Shrek the Musical to begin performances in London in May 2011


Shrek the Musical will begin performances at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London in May in anticipation of an official opening on June 7.

Jason Moore and Rob Ashford will co-direct the production, which will have choreography by Josh Prince. Casting will be announced in the near future.

The show, which is based on the story and characters from William Steig’s book Shrek! as well as the DreamWorks Animation film Shrek, features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, and music by Jeanine Tesori.

The creative team will include Tony Award winner Tim Hatley (scenic, costume and puppet design), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), and Peter Hylenski (sound design).

For further information, visit: www.shrekthemusical.co.uk.

via TheatreMania

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Tony Awards 2010 Winners


This is the Winners List for the Tony Awards 2010 in All Categories:

Best Play
Red – Author: John Logan

Best Musical
Memphis

Best Book of a Musical
Memphis – Joe DiPietro

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Memphis -Music: David Bryan & Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Revival of a Play
Fences

Best Revival of a Musical
La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis – Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Douglas Hodge – La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Catherine Zeta-Jones- A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Eddie Redmayne – Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Scarlett Johansson – A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Levi Kreis – Million Dollar Quartet

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Katie Finneran – Promises, Promises

Best Choreography
Bill T. Jones – Fela!

For the complete list visit here

Congratulation to all winners!

Changes in Wicked Casts


Here is a wrap-up of all the changes going on in the short term for Wicked in all of the American Productions

Broadway:

Mandy Gonzalez to become Elphaba as from March 23rd. Replacing Dee Roscioli.

1st National Tour:

Justin Brill replaced Ben Liebert as Boq

2nd National Tour:
Natalie Daradich takes over Glinda as from March 10th. Replacing Helene Yorke.
Chris Peluso becomes Fiyero as from March 10th. Replacing Colin Donnell
Anne Brummel to replace Carrie Manolakos as S/B Elphaba on March 10th
Christine Dwyer to replace Anne Brummel as U/S Elphaba on March 10th

via Flying High

Jersey Boys London Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with New Cast


The hit musical Jersey Boys is celebrating it’s second Anniversary welcoming 2 new cast members to it’s West End cast. As from March 18th 2010 John Boydon and Eugene McCoy will replace Glenn Carter and Philip Bullcock as Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

The pair will join exisiting members of the four seasons Ryan Molloy and Stephen Ashfield who will continue in their roles as Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio.

Both actors have appeared previously in long running West End jukebox musicals so should fit right in with the cast of Jersey Boys. McCoy’s west end experience includes the Abba musical, Mamma Mia! whilst Boydon has recently finished a two year stint of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

Jersey Boys tells the story of four white collar workers who started out life on the wrong side of the tracks, together these workers which included Frankie Vallet becomes the Four Seasons, one of America’s biggest selling pop bands, selling over 175 million records worldwide.

via JerseyBoysBlog & MusicalVerse

Girl of the Week: Amanda Harrison


Amanda Harrison is an Australian musical theatre actress who has performed across Australia and in London’s West End. She originated the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked opposite to Lucy Durack (as Glinda). Se has recently announced that she was leaving the role and facing new challenges in her career.

Harrison’s first professional stage role was in Aspects of Love in 1992. Other Australian productions include Les Misérables, The Journey Girl, The Boy from Oz, Mame, She Loves Me,Leader of the Pack, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma. For her performance as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Harrison received a Green Room Award nomination for the 2005 Best Supporting Actress. Also, for her performance as Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack (2005), she received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.

Harrison made her West End debut in Mamma Mia! in 2001, where she played the role of Ali.

Harrison was then cast in the original London production of We Will Rock You where she understudied the roles of Scaramouche and Oz. Harrison was then offered the role of Oz in the Original Australian Production of the musical[1]. For her portrayal of Oz, Harrison received a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

In 2007, Harrison played the role of Ellen in the Australian production of Miss Saigon. Harrison played the role for the Brisbane and Sydney seasons.

Harrison originated the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked which opened at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on 12 July 2008. For playing the role, Harrison was nominated for Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Secret Wish: Not so secret…we will miss to see her face in green defying gravity.

Eden Espinosa returns to Wicked in San Francisco


Eden Espinosa, who has already performed the role of Elphaba in the shamshing-hit musical Wicked on Broadway, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, will return to the role to replace Teal Wicks in San Francisco.

Beginning March 2nd, Espinosa Espinosa will play opposite to Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda the Good Witch.

Eden’s other credits include the title role in a revival of the Liza Minnelli vehicle “Flora the Red Menace” in Los Angeles, Maureen in the closing company of “Rent!” on Broadway and the lead role in “Brooklyn the Musical.”

Since it’s opening in the Bay Area at the Orpheum Theatre a year ago, WICKED has been seen by close to a million people and continues to be a cultural phenomenon.

For more information about WICKED at the Orpheum Theatre, please visit www.wickedthemusical.com/sf

via San Francisco Chronicle