Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Shows Coming To The West End

Here's a bit of news on two new shows opening up in the west end, Lend Me a Tenor, and the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever.

Lend Me a Tenor tickets are now on sale for the shows opening at the Gielgud Theatre in London this June. Lend Me A Tenor is a tale of operatic calamity, set in Ohio in 1934, where the failing Grand Opera Company is about to be saved by the arrival of the world's greatest tenor Tito Merelli. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, it is down to the director's meek assistant to find a replacement, a task made more difficult by a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the Cleveland Police department.

Lend Me a Tenor is a musical comedy, which would even give Berlioz a belly-laugh and delight Donizetti, will star Matthew Kelly, making a swift West End return following the closure of Sign of the Times, alongside Damian Humbley, Michael Matus and Sophie-Louise Dann. Further casting is yet to be announced.

Book Lend me a Tenor tickets now for the Gielgud Theatre from 6th June 2011.

Judy Craymer the Mamma Mia producer has confirmed that her new musical project, Viva Forever, featuring the music of The Spice Girls will be directed by British theatre director Marianne Elliott and promises to be a modern fable of camaraderie, love and loyalty, has been written by Jennifer Saunders.

Marianne Elliott has worked for the Royal Exchange, Royal Court, RSC and National Theatre and is most famous for her direction, along with Tom Morris, of the National Theatre's War Horse, which is currently playing at the New London Theatre in London and has recently opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on Broadway to rave reviews. Her other productions include Saint Joan at the National starring Anne-Marie Duff and Alan Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings. Viva Forever is expected to open in London at the end of 2012.

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