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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 forMedea.Rupert Gooldwill direct Euripides' masterpiece, as one of world drama's most infamous characters is brought to life in a new version by controversial feminist writerRachel 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...)

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...)

Charles Strouse to Make UK Cabaret Debut at The Pheasantry, March 22-24Charles Strouse to Make UK Cabaret Debut at The Pheasantry, March 22-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2015

Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie, Applause, It's A Bird It's A Plane It's Superman) will be performing his own songs for three nights at the Pheasantry, Sunday 22nd to Tuesday 24th March 2015. This will be his first ever cabaret performance in the UK, and Bonnie Langford will appear as a special guest all three nights. (more...)

ORESTEIA, BAKKHAI and MEDEA Set for the Almeida Theatre's 'Greek' Season; Ben Whishaw and More to Star!ORESTEIA, BAKKHAI and MEDEA Set for the Almeida Theatre's 'Greek' Season; Ben Whishaw and More to Star!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2015

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

Kerry Ellis, Scott Alan & More Set for London Festival of Cabaret This YearKerry Ellis, Scott Alan & More Set for London Festival of Cabaret This Year
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2015

The third LONDON FESTIVAL OF CABARET (LFoC) runs from April 28-May 11 and in addition to a spectacular list of artists, three prestigious new venues have joined the roster. (more...)

Joe Stilgoe's New Album 'New Songs for Old Souls' Out 4/27Joe Stilgoe's New Album 'New Songs for Old Souls' Out 4/27
by TV News Desk - Mar 2, 2015

Joe Stilgoe, is the renaissance man of modern jazz. He is a pianist, a jazz musician and a singer/songwriter. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at YARICO, Now Playing at London Theatre WorkshopPhoto Flash: First Look at YARICO, Now Playing at London Theatre Workshop
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2015

Yarico is a powerful, epic musical about forbidden love, betrayal and redemption, based on a true story that fired the world's imagination and contributed to the social movement against the slave trade. (more...)

Kate Fleetwood to Lead HIGH SOCIETY at the Old Vic This SpringKate Fleetwood to Lead HIGH SOCIETY at the Old Vic This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2015

Cole Porter's classic feel-good musical HIGH SOCIETY comes to The Old Vic in a glittering new production staged in the round. According to the Daily Mail, 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 is slated to begin previews April 30 with an official opening on May 14, 2015. (more...)

BWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable SongsBWW Feature: Sondheim's Most Hummable Songs
by Matt Tamanini - Jan 25, 2015

After seeing the new INTO THE WOODS movie twice over the holidays, I posted on Twitter about how two of the songs had stuck with me. After a tweet conversation, my BWW colleague Jeff Walker and I decided to put our heads together to try and come up with a list of Sondheim's most hummable tunes. Despite not discussing it beforehand, Jeff ended up picking songs from the 1960s and 70s, and I filled in the gaps with numbers from the 80s and 90s. (more...)

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