Cats is back for Christmas. After last year’s successful short run at the London Palladium, the foot tapping, happy-making musical has been brought back to the West End and runs until 2nd January 2016. I think I was the only person sat in the London Palladium this week who hadn’t seen the original West End run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical. The show opened in 1981 and was a massive success running for 21 years. All around me throughout the show were knowing … [Read more...]
Disney's Beauty And The Beast at the London Palladium
Bonjour! Disney proudly invites you to ‘Be Our Guest’ as the most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast, returns to London for a strictly limited season.
This beloved ‘tale as old as time’ has been brought to life on stage like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect from Belle and her Beast. 25 years after its Olivier Award-winning West End debut, members of the original creative team have reunited on this new production featuring all of the spellbinding songs of Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice including Belle, Gaston, Be Our Guest and, of course, Beauty and the Beast.
My first thought before the show was that there would be a screen on stage with performers 'dueting' with Frank Sinatra. No, that isn’t the case at all. There are no live performers either singing with or impersonating Sinatra. All of Sinatra’s songs are performances from years gone by and played on screens. This was okay for the first 5 minutes but swiftly lost its appeal, and I was bored about 30 minutes in - or that is when I gave up trying to fake enthusiasm for what I was watching. Don’t … [Read more...]
Sir Bruce Forsyth, one of the UK’s most loved stars and entertainers, is today announced as the host who will interview American showbiz legend Liza Minnelli on stage in the West End in An Evening With Liza Minneli. Sir Bruce said: “I am absolutely delighted to be spending an evening in the company of one of the truly great entertainers of our age, someone I am also lucky to know as a dear friend. I am looking forward to guiding her on a trip down memory lane on the stage of the greatest … [Read more...]
Internationally acclaimed, British creative team come together to create the most impressive stage production of 2015. Producer Karl Sydow, Director David Gilmore, Stage Designer Stufish’s Ray Winkler, Projection Designer Leo Warner, Lighting Designer Patrick Woodroffe, Choreographers Glenn Wilkinson & Jacquie Biggs, Musical Supervisor Gareth Valentine. Also includes 20 dancers and a 24-piece orchestra - Marks the official celebration of Frank Sinatra’s centenary. “The Palladium … [Read more...]
Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23rd October 2015, Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Cats will run for a ten week season until 2nd January 2016. Beverley Knight said: “To be asked to join the company of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s historic show was so exciting and totally unexpected as, vocally, I am so different to the many incredible women who have sung the classic Memory over the … [Read more...]
34 years ago, a ground-breaking production opened at The New London Theatre and almost overnight became a legend of Musical Theatre. The show was, of course “Cats! and after 8,949 performances it finally closed in London in 2002 but not before it had conquered the world. In December 2014, “Cats” re-opened at The London Palladium and, following a recent cast change I went along to see how the old show was standing up. Based on T. S. Eliot, ‘Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats’ set to music by … [Read more...]
Kerry Ellis has joined the cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical Cats playing the role of Grizabella. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Cats returned to the West End with the original creative team - Director Trevor Nunn, Associate Director and Choreographer Gillian Lynne, Designer John Napier and Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber - reunited for the Palladium run. On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where … [Read more...]