By Charly Ralph

Sheridan Smith has returned to the Savoy stage, much to the delight of theatre lovers everywhere. The star of stage and screen surprised Friday nights audience (July 8th) by reprising her role of Fanny Brice in Michael Mayer’s production of Funny Girl.

Having taken 8 weeks off to recover from stress and exhaustion, Sheridan shone on stage like the star she is with many audience members taking to Twitter shortly after her final curtain call to express their admiration. After a fierce amount of media speculation leading up to and during her leave of absence, we’re so pleased Sheridan has returned in such a professional manner, silencing critics with her unquestionable talent. She is now scheduled to perform every Tuesday through to Saturday until the run ends on October 8th.

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For Monday night performances, the role of Fanny Brice will be played by the beautiful Natasha Barnes who has wowed audiences during the past 8 weeks, giving her own charming interpretation of the much loved leading lady. Although both offer different performing styles, audiences are lucky to witness either actress play such an iconic role. We are thrilled to see Sheridan well again and doing what she does best.

You can buy tickets here: http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/funny-girl/savoy-theatre/

By Sophie Ross

The famous award winning Les Mis Vs Phantom charity football match is back and better than ever. The fun kicks off on Sunday 7th August at Bromley’s Arena. There’s still time to grab a ticket and do your bit for this amazing cause. With a star studded stagey concert and an all star football match, this isn’t one to be missed.

With an online donation page raising over £1,700 at current the proceeds will be going to Macmillan Cancer support. Macmillan provides support for people who are affected by cancer to make sure that no-one faces cancer alone.

Which team are you supporting? Let us know over on @TheTheatreHub.

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Buy your tickets here:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/RLSiLFLWVlaZ

Donate to the cause: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/LMVP5

Shoshana Bean is currently staring as leading lady Fanny Brice at the North Shore theatre in Massachusetts. Playing her dream role, gaining rave reviews and giving it her all, she is literally killing the game and proving she is the greatest star. The role, originated by Barbara Streisand back in 1968, tells the story of a young woman with big dreams who won’t let anyone rain on her parade to get to the top.

The show was recently revived in London and is open until October at the Savoy Theatre but this timeless classic is overdue a Broadway return.

Check out Shoshana in action below “Hello Gorgeous”…

Last night was the launch of the Orchard Theatre, Dartford’s new season of exciting shows. With a fantastic line-up of theatre coming throughout the year, attendees were surprised when former XFactor winner Matt Cardle made a surprise appearance. Taking his tour to the theatre on the 19th of July, he stunned the audience with two stunning performances.

You can check out a snippet of his performance of Chandelier below…

Make sure you pick up your tickets to see Matt on tour this summer https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=AFF043ED-0913-4136-A619-F12DFD93482F

It’s that time of year when our inner stagey reemerges as we await the Tony nominations. This year marks the 70th annual awards which are hosted by funny man James Corden on June 12th at the Beacon Theatre. With smash hit Hamilton making record breaking nominations, this years show is certainly not one to be missed.

Take a look at the full list below…

Best Play

Eclipsed (Author – Danai Gurira)
The Father (Author – Florian Zeller)
The Humans (Author – Stephen Karam)
King Charles III (Author – Mike Bartlett)

Best Musical

Bright Star
Hamilton
School of Rock
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Waitress

Best Revival of a Play

Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
Blackbird
Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Noises Off

Best Revival of a Musical

The Color Purple
Fiddler on the Roof
She Loves Me
Spring Awakening

Best Book of a Musical

Bright Star – Steve Martin
Hamilton – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – Julian Fellowes
Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed – George C. Wolfe

Best Original Score Written for the Theatre

Bright Star -Music: Steve Martin and Edie Brickell/Lyrics: Eddie Brickell
Hamilton – Music/Lyrics – Lin-Manuel Miranda
School of Rock – Music: Andrew Lloyd Webber/Lyrics: Glenn Slater
Waitress -Music/Lyrics: Sara Bareilles

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Gabriel Byrne –  Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Jeff Daniels – Blackbird
Frank Langella – The Father
Tim Pigott-Smith – King Charles III
Mark Strong – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Jessica Lange – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Laurie Metcalf – Misery
Lupita Nyong’o – Eclipsed
Sophie Okonedo – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Michelle Williams  – Blackbird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Alex Brightman – School of Rock
Danny Burstein – Fiddler on the Roof
Zachary Lev –  She Loves Me
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton
Leslie Odom, Jr. – Hamilton


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Laura Benanti – She Loves Me
Carmen Cusack – Bright Star
Cynthia Erivo – The Color Purple
Jessie Mueller – Waitress
Phillipa Soo – Hamilton

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Reed Birney – The Humans
Bill Camp – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
David Furr – Noises Off
Richard Goulding – King Charles III
Michael Shannon – Long Day’s Journey Into Night


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Pascale Armand – Eclipsed
Megan Hilty –Noises Off
Jayne Houdyshell – The Humans
Andrea Martin – Noises Off
Saycon Sengbloh – Eclipsed


Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Daveed Diggs –Hamilton
Brandon Victor Dixon – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Christopher Fitzgerald – Waitress
Jonathan Groff – Hamilton
Christopher Jackson – Hamilton


Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Danielle Brooks – The Color Purple
Renée Elise Goldsberry – Hamilton
Jane Krakowski – She Loves Me
Jennifer Simard – Disaster!
Adrienne Warren – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Beowulf Boritt – Thérèse Raquin
Christopher Oram – Hughie
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge
David Zinn – The Humans

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Es Devlin & Finn Ross – American Psycho
David Korins – Hamilton
Santo Loquasto – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
David Rockwell – She Loves Me

Best Costume Design of a Play

Jane Greenwood – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Michael Krass – Noises Off
Clint Ramos – Eclipsed
Tom Scutt – King Charles III

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Gregg Barnes – Tuck Everlasting
Jeff Mahshie – She Loves Me
Ann Roth – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Paul Tazewell – Hamilton

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Natasha Katz – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Justin Townsend – The Humans
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
Jan Versweyveld – Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Howell Binkley – Hamilton
Jules Fisher & Peggy Eisenhauer – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Ben Stanton – Spring Awakening
Justin Townsend – American Psycho

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold -King Charles III
Jonathan Kent – Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Joe Mantello – The Humans
Liesl Tommy, – Eclipsed
Ivo Van Hove –  Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge

Best Direction of a Musical

Michael Arden – Spring Awakening
John Doyle – The Color Purple
Scott Ellis – She Loves Me
Thomas Kail – Hamilton
George C. Wolfe  – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Best Choreography

Andy Blankenbuehler – Hamilton
Savion Glover – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed
Hofesh Shechter – Fiddler on the Roof
Randy Skinner – Dames at Sea
Sergio Trujillo – On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan


Best Orchestrations

August Eriksmoen – Bright Star
Larry Hochman – She Loves Me
Alex Lacamoire – Hamilton
Daryl Waters – Shuffle Along, Or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Following the recent departure of Jade Ewen as leading lady Vanessa, In The Heights have a new girl in town and she’s fabulous. With an uber talented cast already in tow, Christine Allado fits in perfectly and is proving that Washington Heights is where she belongs. The classically trained triple threat has most recently stared in “From Here To Eternity” and was a finalist in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Are You The Next Big Thing”.

The show is currently running at the Kings Cross Theatre until October 30th and is nominated for four Olivier awards at this Sunday’s ceremony. With sell out crowds and a night promised to lift your spirits, you can buy tickets here http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/in-the-heights/kings-cross-theatre/

That’s right. You read it correctly, Kerry Ellis is returning to the West End. This highly successful leading lady will be starring in off Broadway rock musical “Murder Ballad” later this year at the Art’s Theatre.

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This new and exciting musical is written by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and will be the debut show for Soundcheck productions. It tells the story of a young New York girl called Sara who is in a love triangle between her dangerous ex and her loveable husband. The show is narrated by a bartender and documents the juicy details of the sexy affair through the use of pop-rock tunes.
The show will run from October 5th (previews from 29th Sep) until December 3rd with tickets going on sale at 10:00am Friday.
We’re super excited for this and can’t wait to have Kerry back up on the West End stage.