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Pippin 50th Anniversary Concert

There’s magic to do in the 50th anniversary concert production of PIPPIN at the iconic London Palladium 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.

Evita in Concert

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning Evita returns to the West End this summer in an all-star concert at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane, accompanied by the 30-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Auli’i Cravalho, the voice of Disney’s Moana and star of The Little Mermaid Live, makes her West End debut in the title role of Evita, alongside West End leading man Matt Rawle (Martin Guerre, Miss Saigon, Zorro) who returns to the role of Che. Jeremy Secomb (Les MisérablesThe Phantom of the Opera) is also returning to the show in the role of Perón, alongside Nathan Amzi (Heathers the MusicalJesus Christ Superstar) as Magaldi. Playing Mistress is Emily Lane, who is currently performing at Theatre Royal Drury Lane as Anna in Disney’s Frozen the Musical.

Completing the ensemble are Lloyd Davies, Robin Kent, Emily Langham, Jasmin Leung, Amonik Maleco, Joseph Poulton, Agnes Pure and Sophie Sass.

Evita in Concert is directed by Bill Deamer, with musical supervision by Simon Lee, sound design by Adam Fisher, lighting design by Tim Deiling, set design by Rebecca Brower and casting by Sarah-Jane Price. The concert is accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ben Ferguson.

Evita played at the iconic Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 31st July and 1st August.

Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Perón’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to, as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Perón, the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33.

Audra Live at the Palladium

Celebrate an evening with Emmy, Grammy, and six-time Tony Award winner, Audra McDonald, at the world-famous London Palladium. Alongside Andy Einhorn and the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, Audra will take you through the Great American Songbook and Broadway’s greatest hits.

LMTO subscribers can book pre-sale tickets on Wednesday 15 December at 10am. Tickets go on general sale on Friday 17 December.

 

About Audra McDonald

The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy, Audra McDonald has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people and received a National Medal of Arts—America’s highest honour for achievement in the field—from President Barack Obama. In addition to her Tony-winning performances in CarouselMaster ClassRagtime, A Raisin in the SunThe Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill—the role that also served as the vehicle for her Olivier Award-nominated 2017 debut in London’s West End—she has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Marie Christine (Tony nomination), Henry IV, 110 in the Shade (Tony nomination), Shuffle Along, or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (Tony nomination).

A Juilliard-trained soprano, Audra’s opera credits include La voix humaine and Send at Houston Grand Opera, and Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at Los Angeles Opera, where the resulting recording earned her two Grammy Awards. On television, she was seen by millions as the Mother Abbess in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! and played Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s Private Practice. She won an Emmy Award for her role as host of PBS’s Live From Lincoln Center and has received nominations for WitA Raisin in the Sun and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She can now be seen in The Good Fight on Paramount+ as well as in Spectrum’s pandemic-themed drama, The Bite. On film, she has appeared in Seven Servants, The Object of My Affection, Cradle Will Rock, It Runs in the Family, The Best Thief in the World, She Got ProblemsRampartRicki and the Flash, Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, the movie-musical Hello Again, and MGM’s Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect. McDonald has issued five solo albums on the Nonesuch label as well as Sing Happy with the New York Philharmonic on Decca Gold. She also maintains a major career as a concert artist, regularly appearing on the great stages of the world with leading international orchestras.

Audra McDonald live at the London Palladium is produced by Darren Bell, Dan Looney, Adam Paulden and Jason Haigh-Ellery for Fourth Wall Live.

Alpha’s The Best of the West End

LMTO is thrilled to be returning to the Royal Albert Hall this summer for Alpha’s The Best of the West End, taking place on Wednesday 21 July at 7:30pm. 

Featuring songs from West Side Story, Wicked, Les Misérables, Chicago, Hairspray and more, the night promises to be a true celebration of musical theatre in one of the UK’s most iconic venues.

Presented by Olivier Award-winner Ruthie Henshall, the concert will feature the 40-piece London Musical Theatre Orchestra, playing some of the world’s greatest musical hits. We will be joined on stage by a spectacular cast of West End stars, including John Owen-Jones, Kerry Ellis, Mica Paris, Anna-Jane Casey, Matt Henry MBE, Sophie Evans, Ben Forster, Mazz Murray, Gina Murray, Layton Williams, Lauren Samuels, Friederike Krum and Matthew Croke. The choir will feature students from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and MX Masterclass.

The creative team includes Creative Director Ben Forster (Phantom of the Opera, Elf, Jesus Christ Superstar), legendary West End Choreographer Stephen Mear CBE (Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly!, Gypsy – each of which earned him an Olivier Award nomination), award-winning Lighting Designer Tim Lutkin (Back to the Future, Fiddler on the Roof, Chimerica) and Musical Director Dr Stuart Morley (Wicked, We Will Rock You, Elf).

A minimum of £5 per ticket will be donated by Alpha Club to Acting for Others, an organisation made up of 14 charities that offer financial and emotional support to theatre workers in need.

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