UK Roundup - Billy Elliot, Cabaret, Sienna Miller
The new Leo Bloom in The Producers will be John Gordon Sinclair. Replacing the stand-up comedian Lee Evans, who garnered brilliant reviews from the press and public alike, was never going to be an easy feat, but with his similarly geeky appearance Sinclair is a brilliant choice for replacement. Though perhaps not as big a name he's best known for the film Gregory's Girl in 1981 - he is an Olivier Award winner and regular stage face. Brad Oscar is the current Max, and looks likely to be replaced by another actor from previous American companies. Though demand is by no means as high as the original American run, it continues to sell well, especially at weekends. Post-Producers Evans will embark on a UK stadium tour.
We're invite to come to the Cabaret again thanks to a planned revival of the Kander and Ebb classic under the direction of Rufus Norris. Norris, hot off the success of Festen in the West End and hopefully soon to hit Broadway, is the choice of producer Bill Kenwright. The last time Cabaret was revived in the West End was for the intimate Sam Mendes production at the Donmar Warehouse. That production subsequently transferred to Broadway, where it enjoyed a run of 2378 performances. No doubt Kenwright has similar high hopes for his revival, and theatregoers will have their eyes peeled for the next Sally Bowles. What with Evita, Sound of Music and now Cabaret on the cards, it could be a strong season for women next year..
Previews have begun for the multi-million pound stage adaptation of Billy Elliot the Musical. At the Victoria Palace Theatre Billy will play for four performances a week until opening night on May 11th. The reason for staggered previews is to give the creative team time to rework and to cope with the complexities of having three different lead actors, each with different orchestrations, dances, etc. With three boys sharing the role of Billy on different nights, it is not yet clear who will play him for the press performance on May 11th, but there will be a separate opening night to press night to relieve the pressure for the cast, as is common practice in New York. The first released picture of the show is below.
Sienna Miller, otherwise known as 'Jude Law's girlfriend', is to spend her summer in As You Like It at the Wyndham's Theatre. Alongside Helen McCrory and Dominic West, Miller plays Celia to McCrory's
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