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Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Hollywood film actor and Oscar winner Al Pacino will star in a West End production of Salome, by Oscar Wilde, in 2016. Pacino has previously performed the play in Brooklyn and Los Angeles and this will mark the star's first role in the West End since 1984, when he performed in David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Duke of York's Theatre.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stephen Beresford, screenwriter of Pride, a British film starring Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, confirmed at a London screening of the movie that a stage musical adaptation is in development. Director Matthew Warchus is attached to the project, which is eyeing a West End run. Pride is based on a true story about a group of gay activists who raise money to help a Welsh community of miners affected by the long-running miners' strike of 1984-5.

The Evening Standard has quoted Michelle Collins as saying that she is to star in a revival of The Graduate. The production is due in the West End in January 2015. Collins, who is best known for her roles in both "EastEnders" and "Coronation Street", last appeared on the London stage in 'The Glass Supper', at the Hampstead Theatre Studio Downstairs, from 25 June to 26 July 2014.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports that the musical version of Back To The Future has been delayed to till at least 2016, following news that director Jamie Lloyd has withdrawn ‘amicably’ from the show after he and Bob Gale, who wrote the 1985 film and its two sequels, disagreed over the production’s direction. There were reported behind-the-scenes ‘creative differences’ just as workshops of the show were due to be staged. Jamie Lloyd told Baz that his decision to withdraw was ‘just a case of wanting to stand by my vision...You absolutely have to believe in it or there’s not much point,’ he said. Gale will now write the version of the show that he favours, and send it out to directors later next year. The Back to the Future musical will have a book by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Jamie Lloyd, and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional music from the film by Huey Lewis & The News, Chuck Berry, Pat Ballard and Curtis Williams.

It is reported that the producers of Motown the Musical, which is due to close on Broadway in January 2015, are aiming to bring the show to the West End's Dominion Theatre in Summer 2015.

Baz from Daily Mail says Nicole Scherzinger former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls and a former X Factor judge,, is in discussions about playing Grizabella The Glamour Cat in the revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Cats, at the London Palladium in December. ‘It’s a lovely idea, and Nicole would be perfect for Grizabella,’ an executive with knowledge of the situation told Baz, before warning that negotiations were at ‘such an early and delicate stage that it could all be a pipe dream by Sunday’.

Baz from the Daily Mail reports that Nicole Kidman is in discussions to return to the London stage in 2015, expected to be Turgenev’s A Month In The Country, which is being adapted by Patrick Marber, directed by Ian Rickson.

Caryl Churchill's play A Number, which centres around the ideas of human cloning, may be playing the Young Vic in April 2015, in a co-production by Nuffield and the Young Vic, directed by Michael Longhurst.

The sequel to the Queen musical We Will Rock You has received a workshop performance. Written again by Ben Elton, it is provisionally titled 'TSMGO' (The Show Must Go On)'. It is not known if and when a West End show will be coming.

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20th Century Boy the new musical based on Glam Rock Legend Marc Bolan, expected in London's West End after a UK tour. It is directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd, written by Peter Rowe in association with Gary Lloyd, with music and lyrics by original glam rocker Marc Bolan. It showcases 24 of Marc Bolan and T.Rex’s best-known iconic hits including Ride A White Swan, I Love To Boogie and Get It On.

Baz from The Daily Mail reports Composer Gary Barlow and lyricist and show writer Tim Firth have been working on a musical version of Calendar Girls, produced by David Pugh.

Baz from the Daily Mail reports that the movie Groundhog Day is being turned into a stage musical by two of the creators of the musical show Matilda - Tim Minchin who wrote the musica and Matthew Warchus who directed it. "They have been working quietly with Danny Rubin, who created the screenplay for the 1993 movie about a dispirited weatherman forced to relive the same day over and over again, until he has a sunnier outlook on life."

JK Rowling to co-produce a new stage play featuring the early years of Harry Potter. It is being produced by Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender for the London stage, expected in 2015.

A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2014/15, produced by Fiery Angel.


Other showing rumoured...

Bend It Like Beckham, a musical stage adaptation of the film, 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.


Bridget Jones The Musical
by Helen Fielding


A musical based on the life of Dusty Springfield is being planned. Written by Sandi Toksvig and produced by Vicki Wickham and David Ian. Vicki Wickham said: It would be a proper musical, not a jukebox show, and would deal with the light and dark side of Dusty’s personality." Dusty Springfield's hits include Son Of A Preacher Man, I Only Want To Be With You, Wishin’ And Hopin’, and Yesterday When I Was Young.


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.


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.


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.


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 2014. 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.


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.


Wind in the Willows musical with book by Julian Fellowes and music & lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, produced by Jamie Hendry.


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