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indiedan
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posted February 03, 2009 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Snow Curtain Comes Down On West End

3 February 2009 4:20 AM, PST

Several shows in London's West End were forced to cancel performances on Monday after the city was hit by an enormous snowstorm. Musicals including Oliver!, Avenue Q, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys were all called off as public transport systems ground to halt in the freezing conditions.

The Royal Opera House performance of Die tote Stadt was also scrapped along with the Novello Theatre's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

A statement from Delfont Mackintosh Theatres apologised for the cancellations, urging theatre-goers to check before leaving home for performances for the rest of the week.

It added: "Due to adverse weather conditions, we are unable to guarantee whether our full staff, cast and company can travel into central London."

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indiedan
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posted February 05, 2009 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
London Stage Beckons For Lost Star Kim

4 February 2009 11:45 PM, PST

Lost star Daniel Dae Kim will swap Hawaii for London this summer to star in a new production of musical The King & I. The 40-year-old actor, who plays Jin in the hit TV show, will take on the role of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein play, when it begins its two-week run at the Royal Albert Hall in June.

Korean-born Kim tells People magazine, "This summer I'm starring in The King and I onstage in London. Yes, I can carry a tune."

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indiedan
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Horne Returns To Play

6 April 2009 9:17 AM, PDT

British actor Mathew Horne is set to return to his role in a West End play, just days after collapsing onstage.

The comedy star fainted during Thursday afternoon's matinee performance of Entertaining Mr Sloane, and remained motionless for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived to take him to hospital.

He was released from medics' care the same day, but was forced to pull out of that night's performance.

Just hours after the actor succumbed to illness, his co-star Imelda Staunton also became unwell and cancelled her turn that night.

Now both actors have recovered and are expected to return to the show for Monday night's performance.

In a statement, Horne says, "I am delighted to say I am feeling much better and will return to the show tonight for the final week.

"I feel terrible for letting audience members down last week when I was ill, and I am so grateful for the wonderful letters of well wishes from everyone.

"We have all had an amazing time working on Sloane since January, and I am just glad to be back in full health for the final week of this tremendous production."

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indiedan
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Bridget Jones: The Musical

5 June 2009 5:05 AM, PDT

Hit movie Bridget Jones's Diary is to be made into a musical.

The 2001 film, starring Renee Zellweger, grossed $282 million (£188 million) worldwide, while the 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, raked in $262 million (£175 million).

And the writer of the original novels, Helen Fielding, is hoping to cash in further on the franchise with an all-singing all-dancing stage production.

She tells U.K. newspaper The Times, "I've been doing it (writing) for two years, and writing the songs."

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indiedan
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Hall Goes Naked For Stage Role

19 June 2009 9:10 AM, PDT

Former supermodel Jerry Hall is to bare all onstage in London again - she's stripping off for a role in West End play Calendar Girls.

The ex-wife of Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger will disrobe for her part in the production, which tells the story of a group of British Women's Institute members who pose naked for charity.

Hall will join the cast of the play at the Noel Coward Theatre from next month. In 2001, she appeared naked as Mrs Robinson in a London stage production of The Graduate.

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indiedan
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posted July 17, 2010 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indiedan   Click Here to Email indiedan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seriously, The Prisoner of 2nd Avenue with Jeff Goldblum - that's all the West End can muster? Pathetic.

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EthanRubidoux
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posted August 26, 2010 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Heading to London after Labor Day for a West End binge. What should I see?

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The producers of The Book Of Mormon opened the Tony winning hit Thursday night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. They’ve announced that the show set a record for the biggest single day of sales in West End and Broadway history on the day following. Yesterday, between 10:00 AM and Midnight, the box office did £2,107,972, or $3,210,019 in ticket sales. Some 150,000 additional tickets have been made available and the show is now booking until January 11, 2014.

Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the theater and has had his share of big stage hits said: “After a phenomenal opening night I am delighted to see a phenomenal record-breaking post opening box office of over £2m. The Mormons have truly delivered a Heavenly hit!”

The Book Of Mormon, with book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone, is produced in London by Anne Garefino, Scott Rudin, Important Musicals and Sonia Friedman Productions. This is the latest of a swarm of broken records for the musical, which on Broadway has bested the Eugene O’Neill Theatre’s house record 44 times. The National Tour has continually broken house records across the country since opening in Denver in the summer of 2012, and the Chicago production holds the house record at the Bank of America Theatre. The musical, which won nine Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, shows how lucrative an original stage hit can be. The musical shows no sign of slowing, with four Book Of Mormon companies operating thus far, and the inevitable movie that will come sometime down the line.

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