Summer Strallen News

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...)

Photo Flash: Broadway Producers Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comely Bring TOP HAT Olivier Back to US
by BWW News Desk - May 04, 2013

Top Hat won three 2013 Laurence Olivier awards for Best New Musical, Best Choreography (Bill Deamer), and Best Costume design (Jon Morrell) at the ceremony held on April 28. Bringing the prestigious statuette back to the US are Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane, Ted Hartley and Bonnie Comley. Scroll down for a photo of the producers with their award! (more...)

Menzel & More On Red Carpet From The 2013 Oliviers
by Pat Cerasaro - Apr 30, 2013

Red carpet interviews with Idina Menzel, Trevor Nunn, Summer Strallen and many more discuss the current West End season and their participation in it - as well as much, much more - in a new highlights video focused on last weekend's 2013 Olivier Awards. (more...)

OLIVIERS 2013: All The Winners! SWEENEY TODD, TOP HAT, THE AUDIENCE & More Win Big...
by BWW Special Coverage - Apr 28, 2013

It's time for the 2013 Olivier Awards - we'll be updating live with all the winners in all the categories! (more...)

OLIVIERS 2013: Live Blog! Follow The Concert, Red Carpet And Ceremony
by Carrie Dunn - Apr 28, 2013

UK editor in chief Carrie Dunn follows the Oliviers Party in the Piazza, red carpet and the ceremony, and gives her opinions on the runners and riders... (more...)

Photo Coverage: Olivier Nominees Celebrate!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2013

Nominees for the Olivier Awards 2013 pose on stage at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket for a celebratory group photo. (more...)

Oliviers Reaction: TOP HAT 'Thrilled' With Seven Nominations!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2013

Top Hat, which opened in London last year starring Tom Chambers and Summer Strallen, has picked up seven Oliviers nominations, as revealed this morning. (more...)

Headley, CURIOUS INCIDENT, KISS ME KATE All Nominated For 2013 Olivier Awards - Full List Inside!
by BWW Special Coverage - Mar 26, 2013

The National Theatre's production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time leads the list with eight nominations, followed by the toe-tapping new musical Top Hat receiving seven, and the West End transfer of Chichester Festival Theatre's revival of Sweeney Todd in close competition with six. Other stand-out nominations include The Audience and Kiss Me, Kate receiving five each, and Constellations, The Bodyguard and Twelfth Night with four. (more...)

THE ROUTE TO HAPPINESS to Make World Premiere at Landor Theatre, Feb 19-24
by BWW News Desk - Feb 23, 2013

In recent months, London's Landor Theatre has shot to prominence for premiering musicals by Kander and Ebb (writers of Cabaret and Chicago), Flaherty and Ahrens (writers of Ragtime and Once On This Island) and Howard Goodall. In February 2013, it is following these successes with the world premiere of the new musical by the internationally acclaimed British composer-lyricist Alexander S. Bermange. (more...)

Photo Coverage: A CHORUS LINE - After-Party Shots!
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2013

A CHORUS LINE has opened at the London Palladium - here are some shots from the after-party! (more...)

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