Somebody's been wishing upon a star... because the National Theatre is reportedly finalising a deal with Disney Theatrical to bring its 1940 animated classic Pinocchio alive on stage, according to the Daily Mail. The musical, which is being tipped for Christmas 2016, will be directed by John Tiffany and written by Enda Walsh and will feature the iconic Disney songs such as "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)," "I’ve Got No Strings," and, of course, "When You Wish Upon a Star."|
According to Baz from the Daily Mail, Oscar and BAFTA-winning actor Jim Broadbent is in talks to play Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre from late November 2015. The project, which is being produced by Sonia Friedman, already has a Director attached. Phelim McDermott, who worked with Broadbent on the National's 'Theatre Of Blood,' will helm the production.
The Daily Mail have reported further news on the West End production of Disney's Aladdin. Contrary to earlier rumours, the show has reportedly booked the Prince Edward Theatre, and is waiting for the venue's current tenant Miss Saigon to transfer to Broadway before an official announcement is made, but is expected to begin performances in Summer 2016.
It is being reported that Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch could be heading to the West End. John Cameron Mitchell, who wrote the book for the show, has said that the creative team are "trying to get the right person" to play the title role for a London venue. The production opened on Broadway's Belasco Theatre in April 2014 and is currently taking bookings to October 2015.
The Daily Mail reports that comedian Mel Brooks is looking at remounting his musical version of Young Frankenstein in London's West End alongside director and choreographer Susan Stroman. No dates or venue have been mentioned, but Brooks is confident he can make significant changes to the musical for a London audience and has already written a new song for the production.
The Evening Standard reports that the Tony-nominated musical comedy Something Rotten!, which opened on Broadway on 22 April 2015, may premiere in the West End as early as 2016. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, the show is set in the 1590's where two brothers - Nick and Nigel Bottom - attempt to outdo everyone's favourite celebrity, William Shakespeare, by creating the world's first... musical!
Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Motown the Musical is set to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in March 2016. The venue is currently home to 'Memphis the Musical', which recently received nine Olivier Awards nominations. Motown the Musical enjoyed a successful run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from March 2013 to January 2015. It had previously been speculated that the musical would play at The London Palladium.
Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that actor Ralph Fiennes is set to star in a new production of Ibsen's The Master Builder at the Old Vic in 2016 as part of Matthew Warchus' first season.
Baz from the Daily Mail has reported that Sonia Friedman Productions are in initial talks with Book of Mormon director Casey Nicholaw to bring a new production of Dreamgirls to the West End stage in 2016/17.
According to an interview with the Daily Mail, Gary Barlow hopes to bring his first foray into musical theatre - Finding Neverland on Broadway - to the West End in 2016. A concept album for the musical, featuring guest appearances by the likes of Rita Ora, Paloma Faith and Jessie J, is set to be released in April 2015. Finding Neverland is produced by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.
According to the Daily Mail, Disney's Aladdin may begin performances at the Dominion Theatre in 2016.
Baz from The Daily Mail reports that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are set to star in the West End, in No Man’s Land by Harold Pinter. Firm dates for the West End run have yet to be finalised, but the production could arrive sometime in 2016. McKellen and Stewart previously performed the play in repertoire with 'Waiting For Godot', by Samuel Beckett, at Broadway's Cort Theatre from October 2013 to March 2014.
It has been reported that the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games is being adapted for the stage and will be produced by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. World premiere performances are expected to begin in the Summer of 2016 in a new purpose-built theatre, right next door to Wembley Stadium.
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.
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.
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 2015/16, produced by
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.