By Harrison Fuller…
The whispered conversations
In overcrowded hallways
The atmosphere is thrilling here as always
Feel the early morning madness
Feel the magic in the making
Why, everything’s as if we never said goodbye
The above refrain is from Sunset Boulevard, not a show we have coming here but, I thought, a fitting sentiment from a Theatre Manager who has been somewhat lax of late. I humbly apologise for not having written much of late but it is not out of tardiness but I have been busy booking in shows (with a side helping of schmoozing).
So what has happened since we last met? There have been some fabulous additions to our programme including the brilliant Avenue Q. Following on from the success of Blood Brothers, Avenue Q is our next big west end musical to be gracing the stage here at The Broadway. There will be puppets galore during the show and, for those not familiar with the musical, have a listen to some of the songs. Warning: This musical is suitable for those aged 14 and over. Parental guidance may be necessary. Please ask the bill payers permission. No puppets were harmed in the making of this show.
Another touring show we have coming to stop by The Broadway is Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful. The show will be with us in November from the 22nd to the 24th and will be part of our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
‘If music be the food of love, play on.’ These are the opening lines of Twelfth Night by the one and only William Shakespeare. That is not what I wanted to talk about but we have a huge variety of music events coming up at the theatre. Just quickly, here is an idea of what is to come… (big deep breath) Ultimate Eagles, Fast Love, Gareth Gates, Buddy Holly, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Country Night in Nashville, The Meatloaf Story, Showaddywaddy, Elvis, Abba Mania, Russell Watson, Magic of Motown and much, much more. (Phew)
For the more stagy folk out there, yes you at the back with the jazz hands, we have The Greatest Show on October 26th. Containing west end performers and music inspired by P.T Barnum, the show will draw from the recent hit film The Greatest Showman and the musical Barnum – what’s not to like?
Now it wouldn’t be right to not include a mention of our pantomime, Cinderella. This year we are proudly producing our pantomime in house and will be searching for our leading lady this coming Sunday. There is still time if you want to be considered for the role. Come along at 10am on Sunday 10th of June with two songs prepared and ready to audition. We also have junior chorus auditions on Sunday 15th July here at the theatre. Please take a look at our facebook/website pages for more details. (P.S. Don’t forget to grab your ticket for the grandest Panto of them all!)
We are delighted that we have a number of schools coming along to see our show this year and are looking forward to announcing the full cast in the next few weeks. From here on it will be all glitter, feathers and thigh slaps. Just another day in the office!
And this is where I leave you for this week. There will be no more three week gaps between posts and you will be kept up to date with my goings on. Just before I leave you, do have a look at our google street view: https://bit.ly/2sxVTja you can take a tour of the venue, see the art deco interior of the auditorium and also visit the Broadway Suite for inspiration for booking a party!
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu.