Disney Theatrical Group are expected to bring its Broadway musical Newsies to London's West End in 2014. Score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Jack Feldman, book by Harvey Fierstein. Newsies is inspired by the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899. Set in New York City at the turn of the century, tells the tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged ‘newsies’, who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when publishing titans Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike for what’s right.
Shows that may becoming to the West End in 2013...
Bend It Like Beckham, a musical stage adaptation of the film is expected in 2013/14, directed by Gurinder Chadha. Music by Howard Goodall, lyrics by Charles Hart. Book by Gurinder Chadha and her husband, Paul Mayeda Berges. It is produced by Sonia Friedman.
Everybody out! The story of the women workers who went on strike for equal pay at Ford’s Dagenham plant is being turned into a West End musical, expected to open in 2013.The show will be based on the movie Made In Dagenham, which starred Sally Hawkins as a machinist who becomes an unlikely workers’ heroine. Stage Entertainment is producing the show with Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen. Richard Bean is writing the book. David Arnold is writing the score, with Richard Thomas providing the lyrics. It is directed by Rupert Goold.
The Elephantom, at at National Theatre. Based on the book by Ross Collins, adapted by Ben Power, directed by Finn Caldwell, Marianne Elliott and Toby Olie. A play with puppets for young audiences.
From Morning To Midnight, by Georg Kaiser, in a new version by Dennis Kelly, at National Theatre, directed by Melly Still
Gypsy starring Imelda Staunton, as 'Mama Rose', late 2013. Directed by Jonathan Kent. Music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents.
Renee Zellweger, plans to appear in the West End this autumn in a stage production of the Paul Newman-Jackie Gleason movie classic The Hustler, a tale of high-stakes competitive pool players.
A new revival of 1930s musical Me And My Girl is expected in the autumn. Producers have had informal talks with Damian Lewis to star as Bill Snibson.
Kinky Boots, nominated for 13 Tony Awards, is expected to come to London.
It's based on Julian Jarrold's 2005 movie about a drag queen who helps a man who has inherited his father's shoe factory in Northampton. Together, they create boots for cross-dressing fellas, and those kinky boots save the factory. The musical stage version features a book by Harvey Fierstein, and songs by Cyndi Lauper.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical, expected to be called Stephen Ward, after the society osteopath and artist at the centre of the Profumo scandal, is expected at the end of the year if a theatre can be secured, otherwise, it will arrive in the West End in 2014.
Paolo Nutini, the Scottish singer-songwriter, is in negotiations to write the score for a stage show based on the John Lennon film Nowhere Boy, which may get a West End run in 2013/14. Director Rupert Goold and producers Sally Greene and Ecosse Films (who made the movie) want to listen to an original score, before they decide how to proceed, in terms of the music. The film stopped before the Quarrymen travelled to Hamburg, so the show may not need to use any Beatles tunes.
Nick Payne's new play The Same Deep Water As Me expected at the Donmar Warehouse, directed by John Crawley and starring James Corden and Daniel Mays.
This House by James Graham, National Theatre production may transfer to West End
Shows that may becoming to the West End in 2014...
Behind The Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death And Hope In A Mumbai Undercity, David Hare has adapted Katherine Boo's non-fiction book set in a squalid backwater of Mumbai. Expected at the National Theatre in 2014, directed by Rufus Norris.
Bridget Jones The Musical
by Helen Fielding
Finding Neverland a stage musical version of the film, directed & Choreographed by
Rob Ashford. Music by Scott Frankel, lyrics are by Michael Korie and the book is by Allan Knee, whose novel was adapted into the film.
King Lear at National Theatre with Sam Mendes directing Simon Russell Beale .
Stephen Fry is to play Lady Bracknell in a new West End production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Stephen said he sees his Lady Bracknell ‘as a little bit of Alastair Sim’s Miss Fritton, clutching pearls; with a mixture of Stanley Baxter’s “Duchess of Brenda” '. Baz from Daily Mail says, producers David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers have been in discussions with Stephen for more than a year. The plan is for the production to run at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during the autumn of 2014.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies is expected back into the West End in 2014, following a UK tour. The production will be based on the revised Australian version of the show that premiered in Melbourne in May 2011. It is being produced in the UK by
David Ian and Michael Harrison.
Tom Hanks is in discussions about transferring the Broadway play Lucky Guy by Nora Ephron, to London in 2014 The play probes the murky side of U.S. tabloid journalism.
Slumdog Millionaire musical stage version of Danny Boyle’s film, with Matthew Warchus directing.