Saturday, 22 September 2018

West End Theatre News This Week

RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage to join Everybody’s Talking About Jamie cast
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Michelle Visage is set to make her West End debut in the London production of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie next month.
From 18th October, Visage will take on the role of Miss Hedge, a teacher at a Sheffield school where one boy, Jamie New, wants to wear a dress to his secondary school prom.
Visage is best-known for acting as a judge on the Emmy Award-winning TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as Ireland’s Got Talent. She began her career as a member of the pop group Seduction, and had hits with songs like “Two to Make It Right” and “Lovely Day”. In 2015, she appeared on the British version of Celebrity Big Brother, reaching the final.
On joining the cast of the musical, Visage said: “The reason I chose this show, in particular, is because of the very important message it tells. It is a great show with great music and talent but more importantly, it's about love, truth and the tenacity of the human spirit.
“I can't wait to help audiences to fall in love with the show the way I did when I saw Everybody’s Talking About Jamie for the first time and understand why everyone really is talking about Jamie!”
The musical transferred to the West End’s Apollo Theatre last year following a successful run at Sheffield Crucible in 2017. With music by The Feeling songwriter Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom MacRae, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is based on the true story of Jamie Campbell, who was the subject of a BBC Three documentary in 2011.
On the casting of Visage, producer Nica Burns said: “Michelle blew us away with her fantastic singing voice, her excellent characterisation of the part and her charismatic stage presence.
“We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Michelle Visage to the cast.”

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to return to the West End this Christmas
The National Theatre’s production of Simon Stephens’ play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will return to the West End this Christmas, it has been announced.
Stephens’ play, which last ran at the Gielgud Theatre until last year, will open at the Piccadilly Theatre on 29th November, and run until 23rd February 2019. Tickets go on sale on Friday 21st September at 9.30am.
Curious Incident... is a story about a 15-year-old boy called Christopher Boone, who describes him as a “mathematician with some behavioural difficulties", who lives at home in Swindon with his mother, and discovers the body of his neighbour’s dog.
The play, which is based on the 2003 novel by Mark Haddon, was first published in 2003, and opened to the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in 2012, winning seven Olivier Awards following its transfer to the West End – a record for a play in the West End at the time.
A New York transfer followed, where it became the longest-running play on Broadway in over a decade, winning five Tony Awards along the way. It recently ran on a UK-wide tour, and it is currently being staged in schools around the country.
On the show’s return, Stephens said: “I am stunned and inspired by the return of Curious Incident to the West End. It is a story that means the world to me. Mark Haddon's exquisite imagination twisted into shape and infused with life by Marianne Elliott and her incredible team.
“After travelling the country and seeing the world Christopher Boone is coming back home. I’m mainly thrilled because I get to see it again”.
Directed by Marianne Elliott, whose production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company is set to open at the Gielgud, Curious Incident has designs by Bunny Christie, with lighting by Paule Constable, and video design by Finn Ross, movement by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly, with music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph. Casting is yet to be announced.

Fame the Musical to get West End run in 2019
The 30th-anniversary tour of Fame the Musical is set to stop in the West End next year as it celebrates three decades since the original Miami production.
Based on the ‘80s hit film, Fame the Musical tells the story of students at New York City's High School of Performing Arts and features songs such as “Pray/Hard Work”, “Bring On Tomorrow” and “Bring On Tomorrow”.
Following the success of the film, and a six-season TV series that followed, the musical was developed by David De Silva and premiered in Florida in 1988 with music by Steve Margoshes and lyrics by Jacques Levy.
Produced by Selladoor, who have recently toured productions of Footloose, Avenue Q, Little Shop of Horrors and Flashdance, the production will run at the Peacock Theatre from 11th September to 19th October 2019.
Fame was first seen in the West End in 1995 at the Cambridge Theatre, where it was nominated for three Olivier Awards. It subsequently ran at the Victoria Palace, Prince of Wales, and Aldwych Theatres. The show was last seen in the West End in 2007 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, starring Natalie Casey and Ian H Watkins.

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