Musicals: From Stage to Screen

I have always loved and adored musicals but I am fully aware that the genre seems to be the most difficult to please people who aren’t the biggest fans of them. After rewatching Chicago and the up and coming release of In the Heights it has me thinking about musicals going from stage to screen. Then if you have actually seen them on stage before the film adaptation or if you see the film first and then the stage musical. For obvious reasons a lot of changes have to be made when taking a show from the stage and putting it on screen, this is the main reason I feel Wicked has been left in production for around 12 years now. It’s one of my favourite stage musicals that I have currently seen nine times, but I really cannot picture how it will transfer to film without losing its magic and quite frankly being rather ridiculous on screen?

In the Heights is a show that I have been very lucky to see on stage twice, the first time on Broadway the night before it won the Tony Award for Best New Musical in 2008 and then in the West End in 2016. Both times I appreciated the unique nature of the music and quite frankly I think it is better than Hamilton. Both obviously coming from the genius mind of Lin-Manuel Miranda, seeing him perform on Broadway was certainly very special. I have been looking forward to seeing the film adaption of In the Heights since it was announced and that is now only a few weeks away. The reviews that have been released so far have been extremely positive and this increases my excitement to see the film. As we always seem to go through phases with musicals and one often leads to more being released.

I am really hoping that people who are not the biggest fans of musicals will give In the Heights a watch though as it really is not like any other musical you have seen before, we have come a very long way from the traditional musical numbers and acting. The rap/hiphop style is something so unique and different that it is a true joy to witness, I feel I have now moved more into begging people to see it, even though I haven’t myself yet either. I just hope audiences will be open minded and see something that dares to be different.

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Musical Moments – For Good (West End Wicked Witches)

If you are in need of something to make you feel very happy but also possibly cry then here we have a a truly amazing collaboration featuring an incredible 23 West End actresses who have been in Wicked as Elphaba or Glinda.

In support of the MAD Trust which works with the theatre community to fight against AIDS and HIV.

Should you choose to donate, the theatre community would be truly grateful: Text “SUPPORT” to 70111 to donate £5 (UK ONLY) or Donate any amount at https://bit.ly/3bwP1qM or http://www.madtrust.org.uk

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Theatre: WhatsOnStage Awards 2019

The nominations for the 19th WhatsOnStage Awards have been announced and the ceremony will take place on 3rd March 2019.

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Best Actor in a Play sponsored by Radisson Blu Edwardian
Aidan Turner, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Arinzé Kene, Misty
Colin Morgan, Translations
Kyle Soller, The Inheritance
Mark Gatiss, The Madness of George III

Best Actress in a Play
Carey Mulligan, Girls & Boys
Charlie Murphy, The Lieutenant of Inishmore
Katherine Parkinson, Home, I’m Darling
Patsy Ferran, Summer and Smoke
Sophie Okonedo, Antony and Cleopatra

Best Actor in a Musical sponsored by The Umbrella Rooms
Giles Terera, Hamilton
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Jamael Westman, Hamilton
Jamie Muscato, Heathers the Musical
Rob Houchen, Eugenius!

Best Actress in a Musical sponsored by Café de Paris
Adrienne Warren, Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Carrie Hope Fletcher, Heathers the Musical
Laura Baldwin, Eugenius!
Rachelle Ann Go, Hamilton
Rosalie Craig, Company

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Theatre: StageCon

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A very exciting announcement was made yesterday when StageCon was launched. What is StageCon? Well, it is like Comic Con but filled with Stagey related events, performances and meet and greets with stars from the London stage!

Dates: Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 2018
Venue: LONDON S
horeditch Town Hall

Price: £80 (+£6.83 fee) One Day Pass
£150 (+£12.29 fee) Weekend Pass

This is in partnership with WhatsOnStage and the idea is taken from BroadwayCon in New York.

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The Theatre Cafe

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Located right in the middle of plenty of West End’s theatres, this cafe is a must visit for all musical theatre fans. Constant show tunes being played, reasonably priced coffee and other hot drinks all with Stagey names as well as stagey cups! See the Bat out of Hell the Musical cup in the photos! I just so happened to be sitting at the Wicked table, I seriously couldn’t have time it any better!

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Theatre: Wicked UK Tour 2018!

Some fantastic news was announced on Thursday, Wicked is going to be flying around the UK on tour again in 2018. I will certainly be attending a couple of the dates when it comes to the North East, I mean I have only seen this incredible show 8 times . . .

Here are the dates of the show and ticket sales which start this week for some venues. If you have a ATG Theatre Card you get the lovely pre-sale! A week before they then go on general sale. The only decision now more than a year in advance is what date will be best to pick!

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Top 10 – Theatre Shows in 2016

Before I get into the list I thought it would be a great idea to mention that you can read about my 2016 Theatre trips here so you have an idea of which shows that I had to choose from when putting together my top 10 list of the year.

When picking the shows that could be in the list, I managed to narrow it down to 16! So then having to make the final pick was rather difficult as that is how much I really did enjoy and love them.

Just missing out on the list was Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The End of Longing and Wicked. It was so difficult to have to leave out No Man’s Land as it was an absolute honour seeing Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Patrick Stewart on stage. As well as Nice Fish with Mark Rylance (who is to be made a Sir).

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2016 at the Theatre

Here I go with an overview of my 2016 of theatre trips to see musicals and plays. Touring shows that have come to the North East at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle and the Sunderland Empire. As well as managing to have a few trips down to London to take in what the West End has to offer! You can check out the list of shows here. I have somehow managed to out do 2015 catching 31 shows in 2016!

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Do you hear the people sing? Let’s take a look back at my 2016 at the Theatre.

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Wicked (West End) Review

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Cast

Elphaba – Emma Hatton
Glinda – Savannah Stevenson
Fiyero – Kane Oliver Parry
Madame Horrible – Liza Sadovy
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Mark Curry
Ness arose – Katie Rowley Jones
Bow – Daniel Hope
Doctor Dillamond – Sean Kearns

Venue: Apollo Victoria Theatre

Date: Saturday 23rd April 2016 (2:30pm)

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