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BWW Review: PETER PAN: THE AUDIO ADVENTURE, Audio Play Photo BWW Review: PETER PAN: THE AUDIO ADVENTURE, Audio Play
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 12, 2021

Rehearsed via Zoom and recorded remotely, Shaun McKenna’s new adaptation of JM Barrie’s ephemeral story Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure shows that something truly wonderful can come out of lockdown. The story of the boy who never grew up and his adventures with the Darling children in Neverland may be best known for the 1953 Disney animated film adaptation, but this beautiful and ageless tale has endured since Peter Pan’s first literary appearance in 1902.

Kenneth Branagh, Bertie Carvel, Olivia Colman, and More Star in Audio Adaptation of P Photo Kenneth Branagh, Bertie Carvel, Olivia Colman, and More Star in Audio Adaptation of PETER PAN
by BWW News Desk - Dec 4, 2020

An incredible all-star cast have come together to create a unique digital retelling of JM Barrie’s enchanting classic, Peter Pan, in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).

The West End Sings For The Show Must Go On! In New Christmas Single 'Christmas Again  Photo The West End Sings For The Show Must Go On! In New Christmas Single 'Christmas Again (The Show Must Go On!)'
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2020

“CHRISTMAS AGAIN (THE SHOW MUST GO ON!)” is a brand-new original song written by Anna Hale, Joe McNeice and Matthew Spalding which features 30 performers from the West End and is available to buy now (Friday 27th November) from iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify. 

FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS Cast Album To Be Released Photo FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS Cast Album To Be Released
by BWW News Desk - Nov 19, 2020

The cast album of the hugely acclaimed musical Flowers for Mrs Harris, recorded by the Chichester Festival Theatre company, will be released on 3 December. With a book by Rachel Wagstaff and music and lyrics by Richard Taylor, Flowers for Mrs Harris captures the glowing humanity of the novel by Paul Gallico on which it is based.

THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK TRIBUTE at AN EVENING AT JOE'S ��" ACT TWO - Streamed for Fre Photo THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK TRIBUTE at AN EVENING AT JOE'S ��" ACT TWO - Streamed for Free 5th of Sept 8 PM GMT
by Annette Stolt - Sep 8, 2020

The Swedish Musical Star, Peter Jöback, created the role Michael in the world premier production of Witches of Eastwick in London, West End.

BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Opera Holland Park Photo BWW Review: A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, Opera Holland Park
by Marianka Swain - Aug 17, 2020

The show must go on: it's been the rallying cry of our beleaguered industry, the message emblazoned on Theatre Support Fund+'s T-shirts and mugs. On Saturday night, we saw that fighting spirit in person, as Janie Dee, co-producer and star of this concert version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music, marched into a pitiless downpour and cried to the heavens, 'Don't you love farce?!'. As far as spine-tinglingly theatrical moments go, that one will be hard to top.

Photo Flash: Inside the Concert Production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Holland Park Photo Photo Flash: Inside the Concert Production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC at Holland Park
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2020

An outdoor concert production of A Little Night Music was performed at Holland Park on August 15!

Outdoor Concert Production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Comes to Holland Park Next Month Photo Outdoor Concert Production of A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Comes to Holland Park Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 29, 2020

An outdoor concert production of A Little Night Music is coming to Holland Park on August 15!

BWW Review: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS, Chichester Festival Theatre Photo BWW Review: FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS, Chichester Festival Theatre
by Caroline Cronin - Apr 11, 2020

Premiering at Chichester Festival Theatre in September 2018 (although first produced in Sheffield in 2016), Daniel Evans' production of Flowers for Mrs Harris takes us on a heart-warming journey of self-discovery. Based on Paul Gallico's 1958 novel of the same name, Rachel Wagstaff's book is overflowing with an authentic sense of humanity, and what it means to truly find oneself.

Flashback: LEND ME A TENOR at the Gielgud Theatre Photo Flashback: LEND ME A TENOR at the Gielgud Theatre
by Caroline Cronin - Apr 9, 2020

It's a strange old time right now, with our beloved theatre community mourning the loss of jobs, of creative outlets, and of the human connections that theatre is so brilliant at creating. This collective grief is felt over at BroadwayWorld UK too, and we want to do what we can to continue celebrating the industry we love so much, so we've launched a series of features that celebrate musicals and plays from days gone by.

FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS Launches Online Productions Streamed From Chichester Festival  Photo FLOWERS FOR MRS HARRIS Launches Online Productions Streamed From Chichester Festival Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 6, 2020

For the first time, Chichester Festival Theatre is to stream a selection of its archive productions online, beginning with the musical Flowers for Mrs Harris from Thursday 9 April for the Easter weekend.

Happy 90th Birthday! Why We Love Stephen Sondheim Photo Happy 90th Birthday! Why We Love Stephen Sondheim
by BWW News Desk - Mar 22, 2020

Today, the almighty composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim turns 90 - happy birthday from all of us at BroadwayWorld! Here, BWW reviewers share some of the reasons why we adore his work.

End of the 2010s: BroadwayWorld's Best Shows of the Decade! Photo End of the 2010s: BroadwayWorld's Best Shows of the Decade!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2019

As the 2010s draw to a close, we thought we'd look back at all the incredible theatre of the past decade. What's been your highlight? Here, BroadwayWorld reviewers share some of theirs!

BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2019: Anthony Walker-Cook's Recommendations Photo BroadwayWorld UK Awards 2019: Anthony Walker-Cook's Recommendations
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Oct 25, 2019

What a year for theatre 2019 has been! Remembering all of the amazing shows as part of the build-up to the BroadwayWorld UK Awards has been a complete joy, and it is my pleasure to present some thoughts about the shows that have left a distinct impression on my stagey mind.

Winners Of The 2019 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year And Stiles Photo Winners Of The 2019 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year And Stiles + Drewe Prize Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 10, 2019

Winners of the 13th annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) and the 12th annual Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize were announced last night at a gala held at Theatre Royal Haymarket, hosted by Joanna Riding. The gala saw twelve student competitors each perform a Stephen Sondheim song, and a Best New Song Prize entrant written by members of Mercury Musical Developments. The winner of this year's SSSSPOTY award was Stuart Thompson from LAMDA, who performed Franklin Shepard, Inc and My Thing. Theo Jamieson was awarded the Stiles + Drewe Prize for his original song Words/Amazing.

Judges And Performers Announced For 2019 West End Gala Of The Stephen Sondheim Societ Photo Judges And Performers Announced For 2019 West End Gala Of The Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer Of The Year And Stiles + Drewe Prize
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2019

The Stephen Sondheim Society and Mercury Musical Developments today announce West End Musical Director Gareth Valentine as the final judge for the 2019 Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY), alongside the previously announced Julia McKenzie, Peter Polycarpou, and Edward Seckerson. Lyricist Charles Hart and Olivier Award-winner Jenna Russell join Nkeki Obi-Melekwe and Stiles + Drewe to complete the judging panel for the Stiles + Drewe Best New Song Prize. Winners will be announced at Theatre Royal Haymarket on Sunday 9 June.

Matthew Kelly Completes CAROUSEL Concert Cast Photo Matthew Kelly Completes CAROUSEL Concert Cast
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2019

Final casting has been announced for the upcoming concert performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's iconic musical CAROUSEL for one night only at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 19th May.

Patricia Routledge Joins CAROUSEL Concert Photo Patricia Routledge Joins CAROUSEL Concert
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2019

Dame Patricia Routledge has been announced for the upcoming concert performance of Rodgers & Hammerstein's iconic musical CAROUSEL for one night only at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 19th May. She will play the role of the Narrator.

Last Chance To See Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES At The National Theatre Photo Last Chance To See Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES At The National Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2019

Follies returns to the NT for its final eight performances at the National Theatre on 6 May. Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical includes such classic songs as 'Broadway Baby', 'I'm Still Here' and 'Losing My Mind'. Featuring a cast of 40 and an orchestra of 21, Follies is directed by Dominic Cooke.

Song Insights: 'Buddy's Blues', FOLLIES Photo Song Insights: 'Buddy's Blues', FOLLIES
by Rona Kelly - Apr 6, 2019

Hello folks, we're into the Follies! To kick off the new Follies Song Insights, we're looking at the song that kicks off the Follies-style numbers which close the show: 'Buddy's Blues', with Buddy himself Peter Forbes and music director Nigel Lilley.

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