Following its extremely well-received debut in April, the London series of If It Only Even Runs A Minute, celebrating the rare songs and behind-the-scenes tales of short-lived and underappreciated musicals, will return to Clapham North’s Landor Theatre on Monday July 9th for its second edition. The concert is presented by Oliver Southgate and Lydia Grant, with Chris Bartlett and Georgia Thomas also returning to comprise the Runs A Minute Ensemble. At this edition, shows celebrated will include Just So, I Love You Because, Brenda Bly: Teen Detective, Lady Be Good, Edges, Meet John Doe, A Saint She Ain’t, The Witches of Eastwick, and The Act, with more to be added and announced prior to the concert date. Guest artists confirmed to appear and perform thus far include I Love You Because lyricist and book-writer Ryan Cunningham, Just So writers George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, the composer-lyricist of Brenda Bly: Teen Detective Charles Miller, and star of Avenue Q and the 2007 Regents Park revival of featured title Lady, Be Good, Rachel Jerram, with more to be announced shortly.If It Only Even Runs A Minute: London Edition 2 is produced by The Very Clever Company, and is based on the hit NYC concert series created by Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Kevin Michael Murphy, and Caleb Hoyer.
Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Neal Street Productions and Kevin McCormick have announced that their production of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will open at the London Palladium in June 2013 after a preview period. The new stage musical will be directed by Sam Mendes, with a book by David Greig and new songs from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Set and costume design will be by Mark Thompson with choreography by Peter Darling. Other members of the creative team include: Doug Besterman (orchestrations); Nicholas Skilbeck (Music Director); Paul Pyant (Lighting Designer); Paul Arditti (Sound Designer) and Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Designer). Academy Award®-winning film and theatre director Sam Mendes will bring Roald Dahl’s much-loved classic to life in this world premiere stage production. Tickets will go on sale to the public in October 2012.
West End stars Sabrina Aloueche, Hannah Jane Fox, Scott Garnham and Lauren Samuels will be performing songs from new musical The In-Between at this year’s West End Live in Trafalgar Square, with sets at 3pm Saturday 23 June and 4.40pm Sunday 24 June. Scott Garnham and Lauren Samuels will be performing on the Saturday, with Sabrina Aloueche and Hannah Jane Fox joining Samuels for the Sunday set.
RAGTIME's Rosalie Craig will join the new stage musical Finding Neverland, about J.M. Barrie's encounter with the Lewelyn Davies family, which inspired him to write Peter Pan. Julian Ovenden will star in the new musical version of the film Finding Neverland, which starred Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. The musical will feature Ovenden as Barrie, a role he played in two London workshops last winter. The show begins rehearsals July 30 with a four to five week run scheduled at the Curve Theatre in Leicester. Performances will begin on September 21 and will run through October 18, 2012.
The Old Vic will be staging Trevor Nunn’s revival of Cole Porter's classic musical Kiss Me, Kate, which opens on 3 December (previews from 20 November). The production, which premieres at Chichester Festival Theatre in June, stars Adam Garcia, Clive Rowe, Hannah Waddingham, David Burt and Alex Bourne, and will run at the Old Vic until 2 March 2013.
THE LANDOR THEATRE BRINGS ANOTHER EUROPEAN PREMIERE TO LONDON
The Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) 2007 Broadway hit opens on 27th July and runs until the 1st September.