It has been reported that the previously rumoured musical version of Groundhog Day will have a second workshop in London in March. According to Baz in the Daily Mail, if the workshop goes well the musical may have its sights on The Old Vic in 2016. Featuring music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Matilda) it will be directed by Matthew Warchus, incoming Artistic Director of the London venue. This new musical is based on the 1993 Bill Murray-led film of the same name. |
Baz from The Daily Mail has reported that the Broadway producers of Disney Theatrical's Aladdin have now turned their attention to the Dominion Theatre, whilst the producers of Motown the Musical are now considering The London Palladium. No dates for either production have been speculated, but it is thought it would be in the 2015/16 season.
The eagerly anticipated West End transfer of the 2013 Tony Award winning musical Kinky Boots is now eying a run at London's Adelphi Theatre in August 2015, following the announcement of an industry casting notice. It is thought that the Adelphi's current tenant Made in Dagenham will end its run at the end of its current booking period.
Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are set to star in the West End, in No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Firm dates for the West End run have yet to be finalised, but the production could arrive sometime in 2016. McKellen and Stewart previously performed the play in repertoire with 'Waiting For Godot', by Samuel Beckett, at Broadway's Cort Theatre from October 2013 to March 2014.
It has been reported that the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games is being adapted for the stage and will be produced by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. World premiere performances are expected to begin in the Summer of 2016 in a new purpose-built theatre, right next door to Wembley Stadium.
Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Hollywood film actor and Oscar winner Al Pacino will star in a West End production of Salome, by Oscar Wilde, in 2016. Pacino has previously performed the play in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and this will mark the star's first role in the West End since 1984, when he performed in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Duke of York's Theatre.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Beresford, screenwriter of Pride, a British film starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, confirmed at a London screening of the movie that a stage musical adaptation is in development. Director Matthew Warchus is attached to the project, which is eyeing a West End run. Pride is based on a true story about a group of gay activists who raise money to help a Welsh community of miners affected by the long-running miners' strike of 1984-5.
The Evening Standard has quoted Michelle Collins as saying that she is to star in a revival of The Graduate. The production is due in the West End in January 2015. Collins, who is best known for her roles in both "EastEnders" and "Coronation Street", last appeared on the London stage in 'The Glass Supper', at the Hampstead Theatre Studio Downstairs, from 25 June to 26 July 2014.
Baz from The Daily Mail reports that the musical version of Back To The Future has been delayed to till at least 2016, following news that director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn ‘amicably’ from the show after he and Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels, disagreed over the production’s direction. There were reported behind-the-scenes ‘creative differences’ just as workshops of the show were due to be staged. Jamie Lloyd told Baz that his decision to withdraw was ‘just a case of wanting to stand by my vision...You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point,’ he said. Gale will now write the version of the show that he favours, and send it out to directors later next year. The
Back to the Future musical
will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan
Silvestri and Glen Ballard,
with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and
It is reported that the producers of Motown the Musical, which is due to close on Broadway in January 2015, are aiming to bring the show to the West End's Dominion Theatre in Summer 2015.
Baz from the Daily Mail reports that Nicole Kidman is in discussions to return to the London stage in 2015, expected to be Turgenev’s A Month In The Country, which is being adapted by Patrick Marber, directed by Ian Rickson.
Caryl Churchill's play A Number, which centres around the ideas of human cloning, may be playing the Young Vic in April 2015, in a co-production by Nuffield and the Young Vic, directed by Michael Longhurst.
The sequel to the Queen musical We Will Rock You has received a workshop
performance. Written again by Ben Elton, it is provisionally titled
'TSMGO' (The Show Must Go On)'. It is not known if and when a West End show will be coming.
20th Century Boy the new musical based on Glam Rock Legend Marc Bolan, expected in
London's West End after a UK tour. It is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, written by
Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd, with music and lyrics by original glam rocker Marc Bolan.
It showcases 24 of Marc
Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits including Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get
Baz from The Daily Mail reports Composer Gary Barlow and lyricist and show writer Tim Firth
have been working on a musical version of Calendar Girls, produced by David Pugh.
Baz from the Daily Mail reports that the movie Groundhog Day is being turned into a
stage musical by two of the
creators of the musical show Matilda - Tim Minchin who wrote the musica and Matthew Warchus
who directed it. "They have
been working quietly with Danny Rubin, who created the screenplay for the 1993 movie about a
dispirited weatherman forced
to relive the same day over and over again, until he has a sunnier outlook on life."
JK Rowling to co-produce a new stage play featuring the early years of Harry Potter. It
is being produced by Sonia
Friedman and Colin Callender for the London stage, expected in 2015.
A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2014/15, produced by
Bridget Jones The Musical
by Helen Fielding
A musical based on the life of Dusty Springfield is being planned. Written by Sandi
Toksvig and produced by
Vicki Wickham and David Ian. Vicki Wickham said: It would be a proper musical, not a jukebox
show, and would deal with
the light and dark side of Dusty’s personality." Dusty Springfield's hits include Son Of A
Preacher Man, I Only Want To Be
With You, Wishin’ And Hopin’, and Yesterday When I Was Young.
Finding Neverland a stage musical version of the film, directed & Choreographed by
Rob Ashford. Music by Scott Frankel, lyrics are by Michael Korie and the book is by Allan
Knee, whose novel was adapted
into the film.
Kinky Boots, nominated for 13 Tony Awards, is expected to come to London.
It's based on Julian Jarrold's 2005 movie about a drag queen who helps a man who has inherited
his father's shoe factory in
Northampton. Together, they create boots for cross-dressing fellas, and those kinky boots save
the factory. The musical
stage version features a book by Harvey Fierstein, and songs by Cyndi Lauper.