Author: missjulie


You’re In The Band! Casting for School of Rock – The Musical in the West End

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock is the latest musical hitting the headlines following the announcement of an opening date for the West End version this autumn. Fans already knew the show was heading this way as the UK transfer was confirmed the day after its world premiere on Broadway last December, but now they know the West End production will begin previews at the New London Theatre from 24th October 2016 with the official …

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Miss Saigon: Expectation VS Reality

Expectation is a double-edged sword; a single swing can leave you a cut you will either wear with pride, or carry as a scar of regret and disappointment. High expectations are particularly perilous as too often they fail to be met. A few months ago, I wrote an article about the shows a musical theatre fan is expected to have seen, but hasn’t. There’s a million reasons why not. Timing and age, for example, can …

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Measure a life in love: Remembering Jonathan Larson 20 years on

Monday 25th January 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Jonathan Larson, the talented composer and playwright whose passing at the age of just 35 cut short a highly promising career. He had already written several musicals, including the futuristic rock opera Superbia and his rock monologue Tick, Tick… Boom!, and was also involved in writing for a wide variety of projects in the areas of dance, music, film and theatre, such as …

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In Profile with Lia Given

Sunny Afternoon made its world premiere at the Hampstead Theatre in 2014, and is now an Olivier Award-winning West End musical that continues to draw audiences to its current home at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The Kinks musical, which features music/lyrics by Ray Davies and a book by Joe Penhall, won four Laurence Olivier Awards in the 2015 Awards, including Best Musical and two Best Actor awards for cast members John Dagleish (Best Actor in …

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American or British? Discussing accents on the stage

Just before Christmas my mum came to visit me, and while she was here, we decided to listen to the original London cast recording of ELF The Musical. My mum shares my love of theatre, and as this was one show we wouldn’t be seeing, we thought we’d have a listen to the score at least and get an idea of what we were missing. Not much it seems. Unfortunately, we were left rather underwhelmed …

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