So, a year ago now I started this blog all determined to keep it up to date, and hopefully turn it into something people would actually read. I managed one post. It’s crossed my mind every now and then over the last few months, and I’ve always thought ‘I’ll go back as soon as I have the time’, and I now have that time. So here we go again with attempt number 2. This time I really really want to stick with it.
To try and get the ball rolling with this, I’d thought I’d steer away from review posts (also because I haven’t actually seen anything recently), and opt for a few ‘list’ type posts instead. So here are a few things that are coming up in the land of theatre that I’m excited about!
‘Anastasia’ The Musical
This is opening at the Broadhurst Theatre on Broadway at the end of March. Given that it’s Broadway it’s unlikely that I will be seeing it anytime soon, but I am very much hoping for a West End transfer / to finally live my dream of going to New York. Generally I was a very devoted Disney child, but Anastasia was a film I always had time for and still do as an adult. This new musical takes a lot of the film’s material, whilst also adding new songs and plot lines. The main change appears to be a steer towards a more historically accurate account, ditching a ‘living dead’ Rasputin as the story’s villain, and replacing him with Gleb, a Bolshevik General. I was slightly disappointed to hear this, as from an aesthetic point of view, I always imagined a staging of Rasputin’s number ‘In the Dark of the Night’ could be really fantastic. However, it will be interesting to see a version that doesn’t shy away from tackling a slightly more realistic revolution, and as Gleb is being played by the always pleasing Ramin Karimloo, I think we have a lot to be excited about.
‘Angels in America’ at the National
Angels in America is probably my favourite play that I’ve never seen (it’s a toss up between that and Equus), so I was very excited that the National were putting it on, and even more excited that they had cast Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane. I really hate ‘stunt casting’, but I don’t see this as case of that. This is just finding 2 really brilliant actors who are extremely suited for these roles. Throw in Denise Gough as Harper Pitt and Marianne Elliot directing and you’ve got yourself the perfect formula for what I’m sure will be a really brilliant production.
Les Enfants’s ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’
I did some stage management work for Les Enfants last year on ‘The Game’s Afoot’ and absolutely loved the concept and the execution. Immersive theatre isn’t something I have much experience with, but is definitely something I’d like to explore more, and ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground (along with anything by Punchdrunk) are at the top of my list. I actually had a freebie ticket to Alice the last time around but ended up going to Florida instead (oops), so I’m really happy that it’s making a return and I get another opportunity to go. It’s on at The Vaults at Waterloo, supposedly a great venue that I’ve never been to before.
‘Mean Girls’ The Musical
So I don’t know all that much about this, except that it’s musical version of Mean Girls, Tina Fey is involved in the adaptation, and it’s premiering in Washington towards the end of the year. But honestly that is all I need to know. It’s a musical of Mean Girls. That sounds pretty fetch to me.
‘Woyzeck’ at the Old Vic
I studied Woyzeck for A-Level Drama and really loved the depth and the madness of it, but have never had any opportunity to see it. Of course I heard nothing but amazing things about Punchdrunk’s Drowned Man (inspired by Woyzeck) and I heavily regret never getting a ticket, but as far as I’m aware there haven’t been any major, more traditional productions of Woyzeck in London for many years (please do correct me if I’m wrong). I was therefore very happy to see that the Old Vic are putting it on this May, starring John Boyega (of Star Wars fame). Jack Thorne has done the adaptation from Georg Büchner’s fragmented and unfinished script, and having seen (and adored) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I am extremely pleased with this choice.
‘Moulin Rouge’ Stage Adaptation
Okay so I know that this is only in works, and it will be quite a while before we get to see anything, but Moulin Rouge is my favourite film, so just knowing a stage show is on the way makes me so happy! Over Christmas I worked as an assistant stage manager on Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom at West Yorkshire Playhouse. I’m proud to have been a part of that production, and now feel safe in the knowledge that Luhrmann’s works do translate well onto the stage (not that we were ever in any doubt). Wherever and whenever this is happening, I have promised myself I will have a ticket.
‘Hamilton’ West End Debut
Because who isn’t excited about this one? I bagged myself tickets for the first preview and quite frankly, November can not come quick enough. Full disclosure, I am massive Lin Manuel Miranda fan (see my previous review of In The Heights), and with the recent closure of In The Heights, I think it’s time that London got a little more of his magic. I also know for a fact that Hamilton is attracting a lot of attention from people who are not usual theatre goers, and that can never be a bad thing. The casting so far looks great (I saw Rachelle Ann Go in Miss Saigon and her voice is insane), and I can’t wait for announcements on who will be playing the titular role and the comically villainous King George.
So there you have it, just a few of the things that I’m looking forward to in the world of theatre. This is by no means an inclusive list; I’ll definitely think of many more productions as soon as I hit publish, but this covers a lot of the buzz currently going on in my head. If you have anything you think should be on the list, please let me know in the comments. I’d love a chat about upcoming productions.
Thanks for reading!