Magic Mike Live Arena Tour 2022 Confirmed

29th March 2021 | Category: Theater

The Magic Mike Live Arena tour will open in May next year.

Based on the cult classic film series of the same name, the show is co-directed by Channing Tatum and Alison Faulk and will open in Belfast on 6 May, followed by Glasgow, Aberdeen, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle, Nottingham, Birmingham, Manchester and finishing in Liverpool.

The show is currently running at the Hippodrome in London, but the creative team emphasized that this will be a very different experience to that show. Faulk said the following: 

“This is not Magic Mike Live with more seats. Our arena tour is something totally different. After a year of isolation and frustration, we want to give women something that makes them feel alive again… a sort of celebratory revival that makes them want to stand on their chairs, dance with their friends and feel connected to each other. The show is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of togetherness, sexuality and freedom that only an arena can hold. We want our guys to give our fans the best night of their lives with a party they’ll never forget.”

Magic Mike Live, which has already wowed over 200,000 people in London alone and almost 750,000 worldwide, is a large-scale, live production show based on the hit films Magic Mike and Magic Mike XXL. 

The piece has choreography by Faulk and co-direction and choreography by Teresa Espinosa and Luke Broadlick. The scenic design is by Rob Bissinger and Anita LaScala (Arda Studio), with costume design by Marina Toybina, lighting design by Philip Gladwell, and video design by Luke Halls. The musical supervisor and composer is Jack Rayner, with sound design by Nick Kourtides. Dreya Weber is the aerial choreographer & aerial apparatus designer. Vincent Marini is executive producing.

Audiences should expect acrobatics, dance and more, with giant screens and visual effects there to add further spectacle.

Magic Mike Live which opened at The Theatre at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s Leicester Square in November 2018 and what followed is its successful London run in May of 2021.

Tickets can be found here.

Magic Mike Live Arena UK Tour 2022

Show date and time: May 6, 2022 – June 6, 2022

Show location: The SSE Arena Belfast – M&S Bank Arena Liverpool

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball ‘Back Together’ at Christmas UK Tour 2021

30th October 2020 | Category: Concerts,Theater

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball have announced their 2021 arena tour across UK.

The theater buddies will be back in action together next year following their turns in Les Misérables this Christmas.

The pair will once more hit the open road, playing in venues next winter to accompany a new Christmas album which is being released this November. 

Together At Christmas, released on November 20, follows the success of the duo’s previous three duet albums ­— Together, Together Again, and Back Together.

Alfie Boe said: 

“Keeping the Christmas spirit alive seems more important than ever this year. We wanted to create a festive album that brings joy, love and happiness.

“Spreading the Christmas cheer is something we all need a little extra of during these challenging times, so however people are going to be able to spend their holiday season, we’ll be right here Back Together At Christmas with our fans, who we are incredibly grateful for and can’t wait to see in person when we’re back for a new tour in 2021”

Michael Ball added: 

“Me and Alfie, together at Christmas, I can think of anything better. In these strange times, we wanted to create an album of songs that we like to listen to at Christmas, plus a few surprises along the way, including an original song.

“Hopefully our fans will love listening to this for many years to come. This year it’s certainly going to be a Christmas we’ll never forget. Can’t wait to see you all on tour in 2021”

With dates from late November in Birmingham, Liverpool, Brighton, Bournemouth, Dublin, Belfast, Leeds, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, and Nottingham, the stadium tour will conclude with a night at the O2 Arena in London on December 19, 2021.

This winter, the duo will appear together in the sold-out Christmas concert production of Les Misérables, alongside Carrie Hope Fletcher, Shan Ako, and Amara Okereke.

Tickets for the 2021 stadium tour will be available here or here, once they go on sale.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Together at Christmas Tour 2021 

Show Date and Time: November 29, 2021 – December 19, 2021 

Show Location: Resorts World Arena, Birmingham – The O2 Arena, London

David Byrne’s ‘American Utopia’ to Return to Broadway in September 2021

19th October 2020 | Category: Theater

David Byrne‘s American Utopia live show is set to return to Broadway in New York City next September.

Byrne’s stage show/“rock spectacle” is a live adaptation of the artist’s 2018 solo album ‘American Utopia’ along with hits from his time as Talking Heads frontman and throughout his solo career.

The acclaimed show was previously set to return to New York last month, but those plans were scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. Broadway shows are currently expected to be suspended until May 2021 due to the pandemic. The latest announcement said that the show intends to return to the Broadway stage on September 17, 2021.

Details of a venue have yet to be confirmed, with the show’s original theatre, the Hudson Theatre, already booked.

Earlier this year, Spike Lee directed and produced American Utopia, a concert film based on a screenplay by David Byrne. The film is a live recording of a Broadway performance of American Utopia’s run at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Byrne is joined onstage by 11 musicians, singers and dancers, “inviting audiences into a joyous dreamworld where human connection, self-evolution and social justice are paramount.” 

It had its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2020. The movie also premiered on HBO on October 17.

Byrne said he contacted Lee about directing the film before it was even on Broadway, when it was being workshopped in Boston.

Meanwhile, Lee said in a statement: “It is my honor and privilege that my art brother, Mr. David Byrne, asked me to join him in concert, to invite me into his magnificent world of American Utopia.”

“Spike and I have crossed paths many times over the years,” Byrne added. “Obviously I’m a huge fan, and now finally here was an opportunity for us to work together. I am absolutely thrilled with the result.”

All available ticket info can be found here.

Jessica Phillips to Tour Again as Part of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen

2nd December 2019 | Category: Theater

Stage veteran Jessica Phillips joined the company of the Tony-winning Broadway production of “Dear Evan Hansen,” at the Music Box Theatre on November 26th.

Phillips has replaced Lisa Brescia in her role as Heidi Hansen and will repeat her national touring performance on the upcoming tour. The Broadway alum will begin performances in December 2019.

Jessica Phillips is best known for her role as Sheriff Marla in Alan Menken’s “Leap Of Faith”. She has also appeared on Broadway as Marion in “Priscilla”, as well as “Queen of the Desert”, “Next To Normal” (OBC), “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and “The Scarlet Pimpernel”.

Between 2013 and 2016, Phillips played attorney Pippa Cox in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” on NBC and was nominated for Emmy Awards in the category of the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. Her other TV appearances include television series “Unforgettable”, “Royal Pains”, and “Elementary”.

In addition to Phillips, Dear Evan Hansen production will welcome more new company members from the show’s first national tour.  This includes Tony nominee Christiane Noll, who will play Cynthia Murphy, Jared Goldsmith as Jared Kleinman, and Phoebe Koyabe as Alana Beck.

Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Michael Greif, is the winner of 6 TONY Awards, including Best Musical and critically acclaimed as “One of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history.” It features a music and lyrics by Academy Award, and Tony & Grammy Award-winning composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

When asked why the people should come see “Dear Evan Hansen” on tour, Jessica Phillips said:

“This group is so very special, the performances so incredibly potent, the magic inside the relationships so palpable. Even if you’ve seen the show before, you haven’t taken the ride with us and we’re so proud to bring it to your city!”

So, take it from her, and check out the show in your city. Tickets for all the upcoming performances can be purchased here.

Dear Evan Hansen

Show Date and Time: December 3rd, 2019 – April 11th, 2020

Show Location: Music Box Theatre, New York, NY – Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, Greensboro, NC

The Cher Show Ending Its Broadway Run

28th June 2019 | Category: Theater

The Cher Show, a bio-musical, written by Rick Elice and directed by Jason Moore, is leaving Broadway after the final show on August 18th at the Neil Simon Theatre.

The final show follows a run of 34 previews and 296 regular performances and you can get your tickets right here.

Produced by Cher, Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller, The Cher Show opened on December 3rd and received mixed reviews. It has been slipping at the box office after earning $1 million-plus a week in its first three months.

With the total earning of $32.8 million, which is more than respectable, the producers apparently are looking at diminishing advance sales and cutting their losses before the summer tourist season is over.

The show features Cher at three points of her life, played by Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Broadway newcomer Micaela Diamond, with Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono.

For her role in the musical, Block won a 2019 Tony Award for best performance by a lead actress in a musical, while Michael Beresse took home his first win for his role as a veteran costume designer Bob Mackie.

Do you believe in life after Broadway?

The Cher Show certainly does since the producers have announced that there will be a national tour kicking off in Rochester, N. Y., in October 2020.

“Telling Cher’s life story on Broadway has been a joy,” said Suarez in a statement. “Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of conic songs, movies, costumes and relationships have been incredible. We look forward to taking this inspiring message on the road next year. We are incredibly thankful to this brilliant cast and crew.”

If you want to catch The Cher Show on Broadway, secure your tickets on time by clicking here.

The Cher Show

Show Date and Time: Friday, June 28th, 8 p.m.

Show Location: Neil Simon Theatre, New York