Menier Chocolate Factory News

Leigh Silverman, Mark Brokaw, Juliette Carillo & More Set for Sundance Institute's Theatre Directors Retreat in France
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Sundance Institute and the LUMA Foundation today announced that the two organizations will again collaborate to host the second Sundance Institute | LUMA Foundation Theatre Directors Retreat in Arles, France, July 29 through August 11. The Retreat is one of 10 residential programs hosted by Sundance Institute this summer, collectively representing 15 weeks of support and mentorship for promising independent artists in theatre and film from the United States and around the world. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory to Present Kevin Bishop in FULLY COMMITTED
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

In its tenth anniversary year, the Chocolate Factory celebrates by creating a brand new production of the show that put it on the map in 2004, FULLY COMMITTED, the whirlwind culinary comedy set in one of Manhattan's hottest restaurants, where the city never sleeps and the phone never stops ringing! A decade later, with the masses clamouring for entry to dining hot spots du jour such as Chiltern Firehouse for their own taste of the A-List, and celebrity chefs salivated over as the new rock stars, FULLY COMMITTED is as fresh as ever. (more...)

Benj Pasek & Justin Paul to Attend European Premiere of DOGFIGHT in London, 13 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2014

Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and book writer Peter Duchan are to attend the European premiere of their acclaimed musical Dogfight at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 13 August. (more...)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING to Celebrate Cast Recording at Barnes & Noble Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2014

DRG Records will kick off the release of Gerard Alessandrini's Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging! (2014 Un-Original Cast Album), produced by Grammy Award winner Hugh Fordin, on Tuesday, July 22nd at Barnes & Noble (150 East 86 Street). There will be an in-store appearance and performance at 5pm. (more...)

Jenna Russell, Jonathan Slinger & Marc Elliott to Reprise Roles in West End Transfer of URINETOWN
by BWW News Desk - Jul 11, 2014

Olivier Award winning Jenna Russell, star of the RSC, Jonathan Slinger, and EastEnders' Marc Elliott, reprise their acclaimed roles, Penelope Pennywise, Officer Lockstock and Mr. McQueen respectively, in the West End transfer of Jamie Lloyd's ground breaking, splash hit production of Urinetown The Musical. (more...)

Clare Foster, Jamie Parker and More to Star in GUYS AND DOLLS at Chichester, Aug 11-Sept 21
by BWW News Desk - Jul 08, 2014

Guys and Dolls - a joyous and vibrant celebration of Prohibition-era New York - marks a series of firsts when it bursts onto the Festival Theatre stage at Chichester this summer, running 11 August - 21 September 2014. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for Tim Firth's Award-Winnging THIS IS MY FAMILY Ahead of Sheffield Run and National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 05, 2014

Following a critically acclaimed, award-winning run last year in the Studio, Daniel Evans' production of Tim Firth's musical This Is My Family returns to Sheffield Theatres from Thursday 9 - Saturday 18 October, ahead of a national tour to Royal & Derngate Northampton, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Liverpool Playhouse and The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. (more...)

BWW Reviews: FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, Menier Chocolate Factory, July 2 2014
by N. Morrison - Jul 03, 2014

Forbidden Broadway is back at the Menier Chocolate Factory (last seen there in 2009) and it's like it never left. With a first class cast, excellent musical direction and a ceaseless barrage of jibes about your favourite shows, this is a jolly, fun night out. (more...)

Cynthia Erivo and Cassidy Janson to Star in Ahrens & Flaherty's DESSA ROSE European Debut; Show Runs July 29-Aug 30 at Trafalgar Studios
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Cynthia Erivo (I Can't Sing!, The Color Purple) returns to the West End alongside Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q, Wicked, Candide) in the European premiere of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Dessa Rose, running at Trafalgar Studios (Studio 2), Tuesday 29th July - Saturday 30th August 2014. Press night is Thursday, 31st July, 7pm. (more...)

Cast Announced for Noel Coward's THIS WAS A MAN at Finborough Theatre from July 15
by BWW News Desk - Jul 03, 2014

Banned by the Lord Chamberlain for its facetious and irreverent treatment of adultery, This Was A Man, a previously unseen play by Noel Coward, directed by actress Belinda Lang, opens for its long overdue UK professional premiere in a strictly limited three week season at the Finborough Theatre on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 (Press Night: Thursday, 17 July 2014 at 7.30pm). (more...)

Matthew Kelly and Simon Greenall to Star in Richard Bean's TOAST at the Park Theatre, Aug 27-Sept 21
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

The Park Theatre has announced the casting of Matthew Kelly and Simon Greenall in Snapdragon Productions' forthcoming production of Toast by Richard Bean. Snapdragon previously produced the successful Thark with Clive Francis and The Dead Wait. (more...)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING! Cast Album Gets 7/22 Release
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

DRG Records announces the release of Gerard Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY: COMES OUT SWINGING! (2014 Un-Original Cast Album) which is produced by Grammy Award winner Hugh Fordin, and available in stores and online July 22nd. To kick-off the CD release, Barnes & Noble (150 East 86 Street) will host an in-store appearance and performance from 4pm - 6pm. This CD marks Forbidden Broadway's 12th cast recording with DRG Records. Featured on the album are cast members Carter Calvert, Scott Richard Foster, Mia Gentile and Marcus Stevens, with David Caldwell on piano. (more...)

JEEVES AND WOOSTER IN PERFECT NONSENSE Extends at Duke of York's Theatre, Thru Jan 17
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2014

'What ho! Turns out, Jeeves and I belong on stage. I'm having a splendid time at the Duke of York's Theatre with Jeeves and we shall continue recounting the complex case of that ghastly girl Gussie Fink-Nottle, my Aunt Dahlia and that dastardly cow-creamer until 17 January 2015. Of course Jeeves will be in touch in due course to update everyone with any information you might require to enjoy a topping night at the theatre' - Bertie Wooster (more...)

FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! to End Off-Broadway Run, July 20
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

The producers of Gerard Alessandrini's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY COMES OUT SWINGING! have announced final weeks. The show will end its run on July 20th at the Davenport Theatre (354 West 45th Street - between 8th and 9th Avenue). (more...)

John Barrowman Announces 2015 'Raise Me Up' UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2014

John Barrowman has announced on his official web site that he will be touring the UK with his You Raise Me Up Tour in May and June 2015. (more...)

20TH CENTURY BOY THE MUSICAL Tours the UK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2014

West End and Musical theatre star Warren Sollars (Mamma Mia!, From Here To Eternity) will lead the cast of the musical, 20th Century Boy, playing the Glam Rock legend Marc Bolan. He will be joined by TV stars Sue Jenkins (Brookside, Coronation Street) and Luke Bailey (Waterloo Road, Casualty). (more...)

Maria Friedman, Brian d'Arcy James and More to Join Pittsburgh Symphony for PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN!, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch will once again grace the Heinz Hall stage when "Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration" makes its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 28 at 8 p.m. (more...)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents PLAY IT AGAIN, MARVIN!, 6/28
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

The music, humor, warmth and life of Marvin Hamlisch will once again grace the Heinz Hall stage when "Play It Again, Marvin! A Marvin Hamlisch Celebration" makes its world premiere with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on June 28 at 8 p.m. (more...)

Horse Trade Theater Group to Present Israela Margalit's GET ME A GUY, 7/17-8/4
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2014

Horse Trade Theater Group in association with Moonlight Theatre Productions (Kelley Girod, producer) will present Get Me a Guy (Best Play at the New York International Midtown Theater Festival as a 30-minute one-act; scene 16 won Outstanding Play Honorary Mention at the New York Short Play Festival as a 10-minute play), an award-winning new comedy by Israela Margalit (Gold Medal NY Film and TV Festival, Emmy Nomination) directed by John Clancy (2005 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction). (more...)

Tom Lister to Join Jodie Prenger in CALAMITY JANE National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2014

The Watermill Theatre Newbury, Jamie Wilson, Paul Elliott and Duncan C Weldon are delighted to announce full casting and further touring dates for the forthcoming new production of the musical 'CALAMITY JANE', opening at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury on Thursday 17 July 2014 where it will play until Saturday 6 September 2014 prior to embarking on a national tour that opens at the Plymouth Theatre Royal on Thursday 16 September. Tour schedule attached. More dates to be announced. (more...)

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