Menier Chocolate Factory News

Official: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into OctoberOfficial: FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Booking Into October
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, the critically acclaimed production of Funny Girl, which is fast selling out its run, extends booking for a further 4 weeks until 8 October 2016. Tickets for the extension of Michael Mayer's "exhilarating embrace of a production - Independent" starring Olivier and BAFTA award-winning actress and "phenomenal talent - Independent" Sheridan Smith as Fanny Brice go on sale from 10am on 8 February. (more...)

FUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the SavoyFUNNY GIRL with Sheridan Smith Extends Through October at the Savoy
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

FUNNY GIRL, starring Sheridan Smith, is now running Menier Chocolate Factory through March 5 before transferring to the West End's Savoy Theatre from April 9. According to the Daily Mail, the smash hit production, marking the musical's 50th anniversary year and helmed by Michael Mayer, has just extended its run at the Savoy by four weeks through October 8, 2016. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at First Ever UK Production of ROAD SHOW at The Union TheatrePhoto Flash: First Look at First Ever UK Production of ROAD SHOW at The Union Theatre
by Roy Tan - Feb 4, 2016

Following the successful transfer to the Menier Chocolate Factory of the New York Production of ROAD SHOW in 2011, the Union Theatre and the Phil Willmott Company are thrilled to be creating the first ever UK production of Sondheim's latest hit. With Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by John Weidman and Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, ROAD SHOW began last night 3rd February and runs through 5th March 2016 at The Union Theatre. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below! (more...)

Lea Salonga Gushes Over 'Church-Like' Experience at Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE; Wants Show in Manila!Lea Salonga Gushes Over 'Church-Like' Experience at Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE; Wants Show in Manila!
by Jessica Khan - Feb 3, 2016

ALLEGIANCE's Lea Salonga went to see Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE last week, and the production seems to have left a lasting impression. So much so that Salonga expressed her hope of the show making it to Manila. (more...)

West End's WICKED to Welcome Mark Curry as Newest Wizard in MarchWest End's WICKED to Welcome Mark Curry as Newest Wizard in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2016

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to announce that the actor and presenter Mark Curry will play The Wizard from 25 March 2016. Tom McGowan will play his final performance as The Wizard on 12 March 2016. From 14-24 March 2016, the role will be played by Sean Kearns. (more...)

Alexandra Wood's MERIT to Receive London PremiereAlexandra Wood's MERIT to Receive London Premiere
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

Directed by Tom Littler. Designed by Phil Lindley. Sound by Max Pappenheim. Lighting by Rob Mills. (more...)

END OF THE RAINBOW Announces New UK Tour; Set to Play at King's Theatre Glasgow, April 26END OF THE RAINBOW Announces New UK Tour; Set to Play at King's Theatre Glasgow, April 26
by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

A hit in the West End and on Broadway, End of the Rainbow will return in 2016, playing at the King's Theatre Glasgow from Tuesday 26 until Saturday 30 April as part of a major new UK tour, starring Lisa Maxwell as Judy Garland. (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Jan 29, 2016

Sian Thomas will be taking on the role of Mrs Fox in the Donmar's production of Welcome Home, Captain Fox! replacing Francesca Annis who regrettably has had to withdraw from the production for personal reasons. (more...)

Earl Carpenter to Rejoin LES MISERABLES in Manila; Full Cast AnnouncedEarl Carpenter to Rejoin LES MISERABLES in Manila; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 27, 2016

British actor Earl Carpenter, who originated the role of Inspector Javert in the reimagined production of Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil's book-to-stage adaptation of LES MISERABLES (LES MIS) and abruptly left the Broadway production last November due to a neck injury (cervical vertebrae impingement), will rejoin the company of the new production of LES MIS in its first Asian Tour (Manila-Singapore), which has been set to kick off at The Theatre at Solaire, Solaire Resort and Casino, in Manila from Friday, March 11, until Sunday, April 17. (more...)

First Look at Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater in END OF THE RAINBOWFirst Look at Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater in END OF THE RAINBOW
by BWW News Desk - Jan 26, 2016

The first images were released today of Lisa Maxwell, Gary Wilmot and Sam Attwater rehearsing for hit West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow, touring the UK in a brand new production from February. (more...)

Lineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in PhiladelphiaLineup Announced for 'Festival of the Emerging Musical' in Philadelphia
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

The University of the Arts' Ira Brind School of Theater Arts announces the 2016 lineup for Polyphone, a "festival of the emerging musical" on the UArts campus in Philadelphia.  Running March 20-27, the 2016 the Polyphone festival produces staged concerts of new musicals and re-imagined canonical works offering professional composers, librettists and directors an opportunity to develop their work among the rich creative community of the Brind School at UArts.  The festival will program five musicals, including both classical and new works, with three performances each.   (more...)

Photo Flash: Kyle Riabko, Daniel Bailen, Anastacia McClesky and More in CLOSE TO YOUPhoto Flash: Kyle Riabko, Daniel Bailen, Anastacia McClesky and More in CLOSE TO YOU
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

New musical CLOSE TO YOU: BACHARACH REIMAGINED will end its limited West End run on Valentine's Day, Sunday 14 February. Featuring Burt Bacharach's songbook, CLOSE TO YOU broke box office records at the Criterion Theatre when it opened on 15 October, with the biggest advance in the venue's history.  Check out a first look below! (more...)

THE CURTAIN UP SHOW ALBUM OF 2015 Announces WinnersTHE CURTAIN UP SHOW ALBUM OF 2015 Announces Winners
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Today, The Curtain Up Show crowned Cynthia Erivo & Oliver Tompsett Sing Scott Alan Best Solo Album and Bend It Like Beckham Best Cast Recording in the inaugural Album of 2015, as chosen by the team behind the weekly theatre chat show at Resonance FM. (more...)

Official: Johanson, Xavier and Dillon Will Join Close in SUNSET BOULEVARDOfficial: Johanson, Xavier and Dillon Will Join Close in SUNSET BOULEVARD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 22, 2016

Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson will join Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard, the second production in the partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and the GradeLinnit Company.  (more...)

John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Josh Rhodes, Denis Jones & More Join Creative Teams for The Muny's 2016 Season! Tickets on Sale, 3/5John Tartaglia, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Josh Rhodes, Denis Jones & More Join Creative Teams for The Muny's 2016 Season! Tickets on Sale, 3/5
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

BroadwayWorld and The Muny announces today the directors, choreographers and music directors for the Muny's 2016 Season, which opens on June 13 with The Wizard of Oz. (more...)

DVR Alert: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks to Visit CBS's 'Late Show', 1/27DVR Alert: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks to Visit CBS's 'Late Show', 1/27
by TV News Desk - Jan 20, 2016

CBS has announced that THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK) will visit the LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT on Wednesday, Jan. 27th. (more...)

Lucie Jones to Lead LEGALLY BLONDE at CurveLucie Jones to Lead LEGALLY BLONDE at Curve
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve, today announces Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in the award-winning West End and Broadway smash hit musical comedy, Legally Blonde. Lucie rose to prominence on the X Factor in 2009 and has since starred as Victoria in American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and as Molly in Ghost (Asia Tour). (more...)

Lucie Jones and Jon Robyns To Star In LEGALLY BLONDE At Leicester Curve!Lucie Jones and Jon Robyns To Star In LEGALLY BLONDE At Leicester Curve!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 18, 2016

Nikolai Foster, Artistic Director at Curve, today announces Lucie Jones as Elle Woods in the award-winning West End and Broadway smash hit musical comedy, Legally Blonde. Lucie rose to prominence on the X Factor in 2009 and has since starred as Victoria in American Psycho (Almeida Theatre) and as Molly in Ghost (Asia Tour). (more...)

AMERICAN PSYCHO to Begin Broadway Performances 3/24; Full Cast AnnouncedAMERICAN PSYCHO to Begin Broadway Performances 3/24; Full Cast Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2016

AMERICAN PSYCHO, the American premiere of a new musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis -- which celebrates the 25th anniversary of its publication this March -- will begin performances on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. (more...)

Sheffield Theatres Announces Full Casts for WAITING FOR GODOT and World Premiere of THE NAPSheffield Theatres Announces Full Casts for WAITING FOR GODOT and World Premiere of THE NAP
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

With the critically acclaimed Show Boat currently running in the Crucible, and Partus and A Raisin in the Sun in rehearsals, Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans announces the full casts for the forthcoming productions of Waiting For Godot and the world premiere of Richard Bean's comedy thriller The Nap, both at the Crucible this spring. (more...)

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