Theatre Breaks News 25/10/14.Cast changes&NewYear breaks
Actor leaves Dirty Rotten Scoundrels suddenly and is replaced by known West End name.
Rufus Hound has left Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at very short notice. It all seems quite amicable, but rumours persist. He is replaced by Alex Gaumond. Do we care? Not a huge amount. They are both fine actors and the show is still booking through to March 2015.
From the sublime to the ridiculous -Les Mis and Book of Mormon both extend their booking dates
Les Mis is perhaps no surprise but The Book of Mormon? People can’t seem to get enough of its irreverent humour and so it marches on into the future, or at least February 2015. Les Mis on the other hand has extended booking dates right through to November 2016.
Memphis stars impress the critics
The Telegraph liked the show and loved female lead Beverley Knight’s voice but not so much her acting. The Guardian thought it ‘ a delightful show’ and the Evening Standard was impressed with performances and staging. They all gave the show 4 stars. It will be the public though who really decide. I suspect it will make a great night out and be popular for theatre breaks.
A new (?) Elphaba in Wicked
Wicked has a new Elphaba in the West End, Jennifer DiNoia. She’s not new to the role at all though. She has played Elphaba on Broadway, on the US national tour and in Seoul and Sydney. Her West End debut on Monday will make the 6th Wicked company she’s worked with.
Elphabas come and go, people have their favourites. (I must admit Kerry Ellis is probably mine). The thing is the show has tremendously high production values and standards. They are all good!
Controversial new musical Scottsboro Boys and Dance ’til Dawn (a must for all Strictly fans!) added to the 3 day New Year Theatre Breaks deals on our Readers Offers site.
The Scottsboro Boys musical may be controversial, with its Black and White minstrels approach to a dark and deeply serious subject, but the critics seem to really like it. The Mail gave it 5 stars and described it as “lavishly cheerful yet poignant” and “deeply riveting”! If you fancy seeing it over New Year it is available as part of the New Year Theatre Break offer.
Alternatively, lets talk about Strictly. Favourites from previous series Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back with a new show but this time in the West End. Dance ‘til Dawn! is described on their website as “a sensational dance show straight from the Golden Age of Hollywood.”