Frances Ruffelle News

Broadway Performers Lined Up for THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY at 54 Below, 8/23
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2014

54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents 'ANDERSON & PETTY and a host of Broadway performers' in 'THE SONGS OF ANDERSON & PETTY' on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 11pm. Anderson & Petty, the transatlantic songwriting duo, present selections from their new song cycle, Lost, and also their recent album, 'You Are Home - The Songs of Anderson & Petty', which features both Broadway and West End stars including Frances Ruffelle, Coleen Sexton, Cynthia Erivo, Gina Beck and Autumn Hurlbert. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Watch Sneak Peek of Frances Ruffelle's PARIS ORIGINAL Concert!
by Stage Tube - Jul 16, 2014

On October 3, the Tony Award winning actress Frances Ruffelle will perform her critically acclaimed, sell out solo show Paris Original in London at the St James Studio, followed by an appearance in New York City at 54 Below on October 23 . Check out a just-released promo for her upcoming shows below! (more...)

BWW TV Exclusive: Scott Alan's SONGS FROM MY LIVING ROOM Series Premiere- with Luke Edgemon!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 09, 2014

BroadwayWorld is excited to bring you the premiere episode of 'Songs from My Living Room'- a new series that goes into the home of one of today's most acclaimed contemporary songwriters, as he explains the stories behind his songs. The monthly series will feature special guests from all corners of the entertainment industry to help bring to life the music and lyrics of Scott Alan straight from his living room into yours. (more...)

Rufus Wainwright To Perform 'Argentina' At TIM RICE - A LIFE IN SONG, July 8
by BWW News Desk - Jun 13, 2014

Rufus Wainwright will perform Don't Cry for Me, Argentina at Tim Rice - A Life In Song, at a special show celebrating the life and work of one of our most admired lyricists at the Royal Festival Hall in London on July 8th. (more...)

InDepth InterView: Linzi Hateley Talks New 54 Below Show, Plus CARRIE Memories, LES MISERABLES, LONDON ROAD Movie & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 19, 2014

Today we are talking to an accomplished and charismatic West End and Broadway star who originally made a name for herself as the title character in the infamous page-to-stage adaptation of Stephen King's CARRIE who has gone on to achieve acclaim for numerous starring roles in the UK ranging from JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT to CHICAGO as well as the original West End casts of THE SECRET GARDEN, MARY POPPINS, and, most recently, LONDON ROAD - Linzi Hateley. Shedding some light on her unforgettable West End and Broadway debut as well as bringing us all the way up to the present day commenting on her hotly anticipated return to New York later this month with her new cabaret show at 54 Below, titled SINCE CARRIE, Hateley grants a rare all access pass to her career onstage and onscreen. Besides all about SINCE CARRIE and CARRIE itself, Hateley also recounts her experiences participating in the original cast of a number of notable West End and UK productions, including THE SECRET GARDEN, MARY POPPINS and more. Also, Hateley shares first news of the forthcoming feature film adaptation of UK hit LONDON ROAD and how her stage role will be adapted to the big screen iteration. On the topic of screen roles, Hateley also offers the 411 on her participation in the smash hit cinematic version of international stage hit LES MISERABLES and voices her thoughts on the movie musical revolution in general. Besides all of that, Hateley reflects on her work in the Stephen Sondheim revue MOVING ON and offers opinions on some of her most cherished studio recordings. All of that, a look ahead to starring in Cameron Mackintosh's upcoming UK tour of BARNUM and much more in this wide-ranging chat with an astonishingly versatile and always engaging West End and Broadway leading lady. (more...)

WAKE UP with BWW 5/15/14 - UNDER MY SKIN, JUST JIM DALE and More!
by Jessica Showers - May 15, 2014

Good morning, BroadwayWorld! Because we know all our readers eat, sleep and breathe Broadway, what could be better than waking up to it? Today's big news: UNDER MY SKIN opens off-Broadway, JUST JIM DALE begins previews at Roundabout, and much more! (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Sneak Peek - Frances Ruffelle to Bring PARIS ORIGINAL to 54 Below
by Stage Tube - May 14, 2014

Tony-award winning Frances Ruffelle is bringing her 'Paris Original' show to the United States for the first time. It will play at 54 Below on October 23rd, 2014. Click below for a sneak peek! (more...)

BWW Exclusive: First Listen & Guest Essay - Scott Alan & Shoshana Bean Sing 'I'm in Pain' from ANYTHING WORTH HOLDING ON TO
by BWW Special Coverage - May 01, 2014

Editor's Note: I've known composer Scott Alan for almost as long as has been in existence. We met very shortly after the web site started, and were excited to showcase one of his first songs, 'Never Neverland (Fly Away)' at our first ever concert at Joe's Pub (sung by the wonderful Stephanie J. Block). I was intrigued by the album after seeing a preview of the cover art (by the uber-talented Logan Hicks), and even more curious to hear the album itself, his first to feature just himself instead of the usual line-up of talent from Broadway and beyond. There's always something special about hearing a composer sing his own songs, but I was still unprepared when he shared with me a preview copy for a first listen. What I didn't expect as I hit play was for it to 'ruin' my entire afternoon, as I found myself both unable to concentrate on anything else, and, as it completed, I quickly hit 'repeat' to bring me back to the first track and listen all over again. Then, I wrote him my first fan letter, and asked him if he'd share both a track (of my choosing) as well as a note explaining the origins of both the album, and the song. (more...)

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...)

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...)

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