Racky Plews News

BWW Review: VANITIES THE MUSICAL, Trafalgar Studios, 6 September 2016BWW Review: VANITIES THE MUSICAL, Trafalgar Studios, 6 September 2016
by Natalie Crofts - Sep 7, 2016

Adapted from Jack Heifner's 1970s stage play, Vanities the Musical makes its London debut at the intimate Trafalgar Studios. Joanne, Kathy and Mary, the musical play's only characters, tell an all-American story audiences world-over will be familiar with, though in a bold new way, as three high school friends face the painful realities of adulthood. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at New Musical VANITIESPhoto Flash: First Look at New Musical VANITIES
by Marianka Swain - Sep 6, 2016

Lauren Samuels (Bend it Like Beckham, BBC's Over the Rainbow, Grease), Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Cool Rider) and Lizzy Connolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Xanadu) star in the European debut of VANITIES, a classic American story. This brand new production features never before seen material with all new direction and choreography from Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot), and has its press night at Trafalgar Studios tonight. It plays until 1 October. (more...)

Last Chance To See AMERICAN IDIOT at the Arts TheatreLast Chance To See AMERICAN IDIOT at the Arts Theatre
by Marianka Swain - Sep 5, 2016

In the immortal (and slightly edited) words of Green Day, it's time to 'Wake Up Before September Ends' to catch the smash hit UK production of American Idiot at the Arts Theatre, before it closes on 25 September 2016.  (more...)

NO MAN'S LAND Leads September's Top 10 New London ShowsNO MAN'S LAND Leads September's Top 10 New London Shows
by Marianka Swain - Aug 30, 2016

The capital is never short of theatre temptations, whether big West End shows, epic dramas or bold fringe offerings. From two theatrical titans taking on Pinter to the RSC in London and an unusual dining experience, here are some of this month's most eye-catching openings. Don't forget to check back for BroadwayWorld's reviews... (more...)

BWW Interview: Lauren Samuels On Sisterhood, Sexual Liberation and VANITIESBWW Interview: Lauren Samuels On Sisterhood, Sexual Liberation and VANITIES
by Marianka Swain - Aug 27, 2016

Lauren Samuels became a household name thanks to BBC reality show Over the Rainbow, and has since had starring roles in Bend It Like Beckham, Grease and We Will Rock You in the West End and The Last Five Years at Tabard Theatre. Now, she's joining Ashleigh Gray and Lizzy Connolly in the European debut of American show Vanities: The Musical at Trafalgar Studios, directed and choreographed by Racky Plews. It follows the travails of three friends as they go from from cheerleading and sororities to jobs, families and hard-won wisdom. (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This AutumnGreen Day's AMERICAN IDIOT to Hold 'Rock-A-Long' Performance This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

The critically acclaimed production of Green Day's hit musical, American Idiot, will be performing a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance for one night only on Thursday 8 September 2016. Following the huge success of last year's event, audience members are encouraged to 'ROCK OUT' with the cast, following the musical's return to its London home at the Arts Theatre in July. (more...)

BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Arts Theatre, 13 July 2016BWW Review: AMERICAN IDIOT, Arts Theatre, 13 July 2016
by Emma Clarendon - Jul 14, 2016

Green Day and musicals. Not two things that normally sound right together, but with this surprisingly electrifying and energetic show, you are left with a sense you have just witnessed something pretty special. (more...)

VANITIES: THE MUSICAL to Make European Debut at Trafalgar Studios This AutumnVANITIES: THE MUSICAL to Make European Debut at Trafalgar Studios This Autumn
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

This Autumn, Lauren Samuels (Bend it Like Beckham, BBC's Over the Rainbow, Grease), Ashleigh Gray (Wicked, Cool Rider) and Lizzy Connolly (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Xanadu) star in the European debut of Vanities, a classic American story. This brand new production features never before seen material with all new direction and choreography from Racky Plews (Footloose, American Idiot). (more...)

BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE, New Alexandra Theatre, 4 July 2016BWW Review: FOOTLOOSE, New Alexandra Theatre, 4 July 2016
by Emma Cann - Jul 6, 2016

In the mid-west American town of Bomont, a small tight knit community are suspicious of any new-comer, and especially streetwise Chicago teenager Ren McCormack. Ren has moved from Chicago with his mother Ethel after the sudden departure of his dad. Eager to move on from his recent loss and keen to spread his wings in a new town, Ren's dreams of a new start are dashed when he discovers one curious fact about Bomont County; rock music and dancing are illegal. (more...)

Photo Flash: Go Behind the Scenes of AMERICAN IDIOTPhoto Flash: Go Behind the Scenes of AMERICAN IDIOT
by Marianka Swain - Jul 5, 2016

In celebration of AMERICAN IDIOT's return to London this week, from Friday 8 July 2016, the critically acclaimed and celebrated UK production of Green Day's hit musical has released a selection of exclusive behind the scenes images from the show.  (more...)

Newton Faulkner and Amelia Lily to Star in West End Return of AMERICAN IDIOT, July 13Newton Faulkner and Amelia Lily to Star in West End Return of AMERICAN IDIOT, July 13
by BWW News Desk - Apr 8, 2016

Following on from its critically acclaimed 2015 London run and 2016 UK Tour, Green Day's explosive Tony Award ® winning musical, American Idiot will be returning to it's London home at the Arts Theatre, for a strictly limited run from 8 July - 25 September 2016, with press night on Wednesday 13 July. (more...)

Photo Flash: Company Rocks Rehearsal for the UK Tour of AMERICAN IDIOTPhoto Flash: Company Rocks Rehearsal for the UK Tour of AMERICAN IDIOT
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

As previously announced, double platinum selling artist Newton Faulkner joins the cast of Green Day's explosive Tony Award-winning musical, AMERICAN IDIOT, on its UK tour this spring. 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. BroadwayWorld has a sneak peek at the company in rehearsal below! (more...)

Lee Brennan to Join UK Tour of FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL as Willard, April 19Lee Brennan to Join UK Tour of FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL as Willard, April 19
by BWW News Desk - Feb 12, 2016

911 and The Big Reunion star Lee Brennan will make his musical theatre debut when he joins the cast of Footloose: The Musical, playing the role of Willard from Tuesday 19 April to Saturday 18 June 2016. Lee will join the UK tour for dates in Oxford, Weston Super Mare, Wimbledon, Liverpool, Belfast, Derry, Torquay and Glasgow. (more...)

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...)

Singer-Songwriter Newton Faulkner to Join AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour; Show Eyes London ReturnSinger-Songwriter Newton Faulkner to Join AMERICAN IDIOT UK Tour; Show Eyes London Return
by BWW News Desk - Feb 4, 2016

Acoustic power doesn't mean this guy can't rock. The Daily Mail writes that singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will join the UK tour of AMERICAN IDIOT at the New Alexandra Theatre on May 10, taking over for Aaron Sidwell. The site also reports that the production is eyeing a return to the Arts Theatre this summer. (more...)

Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Extends UK TourGreen Day's AMERICAN IDIOT Extends UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Dec 10, 2015

Following on from its hugely successful and critically acclaimed London run at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, Green Day's explosive, Tony Award winning Broadway musical American Idiot, will now be extending its UK tour into July 2016, with four more venues added, including the Spa Theatre, Bridlington (7-11 June), Theatre Royal, Nottingham (14-18 June), Empire Theatre, Liverpool (21-25 June) and the Grand Opera House, Belfast (28 June - 2 July). (more...)

KINKY BOOTS & IN THE HEIGHTS Top 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards NominationsKINKY BOOTS & IN THE HEIGHTS Top 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards Nominations
by BWW News Desk - Dec 3, 2015

At a ceremony held today at London's Café de Paris, Steve Furst announced the nominees for the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards. The announcement of the nominations marks the opening of the final voting stage (closes 31 January), with winners announced at the annual Awards Concert held on 21 February 2016 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. (more...)

Maureen Nolan to Appear in FOOTLOOSE at King's Theatre GlasgowMaureen Nolan to Appear in FOOTLOOSE at King's Theatre Glasgow
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

New cast announcement for worldwide smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical, which bursts back onto the stage in 2016, playing at the King's Theatre Glasgow from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 June 2016 as part of a major new UK Tour. (more...)

Maureen Nolan Joins FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL - Full Cast Announced!Maureen Nolan Joins FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL - Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2015

Full casting is announced today for worldwide smash hit musical Footloose: The Musical, which will burst back onto the stage in 2016, touring the UK from January. Full tour schedule attached. (more...)

UK's AMERICAN IDIOT Announces 'Rock-A-Long' Performance, Nov. 12UK's AMERICAN IDIOT Announces 'Rock-A-Long' Performance, Nov. 12
by BWW News Desk - Nov 4, 2015

In celebration of the hugely successful and critically acclaimed London run of Green Day's explosive, Tony Award® winning Broadway musical American Idiot, which must end on 22 November 2015 at the Arts Theatre, Leicester Square, a special 'Rock-A-Long' performance will be held for one night only on 12 November 2015. (more...)

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