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Hairspray UK Tour cast and Love Never Dies update - Baz today

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Les Dennis, who will play Wilbur Turnblad opposite Michael Ball, Brian Conley and Phill Jupitus - the actors who will share the role of Edna Turnblad - in the touring production of hit musical Hairspray. Laurie Scarth will play their daughter Tracy, with Danny Bayne as Corny Collins, Sandra Marvin as Motormouth Maybelle and Liam Doyle as Link Larkin. The show, which opens at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff in April, will also visit Glasgow, Southampton and Manchester. Tours are big money these days. The sales for Les Miserables and the forthcoming Calendar Girls road tour are phenomenal.

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The Phantom is taking shape...
Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies is like a theatrical version of Avatar, in that it's a long-awaited work from a giant of the genre, it will (hopefully) push musical theatre forward as Phantom did in its day, and it will (hopefully) make lots of money.
The producers are obviously looking at how many tickets have been sold - so far, the advance is 8.5 million. But the primary focus is on getting the show right and the behind-the-scenes work has been going on for more than a year, so it is more than 'right' by opening night.
The score is certainly melodic and finds Andrew Lloyd Webber at his most haunting and romantic. Director Jack O'Brien was at pre-rehearsals on Monday working with singers and dancers, and going over various circus stunts and illusions.
Next week, the full company will assemble and be divided up into groups at a theatrical rehearsal complex in South London.
Centrepiece in the largest of the halls being used is a giant 'revolve', costing some 100,000, which will resemble the revolving stage that is about to be installed at the Adelphi Theatre, where Love Never Dies will begin previews on February 20.
The revolve will be used only for the four weeks the Love Never Dies folks are south of the river, although it can be dismantled and shipped for LND productions in New York and Sydney.

Principal members of the company - Ramin Karimloo, Sierra Boggess and Summer Strallen, who play the Phantom, Christine and Meg Giry, respectively - know their roles well because they spent a lot of time working on the show's concept album.
Sally Dexter and John Barrowman performed as Madame Giry and Raoul on the record, but Liz Robertson and Joseph Millson have those roles for the stage show.
The album will be released around the same time as the official first night of Love Never Dies on March 9.
But while O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell put the cast through their paces - observed, by the way, by associates visiting from the U.S. and Australia - designer Bob Crowley is busy overseeing the paint room at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, where the backdrops are being painted, and backstage at the Adelphi, where his incredible Coney Island roller-coaster and fairground is being built.
It's certainly the biggest - and most important - musical of the year. And, as O'Brien observed, 'it brings full circle what Andrew has been doing for the past quarter of a century'.
It's a score full of the emotion of the composer's


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I believe the floor is already in at the adelphi, with Rat Pack's deck on top of it.
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Wish it was the other way round, ha!
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Baz is really hyping this up and slightly putting his spin on words. It has an 8 million advance (slightly questionable and I believe he did once say it was 12m) but half if not more is from ticket agents hoping to resell on the seats.

Plus ticket agents are only buying for Fri/Sat shows - which at these prices - for the first booking period getting even this advance isn't high. With all the additional costs already occured though ALW messing about - I think this show will struggle. The reviews will need to be steller and publicity immense - so far this isn't nearly the case.
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That advance figure is nothing spread out over the booking period as you AG2.
This is the old trick that the producers of 'Legally Blonde' pulled a few weeks ago if you remember.
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Very true, although it is harder to get tickets for LND