A thrilling exposé of the darker side of 1980’s New York, The Life is a defiant and heartfelt musical lament for the old Times Square. A world of pimps and prostitutes, innocents and opportunists, it’s a gutsy and gritty joyride filled with both pathos and fun. Queen and Fleetwood are just trying to get by. New York has hit a moral rock bottom, and opportunity is becoming a scarcity. Queen is now selling herself to anyone with cash in Times Square, while Fleetwood is spending that cash on his nightly fix. Such is a regular story for those in The Life – just ask Sonja, whose market value as a hooker is depleting. It seems that nothing ever improves for those in The Life, but when a mysteriously innocent farm girl named Mary shows up, and Memphis and Joio, the biggest players in town, offer to help Queen out, will things start looking up? Described by the New York Times as “Broadway’s best kept secret” The Life features a rarely heard score by celebrated composer Cy Coleman (City of Angels, Sweet Charity). The original production of The Life, directed by Michael Blakemore, opened on April 26, 1997. It received 12 Tony Nominations of which it won two, and 9 Drama Desk Awards of which it won three, including Best Musical. 20 years later to the day, Michael Blakemore will be directing the musical again, starring stage legends Sharon D. Clarke and Cornell S. John. Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Cy Coleman. Based on an Original idea by Ira Gasman. Original Broadway Production produced by Roger Berlind, Martin Richards, Cy Coleman and Sam Crothers. Director Michael Blakemore Associate Director Jenny Eastop Choreographer Tom Jackson Greaves Musical Director Tamara Saringer Set and Costume Designer Justin Nardella Lighting Designer David Howe Video Designer Nina Dunn Casting Director Anne Vosser General Management David Adkin Limited Producers Amy Anzel, Matt Chisling and Catherine Schreiber Bruno Wang, Andrea Leoncini Carlos Arana and Jim Kierstead Cast John Addison David Albury Jalisa Andrews Matthew Caputo Lawrence Carmichael Sharon D. Clarke Omari Douglas Aisha Jawando Cornell S. John Thomas-Lee Kidd Charlotte Reavey Jo Servi Lucinda Shaw Johnathan Tweedie T’Shan Williams Joanna Woodward
Directly following celebrated engagements in New York and Paris, this critically acclaimed and multi Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical of love, hope and living your dreams is now lighting up London. Inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS features many of GEORGE and IRA GERSHWIN’s timelessly popular songs and music, including I Got Rhythm, I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise, The Man I Love, They Can’t Take That Away From Me and ’S Wonderful. Featuring its original, award-winning Broadway stars, and an exceptional company of 50 actors, dancers and musicians, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS tells the story of a young American GI pursuing his dream to make it as a painter in the aftermath of war. Following a chance encounter with a beautiful young dancer, the ‘City of Light’ becomes the backdrop to a sensuous, modern romance of art, friendship and love. Staged by some of the most celebrated theatre-makers in the world (including director and choreographer CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON and designer BOB CROWLEY, together with the writer CRAIG LUCAS), don’t miss this breathtakingly beautiful production that The New York Times called “a dazzling, transporting musical that turns Paris into a kaleidoscope of romance”
Rosmira still loves the man who jilted her, Arsace. He, unfortunately, is in love with beautiful Partenope. As too are Armindo and Emilio. So naturally, Rosmira dresses up as a man and becomes another of Partenope's suitors, in order to win back Arsace. And that's before things get really tangled... Combining glittering arias and wonderful ensembles, Handel's comic masterpiece follows the exploits of four rival suitors in pursuit of Partenope's love. Christopher Alden's Olivier Award-winning production - with designs inspired by the Surrealist imagery of Man Ray - returns for its first revival. Baroque-specialist Christian Curnyn conducts a world-class cast, including soprano Sarah Tynan, mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, and tenor Rupert Charlesworth.
Stephen Sondheim's THE FROGS, making its UK debut at London's Jermyn Street Theatre. The latest Broadway version of the rarely performed Sondheim musical, an hilarious send up of Greek comedy and satire, with a book revised and expanded by Nathan Lane, stars Michael Matus and George Rae. The Frogs, loosely based on a comedy written in 405 BC by Aristophanes, freely adapted for today by Burt Shevelove, and even more freely adapted by Nathan Lane, with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, produced by House on the Hill Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre and directed by Grace Wessels.
Arthur Pita and Headspacedance Present STEPMOTHER / STEPFATHER leads us into a menacing world where macabre folklore meets the terrifying grotesque. Fairy tales distort into nightmares as familiar characters from Snow White to Hansel and Gretel are pursued by a force of monstrous and abusive stepmothers. Stepfather tells the grisly tale of a twisted family situation, inspired by the folk punk Country Death Song from cult American band Violent Femmes. Spiralling into a hellish world of incest and murder, the search for redemption is played out beyond the grave.
The Barbican presents the UK-premiere of Robot, a multimedia spectacle which explores the relationship between humans and machines. Choreographed by Blanca Li and performed by Blanca Li Dance Company, the show premiered in 2013 at the Montpellier Dance Festival and has since played in over 100 theatres. It has just received Best Modern Dance Show at the Lunas del Auditorio awards in Mexico and following its Barbican run, Robot continues its world tour to China and Israel. Choreography and direction by Blanca Li Music by Tao Gutiérrez and Maywa Denki Set design by Pierre Attrait Lighting by Jacques Chatelet Video by Charles Carcopino Costumes by Armando Sanchez and Maywa Denki Robot programming by Thomas Pachoud Musical machines by Maywa Denki and Yoshimoto Creative Agency NAO robots by Aldebaran Robotics Dancers Yacnoy Abreu Alfonso, Rémi Benard, Iris Florentiny, Yann Hervé, Africa Manso, Margalida Riera Roig, Gaël Rougegrez and Yui Sugano.
Action To The Word's award-winning and breath-taking all-male version of A Clockwork Orange hits Park Theatre. This electrifying and testosterone-filled physical theatre horror show exquisitely captures and transcends the spirit of Anthony Burgess' original literary masterpiece. Scroll down for a first look at the show! A Clockwork Orange lures its audience into the glorious glass-edged nastiness of Manchester's underworld. A playtime of orgiastic ultraviolence and sexuality, it's the story of little Alex and his Droogs in their battle against the tedium of adolescence. An unapologetic celebration of the human condition, it remains as terrifyingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's film caused a stir in 1971. JONNO DAVIES ALEXANDRA SPENCER-JONES
Morality is torn to shreds as a passionate affair between the beautiful Vittoria and her lover, the Duke, unleashes a murderous revenge plot in this Jacobean potboiler. Although they are both married to other people, The Duke of Brachiano has conceived a violent passion for Vittoria Corombona, daughter of a noble but impoverished Venetian family. Vittoria's brother, Flamineo, employed as a secretary to Brachiano, has been scheming to bring his sister and the Duke together in the hope of advancing his career and their family fortune. But the arrival of Brachiano's wife Isabella, escorted by her brother and the Cardinal, forces their hands and the scheming quickly turns deadly. Check out exclusive photos from the show below! Inspired by bizarre real-life events from Renaissance Italy, John Webster conjures an extraordinary tale of hypocrisy, seduction and revenge. In Annie Ryan's bold take on the original, her cast of villains, victims and conspirators move through the dark spaces between reality and nightmares, creating scandal and destruction at every shadowy turn.
World-leading Argentine dance sensation Germán Cornejo’s Tango Fire returns to The Peacock to take audiences on an explosive journey through the seductive art form of tango, showcasing the rawness, sophistication and intoxicating passion of this dance. International tango superstars Germán Cornejo and Gisela Galeassi are joined by a cast of extraordinary couples, including several World Tango Champions and the best dancers from Buenos Aires’ famous tango houses. Tango Fire encompasses all that defines Argentine tango: dancing which sizzles with sensuality, accompanied by the unforgettable music of the great tango masters including Piazzolla, Pugliese and Gardel. Tango Fire combines the rawness and sophistication, seductive and sultry side of tango, evoking the intoxicating passion of late night Buenos Aires.
Celebrating a decade since its launch, Sampled is a chance for dance fans and newcomers alike to enjoy a diverse range of styles from some of the world's finest dancers at a specially reduced price. After a stunning performance at last year’s Sampled, Argentinian world champion tango dancers Julia Urruty and Claudio Gonzalez are coming back. Also making welcome returns to Sadler’s Wells is Spanish experimental B-boy crew Iron Skulls Co’s Sinestesia, and the new generation of flamenco dancers dotdotdot dance with I come to my body as a question. Contemporary dance is represented by Russell Maliphant Company with Still, performed by Dickson Mbi, and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance performs an extract from their reimagining of Petipa’s La Bayadère. In a sneak peek at what’s coming up later in the season, Northern Ballet perform an extract of Casanova, and Dorrance Dance merge tap and electronic music with a segment from ETM: Double Down.
Burt Bacharach's incredible music and Hal David's brilliant lyrics come together with a book by legendary playwright Neil Simon in Promises, Promises - the hit Broadway musical based on the Billy Wilder film - The Apartment.
Chuck Baxter is junior executive at a New York insurance company, where his mid-town residence makes him popular with the executive bosses - who promise him promotions in order to "entertain" at his apartment. A morally tricky dilemma gets worse for Chuck when he realises his own secret crush, Fran Kubelik, has been invited over to his place for a rendezvous by Chuck's Manager, JD Sheldrake.
This Tony Award Nominated, Grammy Award Winning Musical is a triumph of 1960's sexual work-place politics, with a quick witted script and unforgettable songs including-"knowing When To Leave", "Promises, Promises" and "I'll Never Fall in Love Again".
First produced for the Broadway Stage by David Merrick. The musical is presented by arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library.
On at The Southwark Playhouse from the 13th of January until the 18th of February. For tickets go to www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk
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The cast features: Craig Armstrong (who plays Eichelberger/Waiter) was in Billy Elliott, West End, and Whistle Down the Wind; Ralph Bogard (Vanderhof/Watchman), The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Arts Theatre, Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens, Ushers the Front of House Musical; Martin Dickinson (Kirkeby/Karl) The Sound of Music, We Will Rock You, The Secret Garden; John Guerrasio (Dr. Dreyfuss) South Pacific, Anything Goes at Grange Park Opera; Charlie Johnson (Sylvia/Patsy/Mrs Sheldrake/Turkey Lurkey Girls) Spend Spend Spend, Union Theatre; Daisy Maywood (Fran) Wonder.land and Medea, NT, A Chorus Line, West End; Natalie Moore-Williams (Miss Olsen/Vivien/Sharon/Turkey Lurkey Girls) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Scrooge, West End; Lee Ormsby (Dobitch) Pumbaa in The Lion King, The Great Jewish American Songbook; Paul Robinson (Sheldrake) Olivier Award nominee for Singin’ in the Rain, NT, The Sound of Music, White Christmas, Guys & Dolls, Chicago; Emily Squibb (Ginger/Kathy/Hostess) Made in Dagenham and Stephen Ward, West
End); Gabriel Vick (Chuck Baxter) Sunny Afternoon, Chariots of Fire, West End; Alex Young (Marge/Nurse/Barbara) Showboat, West End.
The creative team are; Director Bronagh Lagan, Musical Supervisor Elliot Davis, Musical Director Joe Louis
Robinson, Choreographer Cressida Carré, Set and Costume Designer Simon Anthony Wells, Sound Designer
Andrew Johnson, Casting Director Jane Deitch, Producers Aria Entertainment and Senbla.
The unforgettable, heart breaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed. It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons—their love, their sacrifices, their lies. A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
The sister company of internationally celebrated Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan presents the country’s most talented emerging dancers and choreographers, performing in the UK for the first time. This production forms part of the Out of Asia 2 season at Sadler’s Wells. Building on the successes of its first Out of Asia season in 2011, Sadler’s Wells presents Out of Asia 2, another rare opportunity to experience outstanding dance from Asia’s vibrant and rapidly developing performing arts world, which is bringing new perspectives and energy to stages across the globe. This autumn Sadler’s Wells shares with London a range of works by five dance companies from China and Taiwan, as well as four independent choreographers from Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and India, in a special collaboration with an artist from Singapore.
The ultimate high-voltage ballroom dance extravaganza, Burn the Floor is packed with striking choreography, heart-pounding music and breathtaking moves. Experience the phenomenal energy of 14 world-class dancers as they throw themselves into each sequence with expert skill and an infectious sense of fun.