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Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016Official: Newton Faulkner Joins Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour as 'Johnny', May 2016
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Double Platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot, on it's UK Tour. Newton will be taking on the role of Johnny from May 2016 after Matt Thorpe, who will open the role from 19 March at the Curve Theatre, Leicester until 7 May at the New Theatre, Oxford.  One of the UK's finest contemporary singer-songwriters, Newton's unique style of guitar playing and soaring vocals have made him a worldwide success since he burst onto the music scene back in 2007.  (more...)

El Auditorio Nacional acoge las 'Navidades en Broadway' este fin de semanaEl Auditorio Nacional acoge las 'Navidades en Broadway' este fin de semana
by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Dec 26, 2015

Directamente desde el West End de Londres, Damian Humbley (Merrily We Roll Along, Forbidden Broadway) y Clare Foster (Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls) interpretan una seleccion de los clasicos de Broadway: West Side Story, Los Miserables, El Fantasma de la Ópera o Sonrisas y Lagrimas entre otros. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Maria's Back! Watch ITV's First Ad for THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVESTAGE TUBE: Maria's Back! Watch ITV's First Ad for THE SOUND OF MUSIC LIVE
by Stage Tube - Dec 9, 2015

ITV is putting on its own live version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC this Christmas. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the December 20 live telecast will star Julian Ovenden as 'Captain Von Trapp', Olivier winner Maria Friedman as Mother Abbess, Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt, and Kara Tointon as Maria. Tointon appears in a just-released commercial for the television event and you can check it out below! (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2015

Previous Olivier Award winners Michael Ball, Katie Brayben, John Dagleish, Elaine Paige and Clive Rowe are the latest performers to join the star-studded cast in The Oliviers In Concert, with the BBC Concert Orchestra. (more...)

Maria Friedman, Mel Giedroyc, Kara Tointon & More Join Julian Ovenden in ITV's Live THE SOUND OF MUSIC This ChristmasMaria Friedman, Mel Giedroyc, Kara Tointon & More Join Julian Ovenden in ITV's Live THE SOUND OF MUSIC This Christmas
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

ITV is putting on its own live version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC this Christmas. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Julian Ovenden will star as 'Captain Von Trapp' in the upcoming live telecast, and according to BBC News, he'll be joined by Olivier winner Maria Friedman as Mother Abbess, Mel Giedroyc as Frau Schmidt, and Kara Tointon as Maria. (more...)

York's ROTHSCHILD & SONS to Receive Cast RecordingYork's ROTHSCHILD & SONS to Receive Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

The Off-Broadway cast recording of the new Bock and Harnick musical, Rothschild & Sons, an intimate reimagining of the Tony nominated musical The Rothschilds, will be recorded and released by JAY Records.  Produced by John Yap, the recording will feature the original cast of The York Theatre Company production who will gather at The Avatar Studios on Monday, October 26, 2015 to lay down the tracks for the recording scheduled for release on JAY Records in early January.  Executive Producers are John Yap and Arnold Mittelman. (more...)

Charlotte Randle, Georgina Lamb & More Join Cast of The Almeida Theatre's MEDEACharlotte Randle, Georgina Lamb & More Join Cast of The Almeida Theatre's MEDEA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

The Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Medea.  Rupert Goold will direct Euripides' masterpiece, as one of world drama's most infamous characters is brought to life in a new version by controversial feminist writer Rachel Cusk. (more...)

Michele Austin, Richard Cant & More to Join Kate Fleetwood in West End's MEDEAMichele Austin, Richard Cant & More to Join Kate Fleetwood in West End's MEDEA
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

The Almeida Theatre announces full casting for Medea.  Rupert Goold will direct Euripides' masterpiece, as one of world drama's most infamous characters is brought to life in a new version by controversial feminist writer Rachel Cusk. (more...)

John Richardson Steps Down as The Old Vic's  ProducerJohn Richardson Steps Down as The Old Vic's Producer
by BWW News Desk - Aug 14, 2015

Matthew Warchus, Artistic Director of the Old Vic, has announced that John Richardson is to step down as Producer at the end of the month. He will maintain active connections with the Old Vic in a freelance role, working particularly on developing musicals with Warchus alongside other projects. (more...)

West End Stars to Celebrate Stephen Sondheim's 85th BirthdayWest End Stars to Celebrate Stephen Sondheim's 85th Birthday
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

A star-studded West End cast of over 50 principals, a 40-piece orchestra led by Gareth Valentine and an ensemble of more than 50, including a chorus from ArtsEd Musical Theatre, will celebrate the songs and shows of Stephen Sondheim in HEY, OLD FRIENDS! An 85th Birthday Tribute to Stephen Sondheim, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane on Sunday 25 October. (more...)

Photo Flash: Melissa Errico Surprises Cast of West End's HIGH SOCIETYPhoto Flash: Melissa Errico Surprises Cast of West End's HIGH SOCIETY
by Nora Dominick - Jul 13, 2015

The stars of the current London revival of HIGH SOCIETY (playing at The Old Vic Theater) welcomed the original leading lady of the Broadway company, last night as Melissa Errico stopped by to show her support for the production. (more...)

'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015'The Showtune Mosh Pit' for July 8th, 2015
by Paul W. Thompson - Jul 9, 2015

The latest in unauthorized gossip and buzz from the heart of Chicago's showtune video bars, and musical theater news from Chicago to Broadway. 'Beaches,' 'Kinky Boots' and 'Gotta Dance' show how a pre-Broadway tryout is done, while 'Fancy Nancy,' 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Pinocchio' go for a younger demographic. Meanwhile, Ravinia, Grant Park and Three Oaks (MI) do summer concerts, and The Music Theatre Company announces its own surprise demise. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Old Vic's HIGH SOCIETY, With Jamie Parker and Kate Fleetwood!STAGE TUBE: Old Vic's HIGH SOCIETY, With Jamie Parker and Kate Fleetwood!
by Stage Tube - Jun 24, 2015

Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical High Society comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round. (more...)

Tony-Winning THE KING AND I Set For UK Tour?Tony-Winning THE KING AND I Set For UK Tour?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 11, 2015

The Tony-winning production of The King and I, currently starring Kelli O'Hara, looks like it's heading to the UK for a tour. (more...)

The Almeida Theatre Kicks Off 'Greek' Season with ORESTEIA TonightThe Almeida Theatre Kicks Off 'Greek' Season with ORESTEIA Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2015

The Almeida Theatre launches its new season: Almeida Greeks. (more...)

BWW Reviews: HIGH SOCIETY, The Old Vic, May 18 2015BWW Reviews: HIGH SOCIETY, The Old Vic, May 18 2015
by Alice Chappell - May 26, 2015

Kevin Spacey's last show at The Old Vic is old-fashioned fun - and beautifully performed. (more...)

Original Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCultureOriginal Cast, Creatives Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED Tonight at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2015

Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby, Shane Shanahan are joined by cellist, Peter Sachon as they reunite with Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist, Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. (more...)

Original Cast, Creatives to Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED This Month at SubCultureOriginal Cast, Creatives to Reunite for 10th Anniversary of NYTW's SONGS FROM AN UNMADE BED This Month at SubCulture
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2015

Original ensemble members, Michael Winther, Kimberly Grigsby, Shane Shanahan are joined by cellist, Peter Sachon as they reunite with Pulitzer prize-winning lyricist, Mark Campbell and many of the composers for a special one-night-only concert event, celebrating the ten year anniversary of Songs from an Unmade Bed, the critically acclaimed, theatrical song cycle originally produced off-Broadway by New York Theatre Workshop in 2005. (more...)

Kate Fleetwood Leads HIGH SOCIETY, Beginning Tonight at the Old VicKate Fleetwood Leads HIGH SOCIETY, Beginning Tonight at the Old Vic
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2015

Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical HIGH SOCIETY comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round. Kate Fleetwood will star as socialite 'Tracy Lord' in the show, to be directed by Olivier-winning director and musical star Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along). HIGH SOCIETY started previews April 30 with an official opening tonight, May 14, 2015. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jamie Parker, Talking HIGH SOCIETY, ASSASSINS And His Cabaret!BWW Interviews: Jamie Parker, Talking HIGH SOCIETY, ASSASSINS And His Cabaret!
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 30, 2015

Jamie Parker talks about the Old Vic, the Chocolate Factory, Stephen Sondheim, and being charming in a 1950s way... (more...)

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