Youngsters set to make a 'Grand Slam'
As the follow up to Youth Onstage's magical performance of High School Musical, the group are back with a bang to showcase Bugsy Malone.
Budding actors aged 7-18 from the Midlands based youth theatre are set to give a great performance in their 29th show since 2002.
Bugsy Malone was originally directed by Alan Parker in 1976. He searched far and wide for American-speaking children, who had an ambition for acting. Youth Onstage prides themselves on giving their members the extra confidence they need to succeed in the world of theatre. Within the original script, Parker describes the show as being a 'gangster film', a 'musical', and 'a sort of pastiche on all the old Warner Brothers movies'. He also explains that it's 'a world of would be gangsters, showgirls and dreamers'.
Bugsy Malone has recently been revived in London's West End, with the show making a phenomenal comeback at this year’s Olivier Awards in April. With
colourful costumes, a fantastic set and sparkling choreography the show is
set to be a huge success. Deb Brook, Director and Chair of Youth Onstage
said, “We have had great fun rehearsing the show which has given many of our younger members the opportunity to shine. We are now looking forward to using the splurge guns and throwing those custard pies! We hope that the audiences will have a thoroughly enjoyable time.”
Bugsy Malone will run at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham from Thursday May 5th - Saturday 7th. For tickets please visit www.oldreptheatre.co.uk
Stafford & District Operatic Society are riding the Deadwood Stage into the Gatehouse Theatre this April with the rootin’, tootin’ musical, Calamity Jane.
Based on the real life characters of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, this Academy Award winning show takes a romanticised look at the relationship between two of the best loved figures of the American Wild West. Wild Bill and ‘Calam’ fuss, feud and finally fall in love in this romantic musical comedy with many a twist and turn on their path to true love.
With high-stepping dance routines and a hummable humdinger of a score, the thirty strong cast of Calamity Jane, will have you tapping your feet, slapping your thigh and yelling “Yeehaw!” before the nights through.
Featuring the Oscar winning ballad Secret Love and other well-known favourites Windy City, I Can Do Without You and Black Hills of Dakota and many more catchy songs, Calamity Jane is a feel good show for the whole family.
Playing from 19 - 23 April, tickets are available through Ticketsource at www.ticketsource.co.uk/staffordops, our ticket hotline 07817 215 420 or through the Stafford Gatehouse Box Office.
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It has been announced that star of the West End, Louise Dearman will play the role of Miss Adelaide in Guys And Dolls in Wolverhampton from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 July.
Louise recently starred as Elphaba in the London production of Wicked and is the only actress worldwide to have played both the part of Elphaba and Glinda in the production.
Her theatre credits also include: The Songbook of Judy Garland (UK tour), Of Thee I Sing (Royal Festival Hall), Lois Lane/Bianca in Kiss Me, Kate (Royal Albert Hall), Water Babies (Leicester Curve), Tell Me On A Sunday (RCCL International), Eva Peron in Evita (UK tour), Lucy in Jekyll and Hyde (UK Tour), Jan in Grease (Victoria Palace/UK tour), Kiss Me, Kate (Victoria Palace), Whistle Down The Wind (Churchill), Narrator in Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK tour) and Grizabella in Cats (Cyprus).
Louise joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman as Sky Masterson, Maxwell Caulfield as Nathan Detroit and Anna O’Byrne as Sarah Brown.
The cast also includes: Jack Edwards as Nicely Nicely Johnson, Peter Harding as Arvide Abernathy, Anthony McGill as Lt Brannigan, Mark Sangster as Benny Southstreet, Melanie Marshall as General Cartwright, Craig Pinder as Harry the Horse/Joey Biltmore, Cameron Johnson as Big Julie and Christopher Howell as Rusty Charlie.
Completing the cast are: Eamonn Cox, Jamal Crawford, Jonny Godbold, Ross Lee Fowkes, Aron Wild, Kiel Payton, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Ruthie Stephens, Bethany Linsdell, Hannah Cauchi, Chloe Chambers, Danielle Stephen, Abigayle Honeywill and Lucy Ashenden.
Direct from the West End and nominated for 6 Olivier Awards, Guys And Dolls is directed by Gordon Greenberg with choreography by Carlos Acosta and Andrew Wright.
Tickets are now on sale at grandtheatre.co.uk, by calling 01902 42 92 12 or in person at the Box Office.
The internationally award-winning musical Chicago will be the Christmas show at the New Alexandra Theatre this year, it was announced today.
The legendary hit production, which is set in the roaring twenties and showcases hits such as All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle, will be staged at the Station Street venue from Monday 12 to Saturday 31 December 2016. Star casting is yet to be announced. The show is just one in a host of sensational new productions now on sale as part of the venue’s Summer programme.
Season highlights also includes Sunny Afternoon, the story of The Kinks, That’s Entertainment starring Ruthie Henshall, Roddy Doyle’s iconic The Commitments and Craig Revel Horwood directing Alexandra Burke in the smash-hit musical comedy Sister Act.
Also on the bill is a brand-new production of the Oscar-winning love story Ghost The Musical, the UK premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland and stage legend Tommy Steele in The Glenn Miller Story.
Gareth Gates and Maureen Nolan star in Footloose The Musical from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 July 2016, whilst former Blue singer Antony Costa appears in Save The Last Dance For Me from Monday 16 to Saturday 21 May 2016.
Amelia Lily and Newton Faulkner star in the explosive production of Green Day’s American Idiot. Direct from a critically-acclaimed London run it comes to Birmingham from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 May 2016.
Travelling back to the 50s, X-Factor finalist Rydian Roberts stars in a new production of the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors from Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 1 October 2016, whilst this years’ New Alexandra Theatre Stage Experience presents the much-loved Grease The Musical from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 August 2016.
Other brand new shows this year include Jackie The Musical starring Janet Dibley, from Tuesday 24 to Saturday 28 May, Tom, A Story of Tom Jones The Musical, from Wednesday 1 to Saturday 4 June 2016, and Birmingham’s very own BMOS, with their production of Calamity Jane from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 June 2016.
Back by overwhelming demand is the Birmingham Stage Company’s acclaimed production of David Walliam’s Gangsta Granny, from Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July, Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show, from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 October 2016, and Agatha Christie’s timeless murder mystery The Mousetrap from Monday 31 October to Saturday 5 November 2016.
For the first time at the venue Birmingham Stage Company also present Roald Dahl’s George’s Marvellous Medicine, adapted by David Wood. It hits the stage from Tuesday 22 November toSaturday 3 December 2016.
One night shows also feature Tell Me On A Sunday starring Jodie Prenger on Sunday 24 April 2016, Samantha Barks on Monday 20 June 2016 and Jane McDonald, Making Memories on Sunday 9 October 2016.
Comedy highlights include Birmingham’s very own Joe Lycett bringing his stand-up tour to the venue on Sunday 10 July 2016. Ross Noble Brain Dump on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 October 2016 and an appearance by legendary entertainer Bobby Davro on Thursday 9 June 2016.
General Manager of the New Alexandra Theatre, Andrew Lister, said: “I am proud to announce today that Chicago will be the Christmas 2016 show at the New Alexandra Theatre.
“It is one of a plethora of fantastic new shows lined up over the next year here at the venue. With everything from musical theatre to comedy and family productions, there really is something for everyone.”
For details on all shows at the New Alexandra Theatre and to book tickets visit atgtickets.com/birmingham or call 0844 871 3011. (Booking fees apply). Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone companies access charge.
The first ever stage production of ITV’s highly-successful Sunday evening 60s police drama, Heartbeat, is playing at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre until Saturday 16 April.
Based on The Constable series of novels by Nicholas Rhea, Heartbeat ran for 18 years from 1992 to 2010 on ITV in its regular Sunday night slot with audiences regularly exceedingly 10 million viewers and the show was constantly in the top five TV programmes across all the channels.
Now it comes to the stage starring regulars David Lonsdale who played the loveable David Stockwell and Steven Blakely who played PC Geoff Younger.
They are joined by a strong cast including Hollyoaks star, Matt Milburn playing handsome copper PC Joe Malton. Other favourite characters including Gina Ward and Bernie Scripps will also be making an appearance in this production which, with use of video footage and a brilliant set, authentically recreates the atmosphere of the 1960s rural Yorkshire.
Heartbeat plays on the Belgrade Theatre Main Stage until Sat 16 April. For full tour information, visit www.heartbeatontour.com.
Tickets for Heartbeat are priced from £17.50 - £33.25. To book, call the Belgrade Theatre Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are cheaper.
Willenhall Musical Theatre Company is in final preparations for Me and My Girl, which plays at Sedgley Mill Theatre from 12 - 16 April. The award-winning musical and pantomime theatre group have been busy rehearsing for this multi-award winning show, written by Douglas Furber and L. Arthur Rose, with music by Noel Gay.
Bill Snibson, a Lambeth costermonger, is revealed to be the new Earl of Hareford and his newly-discovered aristocratic relations are horrified. Bringing him to Hareford Hall, they attempt to educate Bill into the ways of the gentry and to separate him from his cockney girlfriend Sally. The result? Chaos of the most comical kind!
With a host of hilarious characters, witty one-liners and several toe-tapping, uplifting songs (including the famous Lambeth Walk, The Sun Has Got His Hat On and Leaning On A Lamp Post) Me and My Girl is a sublime and sunny treat for all fans of musical comedy!
Me and My Girl runs from 12 - 16 April at Sedgley Mill Theatre. For more information and to book tickets click here.
Cannock-based theatre group, Backstreet Theatre Company, is busy preparing for its upcoming musical, Working. Penned by Wicked's Stephen Schwartz, this down-to-earth yet elevating musical features songs that are based on real interviews.
Running from 21 - 23 April within the beautiful setting of the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock, the audience will meet twenty-six workers. From corporate executives to schoolteachers, there's a housewife, a fireman, a waitress, a mill-worker, a truck driver and even a UPS man!
Discover what lies behind the people and their jobs as they reveal their hopes and aspirations in a musical based on the best-selling book of interviews with American workers by Studs Terkel.
Working explores the American workday from the Monday morning blues to a working person's pride in having "something to point to."
Working plays at Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock from 21 - 23 April. Tickets are £12 and can be purchased online or via the theatre box office on 01543 578762.
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