Frances Ruffelle News

STAGE TUBE: Highlights from Anderson & Petty's YOU ARE HOME IN LONDON at the St. James Studio
by Stage Tube - Apr 22, 2014

Last month, a stellar line-up of vocalists performed a concert of songs by acclaimed transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson and Petty at the St. James Theatre Studio on March 16 as part of the venue's season of 'Cabaret Nights'. Click below to watch highlights from the concert! (more...)

From Dastardly to Demure, Resolute to Revolutionary, BWW Profiles LES MISERABLES' Standout Roles
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 23, 2014

In honor of Les Miserables' opening tonight, BroadwayWord brings you the actors who've taken on the many complex and vocally challenging roles of Victor Hugo's world, from the unscrupulous Thenardiers to innocent Cosette, or principled Javert against the compassionate and strong-willed Jean Valjean. From Fantine and Eponine, unfortunate in life and romance, to Enjolras and Marius, the fiery young leaders of the French Revolution. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P Original London Cast Recording
by Jenny Antill - Mar 16, 2014

Following its continued run at the Southwark Playhouse, Simon Greiff and SimG Records is releasing the Original London Cast Recording of The A-Z of Mrs P on Monday 24 March. The show catalogues the emotive story of Phyllis Pearsall, the British writer/painter who founded the Geographers' A-Z Map Company. The production has a stellar creative team including Gwyneth Herbert as Composer, playwright Diane Samuels and Tony/Olivier award nominee Sam Bruntrock directing. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day 3/12- LES MISERABLES
by Stage Tube - Mar 12, 2014

Today in 1987, Les Miserables opened at the Broadway Theatre, where it ran for 6680 performances. Written by Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is set in early 19th-century France. The plot follows the stories of many characters as they struggle for redemption and revolution. An ensemble that includes prostitutes, student revolutionaries, factory workers, and others joins the lead characters. In January 2010, it played its ten-thousandth performance in London, at Queen's Theatre in London's West End. On 3 October 2010, the show celebrated its 25th anniversary with three productions running in the same city: the original show at London's West End; the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary touring production at the original home of the show, the Barbican Centre; and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary concert at London's O2 Arena. The original Broadway cast included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, David Bryant as Marius, Judy Kuhn as Cosette, Michael Maguire as Enjolras, Frances Ruffelle as Eponine, Braden Danner as Gavroche, Donna Vivino as Young Cosette, Jennifer Butt as Madame Thenardier, Leo Burmester as Thenardier, Randy Graff as Fantine, and Terrence Mann as Javert. (more...)

Willemijn Verkaik, Charlotte Wakefield and Laura Main Set for Anderson and Petty's YOU ARE HOME; Full Lineup Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2014

Willemijn Verkaik and Charlotte Wakefield will head a stellar line-up of vocalists at a concert of songs by acclaimed transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson and Petty at the St James Theatre Studio this Sunday, March 16, as part of the venue's season of 'Cabaret Nights'. (more...)

Verkaik and More To Perform At Anderson and Petty's YOU ARE HOME, St James Theatre, March 16
by Robert Gould - Mar 05, 2014

Willemijn Verkaik and Charlotte Wakefield will head a stellar line-up of vocalists at a concert of songs by acclaimed transatlantic songwriting duo Anderson and Petty at the St James Theatre Studio on Sunday March 16 as part of the venue's season of 'Cabaret Nights'. (more...)

Tracie Bennett, Michael Matus, Katie Rowley Jones and Gareth Snook Complete WEST END RECAST Lineup, March 16
by BWW News Desk - Mar 03, 2014

Tracie Bennett, Michael Matus, Katie Rowley Jones and Gareth Snook complete the all-star cast for West End Recast. (more...)

BWW Reviews: THE A-Z OF MRS P, Southwark Playhouse, February 26 2014
by Kate Finburg - Feb 26, 2014

Isy Suttie sings her way around London Town in this whimsical story about the family who invented the A-Z. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Isy Suttie, Frances Ruffelle and More in THE A-Z OF MRS P at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

The brand new musical fable THE A-Z OF MRS P opened at Southwark Playhouse on 21 February 2014, starring Isy Suttie (Peep Show / Shameless) in her first musical, as the pioneering Mrs P; with Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Pippin, Piaf) as her emotionally fragile mother; and Michael Matus (Martin Guerre, The Baker's Wife, The Sound Of Music) as Phyllis's beloved and impossible father, the map publisher Alexander (Sandor) Gross. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action! (more...)

Frances Ruffelle, Paul Potts & More Set for CoppaFeel's BUSTING TO SING Concert, 3/31
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2014

Breast cancer awareness charity, CoppaFeel! have announced a one off gala concert, 'Busting to Sing', at The Palace Theatre on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7.30pm. (more...)

Isy Suttie Joins Frances Ruffelle in New Musical THE A-Z OF MRS P at Southwark Playhouse, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

The Daily Mail reports that comedian and actress Isy Suttie (Shameless) is set to star as Phyllis Pearsall in a new musical titled THE A-Z OF MRS P, conceived by Neil Marcus with book by Diane Samuels and music and lyrics by Gwyneth Herbert. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo, Laura Pitt-Pulford, Frances Ruffelle and More Set for WEST END RECAST at Duke of York's Theatre, March 16
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2014

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, some of our finest West End musical theatre stars will be performing songs from roles they have always wanted to sing but will NEVER be cast in. (more...)

ANDERSON & PETTY: YOU ARE HOME IN LONDON March 16 Concert Announces First Round of Performers
by BWW News Desk - Feb 08, 2014

Iliad Debuts' 'Anderson & Petty: You Are Home in London', set for Sunday 16th March at St James Theatre Studio, has announced its first round of performers, including Matthew Barrow, Sophia Ragavelas, Gloria Onitiri, Charlotte Wakefield, David Shannon, Sophie Isaacs, Kim Ismay, Willemijn Verkaik, Kieran Brown, Nadine Cox, Jacinta Whyte, Christopher Howell and Edward Baruwa. (more...)

Tickets Now Available for Barry Anderson and Mark Petty's YOU ARE HOME Concert on March 16
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2014

Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo known as Anderson & Petty, will host a celebration concert of their debut songbook album 'You Are Home' joined by a host of West End performers, including some of those featured on the album. (more...)

Carole J. Bufford, Liz Callaway, Jeff Harnar and More Set for The Crazy Coqs, Now thru Feb 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jan 07, 2014

2014 sees some new names and some returns to The Crazy Coqs. January starts with the London debut of the sizzling cabaret performer Carole J .Bufford and her show Body and Soul (tonight, January 7 - 11) followed by the popular Broadway star Brent Barrett and his show Night Songs (January 14 -18) and then actress and singer Linda Purl with her show Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era of the 40s & 50s (January 21 - 25). (more...)

Don Black Showcased In Star-Studded DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER BBC Concert Tonight
by Pat Cerasaro - Jan 03, 2014

A star-studded concert featuring many of the most familiar faces from the West End stage are on hand for a spectacular new special spotlighting famed lyricist Don Black titled DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: THE DON BLACK STORY. (more...)

FLASH FRIDAY: A Jolly Holiday Celebration
by Pat Cerasaro - Dec 20, 2013

The Great White Way is beginning to light up red and green and the massive sign of seasonal merriment represented by the several-story-tall tree in Rockefeller Center further cements the celebration with a brilliant blaze of light in New York City, signaling the season on Broadway and beyond - Christmastime is here again! Yes, indeed! Taking from the vast theatrical canon, today we are looking at some of the most memorable musical theatre moments pertaining to the holiday season with some of Broadway's brightest stars and some of the season's best selections, both old and new. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: New Promo for Anderson & Petty's Album YOU ARE HOME, Feat. Frances Ruffelle and More!
by Stage Tube - Dec 19, 2013

Click below to watch the second official teaser video for Anderson & Petty's new album You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty! This video contains snippets of We Stand Together (Frances Ruffelle), This Time I Know (Jen Burleigh-Bentz), A New Star Tonight (Kieran Brown), The Rain It Falls (Natalie Gallo), Christmas Eve (Jonathan Rayson), Forever Child (Gina Beck), River, Slow Down (Debbie Kurup) and Stand Up (Sophia Ragavelas). Album recorded in association with Dennis Michael Keefe at Great White Wax Inc. Scroll down to watch! (more...)

Anderson & Petty Release New Album YOU ARE HOME Today
by BWW News Desk - Dec 16, 2013

Barry Anderson and Mark Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo known as Anderson & Petty, have releasd their debut songbook album entitled 'You Are Home: The Songs of Anderson & Petty' today, December 16th. Anderson & Petty co-produced the album with Dennis Michael Keefe of the record label Great White Wax. The album is available digitally worldwide via Amazon and iTunes and as a physical release via Amazon.com. (more...)

THE A-Z OF MRS P Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Cast Album
by BWW News Desk - Dec 13, 2013

The brand new musical fable THE A-Z OF MRS P opens at SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE on FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2014 (Press night Monday 24 February 2014): starring ISY SUTTIE (Peep Show / Shameless) in her first musical, as the pioneering Mrs P; with Tony Award winner Frances Ruffelle (Les Miserables, Pippin, Piaf) as her emotionally fragile mother; and Olivier Award winner MICHAEL MATUS (Martin Guerre, The Baker's Wife, The Sound Of Music) as Phyllis's beloved and impossible father, the map publisher Alexander (Sandor) Gross. (more...)

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