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My Best Friend’s Wedding – The Musical
You heard right - the 1997 film My Best Friend’s Wedding is coming to the stage. Taking the form of a musical, this production will star Alexandra Burke (best known for her X-Factor win in 2008) as the beloved Julianne Potter. Originally played by Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Notting Hill), Potter’s character won the hearts of audiences and critics alike, with the film becoming a worldwide box-office sensation.
Here, Ronald Bass – writer of the initial screenplay – teams up with Jonathan Harvey (Gimme Gimme Gimme) to create the show’s book. The film saw huge success for its evocative soundtrack, a theme furthered by its translation into musical theatre. Burt Bacharach and Hal David's mastery remains a significant theme, with this romantic comedy said to be chock-full of iconic pop-anthems.
After its opening on the 19th of September at the Theatre Royal Plymouth, My Best Friend’s Wedding will embark on a tour across the UK and Ireland. A possible Theatreland triumph? We think so.
Bring It On – The Musical
Loosely based on the 2000 film of the same name, Bring It On – The Musical takes as its focus the world of competitive cheerleading. With a score by Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and American composer Tom Kitt, along with a book by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), the musical premiered on Broadway in 2011. It has since toured the US and travelled to the UK in both 2017 and 2018. Earlier this month, another UK Tour was announced for later this year, with the production set to engage in rehearsals from April 2020.
Bring It On has received widespread praise, accruing countless award nominations (notably in the most prolific categories at the Tony and Drama Desk awards), in addition to other significant successes. The production has proved impressive as a high-octane spectacle, and its run in the West End is eagerly anticipated.