The Garden Theatre at The Eagle to Present Open Air Production of NEXT THING YOU KNOW

The production will run Tuesday 20 – Saturday 31 October.

The Garden Theatre at The Eagle to Present Open Air Production of NEXT THING YOU KNOW

The Garden Theatre at The Eagle will present an open air production of Next Thing You Know featuring a book Ryan Cunningham, music and Lyrics by Joshua Salzman, and directed by Robert McWhir.

Next Thing You Know’, hailed by The New York Times as “‘Rent’ for this generation”, follows the story of four New Yorkers as they laugh, love and drink their way through the big questions that face all young dreamers who wake up in the city that never sleeps:

Does marrying a really nice guy mean you’re settling down or just settling?

Does taking a 9-to-5 equal giving up or growing up?

Does a decade in the city break you down or break you in?

‘Next Thing You Know’, Book by Ryan Cunningham and Music and Lyrics by Joshua Salzman, looks at a time in life where one day you wake up, and instead of a hangover, you have a job. Instead of a fling, you have a live-in girlfriend. And instead of na├»ve dreams, you have reality.

‘Next Thing You Know’ will be the third musical following the critically acclaimed ‘Fanny and Stella’ and ‘Pippin’ at the new open-air Garden Theatre at The Eagle, 349 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5QY.

It will run from Tuesday 20 October – Saturday 31 October.

Cast:

Amelia Atherton (Lisa) is a 2020 graduate of Preparation Academy (PPA), gaining a BA (Hons) Performance in Musical Theatre. Her roles in training include The Lady of the Lake in ‘Monty Python’s Spamalot’.

Bessy Ewa (Waverley) graduated this year from Arts Educational Schools in Musical Theatre. Her roles in training include Ms Luckenbill in ‘Freaky Friday’ and Serena in ‘Legally Blonde’.

Calum Henderson (Luke) is a 2020 graduate of Guildford School of Acting, BA (Hons) Musical Theatre. His roles in training include Sebastian in ‘Disney’s The Little Mermaid’. As a child actor he appeared in the West End as Artful Dodger in ‘Oliver!’ and Bruce in ‘Matilda’.

Nathan Shaw (Darren) trained at Performance Preparation Academy (PPA) and graduated this year with a BA (Hons) Musical Theatre. His roles in training include Frederick Trumper (The American) in ‘Chess’.

Creative team:
Director Robert McWhir
Musical Director Aaron Clingham
Choreographer William Spencer
Designer David Shields
Lighting Richard Lambert
Casting by Anne Vosser

It is produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions with Liam Gartland & Alice Croft for The Grad Fest

Please note:
face masks or coverings must be worn throughout the performance by socially-distanced audience members.

Ryan Cunningham (Book)
Joshua Salzman (Music and Lyrics)

Joshua Salzman and Ryan Cunningham are Jonathan Larson Award winners as well as Drama Desk and MAC Award-nominated writers. Their Off-Broadway musical, ‘I Love You Because’, was in the NAMT Festival of New Musicals and has been produced all over the world in five languages. ‘Next Thing You Know’, has been produced at CAP 21 in New York, across America and in Europe. Their musical ‘The Legend of New York’ was an

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Sue Kelvin Performs BETTE MIDLER AND ME at The Garden Theatre at The Eagle

Performances take place from Tuesday 3 November.

“When I’m on stage – it’s a party!” quipped Bette Midler. So come join the party as West End star and leading lady Sue Kelvin takes a roller-coaster ride through the Divine Bette Midler’s fabulous career.

‘Bette Midler and Me’, which opens at The Garden Theatre at The Eagle (now with outdoor heating), 349 Kennington Lane London SE11 5QY (nearest tube/train: Vauxhall) from Tuesday 3 November, explores how Bette Midler inspired Sue to don seven-inch platform shoes, and become a musical diva herself!

All of Bette’s biggest hits are in the show, including ‘From a Distance’ ‘The Rose’, ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, ‘I’m A Woman’, ‘Chapel of Love’, ‘The Glory of Love’, ‘I Think it’s Gonna Rain Today’, ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ and ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.

The show also features highlights from famous Midler comedy routines, and an outrageous three-minute puppet version of her cult-hit tear-jerker movie, ‘Beaches’. What could be more divine?

In a successful career, Sue’s many West End starring roles include Madame Morrible in ‘Wicked’, Golde in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Mama Morton in ‘Chicago’, Madame Thenardier in ‘Les Miserables’ Emma Goldman in ‘Assassins’ and, most recently, Grandma Gellman in ‘Caroline or Change’. She also appeared at The National Theatre as Eunice in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ alongside Glenn Close, at the Gielgud Theatre as Louise in ‘Private Lives’ with Toby Stephens, and at the Novello Theatre as Dimitra in ‘Onassis’ opposite Robert Lindsay. As well as her work as an actress, Sue regularly performs as a jazz and cabaret singer.

There are two press nights:
Thursday 5 November at 7pm
and Friday 6 November at 6.30pm

Sue is supported by actress and singer Jessie May.

The arrangements for the show are by Tony Award winning musical director Sarah Travis (‘Sweeney Todd’, 2006). She has musical directed West End and regional productions including: ‘Mack and Mabel’, ‘The Gondoliers’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘Legally Blonde’, as well as Craig Revel Horwood’s productions of ‘Chess’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and ‘Sister Act’ .

Creative team: Writer Chris Burgess. Original Director Paul Foster. Musical Arrangements Sarah Travis. Original Choreography Matthew Cole.

Chris Burgess (writer) has written many plays, musicals and shows – many about or featuring ‘divas’ including ‘Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand’ (New End), ‘Faith Brown & Her Boys in the Buff ‘(The Pleasance), and a national tour of ‘Lunch with Marlene and Noel’ starring Kate O’Mara as Dietrich.

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PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

An exciting new production of the Broadway musical about a prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle

BWW Review: PIPPIN, The Garden Theatre At The EagleAfter launching this summer with the sold-out musical Fanny and Stella, The Garden Theatre at The Eagle presents a new production of the popular musical Pippin. This is a socially distanced, outdoor production produced by Peter Bull for LAMBCO Productions.

Pippin originated on Broadway in 1972, famously directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music/lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O Hirson. The Garden Theatre production uses the 1998 new ending by Mitch Sebastian.

The much-loved musical tells the tale of a young prince learning the true meaning of glory, love and war. Pippin is a coming-of-age story with a message that true happiness isn’t found through success and ambition, but rather in the simple and ordinary. However, the real draw of this show has always been its catchy 70s-inspired music.

This production is significantly smaller than originally conceived, with a stripped-down cast of six, all whom are seasoned West End performers. Ryan Anderson as Pippin is exceptional and his rendition of the famous “Corner of the Sky” number does not disappoint. His voice is effortless, his dancing captivating and his acting is raw and honest.

Joanne Clifton is also a standout, playing Fastrada/Bertha with flawless comic timing and leaving the audience awestruck by her dancing. The cast also includes Tsemaye Bob-Egbe, Tanisha-Mae Brown, Harry Francis and Dan Krikler.

Designer David Shields and director Steven Dexter have done a wonderful job of turning the Garden Theatre into a sort of hippie commune. The audience are seated in traverse, under a makeshift tent. The actors are dressed as bohemian flower children, which altogether creates an atmosphere of watching a travelling circus troupe put on a show.

The only element that doesn’t seem to fit is the cast using American accents. Pippin’s magical world, created by this motley crew, feels like it shouldn’t call for a particular accent, and therefore the cast speaking with their natural voices would have felt much more authentic and in tune with the environment.

Nick Winston’s choreography still manages to wow us, despite the space restrictions. We can see Fosse’s original iconic choreography but adapted for this unique setting, and with Winston’s individual stamp.

In all, this smaller-scale production of a Broadway and West End favourite is still filled to the brim with light, colour and energy.

Pippin is running at The Garden Theatre until 11 October

Photo Credit: Bonnie Britain

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