UK Roundup - Sweeney Todd, Tonight's the Night
Nichola McAuliffe has been causing quite a stir this week, depending on how you see it that is. She wrote a two page article in the Daily Mail about starring in the new musical
An interesting, enjoyable new documentary series started this week on BBC4. Theatre Biz, which was used as the excuse for why producers weren't showing the Laurence Olivier Awards (they were pooling their resources for this, apparently), is a series of interviews and stories about the
Musicals such as Our House and Tonight's the Night, written using existing material, often resort to gimmicks with former band members. Our House saw Madness front man Suggs appear in a lead and now Tonight's the Night will have Rod Stewart's partner Penny Lancaster for its final two weeks (it closes in October). The musical, penned by We Will Rock You author Ben Elton, is based around the back catalogue of the former Faces' star and features such songs as Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and Hot Legs.
Everyone knows that the theatre industry is an unpredictable place, especially when it comes to Sondheim musicals of late (see Assassins, Bounce). So who would have guessed that the 25th Anniversary production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, starring a cast of just nine performers, would transfer from a 216 seater theatre to a new West End space of 380 seats and end up transferring to the New Ambassador's with a total of 450 seats?! Well, perhaps it's not so unexpected - as the production had such talented performers (they all play musical instruments as well as characters) and such a unique concept, word of mouth has been fantastic for the show. Some critics, however, disliked the simplistic staging.
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