Tags : musicals

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme: How The Mamma Mia! Films Saved Summer

August. The month for stumbling around festivals, swimming in the sea and listening to Jess Glynne for the thousandth time on a Jet2 flight. August 2020, however, represents a different beast altogether. As we all struggle to come to terms with staycations, picnics and socially distanced pub gardens, one thing has come to the rescue […]Read More

Hopelessly Devoted to a ‘Grease’ Prequel?

Despite some questionable lyrics, Paramount are heading back to “those Summer Nights” to form the prequel to the original 1978 musical Grease. Leah McKendrick’s script is set to explore how Sandy and Danny met for the first time and the events that led to them reuniting unexpectedly in school. Cue the inevitable song references in […]Read More

Theatre News: West End’s Frozen Cast Announced

Last week, the cast of the West End premiere of Frozen was revealed, with Samantha Barks (Elsa) and Stephanie McKeon (Anna) being the first cast members to be announced. Barks is well known for her role as Eponine in Les Misérables and shot to fame on the talent show I’d Do Anything, whilst Mckeon was […]Read More

Theatre Review: Dear Evan Hansen // West End

Dear Evan Hansen… That was a brilliant production, and here’s why. Following the eponymous Evan Hansen after the death of a fellow student, Dear Evan Hansen is a stunning dive into depression and loneliness in a world dominated by social media. The musical effortlessly moves from comedic highlights to utterly devastating moments, handling the tragic […]Read More

Original Cast Recordings and Reaching Audiences

The Original Cast Recording, or OCR, is something that has become a staple ingredient to the recipe that produces ‘the musical’. First comes the regional and off-Broadway debuts, then the Broadway debut, promotional performances, and finally the cast recording. It would be fair to take these as signs that a show has become successful; so […]Read More

Film News: First Image Of “West Side Story” Remake Released

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” has been a rallying cry lately amidst a torrent of poorly-received remakes of classic films. From Carrie to Annie and every Disney animation in-between, for some reason filmmakers love to churn out glossier re-makes of well-loved originals instead of penning original scripts. Will Steven Spielberg however, be the […]Read More