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‘Hamilton’ Cancels 2 Weeks of Previews + More London News

  • Backstage
Welcome to our roundup of the most important news for actors across theatre, TV, and film. ‘Hamilton’ previews cancelled.The London production of “Hamilton” has cancelled the first two weeks of previews following delays in the restoration of Victoria Palace Theatre. The listed building is undergoing a multi-million-pound expansion under the leadership of owner and producer Cameron Mackintosh. In a statement, he said, ‘The time constraints to access the land around the theatre to enable the rebuild and getting the show open to the public by the end of this year have been equally tight, not helped by the theatre being built over the huge King’s Scholars’ Pond Sewer, an active 200-year-old brick tunnel. ‘Added to the usual unhelpful problems that always happen when doing up old buildings, this has put pressure on the time needed to commission the entirely new services that have been installed at the theatre
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Julian Fellowes webchat – your questions answered on The Wind in the Willows, Downton Abbey, winning an Oscar – and Nando's

The Downton Abbey creator answered your questions on his new TV show The Gilded Age, Gosford Park – and whether he has a butler

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Thank you for the questions - I'm flattered that you're interested. It's a nice feeling - not just that people are enjoying the show but also that they want to know more about the people who made it.

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DonRodrigo asks:

Do you put milk first in your tea or last? And do you take sugar?

Last. And I never take sugar in tea.

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Peely1 asks:

Have you ever been to Nando’s?

Yes! There's an excellent one in Dorchester, right next to the cinema.

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DonRodrigo asks:

How tall are you?

5ft 10in

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Pagey asks:

Are you planning to write anything in a contemporary setting, outside of your direct experience? I believe there is too much reverence for
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U.K. Now Casting: ‘Hamilton’ London + More Casting Notices

U.K. actors, do not throw away this shot. “Hamilton,” the global musical sensation, is casting talent for its run across the pond, and we have the information you need to apply right here! Plus, more gigs (requiring less rapping) below. “Hamilton”Union and nonunion talent is being sought for the London run of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony, Grammy, and Pulitzer Prize–winning musical, “Hamilton.” Lead by producer Cameron Mackintosh, the team seeks male and female talent aged 20–39, able to rap, sing, and act. The production will open Dec. 7 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in the West End, United Kingdom. Year-long contracts with professional pay will be provided through November 2018. “Taking Stock”Short film “Taking Stock” is casting two adult actors (one male and one female) as well as one female child actor for supporting roles. The project will shoot in Dublin, Ireland at to-be-determined dates. Some pay will be provided.
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‘Miss Saigon’ Broadway Review: The Helicopter Is Back, Louder than Ever

  • The Wrap
Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil have a lot to answer for. Under the umbrella of producer Cameron Mackintosh, their back-to-back hits “Les Miserables” and “Miss Saigon” were part of the British invasion that filled a creative void in the 1980s and ’90s when AIDS devastated the Broadway theater community. Those musicals brought anthem-itis to these shores, and popularized the sung-through musical in all its serious dreariness while providing none of opera’s glorious grandeur. Stephen Sondheim once said that recitative is like pouring molasses over a score. Great opera composers have known how to distinguish their breakout arias from the sung speech.
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Get Cast in the London Production of ‘Hamilton’!

Oceans rise, empires fall, we have seen each other through it all. And when push comes to shove, we will send you a new casting opportunity to remind you of our love! Lin-Manuel Miranda has teamed up with producer Cameron Mackintosh to launch (and star in) the first U.K. production of his award-winning musical “Hamilton.” Scheduled to begin performances in October 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London’s West End, this production will be helmed by director Thomas Kail and all of the original designers.... All that’s missing is a cast! Whether you’re a singer who can rap or a dancer “versatile in hip-hop dance and all forms of contemporary dance,” do not throw away your shot. Appointments for auditions will begin Nov. 7, but rehearsals will not start until August of next year: Apply now for the London production of “Hamilton” through Backstage! Keep your eyes
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‘Miss Saigon’ set to tour the UK and Ireland in 2017

Cameron Mackintosh has announced today that his acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Miss Saigon – a recent smash hit in the West End – will embark on a major UK tour opening atCurve Leicester from Monday 3 July – Saturday 22 July 2017 before playing Birmingham Hippodrome (26 July – 23 September 2017), Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (Wednesday 4 October to Saturday 18 November), Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff (29 November 2017 – 6 January 2018), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (17 January – 17 February 2018) and Mayflower Southampton (21 February – 17 March 2018).

Cameron Mackintosh said, “It’s hard to believe that it has been over 25 years sinceMiss Saigon first opened, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score. Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that
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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood
The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.

That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.

“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.

That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams
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Tom Hooper Will Bring The Jellicle Cats Out To Play For Feature Adaptation

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic Cats musical is headed to the big screen – and it’s found a director to take the reins in Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, The Danish Girl).

Inking a deal that will also see him produce the feature adaptation, Hooper’s latest creative venture has set up shop at Universal Pictures and Working Title, who together will lure the Jellicle Cats out to play at some point in 2017.

To unearth the origins of the stage show you’d have to go back further than Webber’s ever-popular musical – all the way back to T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. It first walked the boards of the West End in 1981, and in offering a new lease of life to the felines, Working Title has appointed Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner to produce, alongside Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, who produced music for the original.
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Cats Movie Musical Moves Forward with Les Miserables Director

  • MovieWeb
Cats Movie Musical Moves Forward with Les Miserables Director
The success of Disney's The Jungle Book, which employs a hybrid of motion capture CGI and live action to bring these characters to life, may have inspired a Broadway sensation to make the leap to the big screen. Les Miserables director Tom Hooper has signed a deal to figure out how to properly turn the hit stage show Cats into a movie. The filmmaker has only signed a research and development deal, meaning the movie isn't set in stone at this point. And even if it does move forward, it won't happen for some time.

The Daily Mail reports that Tom Hooper will be working with a development team at Working Title Films, along with composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, who crafted the music for the live stage show. If they decide to move forward, nothing will happen on the project until at least late 2017, or early 2018, so we may not
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Cats The Musical heading to film




Les Miserables director Tom Hooper is bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats to the screen...

Well, this one’s taken a while. A film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats is finally heading our way.

It’s reuniting the team who put the Les Miserables movie together, with Working Title backing the project and Tom Hooper set to direct. Furthermore, Cameron Mackintosh is also expected to be involved as producer.

Cats is based on T S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, and since it debuted on stage in 1981, it’s become one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Apparently, a decision is being made as to whether to approach the movie of Cats with actors, CG characters, or a mix of both. The latter, of course, being an approach that’s worked rather well for Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book movie.
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Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ Movie Musical for Universal, Working Title

  • The Wrap
Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ Movie Musical for Universal, Working Title
Tom Hooper is attached to direct and produce a feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical “Cats” that is quickly coming together at Universal Pictures and Working Title, an individual familiar with the situation has told TheWrap. Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce for Working Title along with Debra Hayward and Hooper. Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the original “Cats” musical, is also expected to produce the feature adaptation, just as he did with Universal and Working Title’s “Les Miserables.” “Cats” is based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.” First performed in the West End in.
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Danny Boyle In Talks For "Miss Saigon" Film

Coming off the success of "Steve Jobs," filmmaker Danny Boyle is reportedly in talks to direct a film adaptation of the classic stage musical "Miss Saigon" at Working Title says The Daily Mail.

A re-working of Puccini's opera Madame Butterfly, the story follows the relationship between an American GI and Vietnamese bargirl during the Vietnam War in Saigon in the 1970s. Premiering in 1989 in London, it ran for ten years and closed after four thousand performances.

Who has penned the screenplay hasn't been made clear, but the project is said to be moving along fast with the "Les Miserables" film team of Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner set to produce. At one time Lee Daniels was attached to direct, but that's not the case anymore.

Boyle confirmed today on Facebook that he's currently in Edinburgh researching "Trainspotting 2" ahead of a May shoot, and has the FX series "Trust" in the works.
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Danny Boyle In Talks To Direct An Adaptation Of Musical 'Miss Saigon'

  • The Playlist
"Oh I'd love to do a musical. A song-and-dance musical, with an original music, modern day story, not from Broadway not with previous music. But it's very difficult. It's impossible at the moment. I think it's the Holy Grail for any film director," Danny Boyle told us a few years ago. And while that hasn't come to pass, he has flirted with bringing a Broadway show to the screen, at one time taking a very hard look at "My Fair Lady." But now it's another stage show that may finally allow Boyle to realize his dream. Read More: Ranked: The Films Of Danny Boyle Baz Bamigboye reports that Boyle is in talks to direct "Miss Saigon." The project is set up at Working Title, where producers Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, who teamed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," are moving it along, but no word yet on who has penned the screenplay.
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Miss Saigon to Heat Up Broadway Again in 2017

  • Vulture
Can you hear the helicopters in the distance? Miss Saigon, the 1989 musical from Les Misérables creators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, is headed back to Broadway after almost 25 years. The show, a Vietnam War–era update of the opera Madame Butterfly, tells the story of a romance between a Vietnamese bargirl and an American soldier. EW reports that the show will debut at a Shubert theater in the spring of 2017, where it will run until January 18, 2018; after that, it will launch a national tour of cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston. Producer Cameron Mackintosh shares that this iteration of the show will be an import of the current West End revival, which stars Eva Noblezada as Kim (a role originated by Lea Salonga) and Jon Jon Briones as the Engineer. Mackintosh promises "a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production" that maintains "the power and
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Beverley Knight returns to the role of Grizabella in ‘Cats’

Beverley Knight is back in the role of Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats for an exclusive 11 week run at the London Palladium. The show will run until January 2nd.

The cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) comprises Madalena Alberto (alternate Grizabella), Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie Leatherland (Rumpelteazer), Adam Linstead (Old Deuteronomy), Paul F Monaghan (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones), Jane Quinn (Jennyanydots), Mark John Richardson (Quaxo/ Mistoffelees), Clare Rickard (Jellylorum), Jordan Shaw (Pouncival), Hannah Kenna Thomas (Victoria/ White Cat), James Titchener (Coricopat), Marcquelle Ward (Tugger) and Anna Woodside (Demeter). They are joined by Megan Armstrong, Lindsay Atherton, Lucy Brushett, Oliver Ramsdale, Alex Pinder and Barry Haywood as swings.

Beverley Knight (Grizabella) in Cats, photo Alessandro
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First look at the UK and Ireland tour of Mary Poppins

We have the first look at the brand new production of Mary Poppins, which kciks off in Bristol this next week, before going on a UK and Ireland tour in 2016.

The musical plays at the Bristol Hippodrome from Thursday 29 October, before flying on to Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Norwich, Plymouth and Newcastle throughout 2015/16.

Starring Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee as Bert, the magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by Pl Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.

The stage production of Mary Poppins is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and “Downton Abbey” creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M
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Lloyd Webber & Mackinstosh visit Cats in Blackpool

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh visited Cats at the Blackpool Opera House last night. The theatre legends were joined by Jane McDonald as Grizabella, on stage after the performance.

Cats continues at the Blackpool Opera House until 5 September 2015 before moving to the historic London Palladium for a strictly limited eight week season from 23rd October 2015.

Beverley Knight assumes the role of Grizabella following her successful run in Memphis: The Musical, which draws to a close in October.

Here are some images from the Blackpool Opera House last night.

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Toby Haynes To Direct New "Oliver" Musical

Frequent British TV director Toby Haynes ("Sherlock," "Doctor Who," "Being Human") is reportedly in talks to direct a new film adaptation of Lionel Bart's classic musical "Oliver!" for Working Title and Sony Pictures.

The project, which will be greenlit in a matter of weeks once rights deals are completed, aims to start shooting on location in and around London early next year for a late 2016 release. The tone is said to be grittier than the original.

Cameron Mackintosh will produce. Haynes, coming off the success of the acclaimed "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell" mini-series adaptation which he both directed and executive produced, and his casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who'll play the title character.

Famed choreographer-director Matthew Bourne previously indicated he was linked to the project but that's not certain anymore.

Source: Variety
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Oliver! set for remake, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director attached

The Daily Mail is reporting that producer Cameron Mackintosh, along with Working Title and Sony Pictures, are set to produce a new version of Lionel Bart’s musical Oliver!

Toby Haynes, who directed British television drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is set to helm the new film, which will start shooting next year in and around London locations. In addition, Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have reportedly already started the search to find the young British actors who will play the title character Oliver and The Artful Dodger.

The previous film version, which was released in 1968 and won five Academy Awards, was directed by Carol Reed, and starred Mark Lester, Jack Wild, Shani Wallis, Oliver Reed and Ron Moody.
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Please, sir, can I have it again? Oliver! musical to get remake

Lionel Bart’s celebrated Dickens adaptation to go before cameras again, with Jonathan Strange director Toby Haynes making his feature film debut

A new film version of the popular family musical Oliver! is set to go into production, with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell director Toby Haynes in charge of the cameras, it has been reported.

According to the Daily Mail’s showbiz reporter Baz Bamigboye, theatre producer Cameron Mackintosh has teamed up with powerhouse UK film outfit Working Title to get a long-mulled over film production off the ground. (The same team partnered for the blockbusting 2012 adaptation of stage musical Les Miserables.) The original suggestion was that Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry may have taken the director’s chair, but that is apparently not the case. Aside from Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Haynes has also directed episodes of Sherlock, Doctor Who and Being Human. This would be his feature film debut.
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