BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING Musical is coming to the West-End

Carole King, the chart-topping music legend, was an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. She fought her way into the record industry as a teenager and sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, when she was just seventeen. By the time she was twenty she was writing number ones for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll, including the Drifters, the Shirelles, Aretha Franklin and the Monkees. But her greatest challenge was to find her own voice and finally step into the spotlight.

BEAUTIFUL is the untold story of Carole King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom.

Along the way, she became one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, and wrote the soundtrack to a generation.

BOOKING FROM: Tuesday 10th February 2015 until Sat 24 October 2015.

Chicago The Musical closing after 15 years in London’s West End

West End’s long running musical Chicago which is runing at Garrick Theatre London is to close after 15 years.

Chicago The Musical is based in the roaring 1920’s. Justice is on trial for the husband killing bad girls of shady Chicago. A chorus girl murders her lover but manages to get off through a strange assortment of allies. She forms an unusual nightclub act with another murderess with the hopes of keeping them both out of trouble.with lots of hot jazz – and cold-blooded killers!… songs include ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Funny Honey’, ‘Mr Cellophane’, ‘Nowadays’ and ‘Razzle Dazzle’.

The Broadway production won 6 1997 Tony Awards including ‘Best Revival of a Musical’, ‘Best Lighting Design’, ‘Best Choreography’ and ‘Best Direction of a Musical’.

Having snatched the crown of the longest running American musical from A Chorus Line, the London production of Chicago is at its new home, the Garrick Theatre.

This universal tale of fame, fortune and… all that jazz, recounts the kiss-and-tell tale of chorus girl Roxie Hart who kills her lover; her rivalry with glamorous double-murderer Velma Kelly and their slick lawyer, Billy Flynn’s attempts to keep his clients from Death Row. From the unforgettable first blast of All That Jazz right through to the last note of its sizzling jazz-drenched score and from the sensuous choreography inspired by the legendary Bob Fosse to its sensational performers, Chicago is a musical phenomenon like no other.

Last chance to see this hit musical, book now!

Celebrate the Royal Wedding by playing West End Pairs with Magic FM!

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There are 135 pairs of tickets to be won in total, so play now for your chance to win! 

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Queen – We Will Rock You Extended until 9 July 2011

We Will Rock You at Dominion Theatre has extended its booking period until 9 July 2011. We Will Rock You is set in the future, on a place once called Earth. Globalisation is complete. Everyone watches the same movies, wears the same clothes, and thinks the same thoughts. A safe, happy Ga Ga world.

The Company Computers generate the music and the kids download it. All musical instruments are banned. But resistance is growing.

A hero is needed.

Is the one who calls himself Galileo that man, and can he help them Break Free…?

Legendary band Queen, fronted by the dynamic Freddie Mercury before his death in 1991, have been making music together since the 70’s and have now joined forces with writer Ben Elton to bring their unique sound to theatreland…

This mega-musical, seen by over 5 million people, includes 32 of Queen’s classic hits, including Killer Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, and more.

Book tickets for We Will Rock You at Dominion Theatre!

Thriller Live Extension until 25 Sep 2011 at Lyric Theatre London

Thriller Live is a spectacular high octane show celebrating the career of  Michael Jackson has extended its booking period until Sunday 25 Sep 2011 at the Lyric Theatre.

Moonwalking into the West End after three acclaimed UK tours and standing ovations across Europe, THRILLER – LIVE opens at the Lyric Theatre on 2 January 2009.

To bring to life on stage the sensational dancing and distinctive sound of the Jackson’s greatest hits, THRILLER – LIVE includes eye-popping multi-media effects and dazzling choreography by the shows award-winning director Gary Lloyd (who has previously worked with artists including Leona Lewis, Will Young, Robbie Williams, Kelly Clarkson and Girls Aloud), plus additional choreography by 5 time MTV award-winning LaVelle Smith Jnr.

In a career spanning 40 years, Michael Jackson has sold an unparalleled 750 million records worldwide with the Thriller album still the world’s best-selling recording of all time. THRILLER – LIVE includes over two-hours of non-stop hit songs in a show that boasts the world-class spectacle that marked their legendary live performances.

Expect your favourite Jackson songs delivered by an exceptionally talented cast and live band, including the smash hits: I Want You Back, I’ll BeThere, Show You The Way To Go, Can You Feel It, Rock With You, She’s Out Of My Life, Beat It, Billie Jean, Earth Song and Thriller plus many more!

Book tickets for Thriller Live at Lyric Theatre!

Stephen Campbell Moore to Perform in West End Clybourne Park

Stephen Campbell Moore to replace Jason Watkins in the West End production of Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, which will begin previews from Jan 28 2011 at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Stephen Campbell Moore is best known for his roles in the Alan Bennett play The History Boys and its subsequent film. He was educated at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire (appearing locally in the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival) and trained at Guildhall where he was awarded the prestigious ‘Gold Medal’ in his final year. He made his screen debut in Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things. He is primarily a screen actor. On stage he has performed with the RSC and the Royal National Theatre.

Campbell Moore created the role of Irwin in the original West End stage production of Alan Bennett’s play The History Boys, and also played the character in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions and in the film version of the play.

Following critical acclaim and a record-breaking sell out run, Bruce Norris‘ satirical comedy, Clybourne Park, will transfer from the Royal Court to the Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End in January for a limited season.  Clybourne Park is the latest transfer from the Royal Court, after successes with both ENRON and Jerusalem earlier this year.

‘The funniest play of the year’ The Evening Standard.

‘Has the audience roaring with laughter and shaking their heads with disbelief’ Daily Telegraph.

Book tickets for Clybourne Park at Wyndham’s Theatre!

West End Transfer for Shoes The Musical

After the smash-hit world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, Richard Thomas and Stephen Mear’s fabulously original new show, SHOES, transfers to the Peacock Theatre for a limited eight-week run. 

A celebration of one of the greatest passions of the modern age, SHOES is a song and dance spectacular that takes audiences on a journey from the lows of the croc via the agony and ecstasy of the stiletto, to the highs of the platform boot. Fresh from the pen of Richard Thomas (co-creator of Jerry Springer – The Opera) and the feet of top showbiz choreographer Stephen Mear (Sweet Charity, Mary Poppins), SHOES is a wickedly irreverent and affectionate look at the special power this seemingly innocuous item of clothing holds over many a shoe-addict.

Alongside Mear, SHOES displays the diverse choreographic talents of an A-list team of dance-makers; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (zero degrees, Sutra), Aletta Collins (The Red Balloon, The Tempest), Kate Prince (Into the Hoods) and Mark Smith (Deaf Men Dancing), who under Mear’s direction, have taken inspiration from Thomas’ hilarious lyrics to create dance numbers that reflect their own unique styles of performance.

Buy tickets for Shoes The Musical

Alan Cumming, Meow & West End Stars Celebrate Emmay Award Winning Composer

Following two sell out concerts at New York’s acclaimed Lincoln Center, Emmy award winning composer Lance Horne will return to the West End for one night only.

Lance Horne: First Things Last will star Olivier and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming and internationally acclaimed “postmodern cabaret diva” Meow Meow, alongside West End favourites Julie Atherton (Avenue Q), Paul Spicer (Avenue Q), Hannah Waddingham (The Wizard of Oz) and Emma Williams (Love Story), with special guest Broadway star Norm Lewis, for one night only at the Garrick Theatre on Sunday 30 January 2011.

Hot on the heels of its inclusion in the Lincoln Center’s acclaimed American Songbook series, Lance Horne: First Things Last celebrates the release of Lances’ debut album of the same name. First Things Last is released on Yellow Sound Label on 11 January 2011 and features Lance’s songs performed by US based artists including Alan Cumming, Lea DeLaria, Cheyenne Jackson, Ricki Lake, Meow Meow, Amanda Palmer, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Alexandra Silber, alongside West End stars Julie Atherton, Aneurin Barnard, Paul Spicer, Hannah Waddingham and Emma Williams, some of whom appeared in Notes Unleashed! The Music of Lance Horne at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2009.
Lance Horne composes, writes lyrics, sings, plays piano, and produces and musically directs original works in collaboration with artists from around the world. Featuring an awesome array of guests from Broadway and the West End, First Things Last is his latest exploration of the most engaging sounds from musical theatre.

Lance Horne: First Things last is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, and directed by Daisy Prince, with musical direction by Lance Horne, and sound design by Ben Evans. Daisy Prince is the daughter of legendary theatre director Hal Prince, and directed the original New York productions of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World and The Last 5 Years.

Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment present LANCE HORNE: FIRST THINGS LAST at Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2 on Sun 30 Jan – 19.30.

Buy tickets for Lance Horne – First Things Last at Garrick Theatre!

The Merchant of Venice Coming to London?

The Merchant of Venice is rumored to be in the works to come to London West End next year.  Hollywood legend Al Pacino is understood to be in negotiations to bring his acclaimed performance as Shylock to the West End.  The production, first seen in Central Park in Summer 2010, is currently running at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre.  According to the Daily Mail, Pacino and the producers are presently in talks with British producers Duncan C Weldon and Paul Elliot over a possible London run.  No further details have yet to be disclosed.

Frances Ruffelle transfers to the West End at the Garrick Theatre on 12 Sep 2010

Following a sold-out Edinburgh season and a five star rave review in the Scotsman, Frances Ruffelle, one of the UK’s best loved and most talented musical theatre performers, returns to the West End for one night only on Sunday 12 September in Frances Ruffelle: Beneath the Dress, with her funky six-piece band and a dazzling array of songs.

From bursting into the public consciousness 25 years ago as the original Eponine in Les Misérables to most recently starring as Roxie Hart in smash hit musical Chicago, Frances Ruffelle’s distinctive sound has continued to delight her fans and captivate new audiences. A charismatic and vivacious show, Beneath the Dress is an alluring exploration of her musical influences from compositional giants such as Cole Porter, Duke Ellington & Kurt Weill, to lesser-known songwriting talents whose work she has been inspired by.

Having created the role of Eponine in Les Misérables in the West End, Frances recreated the role on Broadway for which she won the coveted Tony award, Helen Hayes award, Theatreworld award and Outer Circle Critics award for Best Actress. Frances hit the West End for the first time in The Sleeping Prince, by Terence Rattigan (in which she co-starred with Omar Sharif). She then took part in the original workshop of Starlight Express and subsequently played the role of Dinah for Trevor Nunn in the show’s first ever cast. She also created the role of Yonah in the original West End production of Children of Eden directed by John Caird.

Further stage adventures have ranged from appearing with Ian Dury in Apples at the Royal Court in London to playing Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago. Frances has performed concerts in London with the Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and has played sell-out gigs at London’s Ronnie Scott’s with her Big Band.

Her multi-faceted career has also included four solo albums and representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with her hit song ‘Lonely Symphony’. She launches her new solo album, Imperfectly Me, imbued with her trademark sense of earthy realism rather than airbrushed perfection, on September 13th this year. At the end of 2010, Frances will be starring in Songs from a Hotel Bedroom at the Royal Opera House.

Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment and Stuart Piper & Jon Bath for Cole Kitchenn, Frances Ruffelle: Beneath the Dress is devised by Frances Ruffelle & Matt Ryan, directed by Paul Baker & Matt Ryan, with musical direction by David Barber, design by John Risebero, lighting design by Mike Robertson and sound design by James Tebb. It was originally produced by Danielle Tarrento.

For more information on France Ruffelle, visit: www.francesruffelle.com