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Interview: 'It's Always So Deep and Cathartic When you Experience a Sondheim Show': Joaquin Pedro Valdes on PACIFIC OVERTURES at the Menier Chocolate Factory

Recently, we had the chance to speak with Joaquin Pedro Valdes, who is taking on the role of John Manjiro in Pacific Overtures. We discussed how he first got started in musical theatre, what it has been like to be a part of such a unique Sonhdime work, and even how the themes of the show can be compared to sushi!

Photos: Inside Rehearsal For PACIFIC OVERTURES at the Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has released all new rehearsal photos for their co-production with the Umeda Arts Theater of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures.

Full Cast Set For PACIFIC OVERTURES at The Menier Chocolate Factory

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced full casting for their co-production with the Umeda Arts Theater of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures. 

Darren Day, Hannah-Jane Fox & More Complete the Cast of CLOSE UP - THE TWIGGY MUSICAL

Discover the latest additions to the cast of THE TWIGGY MUSICAL, including Darren Day and Hannah-Jane Fox. Find out when and where this highly anticipated production will be held, and secure your tickets to experience this sensational musical firsthand. Don't miss out - book your seats now!

Video: Samantha Barks Performs 'Dangerous to Dream' From FROZEN THE MUSICAL

To mark the upcoming second anniversary of Disney’s Frozen The Musical in the West End, and the 10th anniversary of the film, Disney Theatrical Productions has released 'Dangerous to Dream' from Frozen the Musical, sung by Samantha Barks who created the role of Elsa for the London production. Check out the video here!

Elena Skye to Star as Twiggy in CLOSE UP �" THE TWIGGY MUSICAL World Premiere

Elena Skye will play Twiggy in the world première of Close Up – The Twiggy Musical at The Menier Chocolate Factory.

Laura Dawkes and Jammy Kasongo Join the West End Cast of FROZEN

 Laura Dawkes and Jammy Kasongo have joined the company of Frozen in London as Anna and Kristoff.

PACIFIC OVERTURES, CLOSE UP - THE TWIGGY MUSICAL, and More Set For Menier Chocolate Factory 2023 Season

With Marjorie Prime currently running at the company's home base in South London and Funny Girl on Broadway, the Menier Chocolate Factory announced forthcoming programming for 2023. Learn more about the lineup here!

Menier Chocolate Factory Announces Reopening with New Season For 2022/2023

The Menier Chocolate Factory has announced programming for its Autumn 2022/Spring 2023 season. Learn more about the full season here!

ANASTASIA Reschedules Previously Cancelled Japanese Production For 2023

The Japanese production of Anastasia, previously cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, has been rescheduled for September and October 2023.

New Cast Members Join FROZEN as it Extends Through March 2023

Disney Theatrical Productions announced that Frozen is extending until March 2023 due to public demand. Find out who's joining the cast and how to purchase tickets!

Former PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL Castmates Samantha Barks and Alex Michael Stoll Get Married

Former Pretty Woman: The Musical castmates, Samantha Barks and Alex Stoll, have announced that they are married! Learn about both here. 

SPIRITED AWAY Stage Adaption to Stream on Hulu

The acclaimed stage adaption of Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away will livestream its final two performances in Japan on Hulu. Helmed by Les Miserables director John Caird, Spirited Away is currently touring throughout Japan with 32 performers and over 50 puppets designed by Toby Olié. Check out a list of upcoming performances now!

Photos: Stage Adaption of Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY Closes in Tokyo

SPIRITED AWAY was brought to life at the Imperial Theater in Tokyo, bringing in a full house of attendees. This timeless masterpiece was recreated by the director of Les Misérables, John Caird, who brought iconic scenes to the stage with amazing performances with 32 performers and over 50 puppets designed by Toby Olié. 

LISTEN: Samantha Barks Releases 'Into the Unknown' Album

Samantha Barks has released her latest album, Into the Unknown! The Frozen star released the album under her new record label, Westway. The album features selections from a number of contemporary musicals, including Six, Dear Evan Hansen, Jagged Little Pill, Ghost, Mean Girls, Moana, The Greatest Showman, and more. 

Samantha Barks Announces Engagement to Alex Michael Stoll!

Samantha Barks has announced her engagement to fellow Broadway actor Alex Michael Stoll. The pair appeared in Pretty Woman the Musical on Broadway together in 2018-2019.

VIOLET Opened in Japan on 4th September

VIOLET is the first of a series of projects co-produced by Umeda Arts Theater, a Japanese theatre producing company, and Charing Cross Theatre. The aim of these co-projects is to present the same production under the same direction in both the UK and in Japan.

VIDEO: Watch Clips of Samantha Barks, Ramin Karimloo, and More in CHESS in Japan

As BroadwayWorld previously announced, a production of Chess is headed to Osaka's Umeda Arts Theater, starring Ramin Karimloo and Samantha Barks! Directed by Nick Winston, the production will run on January 27, 2020. The cast also features Luke Walsh, and Takanori Sato. Get a first look at the production in the new footage, featuring Karimloo, Barks, and the cast!

ANASTASIA Announces $25 Digital Lottery For Every Performance In Columbus

CAPA and Broadway in Columbus are pleased to announce that ANASTASIA will host a digital ticket lottery during the upcoming Columbus engagement January 28 through February 2, offering fans the chance to purchase a limited number of $25 tickets available per performance.

ANASTASIA Opens Tomorrow at Rochester Broadway Theatre League's Auditorium Theatre

The Rochester Broadway Theatre League and Albert Nocciolino will welcome the Broadway production of Anastasia as it makes its Rochester Premier at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre January 21-26, 2020. Tickets are on sale now and available at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre Box office or by visiting

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