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Baz from the Daily Mail reports that The National Theatre will open its newly named Dorfman Theatre in the autumn with a musical Here Lies Love, a show created by former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne and superstar DJ Fatboy Slim, which charts the rise of Ferdinand Marcos and his wife of the Philippines, to the tune of a disco beat. The musical opened in New York where it has just returned to the Public Theatre for a second run.

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, goes on a National Tour From 18 April 2014 and then is expected to transfer to London's West End. 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.

A musical version of Back to the Future, directed by Jamie Lloyd, will be opening in the West End in 2015, to coincide with the 30th anniversary year of the film. The film was written by Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale and the duo are developing the stage musical version with Universal Stage Productions, producer Colin Ingram and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. 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.

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.

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...

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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