Nicole Ackman is currently studying for a Masters in Culture, Policy, and Management at City University of London. Originally from North Carolina, she has an undergraduate degree in Communications and History from Elon University. Nicole has been writing for BroadwayWorld for several years in different capacities, in addition to her own blog and YouTube channel. She also enjoys classic literature, historical sites, British chocolate, and Star Wars.
In Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Gwendolen says, "In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing." It seems that NY Classical's new production took this quip to heart as their stylizing replaces more nuanced characterization at times, at least in the gender-reversed version.BWW Interview: Ramin Karimloo Talks Leicester Square Theatre Concerts September 21, 2018
Lambert Jackson's debut show, There is Nothin' Like a Dame, was a smash hit with four talented actresses celebrating one hundred years of women in musical theatre. West End stars Louise Dearman, Ria Jones, Alexia Khadime, and Rachel Tucker showcased famous female roles from the past century in chronological order over the course of the night, which each number seeming to be better than the last.VIDEO: EUGENIUS! Launches New Run with an Acoustic Media Night August 30, 2018
The King of Pop Michael Jackson would have been 60 yesterday - and the cast of record-breaking Thriller Live celebrated by entertaining West End crowds from the top of a Thiller Live branded open-top bus. They also appeared on BBC1's The One Show.BWW Interview: Christian Rey Marbella Talks MISS SAIGON August 29, 2018
Christian Rey Marbella has recently taken over as The Engineer on the UK tour of Miss Saigon. This is his tenth year of being involved with the show and this UK tour marks his fifth production. He has been in Miss Saigon in Manila, on the Asian tour, on the first UK tour, the second UK tour, and was the alternate Engineer in the West End revival in 2014. He has also performed in theatre in the US and his native Philippines.BWW Interview: Alexandra Burke Talks CHICAGO at Phoenix Theatre August 24, 2018
Alexandra Burke is a singer, songwriterand actress who shot to fame in 2008 after winning The X Factor. In addition to releasing three albums, she has been seen in the UK tour of Sister Act and recently in the London Coliseum production of Chess.
Burke has just joined the cast of Chicago, in which she will be portraying Roxie until 14 October. After that, she returns to the role of Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard, a role she previously played in London and on tour.BWW Interview: Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louis Maskell Talk FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS, Chichester Festival Theatre August 23, 2018
Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louis Maskell are returning to their roles in Flowers for Mrs Harris after previously being in the 2016 Sheffield Crucible run. Laura Pitt-Pulford garnered an Olivier nomination for playing Milly in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and has also been seen in Side Show and Nell Gwynn. Louis Maskell is best-known for playing the lead role of Grinpayne in The Grinning Man, which was on earlier this year at the Trafalgar Studios. BWW Review: SPRING AWAKENING, Stockwell Playhouse August 16, 2018
Who better to perform a musical about a group of angsty German teens than an actual group of young people? Spring Awakening joins Bring It On and Goodnight Mr Tom as the British Theatre Academy's third show of the summer. This rock musical is beautifully designed and staged and features many talented young performers.BWW Interview: Aaron Pierre Talks OTHELLO at Shakespeare's Globe August 16, 2018
Louise Dearman has tackled many musical theatre leading roles, and isthe only actress in the West End to have played both Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked. She also has a successful concert career and has released four solo albums.
Dearman will be taking part in the upcoming concert at Cadogan Hall, There's Nothing Like a Dame - 100 Years of Women in Musical Theatre.BWW Interview: Alanna Baker Talks Cirque du Soleil's OVO August 6, 2018
Alanna Baker competed in gymnastics from the age of five, winning a bronze medal at the World Gymnastics Championships in 2012.
Originally from the UK, she'sbeen part of OVO, Cirque du Soleil's touring show, for the past three years, travelling to Australia, Taipei, Japan, and most recently America.BWW Review: EXIT THE KING, National Theatre July 25, 2018
Exit the King at the National Theatre has a beautiful design and wonderful performances from some of the cast, but it ultimately falls flat. While Patrick Marber's new version of Eugene Ionesco's absurdist drama about a dying king has its good moments, it seems to drag on for a play that is only an hour and forty minutes long.BWW Interview: Paul Taylor-Mills Talks HEATHERS and The Other Palace July 19, 2018
Paul Taylor-Mills has recently stepped down as the Artistic Director of The Other Palace, though he will continue working there in the role of Affiliate Producer while also pursuing his own independent projects. He has many producing credits to his name already, including the popular In the Heights at the Southwark Playhouse and King's Cross Theatre and Heathers currently on at The Other Palace which will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in September.BWW Review: THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE, Noel Coward Theatre July 5, 2018
I didn't know it was possible for a play this bloody to be so funny. Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a dark comedy about terrorism and violence set in Ireland in 1993. When Irish National Liberation Army member Padraic finds out his beloved cat is poorly, he immediately heads home only to find the cat already dead and violence ensues. It's an enthusiastically gory piece that isn't for the faint of heart. A Right Royal Welcome For PROM QUEEN at The Other Palace July 3, 2018
On Monday, audiences got an exciting peek at a musical currently in development called Prom Queen. The show is based on the true story of Canadian teen Marc Hall who sued the Catholic district school board when he wasn't allowed to bring his boyfriend to prom. The show is still a work in progress, but a concert staged production of the full musical was presented with a combined cast of talented West End actors and GSA students.BWW Interview: Lauren Ward and Nathan Amzi Talk PROM QUEEN June 29, 2018
We recently caught up with Lauren Ward and Nathan Amzi while on a break from rehearsals for Prom Queen, a new musical based on the true story of Canadian teen Marc Hall who took his Catholic school board to court when they wouldn't let him attend prom with his boyfriend. The show will receive a workshop presentation at The Other Palace on 2 July.BWW Interview: Jeremiah James Talks IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST June 28, 2018
Jeremiah James is an actor, writer, and producer who has worked in New York, LA, London, and many other cities.
He's the lead producer of It Happened in Key West, as well as coming up withthe original concept and writing the book forthis quirky musical based on thetrue story of an eccentric scientist in 1930s Florida, who went to extreme lengths to keep the woman he loved.BWW Review: THE TEMPEST, St Paul's Church June 26, 2018
Iris Theatre's The Tempest at St Paul's Church is an outdoor promenade production of one of Shakespeare's great comedies, though it is fairly traditional in every other way. The audience follows the actors around four different locations during the course of the show: three outdoor and one within St Paul's Church. However, despite this staging, the production feels a bit too predictable and even plain.