A tweet from Peter Land on Dame Gillian Lynne’s account on Sunday evening, 1 July, announced that the beloved choreographer had died - she was 92: Rest In Peace my darling Gillie. I am heartbroken to write that Dame Gillian Lynne DBE & my dearest wife & friend & love for 40 years passed away at 6.20pm tonight 1st July 2018 at the Princess Grace Hospital. She … [Read more...] about Tributes to choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne flood in from the worlds of musicals and ballet
Nothing can equal the stamina or patience of George Lee Andrews who’s appeared in Phantom of the Opera for 9,382 performances in just over 23 years. He was in the original cast, and has played four different roles, but the performance on September 3 will be his last. The 68-year-old has been with Phantom since its opening night on January 26, 1988, and originated the roles … [Read more...] about After 9,382 performances George Lee Andrews leaves Broadway’s ‘Phantom’
Cameron Mackintosh hasn't lost his magic touch, and after 10 years without a new musical he's come up with Betty Blue Eyes which has delighted the critics. It's a musical about a pig, the animal kind, continuing Mackintosh's love of putting singing and dancing animals on stage: there was his first mega-hit, Cats, and then Moby Dick which sunk out of sight immediately, but was … [Read more...] about Critics round-up: Betty Blue Eyes – A pig takes over the West End as Cameron Mackintosh brings home the bacon
Cameron Mackintosh intends to present a newly imagined international production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, to première in England perhaps as early as 2012, says Variety. Mackintosh's recently had Les Misérables redesigned for a UK tour which then went on to North America where it can be seen currently. Les Miz is still running in London's West End in … [Read more...] about Phantom of the Opera to get a new production for international touring
In a week's time, preview performances start for the new Cameron Mackintosh musical Betty Blue Eyes. Adapted from Alan Bennett and Malcolm Mowbray’s film “A Private Function”, the story centres around Betty, a pig who is being illegally reared to ensure that the local dignitaries can celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding with a lavish banquet while everyone else makes do … [Read more...] about Betty Blue Eyes goes into previews in a week’s time – a very British musical!