A Planned Musical Adaptation Of Bill Murray's Hit 1993 Comedy Groundhog Day Will Receive Its World Premiere On The London Stage Next Year (16) Before Transferring To Broadway.
The creators of the hit Matilda the Musical production announced earlier this month (Apr15) that they were developing a Broadway version of the movie, about a grumpy TV weatherman stuck in a time loop, who has to live the same day over and over again, but now director Matthew Warchus has decided to give the all-singing, all-dancing version its first-run at the Old Vic theatre in London, where he has taken over from Kevin Spacey as the venue's new artistic director.
The Groundhog Day musical will hit the Old Vic stage in June, 2016, and then transfer to Broadway to begin previews in January, 2017.
The show will feature music and lyrics by Australian entertainer Tim Minchin, who will reunite with his Matilda collaborators, set designer Rob Howell, choreographer Peter Darling and director Warchus, for the new production.
During the UK miners strike between 1984 and 1985, working families are in desperate need of support. They're feeling victimised and abandoned by society as threats over their livelihood remain imminent. But they're not the only ones feeling ostracised in their own country and that's how the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign was born. Homophobia is rife in the UK, with the National Union of Mineworkers even refusing help from the LGSM campaigners for fear of how people may see them. Instead, they take their support to a small town in Wales where the majority of workers there are miners. In an extraordinary show of acceptance in an unlikely era, the town allows their new supporters to raise funds for their village. The townspeople may be humorously ignorant about life as a homosexual, but they're judging no longer.
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Director Matthew Warchus picked a Welsh singer for his new movie Pride after spotting her on a U.K. Tv talent show.
The film tells the story of a gay group which raised money for striking miners in Wales in the 1980s, and the moviemaker hired Bronwen Lewis to appear in a key singing scene after seeing her perform on the British version of The Voice.
Lewis failed to make it past the audition stages of the competition, but soon found herself singing on the movie set in front of a cast which includes Bill Nighy and Dominic West.
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The Oscar winner will step down from his post as artistic director in the autumn of 2015, and Warchus, the director behind hit stage show Matilda the Musical, will take over.
Spacey, who worked with Warchus on a 2008 revival of David Mamet's play Speed-the-Plow at the London theatre, has now given his blessing to his replacement.
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Matthew Warchus, Gabriel Ebert, Lesli Margherita, Bernie Carvel, Sophia Gennusa, Milly Shapiro, Oona Laurence and Bailey Ryon - Tony Eve Cocktail Party held at LDV Hospitality's Lugo Caffe - New York, NY, United States - Saturday 8th June 2013
Dennis Kelly, Lauren Ward, Lesli Margherita, Bertie Carvel and Matthew Warchus - New York Drama Critics Circle Awards held at 54 Below nightclub -Arrivals - New York, NY, United States - Monday 13th May 2013
The director of the musical adaptation of The Lord Of The Rings has apologised to late author J.R.R. TOLKIEN for the show's forthcoming run in London's West End.
Matthew Warchus admits he visited the writer's grave in Wolvercote Cemetary, Oxfordshire, England to repent for his interpretation of the seminal text, which he has described as "Shakespeare meets Cirque du Soleil".
He says, "I visited his grave a few months ago to kind of apologise and get his seal of approval. It was a magical moment. I apologised just in case he didn't like the idea of his novel becoming a stage show."
The $48.75 million (GBP25 million) stage show was poorly received by critics when it first opened in Toronto, Canada, and as a result has been reworked for its UK debut on 19 June (07).
By being as straightforward as, well, a horse race. It's just a big loop from start to finish. No real surprises along the way, just jockeying for position. Simpatico finishes right where it started, with a time of 106 minutes.
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LATEST: The Lord Of The Rings musical will premiere in Canada next year (06).
According to the show's producers, the much-anticipated stage musical adaptation of JRR TOLKIEN's trilogy will premiere in Toronto in March (06) with a largely Canadian cast.
Finnish folk group VARTTINA are to compose the music for the first stage musical adaptation of JRR TOLKIEN's The Lord Of The Rings.
The show, which is due to premiere in Spring 2005 in London's West End, will be directed by Matthew Warchus and will mark the group's 20th anniversary.
The project will also include musical compositions by CHRIS NIGHTENGALE and Indian musician Ar Rahman.15/12/2003 09:23
A lavish $12 million (GBP8 million) stage musical adaptation of hit film and novel The Lord Of The Rings is to premier in London in 2005.
The production will be the biggest-budget musical ever to be staged in the British capital - and if successful, it will be taken around the world.
Financial backer, American svengali Saul Zaentz, explains, "I want it to be a landmark. When you put a piece literature with such a worldwide profile on the stage you need to make something utterly extraordinary."
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