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London’s Queen’s Theatre To Be Renamed After Stephen Sondheim

  • Deadline
London’s Queen’s Theatre To Be Renamed After Stephen Sondheim
In honor of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday next March, London’s Queen’s Theatre will be renamed Sondheim Theatre after the influential American composer and lyricist. This will make Sondheim the only living artist to have a theatre named for him both in the West End and on Broadway.

Theater owner Cameron Mackintosh today announced that the West End theater, which has been home to the world’s longest running musical Les Misérables since 2004, will close July 13 for four months of renovations and a complete restoration of the auditorium and backstage. It will reopen in December as the newly named Sondheim Theatre and will continue as the home of Les Mis as it enters its 35th year.

Sondheim said he had loved British theatre since he saw his first play in London in 1958 and is honored by Mackintosh’s gesture. “I am chuffed, as you say in British English,
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London's Queen's Theatre, Home To Les Miserables, Renamed The Sondheim Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh today announces he is delighted that in honour of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday next March, the Queen's Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre, making him the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway. Following the renovation of wartime bomb damage and a major restoration of the auditorium and the complete backstage, the newly named Sondheim Theatre will continue as the home of world's longest running musical Les Miserables as it enters its 35th year.
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Alan Wasser, Longtime Broadway General Manager, Remembered As Industry Legend

Alan Wasser, the longtime Broadway general manager whose half-century career was recognized with an honorary Tony Award in 2017, was being remembered today as an industry legend with a legacy spanning generations.

Wasser, who died in New York at 70 on Sunday from complications from Parkinson’s disease, worked on some of the biggest Broadway productions of the 1980s and ’90s – many of them produced by his frequent collaborator Cameron Mackintosh – and the company Wasser co-founded in 2012, Foresight Theatrical LLC, is represented on Broadway today with The Prom and King Kong. Foresight’s upcoming productions include Moulin Rouge!

Mackintosh, in a press statement, said, “Alan’s contribution to the re-birth of the American musical theatre in the 1980’s and 1990’s was enormous, helping turn it into a hugely successful industry where before there had only been occasional big hits. Through Alan’s organizational efforts and inspiration, he brought to my attention numerous
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Danny Mac Joins ‘Amélie The Musical’ Tour

West End performer, Strictly Come Dancing favourite and television actor Danny Mac has been confirmed to join the UK tour of Amélie The Musical, based on the much-loved, five-time Oscar®-nominated film. Joining previously announced French-Canadian stage and screen star Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain, Danny Mac will play the sweet daydreamer Nino Quincampoix from 22 May. The role of Nino will be played by Chris Jared during performances at The Watermill Theatre.

This beloved story of an imaginative and shy romantic with a gift for helping others, will tour the UK in a vibrant, re-conception with new orchestrations. Press night will be held on Wednesday 17 April, 7.30pm at the Watermill Theatre in Newbury, with a gala performance at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Thursday 23 May, 7:30pm.

Amélie is the story of an astonishing young woman who lives quietly in the world, but loudly in her mind. She secretly improvises small,
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Theatre: Further Cast Announced For ‘Mary Poppins’ Return

Cameron Mackintosh and Disney are delighted to announce that Petula Clark and Joseph Millson will join the Company to play the Bird Woman and George Banks in the new production of Mary Poppins, which returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October 2019. They join the previously announced Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert.

Petula Clark

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins, brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by Pl Travers and the original beloved Walt Disney film, continues to be a smash hit around the world since it opening in London 15 years ago.

Petula Clark became a star in the UK at nine years old singing for the
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Photo Flash: First Look at Kaley Ann Voorhees & More in The Phantom Of The Opera Ahead of 31st Anniversary!

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group have announced that Broadway's blockbuster phenomenon, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, directed by Harold Prince, will continue making history with two upcoming milestones. The musical will first celebrate its 31st Anniversary this Saturday, January 26, 2019. The production is next on track to reach an unprecedented 13,000 performances in April. Both are feats achieved by no other Broadway show.
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Kaley Ann Voorhees, Eryn LeCroy, and Kelsey Connolly to Join The Phantom Of The Opera

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today principal cast changes for the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the New York production is celebrating a milestone 30 Years - an unprecedented feat achieved by no other Broadway show. The New York production has played over 12,500 performances to more than 18.5 million people at The Majestic Theatre 247 West 44th Street.
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2018 BFI London Film Festival Review – Wild Rose

Wild Rose, 2018.

Directed by Tom Harper.

Starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, Sophie Okonedo, Jamie Sives, James Harkness and Janey Godley.

Synopsis:

A young woman and ex-offender from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville country star.

Wild Rose is a sweet and sincere but light-hearted film about a young single mum from Glasgow, with a jail sentence to her name, who works as a cleaning lady and dreams of a future as a successful country singer in Nashville, Tennessee.

The film is truly made by Jessie Buckley’s great turn in the central role of Rose-Lynn Harlan. After some impressive work on TV dramas such as War and Peace and The Woman in White, Buckley is really making her mark as a fine and nuanced actress. In Wild Rose, she gets the chance to show off he voice again, having first gained notice on reality TV competition show I’d Do Anything,
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Charles Aznavour, French-Armenian Singer-Songwriter-Actor, Dies at 94

  • Variety
Charles Aznavour, French-Armenian Singer-Songwriter-Actor, Dies at 94
French-Armenian singer-songwriter-actor Charles Aznavour, best known for songs such as “She,” “Yesterday When I Was Young” and “For Mama,” has died. Aznavour, who was 94, died in his sleep from a cardiac arrest in his home in Mouries, France, according to his agent.

Aznavour sold more than 180 million records and appeared in more than 60 films. Bob Dylan considered Aznavour, sometimes referred to as a Gallic Frank Sinatra, to be “one of the greatest live performers” he’d ever seen. CNN named him Entertainer of the Century in 1998, and he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Monday: “Charles Aznavour was profoundly French, deeply attached to his Armenian roots and known throughout the world. He has accompanied the joys and pain of three generations. His masterpieces, the tone of his voice, his unique radiance will long survive him.”

Aznavour, who continued to perform
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‘Cats’ Lands ‘Wicked’ Release Date in Universal Movie Musical Shuffle

  • The Wrap
“Wicked” isn’t flying into movie theaters as soon as you’d hoped, Broadway fans. You’ll have “Cats” to comfort you.

Universal Pictures has given the campy Broadway treasure “Cats” the Dec. 20, 2019 release date it had previously staked for “Wicked,” the monster Broadway success also produced by the NBCUniversal holding (which has considerably outgrossed any film from the studio).

Universal said they were tinkering with new dates for “Wicked,” delayed for the moment due to “accommodate production scheduling.”

Also Read: Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen Join 'Cats' Musical Movie

Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper will lead a cast including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson and James Corden in “Cats,” based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title along with Debra Hayward and Hooper. Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the original “Cats” musical, is also expected to produce the feature adaptation,
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Breaking: Ben Crawford Will Be the New Man in the Mask in The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today a new leading man for the Broadway production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. The longest-running show in Broadway history, and one of the most successful worldwide stage productions of all-time, Phantom will welcome Broadway's Ben Crawford when he takes over the iconic title role beginning Monday, April 16, 2018 at The Majestic Theatre 247 West 44th Street.
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‘Les Misérables’ To Hit The Road For 2018/ 2019 UK Tour

After nearly a decade since the last UK tour sold out within days, Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that his acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will open at Curve Leicester for a season from Saturday 3 – Saturday 24 November 2018 (press night 14 November 2018 ), before playing the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (5 December 2018 – 12 January 2019), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (22 January – 16 February 2019) and Manchester Palace Theatre (19 February – 30 March 2019). Further dates will be announced.

Cameron Mackintosh said, “Since I first conceived the new production of “Les Misérables” to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in 2009, this production has taken the world by storm – more than matching the success of the original, which can now only be seen in London. I am thrilled that modern audiences have embraced this production as Les Mis for the 21st century and it is playing to packed houses all over the world in many languages. It also
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Peter Joback to Don the Mask for Phantom Of The Opera's 30th Anniversary on Broadway

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today final principal casting for the 30th Anniversary of the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the musical will welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary.
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Peter Joback to Don the Mask for Phantom Of The Opera's 30th Anniversary on Broadway

Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group announced today final principal casting for the 30th Anniversary of the longest-running show in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Harold Prince. One of the most successful stage productions of all-time, the musical will welcome back international stage star and Platinum-selling Swedish recording artist Peter J back to lead the 30th Anniversary.
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Les Miserables North American Tour Launches Tonight in Providence

Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Sch nberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Miserables, direct from its celebrated two-and-a-half year Broadway engagement, begins its North American Tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Ri, tonight, September 21, 2017.
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‘Hamilton’ Cancels 2 Weeks of Previews + More London News

Welcome to our roundup of the most important news for actors across theatre, TV, and film. ‘Hamilton’ previews cancelled.The London production of “Hamilton” has cancelled the first two weeks of previews following delays in the restoration of Victoria Palace Theatre. The listed building is undergoing a multi-million-pound expansion under the leadership of owner and producer Cameron Mackintosh. In a statement, he said, ‘The time constraints to access the land around the theatre to enable the rebuild and getting the show open to the public by the end of this year have been equally tight, not helped by the theatre being built over the huge King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer, an active 200-year-old brick tunnel. ‘Added to the usual unhelpful problems that always happen when doing up old buildings, this has put pressure on the time needed to commission the entirely new services that have been installed at the theatre
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