……BY BILLY SUTER……
ANOTHER free live-stream of top London theatre has been scheduled –The Show Must Go On! Live at the Palace Theatre, featuring excerpts from a dozen or so West End stage productions, will be aired from 6pm South African time on June 6 (7pm UK time).
The free streaming on The Shows Must Go On’s YouTube channel will feature highlights from musicals including Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical and Come From Away, among others.
The Shows Must Go On’s YouTube channel previously offered free streams of Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
The latest event, to be co-hosted by Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton) and Bonnie Langford (9 to 5 the Musical), will be filmed by National Theatre Live and be made available for seven days. While streamings are free, donations are encouraged, all profits going to charity.
According to a Playbill report, stars of the new show will include Zizi Strallen of Mary Poppins, Aisha Jawando of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Alice Fearn of Come From Away, Olly Dobson of Back to the Future The Musical, and Aimie Atkinson of Pretty Woman The Musical.
Playbill notes that other artists scheduled to take part in the celebration include Sharan Phull (Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), Marcus Harman (Dear Evan Hansen), Jordan Luke Gage (& Juliet), Laura Pick (Wicked), Mazz Murray (Mamma Mia!) and John Owen Jones (Les Misérables).
Playbill further announces that the show will offer duets by Dom Simpson and Tom Xander (The Book of Mormon), Kayi Ushe and Janique Charles (The Lion King), Christine Allado and Alexia Khadime (The Prince of Egypt), and Lucy St Louis and Rhys Whitfield (The Phantom of the Opera).
Cast members of the musicals Hamilton, Six and Matilda the Musical are also on the programme, judging by the channel’s trailer, and Playbill reports that a 16-voice choir comprising recent musical theatre graduates will also perform.
Still on the theatre scene, the film versions of the widely acclaimed musical successes, Dear Evan Hansen and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, are scheduled for September.
Dear Evan Hansen, starring original cast member Ben Platt in the title role of a troubled teenager who finds a lie changing his life, is headed for cinemas on September 24, while Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, about a Sheffield teenager who dreams of life as a drag queen, is scheduled to launch on Amazon Prime Video on September 17.
Also note that the movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning In the Heights musical, about residents of the Washington Heights neighbourhood of Manhattan, is scheduled for a June 18 release, while Steven Spielberg’s eagerly anticipated remake of the classic West Side Story is scheduled for global release on December 10.