Fast food, singing staff – Leon Shaftesbury Avenue opens its doors

Originally written for Musical Theatre Review: Shaftesbury Avenue is one of the main arteries of London’s theatreland. It is also one of its borders: as the street curves northeastwards from Piccadilly Circus to Cambridge Circus, theatres from the Lyric and Apollo up to the Palace adorn its northern side while to the south, cafés and…

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Broadway star Audra McDonald returns to London

Audra McDonald is to return to London’s West End in April for four concerts at Leicester Square Theatre, where she completely sold out her shows last year.The Broadway legend, who has won a record 6 Tony Awards, will be joined on stage this time by host & pianist Seth Rudetsky, who last month starred in…

Video: Watch Amber Riley perform “I am Changing” from Dreamgirls

An exclusive new video has been released in advance of the long-awaited UK premiere of Dreamgirls which will have preview performances at the Savoy Theatre from 19 November, with its opening night on Wednesday 14 December. American actress and singer Amber Riley is joined in the video by Dreamgirls’ director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, as they discuss…

Open castings for Stiles & Drewe’s Wind in the Willows

Open auditions have been announced for the forthcoming adaptation of Kennethe Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows by musical theatre duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Auditions will be held at The Lowry in Salford on April 22, and at Rambert in London on April 23. The producers, Jamie Hendry Productions, say they are looking for…