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by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2016

Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership (Richard Stursberg, CEO) today announced the world premiere of the Garth Drabinsky production of Sousatzka, the new musical by three-time Tony Award®-nominated book writer Craig Lucas and the legendary composing team of Tony Award® winner Richard Maltby, Jr. (Lyrics) and Academy Award® winner David Shire (Music). Choreographed by ten-time Tony Award® nominee Graciela Daniele and directed by Adrian Noble, Sousatzka will begin performances on February 25, 2017 at Toronto's historic Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street), and officially open on Thursday, March 23. Tickets will go on sale, via Ticketmaster, on October 17. Sousatzka's pre-Broadway strictly limited engagement is scheduled to run through April 9, 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Catching up with Christian Struppeck, Book Writer of New Stephen Schwartz Musical SCHIKANEDERBWW Interview: Catching up with Christian Struppeck, Book Writer of New Stephen Schwartz Musical SCHIKANEDER
by Iris Moebius - Aug 30, 2016

Behind the scenes of the Raimund Theater in Vienna, Austria everybody is working in high gear at the newest in-house production of the Vereinigte Buhnen Wien: SCHIKANEDER - the turbulent love story behind The Magic Flute. The new musical by Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics), Christian Struppeck (book) and Sir Trevor Nunn (director) will have its world premiere on September 30th in Vienna. Just a little over a year after our last interview with Christian Struppeck, shortly after the musical SCHIKANEDER was announced, we got to catch up with him again to find out how the show has developed since then and how things are going in the rehearsal room. (more...)


by Iris Moebius - Aug 25, 2016

Hinter den Kulissen des Raimund Theater wird mit voller Kraft und Energie an der Umsetzung der neuesten Eigenproduktion der Vereinigten Buhnen Wien gearbeitet:  „SCHIKANEDER - die turbulente Liebesgeschichte hinter der Zauberflote" wird am 30. September 2016 in Wien zur Urauffuhrung gebracht! Ein Jahr nach unseren letzten Interview mit Christian Struppeck, damals kurz nach Bekanntgabe des Projektes SCHIKANEDER, konnten wir noch einmal mit ihm sprechen und in Erfahrung bringen, wie das Musical seit dem gereift ist, und wie es im Probenraum zugeht. (more...)


by Iris Moebius - May 11, 2016

SCHIKANEDER - die turbulente Liebesgeschichte hinter der Zauberflote ist eine romantische Musical-Komodie uber eines der wohl schillerndsten Theater-Ehepaare des 18. Jahrhunderts, die am 30. September 2016 ihre Weltpremiere feiert. Die VBW schließen somit an die Tradition der Eigenproduktionen an und bringen mit SCHIKANEDER die insgesamt zwolfte Musical-Urauffuhrung des Unternehmens im Herbst auf die Buhne des Raimund Theater. Intendant Christian Struppeck stellte gestern im Beisein von Komponist und Liedtexter Stephen Schwartz Produktion und Hauptdarsteller vor. (more...)

David Tennant-Led HAMLET and More Set for Barbican's 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' Film SeriesDavid Tennant-Led HAMLET and More Set for Barbican's 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' Film Series
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

BroadwayWorld is excited to report that London's Barbican Centre has just announced the full lineup for its 'RSC Shakespeare on Screen' film series this January. (more...)

KINKY BOOTS & IN THE HEIGHTS Top 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards NominationsKINKY BOOTS & IN THE HEIGHTS Top 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

At a ceremony held today at London's Café de Paris, Steve Furst announced the nominees for the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (closes 31 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert held on 21 February 2016 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Official: West End GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton Is Being Filmed for Broadcast by BBCOfficial: West End GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton Is Being Filmed for Broadcast by BBC
by BWW News Desk - Oct 6, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, plans have been underway for the BBC to film the London production of Gypsy this month, and now the news is official. According to the theatre's official Facebook page, equipment is in place to record the show for a later broadcast .  (more...)

West End's GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton to Close, Nov. 28West End's GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton to Close, Nov. 28
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2015

Jonathan Kent's five-star production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton as Rose will have its final performance on 28 November 2015 as previously announced.   Having smashed the all time box office record at the Savoy Theatre and subsequently recouped, Kent's production originally opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in October last year.  Following a second set of five-star reviews, producers Michael Harrison and David Ian announced an extension to the West End run in April. (more...)

Rialto Chatter: West End GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton to Be Filmed for Broadcast, Release?Rialto Chatter: West End GYPSY Starring Imelda Staunton to Be Filmed for Broadcast, Release?
by Rialto Chatter - Sep 15, 2015

According to an email sent to a ticket buyer and alerted to BroadwayWorld.com, plans are underway for the BBC to film the London production during the first week of October for potential broadcast and release. At this time no official announcement of either has been made, and the Savoy Theatre's Twitter account has long denied filming being planned, but stay tuned to BroadwayWorld.com for the latest. (more...)

Review Roundup: West End's GYPSY - NY Times Calls Imelda Staunton 'Scorching', 'Brilliant' as Mama RoseReview Roundup: West End's GYPSY - NY Times Calls Imelda Staunton 'Scorching', 'Brilliant' as Mama Rose
by Review Roundups - Sep 4, 2015

The first production to be seen in London for forty years in a strictly limited season, Gypsy opened at the Savoy Theatre 15 April 2015. (more...)

Opera North's CAROUSEL Returns to the UK, Beginning TodayOpera North's CAROUSEL Returns to the UK, Beginning Today
by BWW News Desk - May 13, 2015

A hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, is returning to the UK stage this spring. (more...)

HAMILTON Sweeps Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Awards- ALL the Winners!HAMILTON Sweeps Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Awards- ALL the Winners!
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2015

The Off-Broadway League recently announced nominations in 18 categories for the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards are being handed out tonight, Sunday, May 10, 2015 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST, and BroadwayWorld will be updating the winners as they are announced! (more...)

Lucille Lortel Awards Ceremony to Take Place Tonight; HAMILTON Leads Nominations with a Record-Breaking 12Lucille Lortel Awards Ceremony to Take Place Tonight; HAMILTON Leads Nominations with a Record-Breaking 12
by BWW News Desk - May 10, 2015

The Off-Broadway League today announced nominations in 18 categories for the 30th Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards will be handed out tonight, Sunday, May 10, 2015 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST. Check out the full list of nominees below! (more...)

West End's GYPSY Breaks Savoy Box Office RecordsWest End's GYPSY Breaks Savoy Box Office Records
by BWW News Desk - Apr 29, 2015

Producers Michael Harrison and David Ian today announce that Jonathan Kent's 5 star production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton has smashed the all time box office record at the Savoy Theatre taking £408,300 for performances ending 25 April 2015. Harrison and Ian said: 'We are thrilled that this amazing record has been achieved in the 1089 seat Savoy Theatre and are delighted that we have been able to extend our run through November this year.' (more...)

New West End GYPSY Cast Album, Featuring Imelda Staunton, Released TodayNew West End GYPSY Cast Album, Featuring Imelda Staunton, Released Today
by BWW News Desk - Apr 27, 2015

The new West End GYPSY cast recording, featuring Imelda Staunton and Lara Pulver, is available today, April 27, 2015. First Night Records releases the album on digital and retail, with copies also available at the Savoy Theatre. (more...)

Opera North's CAROUSEL to Return to the UK This SpringOpera North's CAROUSEL to Return to the UK This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Apr 22, 2015

A hit production of the classic American musical, Carousel, is returning to the UK stage this spring. (more...)

West End's GYPSY Extends Booking PeriodWest End's GYPSY Extends Booking Period
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2015

Jonathan Kent's critically acclaimed production of Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton as the indomitable Rose today announces an extension to the run at the Savoy Theatre with booking now to 28 November 2015. Kent's production originally opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre in October last year with the West End transfer opening last week when the production received a second set of five star reviews. (more...)

BWW Reviews: GYPSY, Savoy Theatre, April 16, 2015BWW Reviews: GYPSY, Savoy Theatre, April 16, 2015
by N. Morrison - Apr 16, 2015

Ready or not, here comes Imelda! Gypsy's long overdue to the West End is a no-holds-barred triumph, with a talented cast led by powerhouse Imelda Staunton, immaculate direction and precise design. It is hard to imagine theatre better than this. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Imelda Staunton, Angela Lansbury and More at Opening Night Party of Savoy Theatre's GYPSYPhoto Flash: First Look at Imelda Staunton, Angela Lansbury and More at Opening Night Party of Savoy Theatre's GYPSY
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2015

Gypsy opened in the West End last night, Tuesday 15 April 2015 at the Savoy Theatre, London. Directed by Jonathan Kent with book by Arthur Laurents, Gypsy has music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, choreography by Stephen Mear, designs by Anthony Ward, musical direction and orchestration by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Paul Groothuis. (more...)

GYPSY, Starring Imelda Staunton, Opens Tonight in the West EndGYPSY, Starring Imelda Staunton, Opens Tonight in the West End
by BWW News Desk - Apr 15, 2015

The first production to be seen in London for forty years in a strictly limited season, GYPSY opens at the Savoy Theatre tonight 15 April 2015. Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in the West End transfer of Jonathan Kent's production of GYPSY, is joined by Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton, who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. (more...)

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