Welcome to the 60’s where the high energy and winner of eight Tony Awards; Hairspray The Musical is dancing its way onto the Lichfield Garrick stage this June with Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company. You will be swept away to 1960s Baltimore in this smash hit musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter and romance.
Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to follow her dreams as she sets out to dance her way onto national TV with The Nicest Kids In Town. As she tries to make her dreams come true, she also vows to fight for equality and bring racial integration to her favourite Corny Collins Show.
Kitty Roberts has landed her dream role as Tracy Turnblad in Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company’s production of Hairspray.
“I have always been performing whether it’s for my family in the front room or on a stage in front of an audience. Hairspray has always held a special place in my heart. As a plus sized girl I've always felt a special connection with Tracy and feel we share a lot in common. Finally getting to portray her on stage with such a fantastic company like SCMTC is an amazing honour. I can't wait to show the world that you can eat breakfast and change the world at the same time!”
Hairspray is the irresistible feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.
Let your hair down and book now! Performances are nightly from Tuesday 31 May –Saturday 4 June, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm Tickets are available from the Lichfield Garrick by calling 01543 415 121 or by visiting www.lichfieldgarrick.co.uk.
Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years plays for one night only at Blue Orange Theatre this week, followed by a small tour to Coventry and Kenilworth. Running from 25 – 28 May, the show will move to 2 other venues following its opening performance at the Blue Orange on 25 May.
The Last Five Years is an intimate portrayal of the five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein and Cathy Hiatt opens a window in to the lives of a young writer and his muse just as love captures them and then lets them go.
Brown’s funny, poignant, and devastatingly honest two-person musical has enraptured audiences around the world with its spellbinding and emotional score and libretto. As the narrative unfolds, Cathy moves backward in time to the beginning of the relationship as Jamie moves toward the end; they meet only once, at their wedding.
Presented by Night Project Theatre in a production that follows their sell out run of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd, The Last Five Years has a strong, contemporary score heard through a jazz piano and invites the audience to share the joys, thrills and tears of two young New Yorkers.
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Come set sail with The Mellow Dramatics as they board the SS American, this May they present to you the classic musical Anything Goes, featuring well known songs including I Get a Kick Out of You, It’s De-Lovely, Let’s Misbehave and the title song Anything Goes.
A show full of humour, deception, toe tapping dance routines with a love story or two thrown in, it's a show to be enjoyed by all of the family!
Playing from 10 - 14 May, book your tickets by calling box office on 01283 508100 or visit www.Mellow-Dramatics.org.
Aldridge Musical Comedy Society are in final preparations for their production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, an energetic love story set in New York in the jazz age of the 1920’s.
The story follows the journey of Millie Dilmount in her quest to find a husband, through prospects rather than love. This huge part has been taken on by Chloe Hancox who has been with AMCS for 2 years and she has thrown herself into the role. She has previously played Mary in their production of Jesus Christ Superstar in November 2014.
The talented cast have been working hard for 5 months to bring this to the stage next week. The vibrant principal characters will have you hooked from the very beginning of the show, with varied chorus numbers, from 1920’s nightclubs to tap dancing in wheely chairs, there's a lot to do for a relatively small cast, but, as always, they have all pulled together to accomplish what will be an amazing show.
The musical harmonies are precise and impressive throughout and the dancing is high energy but still keeping the distinct style of the 1920’s. Both production team and cast have had a fabulous time rehearsing such a funny show and the audience are in for a real treat.
There are still a few tickets left for the show which is on at the Prince of Wales, Theatre, Cannock from 19 - 21 May.
Tickets available on 01543 480626 and priced between £8-13.
A spokesperson for the group says:
“AMCS are such a friendly, enthusiastic company who always approach everything with a positive attitude. They work hard to push themselves and strive to give the best performance they possibly can..”
Next year AMCS are celebrating their 50th anniversary and are starting the celebrations with a pantomime in November this year and then West Side Story next May. Any new members are more than welcome to come and join in!
Brownhills Musical Theatre Company open with one of the most iconic musicals ever written this week at Lichfield Garrick. Very few local societies get the chance to perform Evita, so don't miss your chance to see it.
Charting the meteoric rise of Argentina's First Lady, Eva Duarte; her climbing of social ladders, her marriage to Colonel Juan Peron, her 'Rainbow Tour' of Europe through to her premature demise, Evita promises a superb night of quality local theatre.
With songs such as Oh What A Circus, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, She's A Diamond, Another Suitcase and the show stopping Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Evita will make you laugh, cry and rush to buy another seat.
Directed by Karl Steele, with Musical Direction by Ian Room and Choreography by Jill Horne, Evita is one show that you can't miss.
Playing from 3-7 May, it couldn't be easier to secure a ticket, simply call the Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com.
One of the most highly acclaimed new plays of the last decade, The Father, comes to Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 3 - 7 May, with Olivier Award Best Actor winner, Kenneth Cranham recreating his West End role direct from a celebrated second London run.
Written by one of France’s most celebrated living playwrights, Florian Zeller, hailed as “one of the hottest literary talents in France” (The Independent), and winner of the 2014 Moliere Award for Best Play, France’s highest theatrical honour, The Father has dazzled audiences and critics alike since it first opened and received an unprecedented ten five-star reviews from major national newspaper critics.
This crisp and witty translation by Christopher Hampton of the intriguing and compelling drama stars Kenneth Cranham, who reprises his unforgettable performance as Andre, and is joined by Amanda Drew, as his daughter Anne.
Now 80 years old, Andre was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pyjamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.
One of the country’s most illustrious actors, Kenneth Cranham’s myriad credits include An Inspector Calls on Broadway. His many West End stage credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Loot, The Birthday Party and Gaslight. He has performed at London’s Royal Court and the National Theatre on numerous occasions. On television, he played the title role in Shine On Harvey Moon; and his extensive credits range from Merlin, Tess Of The D’urbervilles, The Line Of Beauty And Rome, to Our Mutual Friend, The Tenant Of Wildfell Hall and El Cid. His film work includes Maleficent, Made In Dagenham, Valkyrie, Hot Fuzz, Layer Cake, Oliver!, Two Men Went To War, The Boxer, Under Suspicion, Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Chocolat. For his role in The Father, Kenneth won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Actor and the 2015 Critics Circle Award for Best Actor.
Amanda Drew’s theatre credits includeThree Days In The Country (National Theatre), Love And Information (Royal Court) and Enron (Royal Court, West End), whilst her TV credits include EastEndersand Broadchurch. Rebecca Charles and Jade Williams play their original roles as Woman and Laura respectively, and are joined by Brian Doherty and Daniel Flynn.
For more information and to book tickets visit birmingham-rep.co.uk.
Duncan James comes to Wolverhampton, as he takes the stage as Tick in the international smash hit musical Priscilla Queen Of The Desert at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre from Mon 2 – Sat 7 May.
As one quarter of the pop band Blue, Duncan James has sold over 16 million records, had three number one albums and forty number one singles worldwide. His stage credits include playing Warner Huntington III in the West End production ofLegally Blonde and Billy Flynn in Chicago. He was also a finalist on ITV1’s Dancing on Ice.
Joining Duncan James are Simon Green as Bernadette, Adam Bailey as Felicia and Philip Childs as Bob.
They are joined by: Richard Astbury, Rebecca Botterill, Matt Crandon, Peter Cumins, Amy Di Bartolomeo, Martin Harding, Lisa-Marie Holmes, Ricky Lee Loftus, Adam Lyons, Callum MacDonald, Laura Mansell, Catherine Mort, James Paul McAllister, Robin Mills, Craig Ryder, Naomi Slights and Julie Yammanee.
Get ready for the ride of your life! Based on the movie, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert is the heart-warming, uplifting adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship and end up finding more than they could have ever dreamed of. With a dazzling array of outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dancefloor favorites including Say a Little Prayer, Go West, Hot Stuff and Always on My Mind, this wildly fresh and funny new musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
Priscilla Queen Of The Desert originally opened in Australia and after a sell-out two year run, opened in London’s West End followed by Broadway in the United States. It has won numerous awards all over the world, including prestigious Olivier and Tony awards.
For or more information and to book tickets visit grandtheatre.co.uk.
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