Menier Chocolate Factory News

Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango & Kyle Scatliffe Join Cast of Broadway-Bound THE COLOR PURPLEIsaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango & Kyle Scatliffe Join Cast of Broadway-Bound THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 27, 2015

Additional principal casting for this fall's highly anticipated production of THE COLOR PURPLE, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, has been confirmed. (more...)

Photo Flash Exclusive: New Look at Michael Ball & Rebecca LaChance in Chichester's MACK & MABELPhoto Flash Exclusive: New Look at Michael Ball & Rebecca LaChance in Chichester's MACK & MABEL
by Roy Tan - Jul 21, 2015

Mack & Mabel, which will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in Autumn 2015 following its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, stars double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball andRebecca LaChance. The production opens tonight, July 21, 2015. (more...)

Joe Iconis' New Musical BE MORE CHILL to Receive Cast RecordingJoe Iconis' New Musical BE MORE CHILL to Receive Cast Recording
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Ghostlight Records will record the Original Cast Album of Be More Chill, the new musical which recently had its world premiere production at Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ. Be More Chill has music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, book by Joe Tracz and is based on the novel by Ned Vizzini. The show was directed by Stephen Brackett with Chase Brock serving as choreographer. Also available on Ghostlight is the cast recording of Things To Ruin - The Songs of Joe Iconis and The Joe Iconis Rock and Roll Jamboree. To sign up for updates on Be More Chill, visit www.sh-k-boom.com/be-more-chill. (more...)

MACK & MABEL, Starring Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance, Opens at Chichester TonightMACK & MABEL, Starring Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance, Opens at Chichester Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

Mack & Mabel, which will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in Autumn 2015 following its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, stars double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance. The production opens tonight, July 21, 2015. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michael Ball & Rebecca LaChance in Chichester's MACK & MABELPhoto Flash: First Look at Michael Ball & Rebecca LaChance in Chichester's MACK & MABEL
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Mack & Mabel, which will embark on a UK & Ireland Tour in Autumn 2015 following its premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre, stars double Oliver award-winning Michael Ball and Rebecca LaChance. Based on the real-life romance between Hollywood legends Mack Sennett and Mabel Normand, it tells the story of a group of pioneering filmmakers who changed the world surrounded by the great fun of the silent screen: heroes in capes, girls tied to the tracks, glamorous BathingBeauties and the chaos of the Keystone Kops. Check out photos of the cast in action below! (more...)

McQUEEN to Receive West End TransferMcQUEEN to Receive West End Transfer
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

McQUEEN, which received its world premiere in May at St. James Theatre, where it broke box office records, will transfer to London's West End, opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on Thursday 27 August, following previews from 13 August, for a strictly limited season until 7 November. (more...)

Segerstrom Center to Open 2015-16 Spotlight Series with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, 10/1-4Segerstrom Center to Open 2015-16 Spotlight Series with FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, 10/1-4
by BWW News Desk - Jul 16, 2015

 Segerstrom Center for the Arts' 2015 - 2016 Spotlight Series opens with the sidesplitting savagery known as Forbidden Broadway October 1 - 4, 2015. There will be just four performances of a special adaptation of their recent hit edition, Forbidden Broadway Alive and Kicking! The cast includes members of the Tony Award®-winning New York company, including Forbidden Broadway stalwarts Gina Kreiezmar, Marcus Stevens, Kevin B. McGlynn and Trisha Rapier (who hails from Orange County!). This touring edition is presented by John Freedson and Harriet Yellin. (more...)

Photo Flash: Kyle Riabko & Cast of WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Rock Menier Chocolate FactoryPhoto Flash: Kyle Riabko & Cast of WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? Rock Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

The Menier Chocolate Factory  recently confirmed the international cast - hailing from across the UK, US and Canada, for the UK premiere of What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. Burt Bacharach's celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko's thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Oliver Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a dynamic 90-minute non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented group of young performers through Bacharach's classic melodies, blending nostalgia and innovation, where generations old and new can revel in the joy of these hits as if for the very first time. (more...)

New Duncan Sheik/Kyle Jarrow Work & More Set for NAMT's 27th Annual Festival of New MusicalsNew Duncan Sheik/Kyle Jarrow Work & More Set for NAMT's 27th Annual Festival of New Musicals
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

National Alliance for Musical Theatre has announced the line up of new musicals for their 27th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF NEW MUSICALS, which takes place on Thursday, October 15 and Friday, October 16 at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues). Registration for Industry members is free and now open at www.namt.org/festival. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Channels Kristin Chenoweth and More in National Anthem PerformanceSTAGE TUBE: Christina Bianco Channels Kristin Chenoweth and More in National Anthem Performance
by Stage Tube - Jul 4, 2015

Christina Bianco is at it again- this time with a patriotic twist. Below, watch the diva impressionist sing the National Anthem as Christina Aguilera, Kristin Chenoweth, and Celine Dion! (more...)

Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!Download Jennifer Hudson's 'Too Beautiful for Words' from THE COLOR PURPLE; Tickets Now On Sale!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

Produced by Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, and Tom Siracusa, The Color Purple will return to Broadway this fall in the acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory production directed by Two-time Tony Award winner John Doyle. The highly anticipated staging will feature Grammy, Academy Award, and Golden Globe award winner JENNIFER HUDSON; CYNTHIA ERIVO, the breakout star from the London production; and Orange is the New Black's DANIELLE BROOKS. All three women will be making their Broadway debuts. Tickets are now available! Can't wait until the show returns to Broadway this fall? Get your Color Purple fix today with a free download of 'Too Beautiful for Words,' performed by Jennifer Hudson. CLICK HERE to download the song now! (more...)

Tony Nominee Andrew Lippa Elected President of The Dramatists Guild FundTony Nominee Andrew Lippa Elected President of The Dramatists Guild Fund
by Tyler Peterson - Jun 29, 2015

BroadwayWorld has confirmed that The Dramatists Guild Fund, the charitable arm of The Dramatists Guild of America, has elected Tony nominee Andrew Lippa as its new president, succeeding Gretchen Cryer, who has held the position since 2005. (more...)

Mario Cantone & More to Star in The New Group's STEVE, Directed by Cynthia Nixon; Full Cast Announced for MERCURY FURMario Cantone & More to Star in The New Group's STEVE, Directed by Cynthia Nixon; Full Cast Announced for MERCURY FUR
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2015

The New Group has announced complete casting for the Off-Broadway premiere of Philip Ridley's Mercury Fur, the production launching the company's upcoming season, and initial casting for the world premiere of Mark Gerrard's Steve, the second production in the company's 2015-2016 season. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for GRAND HOTEL at Southwark PlayhouseFull Cast Announced for GRAND HOTEL at Southwark Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2015

Full casting is announced for the new London production of the acclaimed Broadway musical Grand Hotel, produced by Danielle Tarento and directed by Thom Southerland, the award-winning team behind Titanic, Parade and Mack & Mabel. (more...)

BWW TV: Chatting with the Leading Ladies of THE COLOR PURPLE- Hudson, Brooks, Erivo, Plus Director John Doyle!BWW TV: Chatting with the Leading Ladies of THE COLOR PURPLE- Hudson, Brooks, Erivo, Plus Director John Doyle!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 22, 2015

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks are set to make their Broadway debuts in the critically acclaimed staging of The Color Purple, as performed at London's Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, The Color Purple will begin preview performances on Monday, November 9th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th street) and will officially open on Thursday, December 10. BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge just met with the three leading ladies, plus their director John Doyle, to chat about the upcoming production. Check out what they had to say about their new roles below! (more...)

Audience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next WeekAudience Rewards Pre-Sale for THE COLOR PURPLE on Broadway Begins Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE will be available Monday, June 22, 2015, exclusively for Audience Rewards members, who get first access to tickets by visiting www.AudienceRewards.com. Single tickets go on-sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, June 30, 2015. (more...)

Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?Sheridan Smith-Led FUNNY GIRL Heading to West End and Broadway?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2015

As BroadwayWorld reported last week, Sheridan Smith has been in negotiations to star as 'Fanny Brice' in FUNNY GIRL at the Menier Chocolate Factory, directed by Michael Mayer. An official announcement has not been made, and according to the Daily Mail, the team is still working out if the show might transfer after its run in Southwark. Baz Bamigboye writes that the production could be heading to the West End, or even New York in the future. (more...)

Rosalie Craig to Star in AS YOU LIKE IT at the National This FallRosalie Craig to Star in AS YOU LIKE IT at the National This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2015

The Daily Mail writes that Rosalie Craig will star as 'Rosalind' in AS YOU LIKE IT at the National Theatre, after Andrea Riseborough has had to withdraw from the show for personal reasons. (more...)

Full Cast Set for WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Menier Chocolate FactoryFull Cast Set for WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT? BACHARACH REIMAGINED at Menier Chocolate Factory
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

The Menier Chocolate Factory today announces the international cast - hailing from across the UK, US and Canada, for the UK premiere of What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined. Burt Bacharach's celebrated songbook is given an exciting new interpretation with Kyle Riabko's thrillingly original musical arrangement. This show, directed by Oliver Award-winner Steven Hoggett, is a dynamic 90-minute non-stop musical journey in which the 27-year-old Riabko leads a talented group of young performers through Bacharach's classic melodies, blending nostalgia and innovation, where generations old and new can revel in the joy of these hits as if for the very first time. (more...)

MY FAIR LADY, Starring Anthony Andrews and Alexandra Silber, Launches the Muny's 97th Season TonightMY FAIR LADY, Starring Anthony Andrews and Alexandra Silber, Launches the Muny's 97th Season Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Jun 15, 2015

My Fair Lady (running tonight, June 15, through June 21) is the opening production of The Muny's 97th summer season.  (more...)

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