Summer Strallen News

TOP HAT Will Return to London Prior to Launching UK tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography', 'Best Costume Design' from its seven nominations, and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', returns to London to open its new tour at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 12 August where it will run for two weeks until Saturday 23 August. The production then embarks on a major 47-week tour visiting theatres throughout the UK and in Ireland, until 25 July 2015. (more...)

West End Stars to Unite for THE PHILIPPINE DREAM at Leicester Square Theatre, 17 August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2014

Summer Strallen (The Sound of Music, Top Hat), Anton du Beke (Strictly Come Dancing), Dianne Pilkington (Mamma Mia!, Wicked) and cast members from Miss Saigon head a glittering line-up of West End stars in THE PHILIPPINE DREAM - a one-off Gala at the Leicester Square Theatre on Sunday 17 August to raise money for abandoned and abused orphans in Manila. A special guest host for the evening will be announced shortly. (more...)

Kerry Ellis and Summer Strallen Perform THE SOUND OF MUSICALS, December
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2014

On 27-30 December 2014, Kerry Ellis and Summer Strallen perform together in a new concert of show-stopping music and songs from the greatest West End and Broadway musicals, including: (more...)

Photo Coverage: Du Beke, Strallen and Forsyth at The Hippodrome Casino
by Darren Bell - Jul 21, 2014

Photo gallery of Anton Du Beke featuring Lance Ellington and Summer Strallen, with a surprise arrival from Bruce Forsyth to celebrate 'The Great American Songbook' at the Hippodrome Casino. (more...)

BWW Reviews: LIFE OF THE PARTY, Menier Chocolate Factory, May 30 2014
by Nick Morrison - Jun 01, 2014

Life of the Party is a rollicking evening, showcasing Andrew Lippa as a singularly talented theatre songwriter. His work and a supremely talented cast make the show a delight for existing fans of the composer and for those neophytes ready to be converted. (more...)

Burkitt And Gooch Lead Cast In UK Tour of TOP HAT!
by BWW News Desk - May 29, 2014

Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography' and 'Best Costume Design' from a total of seven nominations and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', is setting off on an epic 47-week UK tour, visiting 24 theatres nationwide. Opening at New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 12 August 2014 the production will tour until Saturday 25 July 2015. (more...)

Menier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute Begins Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 27, 2014

Performances begin tonight for The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists with David Babani, Artistic Director of the Chocolate Factory, directing alongside an Olivier Award winning creative team. Lynne Page - Choreography, Gareth Owen - Sound Design, Tim Lutkin - Lighting Design and Morgan Large - Set and Costume Design. (more...)

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY to Celebrate Songs of Andrew Lippa at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 27 May - 14 June
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2014

The Chocolate Factory is delighted to invite you to The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists. It takes place 27 May - 14 June 2014 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Creative Team Set for Menier Chocolate Factory's 'THE LIFE OF THE PARTY' Andrew Lippa Tribute, May 27-June 14
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Rehearsals begin today for The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists with David Babani, Artistic Director of the Chocolate Factory, directing alongside an Olivier Award winning creative team. Lynne Page - Choreography, Gareth Owen - Sound Design, Tim Lutkin - Lighting Design and Morgan Large - Set and Costume Design. (more...)

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY to Celebrate Songs of Andrew Lippa at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 27 May - 14 June
by BWW News Desk - Apr 11, 2014

The Chocolate Factory is delighted to invite you to The Life of the Party - A Celebration of the Songs of Andrew Lippa, a spectacular evening with one of Broadway's most exciting composers and lyricists. It takes place 27 May - 14 June 2014 at the Menier Chocolate Factory. (more...)

Photo Flash: DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS Celebrates West End Opening at Savoy Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 03, 2014

Jerry Mitchell's production of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS, opened at the Savoy Theatre 2 April 2014. It stars Robert Lindsay, Rufus Hound, Katherine Kingsley, and Samantha Bond. Check below for photos from the press night! (more...)

TOP HAT to Get NYC Developmental Lab in March; Christopher Gatelli to Helm
by BWW News Desk - Feb 06, 2014

According to an Equity casting notice, Top Hat, which won Best New Musical at the 2013 Olivier Awards, will get a New York City developmental lab March 7-20. Tony-winner Christopher Gatelli is set to helm the project as director and choreographer. (more...)

West End's TOP HAT Enters Final Weeks of Performances
by BWW News Desk - Oct 04, 2013

Top Hat, winner of three Olivier Awards, for 'Best New Musical', 'Best Choreography', 'Best Costume Design' and winner of the Evening Standard Award for 'Best Night Out', is now in its final weeks at the Aldwych Theatre. Enjoying over 600 performances in London, the West End production of Top Hatends on Saturday 26 October 2013. (more...)

Relaxation And Reflection
by Guest Blogger: Tim McArthur - Sep 26, 2013

Relaxing has always been a difficult state of mind for me but over the years, as I approach a certain age - my close friends will tell you I have been 30 for ever and even they don't really know how old I am - I am increasingly throwing caution to the wind and appreciating holiday/vacation time (more...)

Photo Flash: Jonathan Reid Gealt's TRANSATLANTIC at the St. James
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2013

Jonathan Reid Gealt performed in concert on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September at St. James for TransAtlantic. Craig Adams and Steven Luke Walker joined Gealt in concert for a TransAtlantic mix of new musical theatre. Matthew Barrow, Craig Colton, Danielle Hope, Kelly Anne Gower and Jennifer Tierney were also performing, plus two of the three 'Quiet' competition winners' Daniel Gregory (PPA 3rd year) and Tom Cromwell (from Australia). The band was led by Aaron Williams. (more...)

Jonathan Reid Gealt Performs Tonight in TRANSATLANTIC at St. James
by BWW News Desk - Sep 14, 2013

Due to popular demand, Jonathan Reid Gealt will be in concert on both tonight, Saturday 14th September, in addition to Sunday 15th September at St. James for TransAtlantic. The evening of the 14th will include a teaser of what's to come on Sunday night to whet your appetite for Jonathan's 'Here For You' UK album celebration. (more...)

Jonathan Reid Gealt Adds Sept 14 Show for TRANSATLANTIC at St. James
by BWW News Desk - Sep 04, 2013

Due to popular demand, Jonathan Reid Gealt will be in concert on both Saturday 14th September, in addition to Sunday 15th September at St. James for TransAtlantic. The evening of the 14th will include a teaser of what's to come on Sunday night to whet your appetite for Jonathan's 'Here For You' UK album celebration. (more...)

John Owen-Jones, Ian Stroughair & More Set for Sixth Annual Singers Soiree's Charity Concert, 12 Sept.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2013

The sixth Singers Soiree charity concert has announced its transfer from Battersea Barge to the St Giles-in-the-Fields church, just off of Tottenham Court Road on 6 September. Not only does this new venue offer a much more central location but it also boats a seating capacity of more than 10 times the previous venue (moving from 70 to 700 seats). (more...)

TOP HAT Headed to Broadway with a Little Help from Tommy Tune?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2013

The show has been said to be aimed towards Broadway since it first opened, with American producers on board from day one. Today, Michael Riedel reports in the New York Post that 'Tune, now 74, is getting back in the game. At the behest of his good friend Jimmy Nederlander, a theater legend in his own right, Tune's in London inspecting a new show called 'Top Hat.' (more...)

Photo Flash: On the Opening Night Red Carpet at CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2013

Douglas Hodge stars as Willy Wonka in the brand-new production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London. Directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, the story is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy winners for Hairspray; Smash), with a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet). The shows opens tonight, June 25 and you can check out photos from the opening night red carpet below! (more...)

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