Friday, 31 January 2014

Back To The Future - The Musical?

Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale are working with Universal Stage Productions (Wicked and Billy Elliot), London-based producer Colin Ingram (Ghost – The Musical) and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to develop a stage musical version of their film Back to the Future.  It will be produced with Donovan Mannato and CJ E&M.  The new musical will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams, including ‘The Power of Love’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’.  The production will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, with set and costume design by Soutra Gilmour, illusions by Paul Kieve, lighting design by Jon Clark, and musical supervision by Alan Williams.  Andrew Willis will be skateboard consultant.
Back to the Future the movie was released in 1985, starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly and Christopher Lloyd as Dr Emmett Brown.  The film took $360.6 million at the box office worldwide and the total box office for all three films in the Back to the Future franchise was $936.6 million (over $1.8 billion in today’s money).

Marty McFly is a teenager who is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr Emmett Brown.  As well as finding a way back to 1985, Marty must make sure his high school-aged parents unite in order to save his own existence.

Bob Gale said, "The Back to the Future Musical is a project that Bob Zemeckis and I have been exploring for almost ten years.  We're thrilled to be at last in partnership with a creative and producing team that will create a show that is true to the spirit of the film without being a slavish remake. Director Jamie Lloyd is full of passion, energy and imaginative ideas and we are overjoyed to have the film's composer Alan Silvestri composing the music, with lyrics by Glen Ballard who has also collaborated with Zemeckis before on many projects.  With all of us working together, we know the integrity of the material will be preserved in a production that will be a wonderful companion to the Trilogy. We intend to use music from the movie along with brand new songs to make a version of Back to the Future that is fresh, entertaining, and takes advantage of all the amazing things that can now be done on stage.  We can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the film."

Jamie Lloyd said, “I was five when I saw Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale’s landmark movie, Back to the Future, and I have been a huge fan ever since. I am thrilled to be directing and co-writing this exciting new musical based on their masterful film, which has become embedded in our popular culture. Rather than attempt to recreate such an iconic movie on stage, we have assembled a brilliant artistic team to discover a unique theatrical language to take audiences on a journey through time in a vibrant, unexpected way. The production will include illusions, skateboarding and many other surprises that will capture the spirit of the film but freshly interpret it for a new audience. Steven Spielberg once described the film as a musical and whilst we are incorporating some of the original, exhilarating score and songs, Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard's witty, infectious and heartfelt new songs are the perfect springboard to tell this uplifting story anew.”

Robert Zemeckis directed all three of the Back to the Future films, as well as Romancing the StoneWho Framed Roger Rabbit and Forrest Gump, for which he won the Oscar for Best Director.  Further directing credits include Cast AwayWhat Lies BeneathThe Polar ExpressFlight and A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey.

Bob Gale co-wrote and co-produced the Back to the Future Trilogy with Robert Zemeckis, his long-standing collaborator.  In addition to numerous other screenplays, he has also written comics, including issues of Batman and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Alan Silvestri first worked with Robert Zemeckis on the 1984 film Romancing the Stone. Since then, he has composed the music for all of Zemeckis’s films, including the Back to the Future Trilogy, Who Framed Roger RabbitDeath Becomes Her,Forrest GumpCast Away and The Polar Express.  He won two Grammy Awards for ‘Believe’ from The Polar Express and forCast Away.

Six-time Grammy award winner Glen Ballard has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and has worked with Aretha Franklin, Van Halen, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson, to name a few.  He co-wrote and produced Billboard magazine’s Best Album of the Decade (1990s), the multi-platinum Jagged Little Pill, for Alanis Morissette.  He co-wrote the Grammy award-winning ‘Believe’ with Alan Silvestri for The Polar Express and his other songs for films include ‘Ordinary Miracle’ forCharlotte’s Web and ‘A Hero Comes Home’ for Beowulf.  He co-wrote music and lyrics for Ghost – the Musical with Dave Stewart.

Director Jamie Lloyd’s recent credits include The Pride with Hayley Atwell and Macbeth with James McAvoy at the Trafalgar Studios and The Commitments at the Palace Theatre.  Other credits include Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic, She Stoops to Conquer at the National Theatre, Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre, The Loverand The Collection at the Comedy Theatre, and the musicals Passion (Best Musical Evening Standard Award) and Piaf at the Donmar Warehouse, where he was Associate Director from 2008 to 2011.

Soutra Gilmour won the Evening Standard Award for Best Design for Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse andAntigone at the National Theatre.  Her other theatre designs include MacbethThe Hothouse and The Pride at Trafalgar Studios, Strange Interlude at the National Theatre, Merrily We Roll Along at the Menier and Harold Pinter, Into the Woods at the Open Air Theatre and the Public Theater in New York, and Cyrano de Bergerac at the Roundabout Theater in New York, for which she received a Tony nomination.

Paul Kieve has been responsible for the illusions in Ghost - The Musical (for which he won a Drama Desk Award) and Matildain the West End and on Broadway, as well as Pippin on Broadway and The Lord of the Rings in the West End.  He has worked with Derren Brown on his Svengali and Enigma West End shows and his television series, and recently has been working with Dynamo.  His films include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and he was magic consultant on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and coached Anne Hathaway on Batman – The Dark Knight Rises.  Paul was awarded the 2013 Creative Fellowship by The Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle) Hollywood, the highest award for creativity in magic.

Skateboard consultant Andrew Willis built a skate park in East London using reclaimed materials left over from the Olympic Games, creating a lasting legacy for the local community of Hackney Wick, and his story features in the most recent Google television advertisement.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Fatal Attraction: Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis join Fatal Attraction Cast

Mark Bazeley and Kristin Davis will join the previously announced Natascha McElhone in Trevor Nunn’s production of Fatal Attraction to play Dan and Beth Gallagher.  Written by James Dearden, the world stage premiere of Fatal Attraction will open at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on 25 March 2014, with previews now starting on 11 March and currently booking to 21 June 2014.  Designs are by Rob Jones with lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Paul Groothuis. 

The cast is led Natascha McElhone as Alex Forrest with Mark Bazeley as Dan Gallagher and Kristin Davis as his wife Beth.  Other cast includes Jane How as Joan and Alex Lowe as Jimmy. Final casting will be announced shortly.

This story of obsession and revenge explores how a chance meeting in a bar and a casual encounter quickly becomes a living nightmare for Dan Gallagher, a successful New York lawyer, and his young family. After spending one weekend with the gorgeous Alex Forrest, he assumes he can just walk away, but Alex is a woman who refuses to be ignored. She pursues Dan and his family with terrifying consequences. 

Mark Bazeley (Dan Gallagher) was last on stage in Trevor Nunn’s production of Scenes from a Marriage at the St James’ Theatre. His other theatre credits include Our New Girl for the Bush Theatre, The Seagull for the National Theatre, Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, Macbeth at the Albery Theatre, Homebody/Kabul  for the Young Vic and The Real Thing  for the Donmar Warehouse.  His television credits include Death in Paradise, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, Endeavour, The Accused, Mistresses, HustleSpooks and Prime Suspect.  Bazeley’s film credits include The Queen, The Damned United and The Special Relationship.

Kristin Davis will make her West End stage debut as Beth Gallagher. She is best known on television for playing Charlotte in HBO’s Sex and the City.  Her other television credits include the role of Brooke Armstrong in Melrose Placeand more recently Ginny in Bad Teacher , as well as guest appearances on Will & Grace, FriendsSeinfeldThe Larry Sanders Show and ER.  Her many film credits include Journey 2: The Mysterious IslandSex and The City 1 & 2, Couples Retreat, Deck The Halls, The Shaggy Dog and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.  In 2012 Davis made her Broadway stage debut in Gore Vidal’s The Best Man at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.  She made her British stage debut playing Sunny Jacobs in The Exonerated in London in 2006 at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studio, following an off-Broadway run.  Davis also performed in the Brave New World season, a three day marathon of 50 original works that commemorated the September 11th attacks.

Natascha McElhone’s (Alex Forrest) stage credits include Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Open Air Theatre Regents Park, The Count of Monte Cristo at Manchester Royal Exchange, Mishe Mokiev’s production of The Cherry Orchard at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre and more recently, Honour at Wyndhams’ Theatre.  Her extensive film credits include Surviving PicassoThe Truman Show, The Devil’s Own, RoninSolarisThe Secret of Moonacre Manor, Mrs Dalloway, Laurel Canyon, Ladies in Lavender, The KidTheatre of Dreams and Love’s Labour’s Lost.  More recently McElhone starred in The Sea opposite Rufus Sewell and Ciaran Hinds. Her many television credits include NBC’s mini-series RevelationsThe Company and Sleepyhead for Sky TV.  McElhone stars as Karen in the popular Showtime TV series Californicationnow airing its last and final season.

James Dearden wrote his Academy Award nominated original screenplay for Fatal Attraction in 1986, based on his short film Diversion, which he wrote, produced and directed in 1979.  He wrote and directed Pascali’s Island in 1987 - starring Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren - which was selected as the official British entry for the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.  Dearden has worked extensively as a screenwriter in Hollywood for a number of years, during which time he also wrote and directed the feature films A Kiss Before Dying and Rogue Trader.  He recently co-wrote the screenplay of Albert Cohen’s Belle de Seigneur.  This theatrical version of Fatal Attraction marks his first venture into live theatre.

Trevor Nunn returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket where as Artistic Director he directed Flare Path, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Tempest and The Lion In Winter.  Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre.  He has directed the world premieres of Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White.  More recently his theatre credits include A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind and Kiss Me Kate for The Old Vic, Birdsong and A Chorus of Disapproval at the Comedy Theatre, Relative Values for the Theatre Royal Bath, All That Fall in London and off Broadway and Scenes from a Marriage at the St James Theatre.

Fatal Attraction is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart. 

LISTINGS INFORMATION           

Theatre:                           Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Suffolk St, London SW1Y 4HT
Dates:                              first booking period 11 March – 21 June 2014
Press Night:                       25 March 2014 at 7pm
Performances:                   Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
                                      Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm
Prices:                              £12-£65 to include booking fee, plus concessions
A limited number of Day Seats at £15 each will go on sale from the Box Office, in person only, from 10am on the day of performance
All ticket prices include a £1.50 restoration levy
Ticket prices include a £2 booking fee for phone and internet bookings.  No booking fee in person at the theatre.
Box Office:                        0207 930 8800
Website:                           www.trh.co.uk
Facebook:                        www.facebook.com/theatreroyalhaymarket
Twitter:                            TRH_london

Donkey's Years: First Images Released

Rehearsal images of Michael Frayn’s classic comedy, Donkeys’ Years which comes to Rose Theatre Kingston in February 2014 are now available.  This sparkling revival, which will open on the 6 February, will be directed by Lisa Spirling, making a return to the Rose following her acclaimed production of Michael Frayn’s Here in 2012. 

The full cast of Donkeys’ Years includes: Keith Barron as ‘Birkett’, Simon Coates as ‘Tate’, Jason Durr as ‘Quine’, James Dutton as ‘Taylor’, Jamie Glover as ‘Headingley’, John Hodgkinson as ‘Sainsbury’, Ian Hughes as ‘Snell’, Jemma Redgrave as ‘Lady Driver’ and Nicholas Rowe as ‘Buckle’.

The perfect summer’s day, and at one of the older universities solidly successful middle-aged men are getting into their dinner-jackets for a reunion dinner.  No women, of course, because in the far-off days of their youth even the passing glimpse of a woman in college was an event to remember.   But everyone’s coming!  Even Roddy Moore, their elusive hero.  As the moon rises and the wine goes down, middle-aged men become young again, with only too predictable results.  And, in the midst of the battlefield, hidden in Roddy Moore’s old rooms waiting for a quiet word with her lost love, that very woman they all once glimpsed and never forgot…

Michael Frayn (Playwright) is a multi-award winning playwright and novelist, best known for plays including Noises OffDemocracy and Copenhagen. His critically successful novels include Towards The End Of The MorningHeadlong and Spies, which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction.

Lisa Spirling (Director) most recently directed Fault Lines and I Know How I Feel About Eve at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs.  Her other theatre directorial credits include Here (Rose Theatre Kingston), Idiots of Ants (Pleasance, Edinburgh), Hundreds & Thousands (Soho Theatre) and Boeing Boeing (Alley Theatre, Texas). Spirling is also co-founder of Buckle for Dust Theatre Company and is an affiliate artist at Theatre503.
For more information on Donkeys’ Years and to book tickets visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org.













LISTINGS:
Rose Theatre Kingston presents
Donkeys’ Years

Thursday 6 – Sat 22 Feb
Written by Michael Frayn
Directed by Lisa Spirling
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday Matinee 2.30pm
Signed Performance: Fri 14 Feb, 7.30pm
Tickets £19 - £28.50, pit cushions £5 (bkg fee may apply)
Thursday Matinee Tickets £13 - £20, pit cushions £5 (bkg fee may apply)
Box Office:
08444 821 556 (bkg fee)
 
Mon – Sat 10am – 8pm (6pm non-performance days)
Sun – one hour before the show

No fees are payable when booking in person at the box office. An additional £1 per ticket booking fee and £1.60 per booking transaction fee are payable when booking online and by phone.
Under 26s &  Students     
                     
Every Tuesday there are a limited number of £5 tickets on the best available seats for 16 - 26 years old and students. Please note valid ID will be required upon collection. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.

Concessions:
Only one discount per ticket, subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. No discount on pit cushion prices. Over 60, unwaged, entertainment union, children under 16yrs and students £3 off.

Groups:
Groups of 10+ enjoy generous discounts on some shows and a specially discounted price for some midweek matinees.

Access:
Patrons with disabilities enjoy half price tickets. The Rose is a fully accessible organisation and we welcome everyone.
There is Blue Badge parking in High Street and Rose car park

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory: Invites Applicants for 'Golden Ticket' Work Placements

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – THE NEW MUSICAL INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR ‘GOLDEN TICKET’ WORK PLACEMENTS

Applications are now open for five ‘Golden Ticket’ week-long, paid work experience placements on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, which will provide five people with a unique insigt into the working world of theatre. What’s more, at the end of the week, the most promising candidate will be rewarded with a life-changing three-month paid placement as production intern, working alongside some of the most experienced people in the business.

The ‘Golden Ticket’ placements are part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent, a brand new programme of investment in skills and training for the creative industries.  

Candidates should apply through the Time Warner Careers 
website: www.timewarner.com/careers. The deadline for applications is 16th February.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY EXTENDS BOOKING UNTIL 30 MAY 2015
NEW BOOKING PERIOD ON-SALE FROM 7 FEBRUARY 2014

THE STAGE MUSICAL SETS NEW WEST END RECORD FOR REPORTED WEEKLY GROSS SALES FOR A SECOND TIME

Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory today announced that it is extending its run at Theatre Royal Drury Lane until 20 May 2015. The new booking period will go on sale on 7 February 2014.

Producers also revealed that Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory broke the West End theatre record for the highest reported weekly gross sales for a second time, taking a total of £1,080,260.00 in the week commencing 30 December 2013. The show set the previous record of £1,062,606.00 in the week commencing 28 October 2013.

Olivier and Tony Award®-winning actor Douglas Hodge plays Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, which opened at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 25 June 2013.

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, a book by award-winning playwright and adaptor David Greig, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson and choreography by Peter Darling.
Alongside Douglas Hodge, the cast includes Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe, Clive Carter as Mr Salt, Jasna Ivir as Mrs Gloop, Paul J Medford as Mr Beauregarde, Iris Roberts as Mrs Teavee, Billy Boyle as Grandpa George, Alex Clatworthy as Mrs Bucket, Roni Page as Grandma Josephine, Myra Sands as Grandma Georgina and Jack Shalloo as Mr Bucket.
The Official Cast Recording album is available now on Sony Records, on CD and download.

This world premiere musical is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Langley Park Productions.

www.CharlieandtheChocolateFactory.comBox Office: 0844 858 8877

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5JFBooking until 30 May 2015

Ghosts: Extends run until 22nd March

Richard Eyre was named Best Director for Ghosts at this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards.  Lesley Manville was nominated for the Natasha Richardson Award for Best Actress and the production’s Designer Tim Hatley and Lighting Designer Peter Mumford were jointly nominated for Best Design.

Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of his father’s dissolute life.

Multi award-winning theatre, film and television actor Lesley Manville was last on stage in Grief at the National Theatrewhere she has previously been seen in Her Naked Skin, Pillars of the Community, The Alchemist and His Dark Materials.  Other theatre credits include Six Degrees of Separation and All About My Mother at the Old Vic, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Pope’s Wedding and Three Sisters at the Royal Court and for the Royal Shakespeare Company she has been seen in The Wives’ Excuse, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and As YouLike It.  On screen, Lesley has regularly collaborated with Mike Leigh in films including Another Year, All or Nothing, Topsy-Turvy, Secrets and Lies and High Hopes.   Her other film credits include The Christmas Candle, Molly Moon, Maleficent, Romeo and Juliet, Spike Islandand A Christmas Carol.  On television her credits include An Adventure in Space and Time, The Man Who Would Be Bond, Mayday, Cranford, North and South, Bodily Harm, Other Peoples' Children, Promoted To Glory, The Cazalets, David Copperfield, Painted Lady, The Bite, Holding On, Tears Before Bedtime, A Statement of Affairs, Top Girls, Grown-Ups and The Firm.

Richard Eyre’s credits at the Almeida include The Dark Earth and the Light Sky, David Hare’s The Judas Kiss - his first production after leaving the National Theatre where he was Director from 1988 - 1997 - The Novice and Hedda Gabler.  His more recent work as a director for the stage includes the award-winning production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible on Broadway, the world premieres of Nicholas Wright’sVincent in Brixton and The Reporter both for the National Theatre, Noel Coward’s Private Lives on Broadway and the musical Mary Poppins.  Most recently he directed Stephen Ward The Musical currently running at the Aldwych Theatre, Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndham’s Theatre and The Pajama Game for Chichester Festival Theatre which transfers to the Shaftesbury Theatre in May. For television his credits include Changing Stages - a BBC Series on the history of theatre in the 20th century, which he co-wrote with Nicholas Wright and presented and the BAFTA award-winning Tumbledown.  Eyre recently directed the critically-acclaimed Henry IV Parts 1 and 2for the BBC’s 2012 Shakespeare Season.  His film credits include Iris, Stage Beauty, Notes on a Scandal and The Other Man.

Ghosts is produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre with Rupert Gavin, Tanya Link Productions and JFL Theatricals/GHF Productions in association with 1001 Nights.

LISTINGS INFORMATION
GhostsTrafalgar Studio One, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DYUntil 22 March 2014

Box Office: Trafalgar Studios 0844 871 7632 or Almeida Theatre 020 7359 4404 (no booking fee).To book online visit: www.atgtickets.comor www.almeida.co.uk

Performance Times: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinee 2.30pm.
Ticket prices: £10 (day seats), £19.50, £32, £49.50. Premium seats available.
Concessions: Top price tickets for £32 available Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Thursday matinees. Bookable in advance via ATG or Almeida Box Office
Group Bookings: 10 + £32 Available Monday – Thursday including midweek matinee
School Bookings: 15+ £21.50 (1 teacher free per 10 students) Monday - Thursday performances
Captioned Performances: 11 and 21 February 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: 22 February 2.30pm

Once: Declan Bennett Heads From West End To East End

Later this week, on Friday 24 January 2014, over 400,000 new tickets will be released for sale for the hit West End musical Once, taking bookings at the Phoenix Theatre to 4 July 2015.  The eight time Tony award-winning musical, directed by John Tiffany, opened at the Phoenix Theatre in April last year where it has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. 

The current cast, led by Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić as Guy and Girl respectively, will continue until 8 March 2014.   Bennett will then go on to join the cast of EastEnders, where he will play Charlie Cotton, Dot’s grandson.

Bennett said:  “In April last year I began what has been an incredible journey at the Phoenix Theatre playing the role of Guy in Once.  This job has given me one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will only have fond memories and great recollections of my time in the show.   I am very excited to be embarking on a very different path in my career moving from stage to screen playing Charlie Cotton in the iconic BBC TV Soap EastEnders.  I, of course, will miss treading the boards in the West End, but I am very much looking forward inhabiting my new East End role.  I wish the new Once cast as much enjoyment and pleasure as I have experienced throughout my time with the show.”

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.  Scenic and costume designs are by Bob Crowley, with lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.  Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once.

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a 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.

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 2011.  The production went on to break box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension.  The Broadway production of Once continues at the Bernard B. Jacob’s Theatre and the North American tour began last Autumn.  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 original cast recording of Once is available via Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks -www.MasterworksBroadway.com
The Producers of the West End production are Barbara BroccoliJohn 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.

From Here To Eternity to close



Further to previous notices, producers today confirmed that From Here to Eternity will close on 29 March 2014 following a six month run at the Shaftesbury Theatre. 

Adapted from James Jones’ classic novel, the musical unites Tim Rice (lyrics), Stuart Brayson (music) and Bill Oakes (book).  It is directed by Tamara Harvey, designed by Soutra Gilmour and choreographed by Javier de Frutos. Darius Campbell plays Warden, Soutra Gilmour plays Lorene, Robert Lonsdale plays Prewitt, Ryan Sampson plays Maggio and Rebecca Thornhill plays Karen. 

LISTINGS INFORMATIONTim Rice and Lee Menzies for Eternity Productions Limited present
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY
Based on the novel by James Jones
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Music by Stuart Brayson
Book by Bill Oakes
Director Tamara Harvey
Set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour
Choreographer Javier De Frutos
Orchestrator and musical supervisor David White
Lighting designer Bruno Poet
Sound designer Mick Potter
Shaftesbury Theatre, 210 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8DP
Box Office: 020 7379 5399
To Book online visit: www.FromHereToEternityTheMusical.com