Blog- Jonathan Dudley

Show and Stay's top five family shows to see this Half Term

    27/09/11   586

Half Term is just around the corner and now that summer’s over it might seem like all the fun things to do with the kids have vanished along with the sunshine, but there’s plenty to do if you just know where to look. London’s West End, for example, is packed with family-friendly shows all year […]

X Factor – The Musical surely not real?

    21/09/11   768

It’s been a few months since a tabloid suggested that something ridiculous was being made into a musical, so it’s about time that we had another report from a spurious “source close to the…”. The Mirror have suggested that Simon Cowell is plotting to inflict his X Factor franchise on the West End with X […]

Love musicals? Fond of zombies? You'll love this

    03/06/11   585

It has been a long time since Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog set the bar for digitally distributed musicals and very few people have attempted to step up to the plate and make an online musical of their own. That is, until Rigamortis. Billed as a “zombie love story” Rigamortis is the tale of the last […]

How to cope with the long wait until Matilda opens

    25/05/11   598

Matilda The Musical is finally coming to the West End, but previews aren’t even starting until October 18! October is ever such a long time away, even longer if you’re a child or never really grew up properly. Remember how not so very long ago Christmases seemed a lifetime apart and waiting for a treat […]

Fan face-off: Jukebox musicals

    05/04/11   865

Since the last fan face-off went down so well, I thought we’d have another one. This time, the West End’s jukebox musicals will battle for supremacy. Just in case you’re not familiar with the term ‘jukebox musical’, it essentially means a musical which uses previously released songs as its score. The brilliant thing about jukebox […]

Fan face-off: Legally Blonde vs Wicked

    30/03/11   798

Legally Blonde and Wicked are two of the most popular shows in the West End, thanks largely to their dedicated groups of fans. But which show is best? Legally Blonde has dogs, which is always a big plus. However, Wicked has flying monkeys, a dragon, and a talking Goat. It’s pretty difficult to compete with […]

Wicked Cast To Perform on Dancing on Ice?

    11/02/11   1091

The Sun have another tidbit of interesting West End rumour which may excite fans of a certain green-skinned witch. The popular red-top have reported that the cast of Wicked will perform Defying Gravity on Sunday’s episode of Dancing on Ice while pro skaters fly above them on wires. The unconfirmed news comes hot on the […]

Is Matt Lucas Joining Les Mis' Cast?

    09/02/11   662

Matt Lucas is reportedly to join the cast of the West End production of Les Misérables. The Sun newspaper has reported that the comedian is to play Thenardier for six months at the Queens Theatre. Apparently he was cast after impressing the show’s producers with his performance in Les Mis’ 25th anniversary show in December […]

Why A Robbie Williams Musical Is A Terrible Idea

    27/01/11   686

The Sun newspaper, purveyors of low-reading-age news, celeb gossip, and pictures of under-dressed ladies, have reported that there is to be a Robbie Williams musical. Oh goody. According to The Sun’s story, auditions are being held for two Robbies and a source told the paper that “Robbie is bang up for the musical”. A few […]

Our Most-Read Blogs of 2010

    05/01/11   1039

2010 was a pretty exciting year in the West End. Celebs arrived in droves to perform, produce, and spectate; some spectacular (and some not-so-spectacular) new shows opened; and Andrew Lloyd Webber used the power of reality television to find himself the perfect Dorothy for his upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz. It was also […]