The Bodyguard musical is West End’s newest entry in the category of screen to stage adaptation and is a fascinating thriller based on 1992 Whitney Houston’s hit film. The film not just features Whitney’s melodious songs in the high time of her career but also starred her in the lead role. As a theatrical adaptation of Hollywood blockbuster, The Bodyguard musical has have attached with it, quite a baggage full of expectations and- all has not gone soar. This latest theatre thriller has earned quite mixed reviews from the critics but on the ground the show has actually impressed many, for countless reasons, if not all. Continue reading
The Spice Girls musical- Viva Forever with all its hype and heat has not quite done well to impress the critics, rather it has done on contrary. Viva Forever is a jukebox musical build on the lines and style of Mamma Mia musical and produced by the producer of Mamma Mia, Judy Craymer who played her part in the success of the greatest jukebox musical ever produced. Written by Jennifer Saunders, Viva Forever musical has been directed by Paul Garrington and features songs by the renowned pop girl band-Spice Girls. The show in no way connect its script to the success story of Spice Girls nor it bears any resemblance to their personal stories as the plot of this musical follows the story of a group of girls who enter into an X factor styled talent show with the aim of winning it and making big. The story highlights the value of relationships and friendships in face of fame and fortune. Continue reading
So dark up above
The sun’s in my heart
And I’m ready for love
I’m Singin’ and Dancin’ in the Rain!
What beautiful words, what beautiful feelings! Love and Rain together make a lovely combination and this is what the musical ‘Singin in the Rain’ is all about! These lyrics are the main theme song of the critically acclaimed and much appreciated musical. After stealing the show at Chichester Festival Theatre, the musical has made a splashing success at London’s Palace Theatre. The show is based on the best-seller novel of the same name and a movie on that novel has also won many hearts and awards. The story was the creation of two legends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Continue reading
Top Hat, the musical which opened at the Aldwych Theatre on 9 May 2012, following previews from 19 April 2012 is based on the hit 1935 musical film that starred the dancing duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. As one of the most successful musical comedies of the 1930s, the film was nominated for four Academy Awards and has the due admiration of film viewers as well as critics. Continue reading
In the midst of a booming London Olympic year, West End had to keep the fire burning and that is exactly what it has done; Edward Hall’s stage production of the Oscar-winning film, Chariots of Fire, kicked off at the West End’s Gielgud Theatre on 22nd June 2012. A perfect time for warming up the theatre stage with the Olympic heat, Chariots of Fire was transferred to West End from London’s Hampstead Theatre where it opened to previews from 9 May and officially opened on 22 May. The show has its bookings from 22 June to 10 November 2012 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. Continue reading
A spicy, juicy, feel-good juke box musical, enriched with girl power and Spice Girls’ music is to take on the Piccadilly Theatre this December. Viva Forever is the new thrill of West End theatre world and is a much anticipated musical. The show has made quite an entrance through its mega launch ceremony in which the Spice Girls reunited to show all the support to a musical that has and will unleash a new dimension to their music.
The Spice Girls musical Viva Forever will take on the West End stage this fall. The show will officially open on 11th December at the Piccadilly Theatre West End with previews starting from 27th November. The producer of the show Judy Craymer is a much renowned juke box musical producer famous for her ever green production of ABBA’s MAMMA MIA! About the release of her new musical, Judy Craymer remarked “the new musical, VIVA FOREVER will open at the Piccadilly theatre in London’s West End in perfect time for Christmas. Viva Forever will preview from Tuesday November 27th and will officially open on Tuesday December 11th 2012”. Continue reading
The Lion King Musical at the West End’s eminent Lyceum Theatre stage roars and reverberates with all its might as the crowd cheers and appraises the momentum of this musical that has let it sway with all its magnetism, after all this time. With a décor of a perfect African jungle the stage of this musical is set against the magnificent Serengeti Plains with backdrops of gleaming colors portraying the projections of a fantasy world. The whole ambiance radiates a strong feel of rule and power and gives us with a clear insight into the world of jungle where the king of kings rules! The Lion King it is, ladies and gentlemen.
After more than a decade long run, this musical has not failed in its task of bringing the phenomenon of Lion King to the West End theatre, with preserving the original concept and enhancing the flavor of the recipe according to the needs of the theatrical stage. After a massive debut run at the Broadway, the theatrical version of Lion King Musical was brought to the historical stage of Lyceum Theatre West End, on October 19th, 1999. So far so good, this enchanting burlesque has its bookings at this venue till 6th January 2013. Continue reading
Written by Alex Dinelaris, Bodyguard the Musical is based on the 1992 Warner Bros hit film, starring the legendary pop star- Whitney Houston. So far two names have made headlines to take over the lead roles in the musical adaptation of this silver screen hit; First and foremost the Tony and Grammy award-winner Heather Headley will star in the musical version of Bodyguard where she will take over the role of a music celebrity, Rachel Marron. Continue reading
A show that entails the significance and stands as an explicit example- of making it big, is a rag to riches story, highlighting the rough path of stardom! From its stage journey to a Hollywood treat, Rock of Ages has lived it all. Of what is an ingenious scripted stage show has now emerged as a WarnerBros silver screen movie starring Julianne Hough as Sherrie, Diego Boneta as our boy Drew and guess who takes on the famous role of the heartthrob, Stacee Jaxx? Yes, it is none other than the Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise. With a promise of “Nothing but a good time” the film premiered from 15th June.
With a Hollywood platform to back its name, many critics now view an increase in the ratings of the theatrical version of Rock of Ages playing at Shaftesbury Theatre West End. Rock of Ages Musical follows the notes of classic rock of 1980s, with a story revolving around the script of Chris D’Arienzo book and has been directed by Kristen Hanggi with energized dance routines choreographed by Kelly Devine. Continue reading
Sister Act comes from the production banner of producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Sister Act Entertainment (Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain). Sister Act has secured itself a safe niche where it sways high with its five times Tony nominations as well as enormous viewership in West End. What’s new and exciting is that the West End and Broadway hit extravaganza of Sister Act is now going on tour!
The stage of Sister Act The Musical narrates the tale of the disco diva Deloris Van Cartier played by Cynthia Erivo. When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found – a convent! Disguised as a nun she makes the wrong impression on the convent’s strict Mother Superior. But when she transforms the convent’s choir into the most glorious new musical act in town, Deloris forms a lasting bond with her newfound friends and the gang that’s chasing her finds itself up against an unstoppable team of soulful sisters! Continue reading