2011 on Broadway

2011 on Broadway

In a year dominated by Mormons, Nun’s, Sailors and Pilots the biggest hits on Broadway were once again West End imports. With many new musicals failing to last more than a couple of months, let alone recouping their investment, the trend for British Theatre continued to pick up and was once again reflected in the Tony Awards. Mark Rylance, star of Jerusalem won the Best Actor prize showing that...

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2012 West End

2012 West End

As London welcomed the long awaited 2012 Olympic year the theatre industry braced itself to see exactly how the ‘greatest show on earth’ would affect the glorious West End. With Andrew Lloyd Webber predicting a “bloodbath” over the period, stating that at least three big shows will close for at least three weeks, producers appeared tentative as box office sales did prove to be slower than...

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2011 West End

2011 West End

2011 proved to be one of the most varied years in recent history with the West End seeing a mixture of new works, revivals, Broadway transfers and celebrity appearances. As the recession threatened a double dip the face of the West End became unpredictable with shows closing early and dark theatres, filled with stopgap productions and regional transfers. It wasn’t just new plays suffering falls...

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2010 on Broadway

2010 on Broadway

The 2010 Broadway Season celebrated the birthday of Stephen Sondheim in spectacular fashion and instead of resurrecting an old piece of work, created a brand new musical. Sondheim on Sondheim was a musical revue conceived and directed by James Lapine, with whom Sondheim had worked with previously on the musicals Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George. Staged by the Roundabout Theatre...

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2010 West End

2010 West End

2010 saw two big birthdays in the theatre world, with each of them being celebrated fantastically throughout the year. The first of these was celebrated on an international scale as Stephen Sondheim turned 80, rekindling interest in his productions on both main stages and West End venues. The annual BBC Proms series honoured the American composer with a specially crafted Sondheim Prom at the...

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