock musical (previously called 27) returns to London with a new title, a revised book and new songs). Again directed by Arlene Phillips and written by Sam Cassidy, it will have 9 concert-style workshop performances at The Other Palace from Saturday 10th – Saturday 17th March 2018. The production will be semi-staged and performed by a live 6-piece band. Casting includes Zoe Birkett (Rachael Marron in The Bodyguard, Thriller Live & Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert original cast in the West End), Joe Burman (Hair – Hope Mill Theatre, Xanandu – Southwark Playhouse), Richard Carson (Sky, Mamma Mia!, West End, 1st Cover Chris, Miss Saigon, West End), Amy Di Bartolomeo (Bat Out Of Hell, London Coliseum, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, UK tour), Lauren Ellis-Steele (Wicked, UK tour), Joel Harper-Jackson (Simon Zealot, Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Beautiful, West End),  Jodie Jacobs (27, Cockpit, Crow, Bananaman the Musical and Miss Gardner, Carrie, ), Laura Johnson (Hair, Hope Mill Theatre & The Vaults), Shekinah McFarlane (Tommy, UK tour, Hair and Parade – Hope Mill Theatre), Matthew McKenna ( Bananaman The Musical, Legally Blonde, We Will Rock You, The Phantom of the Opera – West End).
  • “Bat Out Of Hell” –  which opens at the Dominion Theatre in April has just been revealed:  Andrew Polec and Christina Bennington will return to lead the cast as Strat and Raven, alongside Rob Fowler as Falco, Danielle Steers as Zahara with Sharon Sexton as Sloane, Giovanni Spanó as Ledoux and Patrick Sullivan as Blake. Also returning are Emily Benjamin, Georgia Carling, Natalie Chua, Jonathan Cordin, Hannah Ducharme, Isaac Edwards, Aston Newman Hannington, Eve Norris and Courtney Stapleton. (At certain performances, the role of Strat will be played by Simon Gordon or Jordon Gage).