Bill Kenwright Limited Bringing THE SOUND OF MUSIC, FAME & More to West End in 2014?
According to the Stage, Bill Kenwright Limited is looking into transferring ten shows to the West End in 2014, including the UK tour of Fame and the Regent's Park Open Air production of The Sound of Music. Other musicals in the running include the Marti Pellow and Madalena Alberto-led touring production of Evita, and Cabaret, starring Will Young.
Other shows that could possibly make the leap include the Royal Court's Let the Right One In, Finborough Theatre's Foxfinder, Chin-Chin, The Butterfly Lion, Oleanna and Dangerous Corner.
An official announcement has not yet been made.
Producer Jeremy Meadow commented: "They are the ones that are definite, although we don't have definite houses for them. There are also a slew of shows that are also possible for 2014, but still in development."
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Fame - the Musical is a stage musical based on the 1980 hit musical film Fame which starred Irene Cara and featured the famous title song. The show had its world premiere in Florida, USA in 1988 before it transferred to an Off-Broadway venue in 2003. The show was conceived and developed by David De Silva, who was one of the original producers of the film. A new Fame the Musical UK tour is set to kick off in 2014 in a brand new production. Directed by Gary Lloyd, whose credits include 'Thriller Live' in the West End, this brand new production will begin performances at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London on February 2014, where it will then embark upon a UK tour.
Acclaimed by the press and the public alike, Charlotte Wakefield received exemplary notices for her performance as Maria in The Sound of Music at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. The cast also included Olivier Award nominee Michael Xavieras Captain von Trapp, Helen Hobson as Mother Abbess,Michael Matus as Max Detweiler, Caroline Keiff as Elsa Schraeder, Faye Brookes as Liesl and Joshua Tonks as Rolf Gruber.
Direct from his award nominated performance as Emcee, internationally celebrated singer/songwriter Will Young reprised his role in Rufus Norris' acclaimed production of CABARET. Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and some of the most iconic songs in musical theatre including 'Money Makes the World Go Round', 'Two Ladies' 'Maybe This Time' and of course 'Cabaret'. The production turns Weimar Berlin of 1931 into a sassy, sizzling haven of decadence. And at its dark heart are the notorious Emcee and sassy Sally Bowles, who perform nightly at the infamous Kit Kat Klub.
Featuring some of the most famous and inspiring stage music ever written, including the classic songs Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Evita brings to life the dynamic persona of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentinean dictator Juan Peron. It follows her journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary wealth, power and iconic status which ultimately lead her to be heralded as the 'spiritual leader of the nation' by the Argentinean people. Joining Marti Pellow as Che is Portuguese singer-songwriter Madalena Alberto who will play the role of Eva.