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.
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.
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