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With a book by four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein,
music and lyrics by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and direction and choreography by
two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots won the 2013 Tony Award
for Best Musical, and the 2014 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Inspired by a true story and based on the Miramax film written by Geoff Deane
and Tim Firth, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who has reluctantly
inherited his father’s Northampton shoe factory. Trying to live up to his
father’s legacy and save the family business from bankruptcy, Charlie finds
inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy
stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the
man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely
pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and
discovers that when you change your mind, you can change the world.
(photo shows Original Broadway Cast).
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY HOLDS OPEN AUDITIONS
For the first time ever, the award-winning West End production of Roald Dahl’s
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, directed by Sam Mendes, will be holding open
auditions. Next month, performers are invited to attend a day of auditions for
the iconic roles of the Oompa-Loompas for the 2016-17 West End Company.
Auditions will be held on Monday 26th October 2015 at The Dominion Theatre,
268-269 Tottenham Court Road. Auditions for female performers start at 10am and
for male performers at 2pm.
The creative team behind the production is looking for technically strong
dancers, highly skilled in a range of styles including ballet, street, hip-hop,
disco and tap. Alongside dance technique, the team will be looking out for
performers with bags of personality and excellent facial and character skills.
Whilst this will be a dance only call, strong singing voices will be required
for any recalls. Attendees must be aged 18 years or older, eligible to work in
the UK and having a playing age of 18 – early 30s. Female performers to be
5’1’’-5’8’’ and male performers 5’6’’ – 6’0’’. Performers of all backgrounds and
ethnic groups are encouraged to attend.
Auditionees should bring tight fitting dance clothes, ballet shoes, trainers and
kneepads as well as a C.V. and headshot stapled together.
Resident Choreographer, Chris Piper said ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
remains one of the most popular and successful musicals in the West End. This is
a brilliant opportunity for performers to appear onstage as an Oompa-Loompa, one
of Dahl’s most recognisable characters. We’re searching for dancers with
exceptional technical and performance skills who can embody their cheeky
personality and entertain our audiences night after night’.
CHARITY SINGLE, AND NEW SONG RECORDINGS
'A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder' Star,
Lisa O’Hare has released a charity single written
by composers Daniel and Laura Curtis.
The new song, ‘All Your Dreams’, is available on
Itunes.apple.com and Amazon MP3, with a video at
www.youtube.com. All profits for the song will be going to children’s
charity St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The charity aims to ensure every
child suffering from cancer, irrespective of economic status, receives the best
chance of surviving the disease and leading a full, healthy, and happy life.
Broadway stars Adam Pascal, Chris McCarrell and Katie Rose Clarke will also
be recording new songs by composers Daniel and Laura Curtis.
Legendary Broadway star (Rent, Chess, Memphis), will be recording a song that
composers, Daniel and Laura Curtis have written specifically in aid of Unicef.
The song, ‘Everyone Can Help Someone’, has a rock feel that carries a very
important message about this differences that each of us can make in the lives
of others. The song’s release date will be made available at a later date.
In speaking with Daniel Curtis about this upcoming chance to work with Adam he
said, “Adam is an artist that we have wanted to work with for a long-time. Adam
has a voice filled emotion that is unmistakably him. When we wrote this song we
had his voice in mind and we are delighted when he agreed to do it. It will be
great working with Adam on this upcoming song.”
In 2016 a separate version of the song will be released which will feature over
twenty different artists from across the World forming the completed track. Work
is underway and last week it was announced that YouTube star Nick Pitera has
recorded vocals for the track and joins the previously announced winner of
Britain’s Got Talent Jai McDowall. Daniel and Laura have been keen to work with
artists from all styles of music and spread the key central message to as wide
an audience as possible.
The second song, ‘Now, You’re Here’, is a duet featuring Katie Rose Clarke
(Wicked/Allegiance) and Chris McCarrell (Peter Pan/Les Miserables) The song was released on
24th September 2015 under the Dischromedia record label.
When asked about the new song and working with Katie and Chris, Laura Curtis
said: ‘Working with Katie Rose Clarke and Chris McCarrell, was a great delight.
They are two very talented stars. We were very excited to have them be a part of
our duet. We have always wanted to write a duet and didn’t get the chance to
record one for our album. The song has a modern Disney feel and carries the
classic theme of ‘love’. We are delighted to be donating some of the profits to
Chris McCarrell is currently making his Broadway debut in Les Miserables,
playing the role of Marius. Chris was seen last year in the hugely successful
Peter Pan LIVE on NBC. He also has performed in a number of Regional theatre
performances including: Next to Normal (Gabe), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), and
Summer of ’42 (Hermie).
Katie Rose Clarke is currently starring in Allegiance. Katie took over the role
of Glinda in the Broadway smash Wicked in 2010, after performing the part for
two years in the show’s national tour. While still in college, she was tapped
for her Broadway debut as Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza.
Adam Pascal became part of theatrical history by creating the role of Roger
Davis in Rent, earning a Best Actor Tony nomination and reprising his
performance in the 2005 movie adaptation. Pascal has since juggled a career as a
concert and recording artist with leading roles on Broadway in Aida (as Radames),
Cabaret (as the Emcee) Chicago (as Billy Flynn) and Memphis (replacing Chad
Kimball as Huey Calhoun). Adam also performed the role of Frederick in Chess in
Concert alongside Josh Groban and Idina Menzel.
Daniel and Laura Curtis, whose last album 'Love on 42nd Street' featuring
artists such as: Lea Salonga, Sierra Boggess, Samantha Barks, and Ramin Karimloo,
topped the iTunes Vocal Chart and the Amazon Broadway Chart. The album was
followed up by the chart topping singles ‘When You Smile' featuring Laura Osnes,
‘Find the Best of Me’ featuring Cheyenne Jackson, and the above ‘All Your
Dreams’ featuring Lisa O’Hare.
The Curtis’ will be back in the recording studio the end of this month with
three more very exciting Broadway artists. While they continue in their passion
for theatre, Daniel and Laura’s musical concept of the Disney/Pixar film
Ratatouille, and continues to gain the attention of the television/film
industry. The video can be seen here:
Lighting Up Bloomsbury - A Fusion of Arts, Creativity & Ideas
22md to 25th October 2015
Thursday to Sunday from 10AM to 10PM
The Bloomsbury Festival is a hugely popular landmark in London’s autumn diary,
an explosion of arts, culture and fun throughout the streets, parks, museums,
galleries and public and (normally) private buildings of this vibrant cultural
In 2015 the Festival is one of a number of events around the world to be marking
International Year of Light. Bloomsbury is the perfect place to explore the
subject from all angles and the Festival is peppered with projects investigating
light in science, technology, arts, nature, music and of course enlightened
thinking! Bloomsbury is a hotbed of creativity, and the Festival unites
world-leading institutions, cultural centres, ground-breaking scientists,
established and emerging artists, and the people of Bloomsbury, showcasing
exciting projects and producing new ones.
Made up of over 130 events (the majority are FREE), 2015 Festival highlights
include: Light Up Store Street - a spectacular launch event, acclaimed artists
and writers, a takeover of famous London streets and landmarks, classical
concerts, theatre, film, dance, talks, installations, exhibitions, outdoor music
stages, quirky and intriguing adventures, community outreach projects, and
family friendly events. Bloomsbury Festival is a four day fusion of art, ideas,
creativity, fun and festivities for all!
FOR FULL PROGRAMME DETAILS, VISIT
Ticketed events can be pre-booked via The Bloomsbury Theatre’s box office
www.thebloomsbury.com. The nearest
underground stations are Euston, Euston Square and Russell Square.
MUSE OF FIRE
A Shakespeare Odyssey
Featuring Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Tom Hiddleston, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor, Ben
Ralph Fiennes, Baz Luhrmann, Mark Rylance, Fiona Shaw, James Earl Jones, Rita
Foster, Harold Bloom, Brian Cox, Derek Jacobi, Alan Rickman, Steven Berkoff,
Gambon, Jeremy Irons, Peter Hall, Zoe Wanamaker, John Hurt, Dominic West, Julie
One dame, eight knights and two friends will change the way you feel about
MUSE OF FIRE is an epic road-trip buddy movie that aims to dispel the myths,
stop us worrying, and make us
start loving Shakespeare.
Dan and Giles were two friends who loathed Shakespeare at school. Then one day
they saw Baz Luhrman’s film,
Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and everything
changed. They decided to become
actors, made their way to London and fell in love with the Bard in the process.
Determined to know what the
secret is, and whether anyone else feels the same way, they grabbed their
cameras and began their incredible
journey, which was entirely self-funded. The result was one of the most eagerly
anticipated films on the festivals
circuit over the past two years.
The film documents their four-year 25,000 mile journey around the world: to
Elsinore in Denmark, London’s
Globe theatre, a prison in Berlin, taking in Hollywood as they go. Along the
road they consult a whole host of
helpful luminaries, often going to great lengths to secure interviews with some
of the greatest Shakespearean actors of all time.
It’s a heartfelt, fun and inspiring film that aims to
demystify and illuminate Shakespeare's work
for just about anyone: from actors, directors, theatre-goers, students, to the
person on the street. Think
Shakespeare is boring? Think again!
In The Heights is an uplifting and exhilarating journey into Washington Heights,
one of Manhattan's most vibrant communities – a place where the coffee is light
and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the rhythm of
three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of
hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggle can be deciding which
traditions to take with you, and which ones to leave behind. With a gripping
story and unforgettable Latin and hip-hop infused score, In The Heights is a
ground-breaking contemporary musical about what it takes to make a living, what
it costs to have a dream, and what it means to be home.
In The Heights opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2008 where it was
nominated for thirteen Tony Awards, winning four for Best Musical, Best Original
Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. It also won the 2009 Grammy
Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album and was nominated for the 2009
Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Reprising their roles following the run at Southwark Playhouse are David Bedella
as Kevin, Josie Benson as Camila, Victoria Hamilton-Barritt as Daniela, Sam
Mackay as Usnavi, Sarah Naudi as Carla and Eve Polycarpou as Abuela. They are
joined by Jade Ewen as Vanessa, Lily Frazer as Nina, Antoine Murray-Straughan as
Graffiti Pete, Joe Aaron Reid as Benny and Cleve September as Sonny. The cast
also includes Jocasta Almgill, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Michael Cortez, Gabriela
Garcia, Reiss Hinds, Alexandra Sarmiento and Spin.
In The Heights is directed by Luke Sheppard whose recent credits include Oliver!
(Watermill Theatre), Adrian Mole (Curve Theatre, Leicester), Next Fall
(Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (Beck Theatre), Mort (Rose Theatre), Bed And
Sofa (Finborough Theatre) and Jet Set Go! (Jermyn Street Theatre). Luke is also
Associate Director of Matilda in the West End and on Broadway.
Tickets start at £19.50, with a selection of best seats available for Under 25s
at a special rate of £15 at every performance.
King’s Cross Theatre is a brand new purpose built theatre at King’s Cross
Station. The venue is currently home to The Railway Children which has just
extended its run until 3rd January 2015 and will continue to play in rep with In
The Heights. King’s Cross Theatre will also be opening a late night bar to
coincide with the run of In The Heights, opening an hour before every
performance until late, with live music and DJs after certain performances.
London's eclectic cross art festival showcases films and visual art, as well as
performance work by LGBTQI
artists, and is a popular annual event each November.
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Inspired by true events from the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis,
Tennessee, MEMPHIS follows the fame and forbidden love of a radio DJ who wants
to change the world and Felicia, a club singer who is ready for her big break.
Queen of British Soul Beverley Knight (until 17th October 2015) or the amazing Rachel John
(Monday Evenings and Wednesday Afternoons) star as Felicia.
A multidisciplinary arts festival organised by GRAD
This event brings together three documentary theatre productions on the themes
of migration and social inequality in Bulgaria, Russia, and the UK.
A special project of the Sixth Moscow Biennale, the Peripheral Visions theatre
programme interrogates the interdependent relationships between immigration,
documentation, and the performance of national identity in contemporary culture.
Curated by Molly Flynn, the series includes works by the London-based theatre
collective Molodyi teatr, Moscow-based performer/director Talgat Batalov, and
Theatre Replika, Bulgaria’s leading documentary theatre company.
The performances will take place within a solo exhibition of internationally
acclaimed, Moscow-based artist Olga Chernysheva, curated by GRAD director Elena
Sudakova. Events will be held on various dates during the exhibition which runs
from 2 October until 21 November. This programme supports GRAD’s commitment to
bringing new insights into Eastern European art, design and culture through
sharing specialist knowledge in ways that capture the imagination and inspire
The full documentary theatre programme is as follows:
Bloody East Europeans, Molodyi Teatr 9th October 2015
Performed in the style of a church-basement vaudeville, musical-satire Bloody
East Europeans comes to GRAD from the London-based theatre collective Molodyi
Teatr. The play features untrained actors from across the former Eastern Bloc
telling true stories of Eastern European immigrants in the UK: from night clubs
in Stratford to Border Agency bureaucracy.
Uzbek, Talgat Batalov 23rd October 2015
Talgat Batalov’s autobiographical production Uzbek recounts the performer’s own
experience immigrating to Moscow from Tashkent at the age of nineteen. A
‘stand-up comedy solo show’, Uzbek is a sarcastic deconstruction of Batalov’s
own national identity as a Muscovite-Uzbek of Tatar descent. In the show,
Batalov presents his audience members with his actual immigration papers,
raising questions around the status of documents and the performance of national
identity in contemporary culture. Written in collaboration with Ekaterina
Bondarenko, Uzbek is a co-production of Teatr.doc and the Joseph Beuys Theatre.
We Are the Rubbish from Eastern Europe, Theatre Replika 12th / 13th November 2015
Theatre Replika, Bulgaria’s leading documentary theatre company, presents We Are
the Rubbish From Eastern Europe, in which actors share true stories from
Bulgarians living on the streets in Sofia as well as those who chose to move
abroad. Through the rubric of rubbish, both literal and figurative, Theatre
Replika’s remarkable work interrogates the lasting legacy of Socialism in a
contemporary Bulgarian context. Directed by Georg Genoux, We Are the Rubbish
from Eastern Europe is supported by the Goethe Institute Bulgaria and
Tickets: contact GRAD:
020 7637 7274 www.grad-london.com
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