A revival of musical Me and My Girl is expected in the West End in 2014/15, produced by Fiery Angel. |
Baz from the Daily Mail says the Chichester Festival Theatre production of The Pajama Game, directed by Richard Eyre, expected at the Shaftesbury Theatre in May 2014, where current show From Here To Eternity expected to close in April after a run of only 6 months!
The Stage reports that Bill Kenwright Limited is planning to bring up to 10 shows into the West End in 2014, much depends on finding a suitable venue for them. Shows include stage adaptation of horror film Let the Right One In; Foxfinder, which premiered at the Finborough Theatre in 2011; the revival of French farce Chin-Chin with Simon Callow and Felicity Kendal and The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo; Oleanna by David Mamet and a revival of JB Priestly’s Dangerous Corner; the musical Fame and transfer Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre’s production of The Sound of Music; Evita; and Cabaret, starring Will Young, could also return to London.
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.
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.
Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks with producer Sonia Friedman to play Hamlet, directed by Lyndsey Turner in London, autumn of 2014.
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.
Here Lies Love, with lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, expected in London at The National Theatre in 2014. The New York’s Public Theatre production deconstructs the journey of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her meteoric rise and subsequent descent into infamy.
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.
Made In Dagenham based on the movie, 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. 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.
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.
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.