There’s a new theatre in London. And there’s a London debut to mark its opening. The Boulevard Theatre, right-smack-bang-in-the-middle of Soho, is London’s most technologically advanced theatre with a capacity of up to 165, and featuring a full revolving balcony and auditorium!
David Malloy’s Ghost Quartet will open the Boulevard. You may not have heard of the show, and it’s probably because it has never played London. But you’ve most likely heard of David or his shows before, Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 being his most high profile offering, picking up 12 Tony nominations in the 2016-2017 Broadway season and winning many awards on its way there during its off-Broadway run.
Ghost Quartet is a song cycle - a staged concept album, if you will - about love, death, and whiskey. It’s a series of songs that take you through the interwoven previous lives of four characters collective histories.
Carly Bawden, Niccolò Curradi, Maimuna Memon and Zubin Varla will star in what is a heavy hitting West End cast.
I sat down with Malloy last week to chat to him about the concept of Ghost Quartet, its London premiere and working with the creative team that drove the success of the pie shop Sweeney Todd, which ran for ages in Tooting, the West End and in New York.
Earlier in the week, we brought you Samantha Pauly, Trent Saunders and Ektor Rivera as they got ready to go on stage. But I thought that just wasn’t going to be enough to really show you backstage before a show.
Hopefully you’ll get a feel of what it’s like to be part of a company as I go from room to room and chat with some of the fantastic theatre professionals working on Jamie Lloyd’s production of “Evita” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
We were back at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre this week - one of our favourite places to do our Curtain Call visits. It was a welcome return for us to see not only a Jamie Lloyd production, but following the sell-out success of Jesus Christ Superstar two years ago, another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit show.
We sit down with the company members who play the three main antagonists in the show, Samantha Pauley as Evita Peron, Trent Saunders as Che and Ektor Rivera as Juan Peron to discuss their journey from across the Atlantic to Regent's Park here in London to perform one of musical theatre's classic rock scores.
This week, we talk to The Inbetweeners Joe Thomas, Olivier Award nominees Summer Strallen and Alex Gaumond, as well as Bo Poraj and Laura Patch about their new dark comedy "What's in a Name?", in which a dinner party gets wildly out of hand when a father-to-be suggests his son just might given the name of one of history's most vile human beings.
In a slight variation to a normal press junket, they actually performed the play in a rehearsed reading before we got to speak with them. And it was fantastic. We laughed. A lot. Which bodes well before they head off on a UK tour.
Shure have come up with a microphone that is hitting the theatre world by storm. Smaller, lighter, better response and performance along with a body back that is far less conspicuous than those they have released before. Sitting alongside their big initiative called “This is the Moment”, highlighting the critical moment where every single piece of the production puzzle comes together at the moment a performer takes a breath to speak, sing or even play a note.
I had the pleasure of talking to the Senior Product Manager, Microphones at Shure about the years of development and incredible invention and iteration that has seen their new Axient digital wireless system and the Twinplex system used on shows such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, War Horse and the new musical Jagged Little Pill.