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BLOG : What Does It Take To Make A Hit Juke Box Musical?

Sunny Afternoon Wednesday 04 March 2015

So the saying goes, “If you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there”. But it’s lucky some people remember the decade when many aspects of cultural life underwent a seismic shift otherwise there would probably be a few West End theatres dark at the moment.

BLOG : Review: Beautiful- The Carole King Musical Has A Long And Successful Run Ahead Of It

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tuesday 03 March 2015

There was a great feeling of excitement in the theatre as Carole King (Katie Brayben) appeared on the stage behind a piano with a simple purple back drop and lighting. This simplicity seemed to be symbolic and once I watched the show I realised just why.

Further Casting Updates For The West End Transfer Of Gypsy

Gypsy Monday 02 March 2015

Further casting has been announced for the much anticipated West End transfer Gypsy, opening at the Savoy Theatre in April (with previews beginning at the end of this month). Joining Imelda Staunton, who stars as the indomitable Momma Rose in Jonathan Kent’s production of Gypsy, are Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton who reprise the roles of Louise and June respectively in the five star Chichester Festival Theatre production, while Peter Davison joins the cast to play Herbie. 

Review: Katie Brayben Is A Phenomenal New Talent In Beautiful

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Monday 02 March 2015

I felt extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to see this show in its official opening weeks thanks to London Theatre Direct.   Having been extremely successful on Broadway, Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to startdom. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. Along the way, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

The Buzz from the Bardette: Beautiful, Chichester Festival, And Awards This Week!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Monday 02 March 2015

Well what an exciting week it has been in theatre land! We’ve had new openings, exciting seasons have been released and some great casting announcements, also a special award for a theatrical Hollywood A-Lister.

Katie Brayben Impresses In Beautiful, Jonathan Slinger Cast As Willy Wonka + More #WestEndUpdate

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Monday 02 March 2015

Following its triumphant opening earlier this week, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at the Aldwych Theatre has become the hottest musical theatre ticket in town. Due to public demand, the musical has already extended its booking period at the Aldwych Theatre to 13th February 2016; over 350,000 new tickets have been released for sale!

BLOG : Review: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical: A Juke Box Musical At Its Very Best

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Monday 02 March 2015

Following huge success on Broadway, Beautiful based on the life and music of Carole King had already enjoyed rave reviews at the Aldwych Theatre since it's opening this week so I was very much looking forward to finding out what all the fuss was about.

BLOG : REVIEW: The Cats West End Revival Is A True Musical Phenomenon

Cats Monday 02 March 2015

Given that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega musical returned to the West End after 12 years as something of a stop gap following the failure of Harry Hill’s I Can’t Sing at the London Palladium, it’s good to see the public have once again taken the show to their hearts as they did back in the 1980s when it opened and started a run that lasted for 20 years.

REVIEW: What's So Great About Miss Saigon?

Miss Saigon Friday 27 February 2015

This week, I had another opportunity to see the award-winning new production of Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, and I was reminded once again why I fell in love with it the first time (and the second time). It would be far, far quicker to explain what’s not great about it… but a review that just says ‘nothing’ wouldn’t make for very interesting reading. So let’s give this a go!

An Exclusive First Look At The Bend It Like Beckham Cast

Bend It Like Beckham Friday 27 February 2015

London previews begin for the new British musical Bend It Like Beckham at the Phoenix Theatre on 15 May 2015 with opening night on 24 June 2015. Due to popular demand, in January a further 200,000 tickets were released for sale at the Phoenix Theatre, taking bookings to 24 October 2015. 


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