The Lion King is currently booking until 19 July 2009

Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s multi-award winning musical ‘The Lion King’ will redefine your expectations of theatre.

Tickets for THE LION KING are still in strong demand, with best seats for Saturday performances and school holidays booking up well in advance. Best availability is usually for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances, and Wednesday and Sunday matinees.

Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington Street, London, WC2E 7RQ

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“YOU CAN DANCE, YOU CAN JIVE, HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE…”

Due to high demand, a special sing-along edition of MAMMA MIA! – THE MOVIE has been released in the U.S. and U.K. in selected movie theatres for a limited engagement. Audiences at these specially selected cinemas are invited to bring friends and family to experience the movie musical in a whole new way by singing along to the songs they love.

MAMMA MIA!: The Sing-Along Edition will feature the lyrics to every musical number on the screen including familiar favourites like “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Money, Money, Money,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” “Voulez-Vous” and all the others from the film!  (www.mamma-mia.com)

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Rain Man Postpones London Press Night

Rain Man Based on Barry Morrow’s original Oscar winning screenplay and re-imagined for the stage by Dan Gordon and director David Grindley has accounced a delay for its London premiere.

Due to London’s press Monday 8th of September, producer of the new West show Nica Burns has pushed back Rain Man opening to Friday 19th of September 2008.

Rain Man will play at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
 

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Michael Ball Extends Until April 2009!

Michael Ball stars as Edna Turnblad, Tracy’s larger than life mother. He has recently announced that he will continue to play the role that won him the title of BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL at this year’s Olivier Awards and What’s on Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards, until April 2009.

Hairspray Now Booking Until October 2009

HAIRSPRAY, the smash hit musical comedy, playing in Shaftesbury Theatre that was “WOS THEATREGOERS CHOICE AWARDS 2008” has been a great success and therefore management of the theatre has decided to prolong its run until October 2009.

Hairspray dominated this year’s theatre award ceremonies, claiming the title of Best Musical in the 2008 Olivier Awards and What’s on Stage Theatregoers Choice awards. The all-singing, all-dancing spectacular at the Shaftesbury Theatre stars Michael Ball as you’ve never seen him before, alongside critically acclaimed newcomer Leanne Jones. Now entering its 2nd smach-hit year.

Hairspray is the West End’s happiest, sunniest and funniest show!

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Ray Quinn joins the cast

Ray Quinn, making his West End debut, has joined the cast of GREASE in the role of Doody for a limited season – until 15 November 2008. Ray recently appeared on our screens in a head-to-head with Leona Lewis in the race to become X-Factor champion. He began his acting career in Channel 4’s hugely popular soap Brookside and is already the bearer of a No 1. Platinum selling album Doing It My Way’.

Having completed his own sell-out tour, Ray is now rockin ‘n’ rolling all-summer-long in GREASE.

Producer David Ian says, “I’m absolutely thrilled. This production has been wowing audiences for 15 years now and with the terrific Ray Quinn joining us as a special guest star, I know it’s the one that audiences will want for years to come!”

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Chance to be a Billy Ballet Girl

Working Title and Old Vic Productions are looking for Girls to audition for the roles of ballet girls in their West End production.

All girls must be aged 9-13, minimum grade 4 tap and ballet. Children must live within the M25 or a 60 minute easy commute from London. Max height 5FT 4.

If you are interested in auditioning then please go to: Dance Works 16, Balderton Street, London W1K 6TN.

Nearest tube station: Bond Street

SUNDAY 14th SEPTEMBER 2008

They are only available to see the first 240 girls

Please arrive at 9am to register – you will then be given a time for your group. Please expect queues and be prepared to stay all day if required. Come ready to tap first then some girls will be asked to stay on for ballet. Please bring a photo and all dance shoes – tap, ballet, jazz and pointe.

For more info please call:
Jessica Ronane, Children’s Casting Director on 0207 534 9750

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Wicked The Musical Booking Extended!

LONDON’S No.1 NEW MUSICAL ENTERS 3RD HIT YEAR. BOOKING EXTENDED TO 26 SEPTEMBER 2009. ALMOST HALF A MILLION NEW TICKETS GOING ON SALE

WICKED, the record-breaking hit musical at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, is one of the West End’s biggest success stories. This year alone the award-winning new musical has already taken almost £20 million at the Box Office. WICKED today announces the opening of a new booking period with tickets on sale over a year in advance for all performances until Saturday 26 September 2009. Tickets go on sale this Monday (1 September 2008).

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “As we enter our third year in the West End the success of Wicked continues to grow. We have enjoyed an incredibly successful 2008 and business is up week-on-week from 2007 which is an extraordinary achievement. We are now delighted to be adding our 6th booking period and putting almost half a million (460,692) new tickets on sale.”

Acknowledged as ‘the West End’s most successful musical’ (The Independent on Sunday), WICKED has already been seen by over 1.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006, grossing £55 million at the Box Office to date (with almost £20 million taken so far in 2008 alone). The musical officially celebrates its 2nd birthday on 27 September 2008.

The production currently stars: Alexia Khadime* as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible, Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Caroline Keiff as Nessarose, Jeremy Legat as Boq and Andy Mace as Doctor Dillamond. *Kerry Ellis returns from Broadway to star as Elphaba from 1 December 2008.

Cast subject to change from 4 May 2009.

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Sound of Music Canada’s Cast is announced

Producers Andrew Lloyd Webber, David Ian and David Mirvish are delighted to announce the cast for their new production of The Sound of Music. Performances begin on October 3, 2008 at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre, with the opening night set for Wednesday, October 15.

The cast consists of 51 actors, many considered to be among the best musical theatre performers in the country. Representing communities from across Canada — from St. John’s right to Victoria — the cast also features actors making their professional debuts, including 12 youngsters, chosen from thousands that auditioned, who will share the roles of the famous von Trapp family children.

Leading the cast in the role of Maria is Elicia MacKenzie, the winner of the top-rated CBC TV program “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?” Elicia will perform the role six times a week, alternating with Janna Polzin, another popular contestant on the TV program, who is cast as the alternate Maria and will perform the role twice weekly.

Captain von Trapp is played by Broadway star Burke Moses, who won acclaim for originating the role of Gaston in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in New York (a role he also performed in London’s West End and in Los Angeles).

Noölla Huet plays the Mother Abbess. A mezzo-soprano with an impressive resume of credits in classical music and opera productions, Noölla has also performed in many theatrical works and toured internationally with the acclaimed Deux Mondes theatre company.

Playing Max is Keith Dinicol, a veteran of 24 seasons at the Stratford Festival, where he has played in productions ranging from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to To Kill A Mockingbird. Keith has also performed across the country in productions such as Guys and Dolls and Amadeus.

Blythe Wilson plays the Baroness. A star of both the Shaw and Stratford festivals, where last season she won raves for her work in Oklahoma!, Blythe has also performed in musical productions across the country, notably playing the lead role in Mamma Mia! at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

Liesl, the oldest of the von Trapp children (and the one who sings the iconic song “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”), is played by Megan Nuttall. A recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario, this is Megan’s professional debut.

Playing Rolf, the young man who has caught Liesl’s eye, is Jeff Irving. With several seasons at the Shaw Festival, Jeff was most recently seen in The December Man at Canadian Stage, a work for which he received wide acclaim.

The rest of the von Trapp children, who are double-cast, with each performing four shows per week, consist of (oldest to youngest): Frederich, played by Spencer Walker and Simeon Vivian; Louisa, played by Emily Hawton and Michaela Snoyer; Kurt, played by Michael Murphy and Matthew Tissi; Brigitta, played by Libby Adams and Ana Golja; Marta, played by Camden Angelis and Addison Holley; and Gretl, played by Mia Vanwyck-Smart and Amariah Faulkner.

Jennie Such plays Sister Sophia, Mary-Ellen Mahoney is Sister Margaretta and Jayne Lewis plays Sister Berte. Admiral von Schreiber is played by John Robinson, Frau Zeller by Denise Oucharek, Franz by James Kall, Frau Schweiger by Deborah Overes, Frau Schmidt by Brigitte Robinson and Herr Zeller is played by Warren Kimmel.

The Ensemble is: Marianne Bindig, Josée Boudreau, Patrick Cook, Ian Farthing, Stephen Findlay, Neil Foster, Nigel Hamer, Megan Latham, Doug MacLeod, Janet Martin, Frayne McCarthy, Anwyn Musico, Ann O’Kane, Imali Perera, Louie Rosetti, Ted Simonett, Ashley Taylor, Deborah Tennant, Carrie Wiebe, Denise Williams, Andrea Wingelaar and Seana-Lee Wood.

About this Production

With music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp), The Sound of Music is one of the most beloved musicals of all time.

The score for The Sound of Music touches the hearts of all ages and brims over with some of the most memorable songs ever performed on the musical stage including “My Favorite Things”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Edelweiss”, “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”, “Sixteen Going On Seventeen”, “The Lonely Goatherd” and, of course, the glorious title song “The Sound of Music”.

The film adaptation of the original 1959 Broadway production won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture in 1965.

In 2006, producers Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Ian opened a new production of The Sound of Music at the legendary London Palladium. The first major revival in London since the West End premiere in 1961, this lavish new production was hailed by the critics, won major awards, broke box office records and is still playing to packed houses two years later.

The production at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre is the North American premiere of the London smash and is overseen by the same, award-winning creative team — director Jeremy Sams, choreographer Arlene Philips and designer Robert Jones.

Visit the official Canadian website for more information.

New Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music

Simon MacCorkindale will star as Captain Von Trapp opposite Summer Strallen playing Maria in the smash hit West End musical  The Sound of Music at the London Palladium from Monday 25 August. Best known for his starring role as Harry Harper in three series of the hugely popular and successful Casualty on television, his other television credits include Obsessive Love, Falcon’s Gold, Quatermass, Jesus of Nazareth, Gemini and Dynasty. He has starred in films including Juggernaut, Death on the Nil and The Riddle of the Sands. He has directed a number of theatre productions including The Dark Lady of the Sonnets at the Royal National Theatre and Pygmalion at the Albery Theatre.

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