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KINKY BOOTS Adelphi Theatre
WRITTEN BY HARVEY FIERSTEIN AND CYNDI LAUPER
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY JERRY MITCHELL
PREVIEWS FROM 21st AUGUST 2015
PRESS NIGHT 15th SEPTEMBER 2015 ADVANCE BOX OFFICE NOW OPEN
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The UK premiere of Kinky Boots, the feel-good multi award-winning musical, will
open in the West End on 15 September at the Adelphi Theatre, with previews from
21 August 2015. With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein,
music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by
two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots won the 2013 Tony Award
for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Killian Donnelly and Matt Henry will portray the central characters Charlie and
Lola at the heart of the story, and joining them are Amy Lennox (Lauren), Jamie
Baughan (Don), Amy Ross (Nicola) and Michael Hobbs (George).
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane
and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly
inherited his father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his
father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds
inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy
stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the
man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely
pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and
discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
(photo shows Original Broadway Cast).
GRAMMY NOMINEE CHEYENNE JACKSON’S CHARITY SINGLE
'FIND THE BEST OF ME'
BY COMPOSERS DANIEL AND LAURA CURTIS
The single, performed by Grammy Nominee and Broadway favourite, Cheyenne Jackson
in support of amfAR is out now.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is an international non-profit
organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention,
treatment education, and the advocacy of AIDS-related public policy.
The song was written especially for Cheyenne by composers Daniel and Laura
Curtis, whose most recent single, 'When You Smile' featuring Laura Osnes.
Cheyenne Jackson, who in February performed at the Grammy Awards Premiere
Ceremony was himself nominated for a Grammy award as a principal soloist as part
of The San Francisco Symphony's concert presentation of West Side Story. He made
his Broadway debut understudying both male leads in the Tony Award winning
musical Thoroughly Modern Millie and then went on to create the role of Matthew
in the off-Broadway musical Altar Boyz.
The single can be purchased from iTunes using this link:
Tales Big Day Out
Chickenshed Theatre, Southgate, Chase Side, Southgate, N14 4PE.
Saturday 25th July 2015
10am to 12.30pm and 2.30pm to 5pm
Price: £8, free to babies under 1 year
Suitable for ages 0 – 6 years.
Tales Big Day Out is an enjoyable and entertaining outing for all the family,
whether you’re familiar with the Tales world or you’re coming along for the
Children will have the opportunity to take part in a great interactive workshop
and watch a fun performance of Tales from the Shed, then everyone will come
together for a huge Tales extravaganza outside in the amphitheatre. There will
also be other free activities to discover and enjoy. Activities and performances
will be inside if there is bad weather.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis,
Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants
to change the world and Felicia, a club singer who is ready for her big break.
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight or the amazing Rachel John
(Monday Nights and Wednesday Afternoons) star as Felicia.
West End Musical Experience Your opportunity to immerse yourself in West End’s
Olivier Awards winning smash hit Memphis The Musical with this special outing
for theatre and dance lovers. See the show, meet the cast, have dinner at
Brasserie Zédel with West End performer Michael Kent, then head to the Royal
Academy of Dance headquarters the next day to learn the award winning
choreography from the musical.
Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May 2015
(23 May) Shaftesbury Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8DP
(23 May) Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London W1F 7ED
(24 May) Royal Academy of Dance, 36 Battersea Square, London SW11 3RA
Prices: £175, £150 (earlybird)
Suitability: Ages 17 or over. No dance experience necessary.
see www.rad.org.uk/memphis for
Photo credit (above) Johan Persson.
The Singers’ Cabaret Workshop
Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th August 2015 and Tuesday 1st to
Friday 4th September 2015
The Poor School; 242 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross London N1 9JY
10am to 5pm
The only course of its kind in the UK, The Singers' Cabaret Workshop is a unique
opportunity to be mentored by top UK cabaret practitioners to craft your own
totally individual cabaret set and persona. It is ideal for anyone with previous
singing experience looking to gain new skills and hone their craft.
The course culminates in a showcase performance for invited industry
professionals, offering the rare opportunity for participants to demonstrate
their newly-developed skills in front of leading professionals in the cabaret
Joe Stilgoe, is the renaissance man of modern jazz. He is a pianist, a jazz
musician and a singer/songwriter. Joe has a new album, 'New Songs For Old Souls'
- which is to be released April 27th on Linn Records.
The album consists of 12 songs with ten originals by Joe, including three
thrilling big band numbers: ‘Nobody Cares Like Me’, ‘Pocket Song’ and a new
version of ‘Gold On Silver’, previously heard on his last album 'Songs On Film
Live'. Joe also duets with Liane Carroll on a wistful cover of Brian Wilson’s ‘I
Just Wasn’t Made For These Times’, one of the album’s two non-original songs.
The album release coincides with his first major West End stage role, in Kevin
Spacey’s ‘High Society’ at the Old Vic Theatre - from April 30th - August 22nd
2015. Directed by Olivier Award-winning Maria Friedman, Joe will be performing
in a role that has been specially created for him.
"It's a dream job in many ways, I suppose, and I'll be playing to my perfect
audience: people who like a bit of nostalgia, a little swing, and a lot of
The album features a stunning collection of classic songs:
‘Beautiful’; ‘I Feel The Earth Move’; ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow/Some Kind Of
Wonderful/Up On The Roof’ with Carole King and James Taylor; ‘It’s Too Late’ and
‘You’ve Got A Friend’ – to name a few.
‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’, is one of
the top-selling titles on Broadway and winner of two Tony Awards in 2014. The
show will open in London on February 24th at the Aldwych Theatre. The Original
Broadway Cast Recording of 'Beautiful: The Carole King Musical' won a Grammy for
Best Musical Theatre Album. The album debuted at NO.1 on Billboard’s Top
‘Beautiful’, tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to
stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her former husband Gerry
Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil
and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular
music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the
soundtrack to a generation.
To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by over 1,000
artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. Now 70 and still full of life, Carole
King is without question the most successful and revered female songwriter in
pop music history.
Stage Door Records are pleased to announce the previously unreleased original
studio cast recording of the 1985/86 Joan Of Arc musical ‘Jeanne’ will be
released on May 25th, 2015.
The CD release continues Stage Door’s commitment to preserve ‘lost’ British
theatre scores of the past 50 years.
A legendary heroine brought vibrantly to life in an ambitious musical; Jeanne
is the dramatic story of one of history's most charismatic and courageous women,
Joan of Arc. The epic rock-opera premiered at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in
September 1985 and subsequently transferred to London’s Sadler’s Wells for a
limited season in March 1986 directed by Bill Kenwright, starring Rebecca Storm
'Jeanne' traces the story of the legendary fifteenth-century Joan of Arc, a
young peasant girl destined for greatness, who claims to have been chosen by God
to liberate her country and to crown the Dauphin as King of France. The dramatic
raising of the siege of Orleans finds Jeanne fulfilling her vision, standing
beside the Dauphin as he is crowned. After failing to retake Paris, Jeanne is
later captured and taken to Rouen to stand trial where her destiny is sealed as
she is condemned as a heretic and sentenced to be burned alive.
The previously unreleased original studio cast album, recorded during the
show's development, now makes its debut on CD featuring composer Shirlie Roden
as Jeanne alongside Richard Barnes ('Jesus Christ Superstar' - Original London
Cast), Peter Straker ('Hair' - Original London Cast) and Carl Wayne ('Blood
Guitar World Magazine Names The Great Kat “The 50 Fastest Guitarists Of
All Time" (March 2015)
THE GREAT KAT SHREDS BBC RADIO 4
LISTEN: TUES JUNE 16 at 11:30 AM (London time)/6:30 AM (NY time) www.bbc.co.uk/radio4
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two minutes. The range of music and performers makes for a lively mix, and I'm
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