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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The Wizard of Oz – soon to be extending its run!

The Wizard Of Oz at London Palladium will be extending this week (expect it to go on sale on Monday or Tuesday). It will be booking up until the 1st March 2012 and the rates are remaining the same as the current period.

Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical.  Starring Michael Crawford as The Wizard and Danielle Hope (winner of the BBC’s smash hit Over The Rainbow) as Dorothy.

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.

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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Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act returns for 5 performances

Whoopi Goldberg, who withdraw from Sister Act five days early on August 27 after her mother suffered a severe stroke, will return in October to complete his role as Mother Superior. She will present a show on Friday, October 22, two performances Saturday, October 23 and two shows, Monday, October 25, 2010.

Based on the smash-hit movie, Sister Act features a brand new score by 8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken whose credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and most recently the hit movie Enchanted.

Sister Act is a divine new musical comedy which will raise the roof at the London Palladium from June 2009.

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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.

Sister Act at London Palladium

When Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder she is put in protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an up tight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir Deloris breaths new life into the church and community, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon the gang is giving chase only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her new found Sister Hood.

Based on the smash-hit movie, Sister Act features a brand new score by 8 time Oscar winner Alan Menken whose credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and most recently the hit movie Enchanted.

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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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