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Musicals Coming to Birmingham Theatres - Spring/Summer 2014

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Published January 7th 2014
Get on song with some of the world's best musicals
Musicals Coming to Birmingham Theatres - Spring/Summer 2014

There's nothing like a big show to bring the razzmatazz of show-business alive... and none more so than a musical.

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Stunning choreography in West Side Story


Theatres across Birmingham and further afield are bracing themselves for a whirlwind of top musicals in the early part of 2014 from West Side Story to Rock of Ages and Singin' in the Rain.

So kick up your heels, do the jazz hands and break into song as here's some of the highlights to look forward to.

Blood Brothers
Malvern Theatres - January 13 - 25

A gripping, earthy musical addressing money, class and the opportunities people get in life, Blood Brothers is a show that will stay with you long after you have left the theatre.

Blood Brothers
Blood Brothers is a hard-hitting musical


Written by famed writer Willy Russell, this musical won four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.

This mesmerising story is set in Liverpool as twin boys are separated at birth. Growing up in very different circumstances, they are later reunited, which brings about devastating results. Songs includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.

This production stars Maureen Nolan of the Nolan Sisters.

BLOOD BROTHERS
MALVERN THEATRES
GRANGE ROAD, MALVERN
January 13 - 25
Tickets cost £26.88 - £34.72 from Malvern Theatres website or by calling 01684 892277.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
New Alexandra Theatre - February 3 - 8

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is the all-American musical with catchy songs, show-stopping dance routines and a whole lot of love. Well, seven romances as the title suggests.

It's far from a classic love story though...

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The colourful all-dancing, all-singing musical extravaganza of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers comes to Birmingham


Set in 1850s Oregon, the story follows Adam, the eldest of seven brothers living on an isolated farm, high up in the mountains. He ventures into the nearby town to get himself a wife and ends up winning the affections and hand of good-hearted Milly.

Taking romantic Milly home, she comes to learn that he has six other younger, rowdy brothers, and sets about refining them into gentleman that can woo their own brides.

However, Adam influences his brothers to kidnap the women they want from the town in the middle of the night and then set off an avalanche, which traps them all together at the mountain-top farm until the snow melts and their families can reach them. But angry Milly intervenes, barring them from their home and the women to teach the brothers a lesson in what love is really about.

Along the way there are timeless songs including Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Sobbin' Women and When You're In Love.

This production stars Dancing on Ice Champion Sam Attwater (formerly Ricky in Hollyoaks) and Helena Blackman, runner-up in BBC1's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?. It also features two new songs and updated choreography by acclaimed Broadway director and choreographer Patti Colombo, who was described as "one of the finest musical-comedy choregraphers in the business" by the Wall Street Journal.

SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
February 3 - 8
Tickets cost £17.90 - £48.90 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Rent in Concert
New Alexandra Theatre - February 14

Celebrating 20 years since the first staged performance of musical Rent, Broadway star Kerry Ellis returns to the role of Mimi in this concert version of the show.

Rent in Concert


Music from Tony Award winning musical Rent will be performed for one night only in Birmingham.

Set in the East Village of New York City, Rent is about falling in love and living for the moment. It is based loosely on Puccini's famous opera La Boheme. The show follows a year in the life of a group of friends struggling to make it in the big city under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Rent songs range form Seasons of Love to Out Tonight, Without You, Will I and Finale B. It was such a success on Broadway that after a 12-year run of 5,124 performances, it grossed over $280 million.

RENT IN CONCERT
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION ROAD, BIRMINGHAM
February 14
Tickets cost £27.40 - £38.90 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Tonight's The Night
New Alexandra Theatre - February 24 - March 1

Fans of Rod Stewart - this is the musical for you.

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Rod Stewart's music is the soundrack to musical Tonight's The Night


Tonight's The Night is a comedy featuring the songs of Rod Stewart, which comes to Birmingham after a successful stint in London's West End.

The show may be set on the mean streets of Detroit and in the glamorous clubs of uptown LA, but the soundtrack is pure Rod. There's hits including Maggie May, Jane, Hot Legs and Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

The music alone is sure to get people on their feet but the story has been penned by award-winning writer and comedian Ben Elton, who also wrote the book for Queen musical We Will Rock You.

It follows a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams... until one night he strikes a deal with the devil and trades his sould for Rod's.

This production stars former Sugababes singer Jade Ewen and Michael McKell, who is best known for playing Dr Nick West in TV drama Doctors.

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
February 24 - March 1
Tickets cost £12.90 - £50.90 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Fiddler on the Roof
Birmingham Hippodrome - March 11 - 15

The lead role in this famous musical may look familiar to children of the 1980s as it is Paul Michael Glaser, of Starsky & Hutch fame.

Fiddler on the Roof
Fiddler on the Roof stars Paul Michael Glaser


Choreographed by Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood, this well-loved musical has timeless songs and sentimental dance routines.

Paul Michael Glaser, who was Starsky in the TV series Starsky & Hutch, takes on the lead role of Tevye, a Jewish milkman in the village of Anatevka. Despite being a traditionalist, his headstrong daughters have other ideas about who they love.

Set during the Russian attacks on Jewish communities, there is also a poignant side to this musical. Songs include If I Were a Rich Man, Sunrise Sunset and To Life.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
HURST STREET, BIRMINGHAM
March 11 - 15
Tickets cost £15 to £37 from Birmingham Hippodrome website or by calling 0844 338 5000.

Let It Be
New Alexandra Theatre - March 17 - 22

When you find yourself in times of trouble... try this music-packed show about the Beatles to cheer you up.

Let It Be
Let It Be musical brings the music of the Beatles to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre


This show about Britain's most famous band is on tour from the West End and features more than 40 of The Beatles' greatest hits.

Let It Be is all about the music and celebrating the legacy of the Fab Four as the audience is taken on a journey from Liverpool's Cavern Club to Beatlemania.

The show includes live performances of the Beatles' early tracks including Twist and Shout, She Loves You and Drive My Car through to their most popular hits of Yesterday, Hey Jude and Come Together.

LET IT BE
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
March 17 - 22
Tickets cost £16.90 - £41.40 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Singin' in the Rain
Birmingham Hippodrome - March 18 - April 5

The iconic Hollywood movie starring Gene Kelly is in the top 10 of all-time best musicals, and now audiences have the chance to see the stage version with the famous dance sequences - plus 12,000 litres of water.

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Good mornin' to Singin' in the Rain as it comes to Birmingham Hippodrome


There are plenty of high-energy dance routines in this charming story of love and the start of talking films in Hollywood, which isn't such a great thing for actors whose voices aren't up to it.

With songs including Good Morning, Make 'em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin' in the Rain, the show stars former Steps singer Faye Tozer as manipulative Lina Lamont.

James Leece plays the hero Don Lockwood who is in love with up and coming star Kathy Selden, who has been forced to "ghost sing" for Lina.

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
HURST STREET, BIRMINGHAM
March 18 - April 5
Tickets cost £16 to £45 from Birmingham Hippodrome website or by calling 0844 338 5000.

Dreamboats and Petticoats
New Alexandra Theatre - March 24 - 29

Dreamboats and Petticoats is inspired by the smash-hit million selling album of the same name and features classic tracks from 1950s musical heroes Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran and Billy Fury.

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Dreamboats and Petticoats features music from the 1950s


Direct from his celebrated West End run, this show stars special guest Mark Wynter, who performs hits Venus in Blue Jeans, Go Away Little Girl and It's Almost Tomorrow for the first time on tour in over 50 years.

The story is set In 1961 when emotions run high as musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition. However, they get distracted by the gorgeous Sue.

DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
March 24 - 29
Tickets cost £16.90 - £41.40 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

West Side Story
New Alexandra Theatre - April 1 - 19

The ultimate musical comes to Birmingham, so bring on the Sharks and the Jets for this cool, classic re-telling of Romeo and Juliet in 1950s USA.

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West Side Story is the sensational smash hit musical of the season coming to Birmingham


Decades on and Leonard Bernstein's unforgettable score still sends a shiver of delight down the spine. But it's not just the fantastic songs and dance sequences that make West Side Story so special, it's the clever adaptation of Romeo and Juliet into gangland New York in the 1950s.

Leading the talented new cast is Katie Hall as Maria and Louis Maskell as her star-crossed lover Tony, who fall in love despite being from very different backgrounds.

Jerome Robbins' ground-breaking full, original choreography is used in this production, so fans of the award-winning film will not be disappointed.

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West Side Story comes to Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre.


Billed as the No. 1 Greatest Musical of All Time, this show features unforgettable songs include Maria, Tonight, and I Feel Pretty.

WEST SIDE STORY
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
April 1 - 19
Tickets cost £17.90 - £63.90 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Evita
Birmingham Hippodrome - April 8 - 19
Malvern Theatres - May 6 - 10

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical charting the life of Argentina's first lady Eva Peron stars Wet Wet Wet heart-throb Marti Pellow.

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Marti Pellow stars in Evita


In Evita, the audience is side by side with Eva as she climbs society from lowly beginnings to become the wife of Argentinian leader Juan Peron.

Renowned songs from the musical include Don't Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars, You Must Love Me, and Another Suitcase in Another Hall.

Pellow takes on the role of Che, who shadows Eva and reflects the voice of the Argentine people. Fans have two bites of the cherry to catch Evita as during its tour in the Midlands, the show stops off at Birmingham Hippodrome and also Malvern Theatres.

EVITA
BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
HURST STREET, BIRMINGHAM - April 8 - 19
Tickets cost £13 to £39.50 from Birmingham Hippodrome website.

MALVERN THEATRES
GRANGE ROAD, MALVERN - May 6 - 10
Tickets cost £28 to £44.24 from Malvern Theatres website or by calling 01684 892277.

20th Century Boy
New Alexandra Theatre - April 28 - May 3

20th Century Boy is a brand new show inspired by the life of Marc Bolan, the frontman of rock band T.Rex.

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Marc Bolan's life played out in musical 20th Century Boy


This show can be tearful at times as it explores the singer's life nearly four decades after his death.

It features some of his greatest works including, of course, the song 20th Century Boy.

20TH CENTURY BOY
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
April 28 - May 3
Tickets cost £12.90 - £33.40 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.

Rock of Ages
New Alexandra Theatre - May 12 - May 17

If you think musicals are always sugar-coated, saccharin, romantic song affairs, then here's a show to prove you wrong.

Rock of Ages


Combining comedy with soft rock anthems, Rock of Ages is a musical with rock'n'roll soul - plus an '80s guitar riff.

A hit on Broadway and in London's West End, as well as on the silver screen with a recent adaptation starring Tom Cruise, this musical features more than 30 "eyebrow scorching" tunes from some of the most iconic 1980s rock bands. Hits include Journey's Don't Stop Believing', Starships' We Built This City and Europe's The Final Countdown.

ROCK OF AGES
NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE
STATION STREET, BIRMINGHAM
May 12 - 17
Tickets cost £12.90 - £41.40 from New Alexandra Theatre website or by calling 0844 871 3011.
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Why? Cheer yourself up with a good musical
When: From January to May
Phone: 01684 892277
Where: Various theatres across and near Birmingham
Cost: Various prices starting at £12.90
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