Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'Hamilton' is perhaps the hottest show on Broadway, if not the entire plant. Well pretty soon a lot more people across will get the chance to see the show. Not only is 'Hamilton' set to make its way across America, but it has been reported that the show is eyeing a run at the West End’s Victoria Palace Theatre in 2017. That is not all. Producers are seeking new actors for the Broadway show and the American tour.
Sony Masterworks will be producing a live recording of 'Kinky Boots' from the London's Adelphi Theatre. Kinky Boots originated in Chicago in 2012 and landed on on Broadway in 2013 winning six Tony Awards. The orginal cast started Stark Sands as Charlie Price and Billy Porter as Lola/ Simon. Famed rocker Cyndi Lauper wrote the music for the show with actor/writer Harvey Fierstein ('Hairspray') provided the book. The current West End production stars Killian Donnelly as Charlie and Matt Henry as Lola.
London's West End is gearing up for the upcoming 'Harry Potter and The Cursed Child'play coming out this July. Well even if you can't make it across the pond to see the show, have no fear. J.K.Rowling will be releasing a new book in the Potter series based on the script for the play. The book will consist of a rehearsal edition of the play, which will later be replaced with the final product.
Amber Riley ('Glee', NBC’s 'The Wiz Live') coming to London West End to lead an all new production of 'Dreamgirls.' The highly acclaimed 1981 musical is turning 35 this year and is heading across the pond to celebrate. Riley will play the Effie the role originated Jennifer Holiday in the original Broadway production and played on the screen by Jennifer Hudson in the 2006 film of the same name. by The show will be directed by 'Book of Mormon' West End Director Casey Nicholaw.
Just like the inevitable Winter, 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 is coming and we will final find out if Jon Snow is dead or alive. However, live or die, Kit Harington has already found his next role. The Stark that you just can’t seem to quit is making his return to the stage in an all new London production of 'Doctor Faustus.' Harrington will be playing the titular role in the Christopher Marlowe play based on the story of 'Faust.' No word yet on if Harrington had to sell his soul to land the role.
Finally, Classicalites, you can view the original West End production of Helen Mirren and her role as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience' when it is broadcast in select U.S. cities later this month.
More stars are making their way down the Great White Way. Bill Nighy and Oscar nominee, Carey Mulligan, are beginning previews for David Hare’s new show, "Skylight," on March 13.
Actor Kan (Khan) Bonfils, best known to theater fans as the king in the 2000 West End revival of "The King and I," has died after collapsing during rehearsal. “During rehearsals for an upcoming performance, he collapsed and was unable to be resuscitated. His sudden loss is a tragedy, and he will be sorely missed,” says his agent Olivia Bell. Bonfils was rehearsing for an upcoming performance in the Craft Theatre production of "Dante’s Inferno," which is scheduled to open at London’s Rag Factory next week. A statement from Craft Theatre states, "With great sadness, we announce the death of Kan Bonfils. His sudden loss is a tragedy and he will be sorely missed.” The theater’s spokesman, Chris Hislop, reported that an ambulance was called as director Rocky Rodriguez Jr. performed CPR on location.
A small fire at the Queen’s Theatre in London caused 1,200 people to have to evacuate during a performance of "Les Misérables." The fire was spotted Saturday, Jan. 3, during a matinee performance of "Les Misérables." A spokeswoman for the London fire brigade said, “There was a small fire caused by a failing high voltage joint in what we understand was the boiler room. There were no injuries.” The cast, who were performing a matinee of "Les Misérables," are also believed to have left the theatre with the audience as a precaution. Since then, the problem has been fixed and the Saturday evening performance was scheduled as planned. “Today’s matinee of 'Les Misérables' had to be canceled after the theater was evacuated 30 minutes into the performance due to the overheating of a cable supplied by UK Power Network to a transformer under the theater, which caused a blackout on stage. Whilst the auditorium was not affected, the audience, cast, orchestra and crew were asked to leave the building by precaution. The fire brigade attended to ensure that the theater was safe to be re-entered and UK Power Network came on site to resolve the problem. Audience members affected by the cancellation of the matinee are invited to request a full refund at their original point of purchase. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment caused and look forward to welcoming patrons to another performance of 'Les Misérables,'” said a spokesman for Queen’s Theatre.
Damian Lewis, known for playing Nicholas Brody in the hit Showtime show "Homeland," will be returning to the London stage for the first time in five years, performing in a revival of David Mamet's classic American Buffalo.
The long-awaited musical "Doctor Zhivago" has finally announced the cast for its up-and-coming broadway debut. Tam Mutu, a newcomer to the U.S. Broadway stage, will play the title role of Yurii Zhivago in this newest adaptation. Mutu, known as a West End of London stage actor, has been in Love Never Dies and the upcoming revival of Donmar Warehouse’s "City of Angels." He also had a recent role as Javert in "Les Miserables." "Doctor Zhivago" is based on the 1957 famous, epic, historical romance novel by Boris Pasternak and focuses on romance and upheaval in Russia during World War I. It tells the story of a political idealist who must choose between his devoted wife and mysterious lover. The famous novel was made into a film in 1965 and the original stage adaptation appeared at the La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, California, in 2006. After its closing, it was reworked and ran at the Lyric Theater in Sydney, Australia, until 2011.
The movie's director Gurinder Chadha will helm the production with music and lyrics by Howard Goodall and Charles Hart.
A hit comedy, a new play about democracy in the UK and the world premiere of a play about the Occupy London movement comprise the estimable company's Spring 2015 season.
As Mirren reprises the role of Queen Elizabeth II on Broadway, Scott Thomas will be filling the royal shoes in London.
The Olivier and Tony Award-winning actor has become so well known for his stage work that he's turned into a hot Hollywood property.