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New casting announced for THE JERSEY BOYS UK tour

Written By Lisa Davidson on Wednesday, 1 July 2015 | 21:00


From Tuesday 18 August 2015, Matt Corner will play the role of Frankie Valli in the ongoing UK and Ireland tour of Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical JERSEY BOYS. Matt previously played the role at certain performances. 

Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio, Lewis Griffiths as Nick Massi and Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito will continue in their roles.Michael Pickering will join the cast to play the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. 

Also joining the tour cast will be Mark Heenehan as Gyp DeCarlo, Joel Elferink as Bob Crewe, Joe Maxwell as Norm Waxman and Samantha Hull as Francine, with Ste Clough, Tom Partridge and Amy West.

Continuing in their roles are Nathaniel Morrison as Barry Belson, Damian Buhagiar as Joe Pesci, Henry Davis as Hank Majewski, Leanne Garretty as Lorraine, Amelia Adams-Pearce as Mary Delgado, with Dayle Hodge.

JERSEY BOYS has been seen by over 22 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of London's longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre.

JERSEY BOYS is the remarkable true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 100 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30.  The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’SherryWalk Like A ManDecember, 1963 (Oh What a Night)Big Girls Don’t CryMy Eyes Adored You,Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got)Bye Bye BabyCan’t Take My Eyes Off YouWorking My Way Back to YouFallen Angel,Rag Doll and Who Loves You.   

Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, JERSEY BOYS is thewinner of 57 major awards worldwide. As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End, and on tour in the UK and Ireland, JERSEY BOYS can be seen in Las Vegas and across the United States on its US National Tour.
                                                                                                                     
JERSEY BOYS is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe.  The UK Tour will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo, with scenic design by Klara Zieglerova, costume design by Jess Goldstein, lighting by Howell Binkley, sound by Steve Canyon Kennedy and projections design by Michael Clark.  The orchestrations are by Steve Orich and the music supervision and vocal arrangements by Ron Melrose. 
The UK and Irish Tour of JERSEY BOYS is produced by Dodger Theatricals, David Ian / Michael Watt and Ambassador Theatre Group, with Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, in association with Latitude Link, Rick Steiner, DHST Inc.
For further details visit www.jerseyboysuktour.com.

GLASGOW PERFORMANCES

Tues 8 Dec 2015 – Sun 3 Jan 2016
Tue 8 – Sat 19 Dec 7.30pm
Thu 10, Sat 12, Thu 17 & Sat 19 Dec 2.30pm
Sun 13 & Sun 20 Dec 3pm
Tue 22 & Wed 23 Dec 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sat 26 Dec 7.30pm
Sun 27 Dec 3pm & 7.30pm
Tue 29 – Thu 31 Dec 7.30pm
Tue 29 & Thu 31 Dec 2.30pm
Sat 2 Jan 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Sun 3 Jan 3pm & 7.30pm
No Mon Perfs

Box Office 0844 871 7647 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

JERSEY BOYS UK & IRELAND TOUR 2015
23 June – 4 July                      
Liverpool Empire
0844 871 3017
                                              
7 – 18 July                              
Norwich Theatre Royal           
www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk                   
01603 63 00 00

21 July – 1 August                   
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff                                                                              
www.wmc.org.uk                      
029 2063 6464
                                              
4 – 15 August                          
Southampton Mayflower                            
www.mayflower.org.uk                                
02380 711811

18 August – 5 September         
Theatre Royal Plymouth                            
www.theatreroyal.com                                 
01752 267222

8 – 19 September                    
Sunderland Empire                
www.atgtickets.com/sunderland                   
0844 871 3022

22 September – 3 October
Waterside Theatre Aylesbury                                                                         
0844 871 7607

27 October – 7 November        
Manchester Opera House        
www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/                                
08448713018

10 – 21 November
Venue Cymru Llandudno                                                                         
01492 872000

24 November – 5 December     
Congress Theatre Eastbourne
www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/shows/jersey-boys/                                     
01323 412000

8 December – 3 January          
Theatre Royal Glasgow              
www.atgtickets.com/glasgow                      
0844 871 7647

2016
13 – 23 January
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin             
0818 719 377

26 January – 6 February           
Royal and Derngate, Northampton                                                            
www.royalandderngate.co.uk                       
01604 624811

9 – 20 February                       
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton                                                                

01902 429 212

The Illegal Eagles fly into Glasgow!

Written By Lisa Davidson on Tuesday, 30 June 2015 | 18:30


The Illegal Eagles have been thrilling audiences nation-wide for over 18 years and now with their brand new association with Derek Block Concert Promotions, one of the UK's most established and successful worldwide promoters, the band look set to perform over 120 shows this year at some of the country’s top venues, including the King’s Theatre Glasgow on Thursday 9 July.

Following a number of critically acclaimed UK & international tours and headlining countless concerts and festivals, the band have established themselves as not only the Official No.1 tribute to The Eagles, but as one of the foremost authentic and talented theatrical experiences in the world!

Extremely tight harmonies and an acute attention to detail have always been synonymous with The Illegal Eagles. Members Phil Aldridge, Keith Atack, Al Vosper, Darin Murphy, Garreth Hicklinand award-winning vocalist Greg Webb’s ability to capture the emotion of Don Henley’s vocal deliveries have ensured that critical and audience acclaim has been unanimous.
This latest production brings you all the classics - Hotel California, Take It Easy, Take it to the Limit, Lyin’ Eyes, Tequila Sunrise, Life in the Fast Lane, One of These Nights, Witchy Woman, Rocky Mountain Way, Heartache Tonight and a whole lot more!

For more information about The Illegal Eagles visit www.illegaleagles.com

The Illegal Eagles
King’s Theatre Glasgow
Thu 9 July, 7.30pm

Box Office 0844 871 7648 (bkg fee) Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.www.atgtickets.com/glasgow (bkg fee)

Gig Review: Taylor Swift - BST Hyde Park, London ✭✭✭✭✭

Written By Christina Benneworth on Sunday, 28 June 2015 | 20:09

Taylor Swift

BST Hyde Park, London

27th June 2015: Probably one of the most well-known artists in the world currently, with millions of fans globally, superstar best friends and legs that seem never ending - Taylor Swift hits Hyde Park for the last gig in the UK on her 1989 World Tour and not only is she performing in Hyde Park it completely sold out.
I don't think I have ever seen such dedication from fans than Taylor Swift's fan, they pull out all the stops - costumes, outfits, posters, LED posters, everything you could possible imagine her fans are doing.
Swift hit the stage with the first track of the night Welcome to New York, which is where 1989 was written. The night was a journey and an insight in to the creation of 1989. We were told that after her performance in London years before she had decided that she was going to move and live in New York, she wasn't in love at the time but wanted to write an album all about it.
With Swift's songs it's almost like you're reading her diary, they are very personal, she sang through the album with emotion and energy. Songs included Blank Space, All You Had To Do Was Stay. We were also treated to Love Story, which was given a more a pop vibe than the original, Swift explained that it was her way of rewriting Romeo and Juliet. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together always seems to get a great reception, I think a lot of people can relate to the song.
Ahead of her performance of the song Clean, Swift took an opportunity to talk about the meaning behind the song, suspended high above the crowd on a platform that spins. Swift spoke to 65,000 people and told them that they should never define themselves by the opinion of others, and reminding them that "making mistakes doesn't mean you're damaged goods".  I felt a great sense of admiration for Swift, she had the ability to make thousands of teenage girls listen to her every word and she didn't miss the opportunity to empower them, taking a look round the audience some people had tears rolling down their faces. What was more admirable was it didn't just end up being young girls that were touched by her words, it was everyone.
Bad Blood the newest single from Swift was a great production, you have to give props to her dancers, absolutely amazing.
During the song Style the audience were treated to an introduction to Swift's friends, Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Serena Williams, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss and Cara Delevingne. I don't think the screams could have been any louder.
The night ended with the crowd pleaser Shake It Off and it was the perfect way to end the evening. A great show and an even better experience. Swift was in awe nearly the whole of her performance, watching 65,000 people sing and dance to her songs, clearly had an emotional affect on her and that's what made it nice, she is grateful for everything and works for it. I do hope some of the advice she gave the crowd rubbed off a little.


Gig Review: Kaiser Chiefs - BST Hyde Park, London ✭✭✭✭

Kaiser Chiefs

  

BST Hyde Park, London  

26th June 2015: There was one thing that the Kaiser Chiefs set definitely wasn't lacking and that was energy. Buckets full of it. I don't think I've ever seen someone jump so high and run round a stage as much as lead singer Ricky Wilson was at Hyde Park.  
Taking to the stage Kaiser Chiefs welcomed a huge crowd with Everyday I Love You Less and Less.
The sound this year on the Great Oak Stage has improved considerably, nothing was too quiet or too loud, it gives you the opportunity to hear some great live music. And when the sound is right there is nothing to complain about.
Warming up the crowd for headliners The Who, Kaiser Chiefs created a buzzy atmosphere everyone dancing and singing along to the classics. We were treated to some songs from the new album Education, Education, Education & War which was released at the end of March. Songs included Ruffians on Parade, Misery Company and Coming Home.
Ricky Wilson has the perfect ability to work with a crowd, his energy lifts off him and makes for a great performance. Literally flying around the stage, vocals faulted ever so slightly, but the showmanship made up for any hiccups in his voice.
Crowd pleasers were Na Na Na Na Naa, The Angry Mob and the huge favourites Ruby and I Predict a Riot. These songs are written to be performed live and are especially suited to festivals, you get to hear them in the atmosphere they are meant to be heard in.

It was a start of a perfect evening, the sun still out and reaching over Hyde Park. A huge audience listening to Kaiser Chiefs and dancing all the way through their set. Great way to start the evening.



AnnieJr comes to London's West End - opens at Arts Theatre on 31 July

Written By Steve Stubbs on Friday, 26 June 2015 | 15:12

AnnieJr
Arts Theatre
29 July - 31 August

With a cast of 350 kids and 8 Annies... musical Annie is back in the West End!



More than 2,900 children auditioned and now 350 young Londoners have won roles in a special new version of the acclaimed Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Annie, and will be acting in it on stage in the West End this summer.

Eight lucky girls will get to star as orphan Annie, the plucky 11-year-old in 1930s America who dreams of escaping the clutches of the horrible child-hating orphanage matron, Miss Hannigan, and finding her real parents. Annie’s life gets exciting the day billionaire businessman Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks opens his home to her and her dog, Sandy. 

AnnieJr. is a special one-hour version adapted from the classic musical - winner of the Best Musical Tony when it premiered in 1977. It includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You” and Annie’s eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow”. 

With music by Charles Strouse, lyrics by Martin Charnin, and a book by Thomas Meehan, AnnieJr. will run for a 4-week season at the Arts Theatre in the West End from Wednesday 29 July -  Monday 31 August. 


Producer/Director Matthew Chandler, of P2P Productions, said: “This is a version of Annie specially adapted by the original American creative team to be performed by talented young people. It is a fantastic opportunity for all the youngsters involved - and features one of the greatest child roles ever written. The fact we are performing it in the West End is the icing on the cake for the youngsters involved. We have eight different teams of actors who will rotate through the week. We hope this will be a great experience for everyone taking part and we will go on to perform other big West End and Broadway musicals. AnnieJr. is the perfect family-friendly show and an ideal  show for children to experience as their first musical live on stage.”


AnnieJr.

Arts Theatre
Great Newport Street
London 
WC2H 7JB

Box office: 020 7836 8463

Wednesday 29 July -  Monday 31 August.

There are two press performances on
Monday 3 August at 3.00pm and 7.30pm

Performances:

Monday 5.30pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday No performances
Wednesday 2.30pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 11.00am & 2.30pm
Friday 4.30pm
Saturday 11.00am
Sunday 11.00am

Running Time 60 minutes

Tickets: £10.00 - £25.00

Casting announced for UK Tour of THE ROCKY HORROW SHOW - Diana Vickers, Ben Freeman and Paul Cattermole to star


“Still the sexiest and funniest show in town”
Evening Standard

CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT
DIANA VICKERS (X FACTOR / LITTLE VOICE)
PAUL CATTERMOLE (S CLUB 7)
BEN FREEMAN (EMMERDALE)
KRISTIAN LAVERCOMBE (ROCKY HORROR SHOW 40th ANNIVERSARY TOUR)
TO STAR IN NEW UK TOURING PRODUCTION OF THE
LEGENDARY MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA




STARTING DECEMBER 2015 - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Produced by Howard Panter for Ambassador Theatre Group

Since its first appearance at the Royal Court Theatre in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock N’ Roll musical. It has been performed worldwide for over 40 years in over 30 countries and has been translated into more than 20 languages. Director Christopher Luscombe created a stunning new production to celebrate the 40th Anniversary and this critically acclaimed version of the classic show is back by popular demand, now embarking on a year-long national adventure starting at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 14 December 2015.

X Factor finalist and star of the stage version of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Diana Vickers will star in the role of Janet Weiss. S Club 7 star, Paul Cattermole, will play the role of Eddie and Dr. Scott. Emmerdale actor, Ben Freeman, will join Diana and Paul, playing the role of Brad Majors. Following his huge success in over 900 performances of the 40th Anniversary Global Tour of The Rocky Horror Show, Kristian Lavercombe returns as Riff Raff. Further casting to be announced soon.

Diana Vickers (Janet) first came to public attention in 2008 when she was a finalist on The X Factor, before signing a record deal with RCA Records and getting a number one single and album. After her second album, Diana starred in the West End production of The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, for which she received excellent reviews from the press and the role won her the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers’ Choice Awards ‘London Newcomer of the Year’. She then went on to star in the West End production of Duck House alongside Ben Miller and Simon Shepherd.

Paul Cattermole (Eddie / Dr. Scott) has just completed the sold out S Club 7 Bring It All Back 2015 UK Tour with the other members of S Club 7 after they reformed at the start of the year. The group initially shot to fame in 1999 and had four number one singles and a number one album, as well as a series of TV shows including Miami 7, LA 7, Hollywood 7 and Viva S Club. Paul and the rest of S Club 7 also performed at Party At The Palace as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubliee celebrations on 1 June 2002.

Ben Freeman (Brad) is best known for playing the role of Scott Windsor in Emmerdale, but he also starred on stage in the West End productions of Legally Blonde, Dreamcoats and Petticoats and Wicked. He has also starred as The Fonz in the UK touring production of Happy Days.

Kristian Lavercombe (Riff Raff) delighted fans when he starred in over 900 performances of The Rocky Horror Show as Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show’s 2013 / 2014 40th Anniversary World Tour in 2013, before continuing in the role as part of the global 40th Anniversary Tour.

This musical extravaganza features all of its famous musical classics including “Science Fiction/Double Feature”, “Dammit Janet” and of course, the timeless floor-filler, “The Time-Warp”.

The Rocky Horror Show was first performed on 19 June 1973 at the Royal Court Theatre and continues to break box office records around the world, currently selling out in Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Japan and Austria. It tells the story of Brad and his fiancée Janet, two squeaky clean college kids who meet Dr Frank’n’Furter by chance when their car breaks down outside his house whilst on their way to visit their former college professor. It is an adventure they’ll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, The Rocky Horror Show is a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music and encourages audience participation meaning, of course, getting dressed in your most outrageous fancy dress.

Many stars, including Russell Crowe, Tim Curry, Jerry Springer and Meatloaf have appeared in The Rocky Horror Show over the past four decades. Ready to thrill you with fun and naughty moments, O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is the boldest bash of them all. Be warned, this show has rude parts!
What the press have said about The Rocky Horror Show:

“Panto for grown-ups – colourful, in your face, relentlessly energetic and high on audience participation” – The Times

“Hard to think of another musical quite as unique as this. Christopher Luscombe’s affectionate production feels like a genuine blast from the past” – Mail on Sunday

“As delightfully naughty as ever!”Daily Telegraph

“So fast, so funny, so sexy”Daily Mail

The Rocky Horror Show 2015 / 2016 UK Tour Dates

14 December– 2 January 2016  Brighton: Theatre Royal 
04 – 16 January 2016                Manchester: Opera House                          
25 – 30 January 2016                Birmingham: New Alexandra Theatre             
01 – 06 February 2016              Liverpool: Empire Theatre                           
15 – 20 February 2016              Sunderland: Empire Theatre                                         
29 February – 5 March 2016    Wimbledon: New Wimbledon Theatre     
07 – 12 March 2016                 Torquay: Princess Theatre                           
28 March – 2 April 2016          Edinburgh: Playhouse Theatre                    
11 – 16 April 2016                   York: Opera House                                        
18 – 23 April 2016                   Aylesbury: Waterside Theatre                    
02 – 07 May 2016                    Richmond: Richmond Theatre                     
23 – 28 May 2016                    Stoke: Regent Theatre                                  
27 June - 2 July 2016               Woking: New Victoria Theatre                    
18 – 23 July 2016                     Bristol: Hippodrome                                    
22 – 27 August 2016                Glasgow: King’s Theatre 
                                                                               
Further dates and details to be announced

Please note that Diana Vickers, Ben Freeman, Paul Cattermole and Kristian Lavercombe will perform from 14 December 2015 through to 28 May 2016.

For online bookings and show times please visit www.atgtickets.com/rockyhorror
Ticket prices range from £12.90 - £51.90 (with additional booking fee)

Additional discounts are available for ATG Theatre Card Holders and Millennium Club Members.
 
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