Monday, 24 December 2012

Review: Les Miserables (Movie)

Les Miserables (12a)

The film event the majority of theatre goers and musical lovers have been waiting for since the trailer was unleashed earlier this year in 2012. One of the world's most successful musicals still to this day gets the big screen treatment that it seemed destined for from very early on in it's run. Well now here it is courtesy of director Tom Hooper who previously directed the excellent Kings Speech. Well, it looks like Mr. Hooper has managed to pull off an amazing production once more that come Oscar time will be leading the charge in the nominations.

For those who haven't seen the stage production or read Victor hugo's book and to be quite honest there can't be many of those left in the world here is a brief overview. Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, has broken his parole and must flee from police Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe). The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and after two decades on the run, Valjean finds himself in the midst of the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. Jean happens across a factory worker, Fantine (Anne Hathaway) who gets thrown out on the street due to him not intervening form the factory and has to turn to life on streets seeling not only her body but her soul. When Jean rescues her from her from her plight he learns of her illegitimate daughter Cosette, who he vows to look after for the rest of her days. After tracking her down and managing to free her from the clutches of Thénardier (Sacha Baron Cohen) & Madame Thénardier (Helena Bonham Carter) innkeepers who a have been looking after Cosette. With Javert never to far behind Valjean and Cosette disappear off into the night not to be seen again for a few years. In the mean time the crowds grow restless and a band of revolutionary students rise up to take on the establishment. one of their number, Marius (Eddie Redmayne) sees Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) and instantly falls in love, however Marius friend Eponine (Samantha Barks) is in love with him and she also happens to be Thénardiers daughter. The story then builds through the revolution, lives lost, love lost and found and redemption as Valjean and Javerts battle continues throughout.

Les Miserables is stunning tour de force of a musical and quite possibly the best of the modern era. Unlike this years Rock of Ages, which took the narrative and altered it to make it more cinematic, Tom Hooper has altered virtually nothing from the stage show, other than the running order of a couple of songs. While not a perfect film, it is still an absolute triumph of a film. The cast are nothing short of spectacular. There are so many career performances, you are not sure where to start. At the top of the pile is Anne Hathaway, whose show stopping performance of "I Dreamed A Dream" is worthy of a standing ovation in the cinema. If she does not walk away with the Best Supporting Actress come Oscar time, then something is seriously wrong. She has about 30 minutes of screen time, but is absolutely incredible during every second. She's closely followed by newcomer Samantha Barks (Well newcomer to anyone outside of London's theatreland anyway) who again in the short screen time she gets almost steals the entire movie away. Then there's the exceptional leads in Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, both who are no stranger's to music themselves, but are completely mesmerising. Crowe especially as Javert, his sheer determination to track down Valjean is compelling stuff. Also, it's great to see Les Mis original cast member Colm Wilkiinson getting in the act in a cameo as the priest who 'saves' Valjean.

As previously mentioned the film isn't without it's issue's, most notably Eddie Redmayne's wobbly jaw everytime he sing's. It becomes quite a distraction at times. Then there's the barricade itself which is a little bit minimalist compared to the stage version. However thats about all the issues there are with the film. This is an absolute tour de force with a run time to match, but it's well worth the investment of your time. There's not been much to shout about in the way of movie musicals recently, Rock of Ages was widely panned, Rent was a missed opportunity and Moulin Rouge while liked was a long while ago. It's already being reported that the ticket sales for the stage show of Les Mis have taken off with the impending release of this film, well if you can't afford the seat prices, the movie is a worthy replacement and in fact compliments the stage production marvellously #Dear. Grab your tickets for what will be the hottest cinema ticket in January now!




Matt Bourne

Monday, 10 December 2012

Review: We Will Rock You (New Cast)

We Will Rock You (New Cast), Dominion Theatre




After 10 years and over 4,000 performances, We Will Rock You continues to rock London’s West End at the famous Dominion Theatre. With music and lyrics by Queen and a book and direction by Ben Elton, We Will Rock You is a jukebox musical about a young rebel named Galileo who tries to overtake a powerful corporation in a futuristic world.

The production originally opened on May 12, 2002, and features hit Queen songs including “We Are the Champions,” “Another One Bites the Dust”, “Somebody To Love” and “Under Pressure”.

With new cast members comes new enthusiasm and Rachel Wooding leads the way in bringing attitude, humour and fantastic vocal ability to the role of Scaramouche. Sassy Wooding, most recently seen in Jersey Boys and on tour in the title role of Evita, is returning to We Will Rock You after five years, having previously played the role of Meat in 2006-2007.

Having jumped ship from the equally incredible 80’s rock musical Rock of Ages at the Shaftsbury Theatre, Oliver Tompsett fast-forwards 300 years to play reluctant, stuttering hero G…G…G…Galileo, who is trying to make sense of the forbidden and long-forgotten music he hears in his dreams. Tompsett is ideal in the role - impressive vocals, sexy, charismatic and BOY…can he move his hips!

The supporting cast members (including all fifteen new ensemble members) are all - predictably - brilliant but special mention must go to Rachel John as Meat who belts out an unbelievably powerful rendition of No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young) that deservedly brings the house down.

Fans of cynicism, subtlety and staying in their seats ought to give it a miss however if you are fans of Queen, electric guitar solos and standing ovations this is DEFINITELY for you!

We Will Rock You also currently stars Kevin Kennedy, Brenda Edwards, Rachel John, Wayne Robinson and Alasdair Harvey.



Jen Birtles

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Once Musical: West End Open Auditions



O N C E


John Tiffany’s production of Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony awards including Best New Musical, will open in the West End in Spring 2013. With book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, the London production of Once will open at the Phoenix Theatre on 9 April, with previews from 16 March 2013. Currently booking to 30 November 2013, Once will be produced in the West End by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose Limited in association with New York Theatre Workshop. Prior to its West End opening Once will run at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin from 22 February – 9 March 2013.

With Academy Award® winning music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, lighting is by Natasha Katz, sound is by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Lowe and movement is by Steven Hoggett. Casting will be announced shortly.

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is an celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.

Earlier this year Once won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. The Broadway production of Once continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre having opened in March this year. Once will begin a US national tour launched by The Road Company in the summer of 2013.

The 2007 Academy Award® winning film Once was written and directed by John Carney and starredGlen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who also composed the original music and lyrics. The Oscar winning independent Irish film was shot in 17 days and was made for $150,000. It went on to gross $20m worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. The soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Once was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011. A developmental run of Once at New York Theatre Workshop began performances in November last year. The production went on to break box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension.

Enda Walsh is an Irish playwright living in London. He is the winner of numerous international awards and his work has been translated and produced worldwide. His recent plays include Misterman, Penelope, The New Electrical Ballroom and The Walworth Farce. His other plays include Chatroom, The Small Things, Bedbound andDisco Pigs. On film his work includes Hunger which was the winner of the Camera d’Or prize at the Cannes Film Festival as well as being BAFTA nominated. Walsh was awarded with the Tony Award and the Outer Critic Circle Award for his work on Once.

John Tiffany won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critic Circle Awards for his work on Once. For his production of Black Watch he won the Laurence Olivier and Critics' Circle Best Director Awards. Internationally he has directedThe Missing, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Home: Glasgow , Jerusalem, Las Chicas del Tres y Media Floppies, If Destroyed True, Mercury Fur, The Straits, Gagarin Way, Abandonment, Among Unbroken Hearts, Perfect Days and Passing Places. Tiffany is Associate director of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Glen Hansard’s (music and lyrics) film credits are The Commitments and Once. His albums include Strict Joy, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, The Swell Season, The Cost, Burn the Maps, Set List: Live in Dublin, For the Birds, Dance the Devil, Fitzcarraldo and Another Love Song.

Markéta Irglová’s (music and lyrics) film credit is Once. Her albums include The Swell Season, the Academy Award® winning soundtrack of Once, Strict Joy and Anar.
The original cast recording of Once is available via Masterwords Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks -www.MasterworksBroadway.com


LISTINGS INFORMATION 


Theatre: Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP

Dates: 16 March – 30 November 2013

Performances: Monday – Saturday 7.30pm

Thursday and Saturday matinees 3pm

First Thursday matinee 21 March at 3pm

Prices: From 16 March – 9 April 2013: £49.50 - £19.50, plus concessions

From 17 April – 30 November 2013: £67.50 - £19.50, plus concessions

A limited number of Day Seats at £19.50 each will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of performance
All ticket prices include a restoration levy

Box Office: 0844 871 7629




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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Competition: Win a signed Bodyguard Programme

Recently we got the opportunity to interview Heather Headley & Lloyd Owen ahead of the Premiere of The Bodyguard  Musical on 5th December.  At this interview both Heather & lloyd were kind enough to sign a copy of The Bodyguard programee which we now have for a competition prize to give away.

To enter it couldn't be simpler.  Just follow us on Twitter @Theatre1ne and as soon we hit 250 followers we will randomly select one of our followers to recieve the programme. That's it!  So what are you waiting for?  Follow us on Twitter now.  You can follow us by click the twitter logo on the top right of this website and that'll take you directly to our page!





WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW MUSICAL

T H E B O D Y G U A R D

OPENS 5TH DECEMBER 2012 AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE

Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen lead the cast in new musical The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock. Other cast members include Debbie Kurup, Mark Letheren, Ray Shell,Nicolas Colicos, Mark McKerracher, Sean Chapman, David Page and Oliver Le Sueur. They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jayden Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son. Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison,Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah,Nick Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley J Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Warner Bros. film, this brand new musical of The Bodyguard, with book by Alex Dinelaris opens at the Adelphi Theatre in December 2012. Press performances are 1 December at 7.30pm, 4 December at 7.30pm as well as opening night on 5 December at 7pm with reviews under embargo until 6 December 2012.


Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a multitude of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Loserville Podcast Part I

The first part of Theatre One's Loserville Podcasts.  Featuring interviews with leading lady Eliza Hope Bennett & writers Elliott Davis & James Bourne.  It also features the first part of the competition to win a signed copy of the Loserville programme. So click below and enjoy the first of our three Loserville Podcasts.  let us know what you think below and check back soon for Part II.


The Bodyguard Production photos

The Bodyguard, newly unleashed on the West End and recently seen by us here at Theatre One (Review due online 6th December) has released a collection of production images (Credit - Paul Coltas) for your viewing pleasure. We have also provided the latest details on the show and Christmas performance schedule for your diaries too. Please feel free to comment below.


WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW MUSICAL

T H E B O D Y G U A R D

OPENS 5TH DECEMBER 2012 AT THE ADELPHI THEATRE

Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen lead the cast in new musical The Bodyguard, directed by Thea Sharrock. Other cast members include Debbie Kurup, Mark Letheren, Ray Shell,Nicolas Colicos, Mark McKerracher, Sean Chapman, David Page and Oliver Le Sueur. They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jayden Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron’s young son. Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison,Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah,Nick Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley J Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.

Based on Lawrence Kasdan’s 1992 Warner Bros. film, this brand new musical of The Bodyguard, with book by Alex Dinelaris opens at the Adelphi Theatre in December 2012. Press performances are 1 December at 7.30pm, 4 December at 7.30pm as well as opening night on 5 December at 7pm with reviews under embargo until 6 December 2012.

Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don’t expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a multitude of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I’m Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You.















With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Richard Brooker, choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations by Chris Egan and musical supervision by Mike Dixon. The Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.

Tony and Grammy award-winning Heather Headley will make her West End stage debut as Rachel Marron. Having originated the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, Headley went on to play the title role in Aida for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her debut solo album, This is Who I Am, was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album, Audience of One, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. In recent years she has worked extensively with Andrea Bocelli on his American and international tours and sung at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Lloyd Owen was last on stage in London playing leading roles in Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre and Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre. Previously his theatre credits include The York Realist for the Royal Court, Julius Caesar for the Young Vic, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Almeida Theatre and The Way of the World for the Royal Exchange Theatre. On television Owen is best known for playing Paul Bowman-MacDonald in the BBC’s long running drama Monarch of the Glen and Indiana Jones’ father Professor Henry Jones, Sr, in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His other television credits include Ghost Squad, The Vice, Coupling, Wire in the Blood and Dead Gorgeous. His film credits include Apollo 18, Miss Potter, The Republic of Love, Between Dreams and the forthcoming Free Ridewith Anna Paquin and Drea de Matteo.

Debbie Kurup (Nicki Marron) who originated the roles of Dee Dee in Tonight’s The Night at the Victoria Palace and KT in Sister Act at the London Palladium was recently seen at the Adelphi theatre, reviving the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago. Kurup played Mimi in Rent both in the West End and on tour in the UK. She also performed at the Royal Albert Hall in Chess in Concert and at the Night of 1000 Voices in 2007 and 2010.

Mark Letheren’s (The Stalker) theatre credits include The Country Girl at the Apollo Theatre,Comedians and All My Sons for the Bolton Octagon, Cloud Nine at the Almeida Theatre, Find The Lady for the Young Vic and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company. His many television credits include roles in Casualty and Wire in the Blood as well as Tales from Pleasure Beach and Judge John Deed. On film he has appeared in Control and Restoration.

Ray Shell’s (Bill Devaney) theatre credits include Vernon God Little for the Young Vic, Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Gone With The Wind at the New London Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum, Five Guys Named Moe for the National Theatre, Jesus Christ Superstar at the Barbican,Blues in the Night for West Yorkshire Playhouse and Starlight Express at the Victoria Apollo. On screen his credits include Young Soul Rebels, Velvet Goldmine and Monster Trilogy.

Nicolas Colicos’ (Tony) theatre credits include Wonderful Town at the Queens Theatre, Whistle Down the Wind at the Aldwych, Sunset Boulevard at the Adelphi, Mamma Mia at the Prince Edward,The Producers at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sunday in the Park with George at the National Theatre and Out of this World for Chichester Festival Theatre. His screen credits include The New Statesman, Young Indiana Jones and Iron Eagle.

Mark McKerracher’s (Herb Farmer) theatre credits include Jean Valjean in Les Miserables in the West End and on Broadway, Sweeney Todd for Theatre Clywd, Cats at the New London Theatre,Sunday in the Park with George at the Menier Chocolate Factory and The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. His US theatre credits include Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, South Pacific, Carousel and Evita. His screen credits include Kavanagh QC, Days That Shook The World andThe Government Inspector.

Sean Chapman’s (Sy Spector) theatre credits include Angels In America, Rutherford and Son andSleep with Me for the National Theatre, Certain Young Men and Enemies for the Almeida Theatre, A Prayer For My Daughter at the Young Vic, Hamlet for Manchester Royal Exchange, Pride and Prejudice at Leicester Haymarket and The Clandestine Marriage for Bristol Old Vic. His screen roles include Peak Practice, Kavannagh QC, Midsommer Murders, Trial and Retribution, Murphy's Law andFor Queen and Country.

David Page’s (Rory) theatre credits include Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre, Kiss Me Kate on tour nationally, A Chorus Line for Sheffield Theatres, the European tour of Footloose and Saturday Night Fever at the London Palladium. On television he has appeared in Hollyoaks and his film credits include Monty Python’s Meaning of Life.

Oliver Le Sueur’s (Ray Court) theatre credits include The Fairy Queen at Glyndebourne, Hamlet, The Taming of The Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing for Bristol Tobacco Factory, Hippolytus for the Orange Tree Theatre a UK Tour of The Tempest and King Lear for Bristol Old Vic. His television credits include Law & Order, Doctors, Midsomer Murders, Margaret, He Kills Coppers, Murphy’s Law, Frankenstein and The Great Escape.

Gloria Onitiri’s (alternate Rachel Marron) theatre credits include Takeaway for Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nala in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, The Bachaae for the National Theatre of Scotland and Dreaming for Northcott Theatre and Lindbury Studio at the Royal Opera House. Her screen credits include Bad Girls, Grass and Resurrecting the Street Walker.

Alternating the role of Rachel Marron’s young son Fletcher will be Luis Buddy (aged 11 from Ealing, London), Caius Duncombe (aged 11 from Shepherd’s Bush, London), Jayden Fowora Knight(aged 11 from Lambeth, London), Kwame Kandekore (aged 9 from Leicester), Taylor Lockhart(aged 10 from Lower Earley, near Reading) and Malaki Paul (aged 10 from Edmonton, London).

Thea Sharrock’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys with Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths opened at the Savoy Theatre earlier this year, reuniting her with Griffiths who she directed inEquus both in the West End and on Broadway and in Heroes at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Her production of 13 completed a run at the National Theatre last year where she previously directedAfter The Dance for which she won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Revival, Happy Now? andThe Emperor Jones. Her other theatre credits include Cause Célèbre for the Old Vic and The Misanthropeat the Comedy Theatre. Sharrock was previously Artistic Director at the Southwark Playhouse (2001-2003) and the Gate Theatre (2004-2006).

Christmas Performance Schedule

Monday 24 December 2012 – no performance

Tuesday 25 December 2012 – no performance

Wednesday 26 December 2012 – 7.30pm

Thursday 27 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Friday 28 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Saturday 29 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 30 December 2012 – no performance

Monday 31 December 2012 – 7.30pm

Tuesday 1 January 2013 – 7.30pm

Wednesday 2 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Thursday 3 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Friday 4 January 2013 – 7.30pm

Saturday 5 January 2013 - 3pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 6 January 2013 – no performance

LISTINGS INFORMATION


Dates 6 November 2012 – 27 April 2013 (first booking period)
Address Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2

Performance schedule Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm

Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm

Post opening, on Wednesday matinee performances the role of Rachel Marron will be played by Gloria Onitiri

Box Office 0844579 0094 (no booking fee)

Ticket prices in previews £20 - £57.50 including £1 theatre restoration levy then £20 - £67-50 including £1 theatre restoration levy No booking fee for tickets purchased directly from the Adelphi Theatre

Day seats A limited number of £25 day seats will go on sale from the Box Office at 10am on the day of the performance

Website thebodyguardmusical.com (no booking fee)

Review: The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard - Adelphi Theatre, London

Aiiiiiiiiiii ee Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii *Breath* Will always luuuuurvveee Yoooooouuuuu. Probably the single most recognisable song from a movie, The Bodyguard now makes it's way to the stage in a brand new adaptation of the 1992 movie of the same name that starred Whitney Houston & Kevin Costner.

The Bodyguard is latest musical to be passed off as a 'Jukebox' Musical, however with shows such as Dirty Dancing and Singing In The Rain hitting the theatre, maybe a new Movie Musical classification should be used. Following the plot of the movie and for those for you who haven't seen it, the story goes like this:

Frank Farmer (Llloyd Owen) a bodyguard for hire, is drafted in by an old friend, Bill Daveny (Ray Shell) to protect his client, Oscar nominated, multi-Grammy winner Rachel Marron (Heather Headley), who has a stalker that she is unaware of that has posted threats to her home and stolen personal items from her changing room at a recent concert. Frank comes in, much to the annoyance of Rachel's current bodyguard Tony (Nicolas Colicos) and her agent Sy Spector (Sean Chapman), where upon Frank soon starts changing the way things are run around Rachel. Rachel's sister, Nicki (Debbie Kurup) immediately takes a shine to Frank, as does Rachel's son Fletcher.

After initially disliking Frank encroaching on her life, she soon too takes to Frank and indeed the two fall in love which breaks Frank's professional code of ethics and makes the job that much harder.

After a close call at an impromptu concert, where once again Rachel's stalker (Mark Letheren) gets to close for comfort, Frank whisks the family away to his fathers log cabin home, by a lake. However, once again the stalker is never too far behind, and this time with tragic consequences. With the Oscars ceremony not too far away, Frank has to deal with his own personal demons if he's to protect Rachel from the stalker once and for all.

The Bodyguard musical begins like a bolt out of a gun, literally. Once the audiences heart rate is calmed down and the story begins proper, it belts into a MTV/XFactor style intro package for Rachel Marron and onto the stage comes Heather Headley to blast you with her amazing voice and therein begins the journey to that ultimate song, that everyone has paid to hear. Heather Hedley fully embraces the soul of Whitney as she gracefully glide across the stage whether it's an uptempo number or power ballad, Ms. Headley knows just what it takes to inhabit the role of Diva, but not in such an arrogant manner that you don't care for her plight.

One of the masterstrokes of The Bodyguard Musical, is to not have the bodyguard sing. (Well kind of), having Lloyd Owen as the stoic, cold as steel, super agent really makes his character that much more convincing as the professional on the sidelines, who can step in to save the day at any moment. In fact just based off this performance, if Daniel Craig wants to hang up the 00 status any time soon then Mr. Owen should be in with a good shout to fill James Bond's shoes.

Of the supporting cast Debbie Kurup is as outstanding as Heather Headley, in fact the show stopper of the night is 'Run to you' a duet sung by Debbie and Heather that is so beautiful, that it gave this reviewer goosebumps. In somewhat of a disappointment Ray Shell doesn't get to use his amazing singing voice until briefly in the final number, which considering his sizable talents in the vocal dept. is an opportunity missed. Talking of opportunities missed, with no disrespect to Sean Chapman, why didn't they try and get Gary Kemp the original Sy Spector from the film to reprise his role in the show?

Mark Letheren deserves special praise too as Rachel's stalker. In what can only be described as 'seriously creepy' he actually sends chills down your spine in several moments in the show when he appears, none more so than when he loads up the laser sight on his gun and takes aim around the audience. It really unnerves you and you will find yourself pinching & telling yourself 'It's not real' In fact Mark is so good he gets roundly booed at the end during the curtain call a sure sign that the audience are glad that his reign of terror is over.

Tim Hatley and Mark Henderson's lighting and production design are immense, and are cleverly deployed, whether you are in the recording studio or at a nightclub, the shifting panels and flooring coupled with the bright concert style lights are as much of the story as the characters. Lawrence Kasdan's (who did the original movies) screenplay is cleverly updated from the 90's to modern day mainly with mentions of social media, but also ironing out some of the original films weaknesses (Such as having a separate stalker & hitman), and made Nicki's role more palatable.

Thea Harrow's direction though is to be celebrated as she creates a tight ship, without it feeling to claustrophobic. The pacing is excellent and the use of songs are perfectly laid out. If there is any complaint it's that the show at times dangerously teeters too close to becoming a homage to Whitney Houston rather than an adaptation of the movie, but that's about the closest you'll get to a criticism.

So how is "I Will Always Love You"? Well, you'll just have to go and see it for yourself to find out, but needless to say that Heather Headley nails it.. and then some. At the end of the show you will be hard pushed to find anyone who is not on their feet at the end giving the cast a richly deserved standing ovation. And if she was still with us Whitney would be definitely down the front leading the applause.





Matt Bourne



Monday, 19 November 2012

Rocky Das Musical Opens in Hamburg

This week a  new musical debuted in Hamburg, Germany.  Rocky Das Musical comes to German theatreland, produced by boxing champions the Klistchko brothers and the original Rocky Sylvester Stallone.  Below is a video courtesy of MSN and features some snippets from the show.  From the very little we can see here, is this something you'd like to see in London?  Or is it a step too far?  Let us know via the comments box below.



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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Book Of Mormon London Cast Announced


Casting is announced for The Book of Mormon


Including Gavin Creel as Elder Price and Jared Gertner as Elder Cunningham
More tickets now on sale

Gavin Creel and Jared Gertner will play Elder Price and Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, which previews at the Prince of Wales Theatre from 25 February 2013. They are currently leading the company in the Los Angeles production, which has broken all box office records at the Pantages Theatre.

Other cast members, announced today, include: Mark Anderson, Stephen Ashfield, Benjamin Brook, Daniel Buckley, Daniel Clift, Ashley Day, Terry Doe, Candace Furbert, Patrick George, Nadine Higgin, Tyrone Huntley, Evan James, Chris Jarman, Michael Kent, Alexia Khadime, Matt Krzan, Oliver Liddert, Daniel McKinley, Luke Newton, Terel Nugent, Haydn Oakley, Olivia Phillip, Lucy St. Louis, Giles Terera, Kayi Ushe, Tosh Wanogho-Maud and Liam Wrate.

Gavin Creel has previously appeared in the West End as Claude in Hair at the Gielgud Theatre and as Bert in Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre. Creel received Tony Award® nominations for his roles in the Broadway productions of Hair and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Jared Gertner will make his West End debut in The Book of Mormon. He was a member of the original Tony Award®-winning Broadway company and has previously been seen on stage in Spelling Bee at the Circle in the Square Theatre and in Ordinary Days at the Roundabout Theatre. Gertner has also been seen on TV in Ugly Betty and The Good Wife.
The Book of Mormon comes from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album, follows a pair of Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s a long way from Salt Lake City.

Book, Music and Lyrics are by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Directed by Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon has choreography by Casey Nicholaw, set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design by Brian Ronan, orchestrations by Larry Hochman and Stephen Oremus and music supervision and vocal arrangements by Stephen Oremus.

The Book of Mormon is produced in the West End by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions.

The Broadway production of The Book of Mormon continues at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York. In September the first national US tour began at the Denver Center Attractions’ Ellie Caulkins Opera House and in December a new company of The Book of Mormon will begin an engagement at the Bank of America Theatre, Chicago.



Theatre Prince of Wales Theatre, Coventry Street, London, W1D 6AS
Dates 25 February - 1 June 2013 (current booking period)

Performance schedule Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm (except 21 March, 7pm)
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
(first Wednesday matinee on 6 March 2013)
Ticket Prices 25 February – 30 March 2013: £27.50 - £57.50
From 1 April 2013: £37.50 - £67.50
All ticket prices include a £1 theatre restoration levy

Lottery At each performance lottery tickets will be available at £20 each.
Entries to the lottery will be accepted in person at the Box Office two and a half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours before each performance. Check website for further details. Lottery tickets are subject to availability.

Box Office 0844 4825110
Website www.bookofmormonlondon.com
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The Tailor Made Man: Casting News




FAYE TOZER AND DYLAN TURNER TO STAR IN
THE TAILOR-MADE MAN
THE TRUE STORY OF WILLIAM HAINES



A NEW MUSICAL RECEIVING ITS WORLD PREMIERE
AT THE ARTS THEATRE, LONDON

OPENING ON THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2013
FOR AN EIGHT-WEEK LIMITED SEASON

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN is the true story of William Haines, the silent screen star who was fired by Louis B Mayer of MGM Studios because he was gay and refused to marry and give up his lifelong partner Jimmy Shields.  The new musical will receive its world premiere at the Arts Theatre in London opening on Thursday 21 February 2013, following previews from 13 February, for a limited eight-week season ending on 6 April.  It will star Faye Tozer as Marion Davies and Dylan Turner as William Haines.

In 1930, William “Billy” Haines was one of MGM’s most idolised male stars, second only to John Gilbert.  On screen he was tailor-made to get the girl in the last reel.  On the back lot he cruised every bit player and stagehand in sight.  Billy lived openly with his lover and former stand-in Jimmy Shields.  This was tolerated by the studio until rumours started to seep out into the wider world.  Louis B Mayer ordered him to marry the sultry silent screen vamp Pola Negri.  Billy refused and so Louis B Mayer fired him.  Billy’s defiance of the studio led to his second and even more successful career as an interior designer to the stars.  THE TAILOR-MADE MAN is a powerful story about Hollywood and its system and hypocrisy, but above all it is the story of Billy and Jimmy’s turbulent, passionate love affair that survived and lasted over 50 years.

Faye Tozer is a member of Brit award-winning pop group Steps, who have recently successfully reformed with a number 1 album, sell-out tour and a hit television show.  When Steps originally split up in 2001, Faye went on to have a top 10 hit with Russell Watson, Someone Like You, which led to an arena tour in the UK and New Zealand.  She made her musical theatre debut in the tour of Tell Me on a Sunday.  Subsequent theatre tours have includedLove ShackMe and My GirlDial M for Murder and Over the Rainbow.  She made her West End theatre debut in Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens.  Dylan Turner’s West End theatre includes Chariots of FireRock of AgesLife is a DreamMamma Mia! and Grease, as well as the UK tours of Chicago and Footloose.

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN was originally written as a play by Claudio Macor.  He has now written the book for the musical, with music by Duncan Walsh Atkins and Adam Meggido and lyrics by Adam Meggido.  The musical adaptation is by Amy Rosenthal.

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN will be directed at the Arts Theatre by Claudio Macor, with Martin Constantine as the creative associate.  Choreography will be by Nathan M Wright, with design by Sophia Simensky, lighting by Humphrey McDermott, sound by Tom Marshall and musical direction by Duncan Walsh Atkins.

THE TAILOR-MADE MAN will be produced in London by Stephen McGill.




LISTINGS INFORMATION
THE TAILOR-MADE MAN
Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport St
London WC2H 7JB

Performances:  Monday-Saturday 7.30pm*; Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm
*Tuesday 21 February at 7.00pm

Tickets:  £20.00, £30.00, £39.50 (Previews: £10.00, £20.00, £29.50)

Box Office:  020 7836 8463


Twitter:    @TailorMadeManUK

Tickets on sale from Monday 12 November

Friday, 9 November 2012

Les Mis: Movie Trailer 2

Not long after the new character posters hit the internet, but Universal follow up with a brand new second trailer for Les Miserables.  Featuring a lot more of the film including a bit more of Theatrelands own Samantha Barks, the trailer has a real epic feel and should be a real event movie by the time it opens in the UK on Jan 13th 2013.  So enjoy the trailer below and let us know what you think!


Sunday, 4 November 2012

Les Mis: New Character Posters

With the Christmas release of the movie version of Les Miserables approaching ever nearer, a whole bunch of character posters for the film have been released with this week two more being added.  The two new posters feature 'Masters of the House' Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter & Eddie Redmayne with Amanda Seyfried.  All of which can be seen below including the other posters released.  Les Miserables is released on Jan 13th in the UK.










Thursday, 25 October 2012

A Chorus Line - Open Auditions

Based on true stories, A Chorus Line revolutionised Broadway becoming the longest running musical in New York theatre history, breaking records, winning nine Tony Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, the New York Critics’ Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Now for the first time since its award-winning London season premiered in 1975, the original creators join forces to bring this iconic musical to the world-famous London Palladium.

Open auditions for the Broadway spectacular, A Chorus Line, took place at the London Palladium. With 700 dancers and singers from around the world, life imitated art on stage for a place in the Chorus Line.  Below is some video footage of those open rehearsals   A Chorus Line opens from 2nd February for a strictly limited season at the London Palladium.  Theatre One will keep you up to date with the latest news from A Chorus Line including casting and a review when we get it! 





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All That Fall to transfer to the Arts Theatre in Nov


Following a sold-out run at the Jermyn Street Theatre, Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s radio play ALL THAT FALL starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon will transfer to the Arts Theatre from 6 November, opening on Thursday 8 November, for a strictly limited run of 23 performances, closing on 24 November.

Specially commissioned by the BBC as a radio play, ALL THAT FALL was first broadcast in 1957.  Set in rural Ireland, the play follows Mrs Rooney (Eileen Atkins), struggling under her aged, rheumatic, large frame, on her way to meet her blind and ill-tempered husband (Michael Gambon) off the train.  Along the way, she encounters Christy with his dung cart, old Tyler on his bicycle, Mr Slocum, a racecourse clerk, and Miss Fitt, a pious spinster.  At once chilling and compassionate, intimate and expansive, ALL THAT FALL offers an inimitably idiosyncratic and at times hilarious perspective on loss, grief and old age.

Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon are joined on stage by Oliver Barry-Brook, Ruairi Conaghan, Ian Conningham, Catherine Cusack, Aidan Dunlop, Frank Grimes, James Hayes and Gerard Horan.
ALL THAT FALL by Samuel Beckett is directed by Trevor Nunn, with sound by Paul Groothuis, design by Cherry Truluck and lighting by Phil Hewitt.

Richard Darbourne, Thelma Holt and Gene David Kirk will present the Jermyn Street Theatre production of ALL THAT FALL by Samuel Beckett at the Arts Theatre.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

ALL THAT FALL by Samuel Beckett
Arts Theatre
6-7 Great Newport St
London WC2H 7JB

Performances:  Mondays-Saturdays at 7.30pm; Thursdays and Saturdays at 3pm
Running Time:  75 minutes (no interval) N.B. Latecomers will not be admitted
Tickets:  £20-£35 Monday-Thursday; £20-£39.50 Friday & Saturday
Box Office:  020 7836 8463

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Watch Out The Mormons Are Coming!

After becoming Broadway's biggest success in years, The Book Of Mormon is now headed to London's West End.  Written by South Park's Matt Parker & Trey Stone alongside Avenue Q's Co-Writer & Composer Robert Lopez, Book Of Mormon is an outrageous musical based on two mismatched missionaries trying to save a local Ugandian tribe from a nearby Warlord and turn them to the Book of Mormon for Salvation.  With the South Park Boys and the co creator of Avenue Q, you know full well that this will not be a low key solemn affair.  Below is a video from a US based programme 60 minutes on the musical and at brief look at the careers of Parker & Stone.






Tickets went on public sale for the West End production of The Book of Mormon on 23 September 2012. Preview performances will begin at the Prince of Wales Theatre on 25 February 2013, with the official opening night on 21 March. Casting will be announced shortly.

The Book of Mormon will offer a limited number of top-price stalls tickets at £20 for each performance. These seats will be available through The Book of Mormon lottery. Entries to the lottery will be accepted in person at the Box Office two and a half hours prior to each performance. Names will be drawn at random two hours before each performance.


The Book of Mormon is produced in the West End by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions.

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory The Musical headed to London

ROALD DAHL's deliciously dark tale of young Charlie Bucket and the mysterious confectioner Willy Wonka comes to life in a brand new West End musical directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes

When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. 

Featuring ingenious stagecraft, the wonder of the original story that has captivated the world for almost 50 years is brought to life with music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (Grammy® winners for Hairspray; Smash), a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig (The Bacchae; Tintin In Tibet), set and costume designs by Mark Thompson (Mamma Mia!; One Man, Two Guvnors) and choreography by Peter Darling (Billy Elliot The Musical; Matilda The Musical). 

A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this spectacular new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.




Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick today announced that Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge will play Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25th June next year. 


Tickets for the new musical go on public sale on Monday 15th October, for performances from 18th May 2013 until the end of the current booking period on Saturday 30th November 2013. 

Douglas Hodge is a four time Olivier-nominated actor/director, who has worked at the National Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Court Theatre. On Broadway, he is currently starring at the American Airlines Theatre in the title role of Cyrano de Bergerac, for the Roundabout Theatre Company. He won the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his Broadway debut in La Cage Aux Folles, having already won the Olivier Award for the same performance in London. For ten years he worked closely with Harold Pinter, and he was Associate Director at the Donmar from 2007 to 2009. He has released two albums of his own compositions 'Cowley Road Songs' and 'Nightbus', and he won the Stiles and Drewe 2012 Best New Song Award for 'Powercut'. Alongside numerous television credits, his feature films include Vanity FairRobin Hood, the soon to be releasedSerena, and Diana – in which he plays Paul Burrell, butler to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

Full Casting for The Bodyguard Announced


FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW MUSICAL


Opening Autumn 2012 at The Adelphi Theatre
Joining the previously announced Heather Headley and Lloyd Owen in the new musical THE BODYGUARD, to be directed by Thea Sharrock, will be Debbie Kurup, Mark Letheren, Ray Shell, Nicolas Colicos, Mark McKerracher, Sean Chapman, David Page and Oliver Le Sueur. They are joined by Luis Buddy, Caius Duncombe, Jaydon Fowora Knight, Kwame Kandekore, Taylor Lockhart and Malakai Paul who will share the role of Fletcher, Rachel Marron's young son. Ensemble members are Nigel Barber, Jordan Darrell, Yasmin Harrison, Shanay Holmes, Holly James, Robert Jezek, Melissa Keyes, Gil Kolirin, Janet Kumah, Nicholas Maude, Richard Murphy, Gloria Onitiri, Ashley-Jordon Packer, Dharmesh Patel, Lucinda Shaw, Paul Smethurst, Charlotte Watts and James Wooldridge.
Based on Lawrence Kasdan's 1992 Warner Bros. film, this brand new musical of THE BODYGUARD, with book by Alex Dinelariswill open at the Adelphi Theatre in Autumn 2012. Previews begin on 6 November 2012, twenty years after the release of the Oscar nominated film. Press performances are 1 December at 7.30pm, 4 December at 7.30pm as well as opening night on 5 December at 7pm with reviews under embargo until 6 December 2012.
Former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard, Frank Farmer, is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge; what they don't expect is to fall in love. A romantic thriller, The Bodyguard features a whole host of irresitable classics including Queen of the Night, So Emotional, One Moment in Time, Saving All My Love, I'm Your Baby Tonight, Run to You, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hit songs of all time - I Will Always Love You.
With designs by Tim Hatley, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Richard Brooker and video designs by Duncan McLean. Choreography is by Arthur Pita, orchestrations byChris Egan with musical supervision by Mike DixonThe Bodyguard is produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian.
Tony and Grammy award-winning Heather Headley will make her West End stage debut as Rachel Marron. Having originated the role of Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, Headley went on to play the title role in Aida for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Her debut solo album, This is Who I Am, was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album,Audience of One, won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. In recent years she has worked extensively with Andrea Bocelli on his American and international tours and sung at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Lloyd Owen was last on stage in London playing leading roles inLoyalty at Hampstead Theatre and Blood and Gifts at the National Theatre. Previously his theatre credits include The York Realist for the Royal Court, Julius Caesar for the Young Vic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for the Almeida Theatre and The Way of the World for the Royal Exchange Theatre. On television Owen is best known for playing Paul Bowman-MacDonald in the BBC's long running drama Monarch of the Glen and Indiana Jones' father Professor Henry Jones, Sr, in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. His other television credits include Ghost SquadThe ViceCoupling, Wire in the Blood and Dead Gorgeous. His film credits include Apollo 18, Miss Potter, The Republic of Love, Between Dreams and the forthcoming Free Ride with Anna Paquin and Drea de Matteo.
Alternating the role of Rachel Marron’s young son Fletcher will beLuis Buddy (aged 11 from Ealing, London), Caius Duncombe(aged 11 from Shepherd’s Bush, London), Jaydon Fowora Knight(aged 11 from Lambeth, London), Kwame Kandekore (aged 9 from Leicester), Taylor Lockhart (aged 10 from Lower Earley, near Reading) and Malaki Paul (aged 10 from Edmonton, London).
Thea Sharrock’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boyswith Danny DeVito and Richard Griffiths opened at the Savoy Theatre earlier this year, reuniting her with Griffiths who she directed in Equus both in the West End and on Broadway and inHeroes at the Wyndham’s Theatre.  Her production of 13completed a run at the National Theatre last year where she previously directed After The Dance for which she won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Revival, Happy Now? andThe Emperor Jones.  Her other theatre credits include Cause Célèbre for the Old Vic and The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre.  Sharrock was previously Artistic Director at the Southwark Playhouse (2001-2003) and the Gate Theatre (2004-2006).


Christmas Performance Schedule
Monday 24 December 2012 – no performance
Tuesday 25 December 2012 – no performance
Wednesday 26 December 2012 – 7.30pm
Thursday 27 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 28 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29 December 2012 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 30 December 2012 – no performance
Monday 31 December 2012 – 7.30pm
Tuesday 1 January 2013 – 7.30pm
Wednesday 2 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 3 January 2013 – 3pm & 7.30pm
Friday 4 January 2013 – 7.30pm
Saturday 5 January 2013 - 3pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 6 January 2013 – no performance
Listings Information
Dates: 
6 November 2012 - 27 April 2013 (first booking period)
Address: 
Adelphi Theatre, Strand, London WC2
Performance Schedule: 
Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3pm
Box Office:
0844 579 0094 (no booking fee)
Ticket Prices: 
in previews £20 - £57.50 including £1 theatre restoration levy
then £20 - £67-50 including £1 theatre restoration levy
No booking fee for tickets purchased directly from the Adelphi Theatre
Day Seats: 
A limited number of £25 day seats will go on sale from the Box Office at 10am on the day of the performance
Website:thebodyguardmusical.com (no booking fee)