Happy new-year dears!
I hope you all had lovely festive breaks and are feeling refreshed and recharged, ready to burst into another year of theatre!
Goodbye old shows and hello new ones
Last week saw the closure of several West End shows including Urinetown, Neville’s Island, Dance ‘Til Dawn and White Christmas. That’s means there will soon be an influx of new shows hitting London including My Night With Reg (at the Apollo Theatre from 23 Jan), The Nether (at the Duke of York’s from 23 Feb), Beautiful (at the Aldwych from 10 Feb) and Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (at the Dominion from 13 Mar). The Dominion Theatre will be holding sing-a-long screenings of Disney’s smash-hit musical film Frozen before then 18-28 February 2015. The film features Broadway star Idina Menzel as the voice of Elsa and the hit song Let It Go.
Speaking of Idina Menzel, she hit the social media headlines this week after a New Year’s Eve performance of Let It Go in New York’s Times Square went far from perfectly. Unlike her character Elsa, it seems the cold did bother Idina and her voice. People have taken to social media in equal measures to both criticise and defend her performance. The crowd loved singing along with her and so what does it all really matter?!
New Cats on the Block
It has been confirmed that Queen of the West End Kerry Ellis will take over the role of Grizabella in the revival of Cats the Musical from Nicole Scherzinger on 9 February. The show is now booking until 25 April 2015!
French students evacuate in the West End
On Saturday 3 January, the cast and audience of Les Misérables had to be evacuated less than 20 minutes after the show began at the Queen’s Theatre due to ‘overheating’ in the basement of the theatre. All was well in the end and for the first time ever in the show about the French Revolution, no one died! The evening performance went ahead as scheduled.
On Friday (9 January) the Disney film adaption of Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairytale musical Into The Woods is released in cinemas across the UK starring Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, James Cordon and Emily Blunt. I caught an advanced screening of the film before Christmas and it’s worth a watch if you’re at a loss for something to do.
Well that’s all my news for this week. 2015 is hinting to be a fantastic year in theatre already and I can’t wait to share it all with you!
Love Wilms xx