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Magic at the Musicals

Magic at the Musicals returns to the Royal Albert Hall in 2024 as we celebrate the best in musical theatre with a sparkling evening of performances from leading cast members and the most iconic shows from the West End and beyond.

This year’s event takes place on Sunday 22 September with the first five sensational acts revealed on Magic Radio Breakfast with Ronan and Harriet. Confirmed to perform are An Officer and a Gentleman The MusicalHadestownMAMMA MIA!, SIX the Musical and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical.

Also joining the event are the smash hit musicals Dear Evan Hansen, Disney’s ALADDIN, Disney’s THE LION KING and Hairspray. We are also thrilled to confirm that west-end star and Magic at the Musicals radio presenter Ruthie Henshall will be returning as host for the event alongside comedian and presenter Jason Manford.

Further announcements include performance from Operation MincemeatBurlesqueCalamity JaneMean Girls and West End Superstars Kerry Ellis and John Owen-Jones. The Mountview Choir is also returning throughout the show alongside the amazing London Musical Theatre Orchestra, led by the incredible Freddie Tapner.

Oklahoma! in Concert

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! returns to its original West End home, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, in concert on Monday 19 August and Tuesday 20 August. RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S OKLAHOMA! in Concert stars Emmy, Critics Choice & Olivier Award-nominated actor Phil Dunster (Ted Lasso) as Curly alongside West End star Zizi Strallen (Mary Poppins) as Laurey.

Joining them are Christina Bianco (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) as Ado Annie, Jordan Shaw (Les Misérables) as Will Parker, five-time Olivier Award nominee and two-time Olivier Award winner Joanna Riding (Sondheim’s Old Friends and Carousel) as Aunt Eller, Tosh Wanogho-Maud (The Drifters Girl) as Jud Fry, Irvine Iqbal (The Witches) as Ali Hakim, Nicole-Lily Baisden (Anything Goes) as Gertie and Sebastien Torkia (Guys & Dolls) as Andrew. The cast is completed by George Beet (Assistant Choreographer), Ashleigh Graham (Assistant Choreographer), David McIntoshAmonik MelacoCarrie WillisDavid WintersJessica Wright and the London Musical Theatre Chorus.

The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, and features Robert Russell Bennett’s full original 28-piece orchestrations performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Ben Glassberg.

The production is directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Bill Deamer, and features Robert Russell Bennett’s full original 28-piece orchestrations performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, conducted by Ben Glassberg, with sound design by Tom Marshall, set & costume design by Rebecca Brower, lighting design by Tim Deiling, casting by Sarah-Jane Price, production management by Pete Kramer and company stage management by Peter Barnett.

Tickets are available now.

Something Rotten! in Concert

Welcome to the Renaissance!

Making its UK debut this August and starring Jason ManfordSomething Rotten! is a hilarious mash-up of sixteenth century Shakespeare and twenty-first century musical theatre that delighted Broadway audiences for nearly two years.

It’s the 1590s and brothers Nigel and Nick Bottom are tired of being stuck in the shadow of Shakespeare, the Renaissance Rockstar, and are desperate to beat the Bard once and for all. But how? With the help of a prophet, the lesser-known Nostradamus, the brothers set about writing the world’s first musical – a ridiculous notion where the actors just burst into song. Out of nowhere! And they dance too. For no reason! Absurd.

Created by the team behind Mrs Doubtfire (Hollywood screenwriters Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick), Something Rotten! was adored by audience members and critics alike on Broadway, receiving several Best Musical nominations, 10 Tony Award nominations and hailed by Time Out New York as “the funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years”.

With its hit score performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra conducted by Freddie Tapner, this outrageous and hysterical show plays at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane for three performances only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert

There’s magic to do in the 50th anniversary concert production of PIPPIN at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane starring Tony Award-winning Broadway star of Shucked, Grammy nominated Alex Newell and featuring the 20-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra and 50-strong choir.

With an infectiously unforgettable score from four-time Grammy winner, three-time Oscar winner and musical theatre giant, Stephen Schwartz, including the classic songs Corner of the Sky and Magic to Do, Pippin is a soul-searching exploration of one man’s journey to find himself, his place and purpose in life.

Heir to the Frankish throne, the young prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness and fulfilment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power (after disposing of his father, King Charlemagne the Great). In the end, though, Pippin finds that happiness lies not in extraordinary endeavours, but rather in the unextraordinary moments that happen every day.

Stephen Schwartz said: “Although there have been some excellent recent productions of Pippin in the UK, the show never gets to be heard with a full live orchestra and choir. This concert, with a cast led by the astonishing Alex Newell and produced under the always first-rate auspices of Katy Lipson’s Aria Entertainment and Carter Dixon McGill, promises to be a once-in-a-blue-moon event. I for one cannot wait to experience it!”

Love Never Dies in Concert

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies returns to the West End this summer in an all-star concert at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, accompanied by the 27-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Norm Lewis (Les Misérables 25th Anniversary ConcertJesus Christ Superstar) stars as The Phantom after a hugely successful run as the first African American Phantom in the Broadway production of The Phantom of the OperaCelinde Schoenmaker (Guys and DollsRocketman) stars alongside him as Christine, following her appearance in London’s West End for the 30th anniversary of Phantom. Taking on the role of Raoul is Matthew Seadon-Young (Death of a Salesman, Company) with Courtney Stapleton (Beauty and the Beast) as Meg and Sally Dexter (Emmerdale, Billy Elliot the Musical) as Madame Giry. Completing the cast are Nic Greensheilds as Squelch, Charles Brunton as Gangle, Lucie-Mae Sumner as Fleck, with the ensemble made up of Chloe Campbell, Alex Christian, Courtney George, Aoife Kenny, Alex Pinder and Emily Ann Potter.

Love Never Dies in Concert is directed by Shaun Kerrison with musical supervision by Simon Lee, musical direction by Freddie Tapner, choreography by Jo Goodwin, sound design by Adam Fisher, lighting design by Tim Deiling, set and costume design by Rebecca Bower and casting by Sarah-Jane Price. The concert will be performed by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra & Chorus, conducted by Freddie Tapner.

Love Never Dies returns to the story of The Phantom of the Opera 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. Escaped to a new life in New York, he has finally found a place for his music to soar. All that is missing is his love – Christine Daaé. In a final bid to win her back, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband, and their young son Gustave to America to perform one final time. As old wounds are reopened and forgotten memories unlocked – The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies. This concert comes as The Phantom of the Opera in London’s West End continues to break records at the box office, 36 years after opening at the recently-renamed His Majesty’s Theatre on Haymarket.

Love Never Dies played at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 21st August (evening performance) and 22nd August (matinee and evening performance).

Prince Andrew: The Musical

Kieran Hodgson leads a cast of comics in a satirical send-up of the life and times of Prince Andrew, set to a musical score. Written by and starring Hodgson as the Prince himself, with original music co-written by Freddie Tapner, the story centres on the key events, relationships, and controversies of Andrew’s life, including a reimagining of the former-HRH’s bombshell interview with Emily Maitlis in which the man behind the headlines faces the music.

A Hat Trick Production

Producer: Adam Reeve, Executive Producers: Stu Mather & Jimmy Mulville

Commissioned for Channel 4 by commissioning editor, Cimran Shah, and Head of Entertainment and Events, Phil Harris

Scala Radio Christmas Live

Scala Radio proudly presents the inaugural Scala Radio Christmas Live at 3pm on 27th November 2022 at The London Palladium. The stage is set, and the show will dazzle with the best of the West End alongside all your classical Christmas favourites, accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra conducted by Freddie Tapner.

Scala Radio and TV presenter Penny Smith will be your host for the afternoon and has announced the first artists to be part of this festive event on her Scala Radio Drive Show.

Joining us on the Scala Radio Christmas Live stage will be Michael Ball and Alfie BoeAnne DudleyLuke EvansMILOŠ, John Owen-Jones, Esther Abrami and The Ayoub Sisters.

Chess

With music by ABBA legends Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and lyrics by the incomparable Sir Tim Rice, the iconic musical Chess returns to the West End for the first time since a limited run at the London Coliseum in 2018.

At the height of the Cold War, two chess masters meet in Bangkok to battle for the world championship, but their greatest contest is for the love of one woman. Telling a story of love and political intrigue, and set against the background of the Cold War in the late 1970s/early 1980s, Chess features an incredible score including classics such as “I Know Him So Well” and “One Night in Bangkok”.

Starring Samantha Barks (Frozen, Les Misérables) as Florence and Hadley Fraser (City of Angels, Phantom Of The Opera) as Anatoly, and with the 50-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra accompanying, this concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane is not to be missed.

Kinky Boots

Returning to the West End for the first time since 2019, Kinky Boots is the exhilarating true story about a struggling shoe factory that will lift you higher than any platform boots!

Winner of six TONY awards and the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 2016, Kinky Boots features a joyous score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of the fabulous entertainer Lola, and together they work out what is best for both of them.

This summer, Kinky Boots – The Musical In Concert will be coming to the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. With Cedric Neal (Back To The Future, Motown), Matt Jay Willis (Waitress, Wicked), and Courtney Bowman (Six, Legally Blonde) bringing the music alive with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, this concert is sure to lift the spirits and have you dancing in the aisles.

Treason

Treason is the explosive new musical about the gunpowder plot, set to completely blow you away, featuring stunning music by Ricky Allan and book and lyrics by Ricky Allan and Kieran Lynn.

With songs ‘Take Things Into Our Own Hands’, ‘The Cold Hard Ground’ and ‘The Day Elizabeth Died’ having already taken Spotify by storm, and the streamed lockdown concert described as “an exceptional musical in the making”, this is a premiere not to be missed.

Carrie Hope Fletcher (Cinderella, Heathers), Bradley Jaden (Les Misérables, Wicked) and Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Hamilton, Kinky Boots) are amongst the incredible cast performing in Treason the Musical in Concert on the 22nd and 23rd August at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

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