This week’s production news round-up includes Nicola Roberts making her theatre debut in the West End revival of City of Angels, and a new musical adaptation of Monsoon Wedding at Leeds Playhouse.
Bring It On the Musical is to embark on a UK and Ireland tour, beginning at Birmingham Hippodrome on June 2, 2020. It will play at venues including Bradford Alhambra Theatre, Manchester Opera House and Edinburgh Festival Theatre.
Author: Jeff Whitty (book), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt (score and lyrics), Amanda Green (lyrics)
Producers: Selladoor Productions
Nicola Roberts will make her theatre debut in the West End revival of City of Angels. She joins the previously announced Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn, Hadley Fraser and Vanessa Williams. The show will open for previews at the Garrick Theatre on March 5, 2020.
Author: Larry Gelbart (book), David Zippel (lyrics), Cy Coleman (music)
Director: Josie Rourke
Producers: Nica Burns, Ian Osborne, Eilene Davidson and Adam Blanshay Productions
Carolyn Maitland, Sam Attwater and Dave Willetts are to star in Rags the Musical at London’s Park Theatre. The show, which originally ran at Manchester’s Hope Mill Theatre, runs from January 9 to February 8, 2020, with a press night on January 14.
Director: Bronagh Lagan
Design: Derek Anderson (lighting), James Nicholson (sound)
Producers: Katy Lipson for Aria Entertainment and Joseph Houston and William Whelton for Hope Mill Theatre.
Soho Cinders has extended its run at the Charing Cross Theatre, and will feature Michael Mather and Livvy Evans in the lead roles from December 23.
Author: George Stiles, Anthony Drewe and Elliot Davis
Director: Will Keith
Producer: Will Keith for Theatre Syndicate London and Starting Over Theatricals Ltd in association with Kyle Tovey for AKT Management.
A new musical adaptation of Monsoon Wedding will open at Leeds Playhouse next year. Based on the film of the same name, the musical explores family dynamics, tradition and modernity at a wedding in Delhi.
Author: Sabrina Dhawan and Arpita Mukherjee (book), Masi Asare and Susan Birkenhead (lyrics), Vishal Bhardwaj (music)
Director: Mira Nair
Producer: Leeds Playhouse and the Roundhouse
Southwark Playhouse has announced its 2020 season, which includes the world premiere of Cops by Tony Tortora, the London revival of Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years directed by Jonathan O’Boyle, and the world premiere of Anything Is Possible If You Think About It Hard Enough by Cordelia O’Neill.
The Young Vic will extend its run of Fairview by Jackie Sibblies Drury until Thursday, January 23, 2020, adding six additional performances.The play was the winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights.
Author: Jackie Sibblies Drury
Director: Nadia Latif
Cast includes: Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Donna Banya, David Dawson, Julie Dray, Nicola Hughes, Matthew Needham, Rhashan Stone and Esther Smith
Producer: Young Vic
Alexander Knott, London’s Old Red Lion Theatre‘s recently appointed artistic director, has announced the venue’s new season. It features Is That All There Is? by Rosie Sharp and Anna McKelvie, Dawta, a play with songs by Dionne Draper, and Snowflakes by Robert Boulton.
Laura Osnes, Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and Benjamin Rauhala will perform in Disney concert Broadway Princess Party at Leicester Square Theatre on May 1 and 16 2020. The singers have all performed in Broadway shows, including Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Fiddler on the Roof.
Giffords Circus has announced its 20th-anniversary celebrations, which will include Cal McCrystal directing The Hooley (the name given to the overall celebration) and will star Nancy Trotter Landry and Lil Rice. The show will open at Fennells Farm, Stroud, before touring to venues including Gloucester’s Sudeley Castle, Blenheim Palace and Marlborough Common, Wiltshire.