Cats The Musical performing at the London Palladium from 6 December

LET THE MEMORY LIVE AGAIN

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record45breaking musical CATS returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium beginning 6 December 2014. Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, with an amazing musical score that includes the timeless “Memory”, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS has been seen by over 50 million people and enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world – now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.

CATS is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as Associate Director and Choreographer and designs by John Napier. Book is by T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

CATS was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.

Andrew Lloyd Webbers Cats The Musical Now on Sale!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats returns to the West End for a strictly limited 12 week run at the London Palladium beginning 6th December 2014.

Adapted from TS Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, with an amazing musical score that includes the timeless “Memory”, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, CATS is a magical musical like no other.

On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, CATS has been seen by over 50 million people and enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world – now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.

CATS is directed by Trevor Nunn, with Gillian Lynne as Associate Director and Choreographer and designs by John Napier. Book is by T. S. Eliot with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Chrissie Cartwright, long term Associate Director of Cats, will work with Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lynne in re-directing the production for the London Palladium.

CATS was originally produced by Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group Limited.

‘PURRFECT – NOT TO BE MISSED’ Metro

‘SHOWS DON’T COME MUCH BETTER THAN THIS – IT’S ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!’ Daily Express

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Wizard of Oz at a special gala performance on 21st April in support of Comic Relief

Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium for a special Comic Relief gala performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production, The Wizard of Oz. Starring Michael Crawford as The Wizard and Danielle Hope (winner of the BBC’s smash hit Over the Rainbow) as Dorothy.

This extra special night will be the only performance of the popular stage show to feature the dog ‘Dangerous Dave’ – BBC’s Over the Rainbow’s winning Toto!

The curtain is set to rise on this one time only event at 7.30pm on Thursday 21st April and all profits from the sale of this performance will go directly to Comic Relief.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay this production, totally reconceived for the stage, contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Oz company

All profits from the sale of this performance will go directly to Comic Relief, which amounts to at least 29% of the ticket price.

Helena Blackman Releases Debut Album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein on Valentine’s Day

Helena Blackman is a British musical theatre actress best known for being the runner-up in the BBC1 Reality TV programme How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, West End star Helena Blackman releases her debut solo album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein, celebrating her ongoing association with this legendary musical theatre writing duo, on 14th February 2011, to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein will feature Helena’s personal selection of much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein classics such as ‘I Enjoy Being a Girl’ and ‘I Have Confidence’, as well as lesser known gems like ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’. Helena is joined in two exclusive duets by the number one classical charting singer Jonathan Ansell and her fellow West End star Daniel Boys.

Having captured the nation’s attention and the unfailing support of Andrew Lloyd Webber on How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Helena subsequently headlined the acclaimed UK tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, and starred in the West End première of Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night. Her many other theatre credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and the title role in Gypsy.

The composer Richard Rodgers and the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II wrote some of the world’s most popular musicals together, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma! and The King and I. Their work has enjoyed an enduring longevity, and is regularly performed and recorded across the globe.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, musically produced and supervised by Mike Dixon, with musical direction by David Randall and orchestrations by Michael Bruce.

Recorded at Angel Studios in December 2010, the recording is released by Speckulation Entertainment.

Love Never Dies at Adelphi Theatre extended until 26 March 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies has extended its London booking period until 26 March 2011 at Adelphi Theatre.

Love Never Dies, the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new hit show. Now open at the Adelphi Theatre Love Never Dies is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue. The Telegraph called it ‘Andrew Lloyd Webber’s finest show since the original’ and audiences are flocking to see this hit show night after night. Availability is limited to book early and be among the first to see the long awaited sequel to the world most popular musical.

Ten years after the mysterious disappearance of The Phantom from the Paris Opera House, Christine Daae accepts an offer to come to America and perform at New York’s fabulous new playground of the world – Coney Island. Christine arrives in New York with her husband Raoul and their son Gustave. She soon discovers the identity of the anonymous impresario who has lured her from France to sing.

LOVE NEVER DIES is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue… in which music and memory can play cruel tricks… and The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, LOVE NEVER DIES.

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Phantom Of The Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre extended until 29 October 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece The Phantom of The Opera has extended its run until 29-Oct-2010 at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Phantom of the Opera is based on a classic French thriller about a terrifying and legendary figure who emerges from the depths of The Paris Opera House and manifests the mythic opera ghost in terrifying reality. With some of the most lavish sets, costumes and special effects ever to have been created for the stage, The Phantom of the Opera is a musical phenomenon.

It received its world premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London on 9th October 1986 and has since played over 9,500 performances in London. Worldwide it has been seen in 90 cities and has won more than 50 major theatre awards.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love at Menier Chocolate Factory for Limited Run!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love is coming to Menier Chocolate Factory from 7th July – 26th September 2010.

Music is given by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black & Charles Hart – based on the novella by David Garnett.

Trevor Nunn returns to the Chocolate Factory to direct the first major London revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Charles Hart’s Aspects of Love starring Katherine Kingsley and Michael Arden.

Based on David Garnett’s novel of the same name, the musical tells the story of passion, love and loss across three generations of a family and their companions set against the background of 1940’s France and Italy. Alex Dillingham, a young student travelling through France, falls in love with the alluring actress Rose Vibert. As the pair embark on a passionate affair, the unexpected arrival of Alex’s uncle changes their lives forever. A love story spanning twenty years binding six people and three generations as they come to appreciate that love changes everything.

First produced at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on 17th April 1989, where it ran for 1,325 performances before finally closing on 20th June 1992.

Cast

Michael Arden
Martin Ellis
Katherine Kingsley
Louisa Lydell

Creative Team

Director – Trevor Nunn
Designs – David Farley
Musical Supervisor – Caroline Humphris
Choreography – Lynne Page
Lighting – Paul Pyant
Sound – Gareth Owen
Orchestrations – David Cullen
Musical Director – Tom Murray

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Over the Rainbow winner and the nation’s Dorothy is Danielle Hope!

The Over the Rainbow Finale is on BBC One tonight, 22/5/2010.  I’m sure Andrew Lloyd Webber, the panel, audience, and two final contestants are excited to see who will be Dorothy.  Who will it be – Sophie or Danielle?
 
Sophie Evans (17) – Wales:
Sophie has been singing as long as she has been speaking.  She gets her singing ability from her mother.  Her family is very supportive.
 
Danielle Hope (18) – Greater Manchester:
Danielle, a full-time student, recently quit her part time job to focus on her studies and to pursue her dream of becoming an entertainer/performer.  Her family, while realistic about the entertainment business, they are very supportive.
 
They both are pretty and talented.  When singing ‘Over the Rainbow’, amazingly they each made it their own with beautiful renditions sounding very different.  The judges feel they owned the song.  The Dorothys also performed a song of their choice.  Both did an excellent job though Danielle’s performance of Mambo Italiano was livelier than Sophie’s choice of song (again though – both well done).
 
The winner will be recording Over the Rainbow as a single for charity available for download after midnight tonight.
 
Though the night is all about Dorothy, Toto deserves an honourable mention – Dave or ‘Dangerous Dave’ is Toto.
 
Just announced — The winner and the nation’s Dorothy is Danielle Hope!
 
Lloyd Webber is pleased with the result and said that the public has never been wrong yet.  Well done to all the contestants and best of luck to Danielle!

Book Tickets for The Wizard of Oz Musical

We’re off to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz!

The most magical adventure of them all.

Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical.

Today, Saturday 8th May, 2010, tickets go on sale for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much anticipated West End adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. There’ll be no place like The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical, where the brand new show will premiere in early 2011, with tickets going on sale today for performances from 29th March 2011.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay this new production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “We are incredibly excited to be adapting The Wizard of Oz for the stage and re-telling this all time classic family story.  I have long been a huge fan of the original movie, the songs and characters and am really looking forward to bringing it to life again.” 

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

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Wizard of Oz Musical to Move into London Palladium in March 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s forthcoming revival of The Wizard of Oz will follow Sister Act into the London Palladium where it is scheduled to start performances on 29 March 2011.

An exclusive deal has been struck between the Producers and the Sun and News of the World newspapers whose readers have been given advance access to tickets, ranging from £25 to £62.50.  Public booking is due to open on 9 May 2010.

A little history… L Frank Baum wrote the first 1903 stage version of his 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The story is best known from the 1939 Hollywood film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.  The stage musical version was adapted by John Kane from the Warner Bros movie and was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in 1987 with Dorothy played by a young Imelda Staunton.  It has music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg.

The Wizard of Oz last had a major London outing at the Royal Festival Hall in Summer 2008 when Sian Brooke played Dorothy in a cast that also featured Adam Cooper, Roy Hudd and Gary Wilmot. 

The new musical version will star the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC One competition Over the Rainbow.  It follows the formula of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything – all which found Connie Fisher for The Sound of Music, Lee Mead for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jodie Prenger for Oliver!  Over the Rainbow has been searching for Dorothy (and Toto) for The Wizard of Oz since 26 March and is due to crown the winner the end of May.  The judging panel consists of John Partridge, Charlotte Church and Sheila Hancock (whose own current show, Sister Act, will close at the London Palladium on 1 January 2011 to make way for The Wizard of Oz).

No further casting or creative details for The Wizard of Oz Musical have been announced to date.  It is expected to be directed by The Sound of Music’s Jeremy Sams and choreographed by Arlene Phillips with some new songs specially written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater.