Final casting is announced today for the world premiere of MYTHIC, a new pop musical which gets its world premiere at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. The relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter can be sheer Hell - especially if that daughter is a Greek goddess with a taste for the Underworld. MYTHIC, by Marcus Stevens (Book and Lyrics) and Oran Eldor (Music), turns the ancient Greek story of Persephone on its head, with the gods as chart-topping rock stars, power-hungry politicians, and professional VIPs. In a world of Olympian celebrity, Persephone struggles between her mother Demeter’s expectations and a desire to find her own path. But her wish for independence comes back to bite her when she gets trapped in the Hell with Greece’s perennial bad boy, Hades. The journey that follows is an offbeat, emotionally-charged tale for ancient and modern times. MYTHIC plays a strictly limited seven-week season from Monday 1 October - Saturday 25 November. Georgie Westall (Persephone) was a Siren in Myth:The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (The Other Palace), The Wind in the Willows (UK tour and London Palladium), Eugenius! (London Palladium). Genevieve McCarthy (Aphrodite) made her film debut in The Spy Who Dumped Me. MYTHIC marks Genevieve’s professional London debut.Daniella Bowen (Demeter) was Rita in Made in Dagenham, Queens Theatre Hornchurch, Ali, Mamma Mia!, and Christine, The Beautiful Game, at the Union. Her West End credits include Million Dollar Quartet and Dreamboats and Petticoats. Michael Mather (Hades) Michael graduated earlier this year and the role of Hades will mark his professional debut.Tim Oxbrow (Zeus) was Markevitch and 1st cover/played the leading role of Falco in Bat Out of Hell (West End and Toronto), Judas, Jesus Christ Superstar (UK tour), Freddie Trumper, Chess, (Union).The cast also features Eloise Davies, Courtney Brogan Smalley, Jade Marvin, Jamie Ross, Ben Welch, Ben Lancaster.Creative team: Director/Choreographer Sarah O’Gleby, Musical Supervisor Chris Hatt, Musical Director Chris Ma, Designer Lee Newby, Lighting Designer Jamie Platt, Sound Designer Andrew Johnson, Associate Director/Choreographer Michaeljon Slinger Casting Harry Blumenau for Debbie O’Brien Casting.Produced by Steven M. Levy and Vaughan Williams for Charing Cross Theatre Productions.
September 18, 2018
London Musical Theatre Orchestra is proud to announce casting for their forthcoming concert version of Camelot at the London Palladium.Lerner and Loewe’s majestic Camelot, winner of four Tony Awards, returns to the West End for the first time in over thirty years. Packed with some of musical theatre’s best songs, LMTO’s concert version with full orchestra will celebrate the centenary of Alan Jay Lerner’sbirth at the West End’s favourite theatre, the London Palladium.The role of Arthur will be played by Olivier Award-winner David Thaxton (Passion / Les Misérables / Jesus Christ Superstar), Gueneverewill be played by Savannah Stevenson (Wicked / Aspects of Love / Follies), and Lancelot will be played by internationally renowned opera star Charles Rice (Mozart’s Requiem / The Barber of Seville / Candide).Sam Swann (Jekyll & Hyde / Mr Selfridge / Vicious / Wendy & Peter Pan) will play Mordred, Clive Carter (Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again / Oklahoma! / Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert / We Will Rock You / Into the Woods) will play both roles of Pellinore and Merlyn, Nimue will be played by Celinde Schoenmaker (Barnum / The Phantom of the Opera / Les Misérables), Matthew McKenna (Sunset Boulevard / Starlight Express / We Will Rock You / Legally Blonde / The Phantom of the Opera) will play Sir Dinadan, Sir Lionel will be played by Emmanuel Kojo (Girl From the North Country / Show Boat / The Scottsboro Boys), Sir Sagramore will be played by Oliver Savile (Wicked / LMTO’s State Fair / The Phantom Of The Opera) and Raphael Higgins-Humes (Lion King / Motown The Musical / Matilda The Musical) will play Tom of Warwick.The LMTO Chorus includes: Jake Byrom, Elissa Churchill, Charlotte Clitherow, Ed Court, Emma Fraser, Lee van Geelen, Erin Hair, Daniel Hall, Adam Hepworth, Matthew McDonald, Emma Oliver, Cameron Potts, Lydia Shaw, Rosie Williamson, Lizzie Wofford and Thomas Wright.The London Musical Theatre Orchestra is conducted by founder Freddie Tapner, who said: “I’m extraordinarily excited to have this sensational cast join LMTO at the London Palladium for Camelot, led by Olivier Award-winner David Thaxton and Savannah Stevenson. I’m particularly thrilled to introduce opera star, Charles Rice, to musical theatre fans – I know you’ll fall in love with his voice, just as we did at LMTO HQ when we found him. Camelot hasn’t been seen in the West End for 30 years, and we can’t wait to share this glorious score with you on Saturday 6th October.”Tickets for Camelot are on sale now.This much-loved musical brings the legend of King Arthur to vivid life with an extraordinary score and book based on T.H. White’snovel The Once and Future King. When Guenevere falls for Lancelot, one of the Knights of the Round Table, Arthur’s loyalties and beliefs are tested, and the fate of his beloved Camelot hangs in the balance.Camelot includes the songs “If Ever I Would Leave You”, “How To Handle A Woman”, “The Lusty Month of May” and “Camelot”.
September 18, 2018
Search teams have recovered the body of a 1-year-old North Carolina boy who was swept away in rushing floodwaters from Hurricane Florence Sunday evening (Sep. 16).Kaiden Lee-Welch was declared “missing” Sunday night, and after an hours-long search, his body was found Monday morning not far from where he and his mother encountered floodwaters in the small town of Marshville, NC.Here’s what you need to know:Kaiden Lee-Welch’s mother, Dazia Lee, said she drove around a barricade and lost control of her car after encountering floodwaters.?Dazia Lee was driving along North Carolina Highway 218 with her 14-month-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch, to visit family when they arrived at a barricade around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night (Sep. 16).Officials said Lee drove around a barricade that was blocking off a flooded road in the small town of Marshville (about an hour outside of Charlotte), and lost control of her car after the floodwaters took the vehicle and pushed it into a tree.Lee later told officials that she drove around the barricade because it was slightly tilted to the side, and she thought the road was safe for travel.Lee was able to free her son from his car seat, and they both got out of the car, but she lost her grip in the rough waters.“I was hydroplaning. I was trying to do everything I could and it got worse when water gets in your car. You start to panic, you start to freak, you think you’re sinking fast. Everything just happened too fast,” Lee .“When [the] water came in I was trying to calm my son. He was confused, that’s all he was. He was just confused but I told him it’s okay, don’t panic, even though I was panicking, I told him don’t panic,” Lee said.“I was holding his hand, trying to hold him, trying to pull him up,” . “I couldn’t hold on anymore, and he let go.”The 1-year-old was swept away in the rushing waters of Richardson Creek.Paramedics on the scene also had to be rescued when their ambulance got caught in the floodwaters.Kaiden’s body was found in about 10 feet of water. He was pinned between the car’s front bumper and a tree.After losing control of her car and witnessing her baby being swept away in Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters, Dazia Lee was rescued and taken to the hospital.Rescue teams spent several hours searching for the baby boy Sunday night, but Kaiden was nowhere to be found. They called off the search to wait for daylight.Dive teams were sent out Monday morning, and that’s when they found the boy’s lifeless body near a flooded soybean field, not too far from the car, .Officials said Kaiden’s body was found pinned between the car’s front bumper and a tree in about 10 feet of water.Kaiden was Dazia Lee’s only child, who she described as “the sweetest boy you could ever have.”?Sadly, Kaiden Lee-Welch was Dazia’s Lee only child. “He had really changed my life,” Lee . “He’s my only child and now he’s gone.”Lee told NBC Charlotte she would never put her child in harm’s way, but because she’s not from that area, and the barricade wasn’t in the road as it should have been, she had no idea the danger that lied ahead.“I was about to detour, but I stopped. I saw cars coming in and out, so I thought it was safe,” Lee said, holding back tears. Lee said she was driving on that road to bring Kaiden to visit his great-grandmother.“She was a stranger to the area, driving to just be with her family,” the Sheriff said. “Her car got caught in the water and was forced onto an open field.”Lee said Sunday night is a night she never wants to talk about again. “All I know is I’ve been traumatized, I’ve been through so much. There’s no more that I can take,” she said.“He’s the sweetest boy you could ever have,” Lee choked through tears to FOX 46. “I did everything I could from the moment I was pregnant to the moment I lost him.” is a post from:
September 18, 2018
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Vontae Davis raised a lot of eyebrows with his bizarre halftime during Sunday’s (Sep. 16) game against the Los Angeles Chargers, which ended in a 31-20 loss.30-year-old Davis, who signed with the Bills this offseason and was inactive for Week 1, reportedly “put on his street clothes” during halftime, “said he was quitting and left the stadium,” ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen wrote on Twitter, responding to this tweet from Buffalo Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak: “[Bills Linebacker] Lorenzo Alexander says he was told at start of second half that Vontae Davis quit and retired.”Word is Vontae Davis put on his street clothes at half, said he was quitting and left the stadium, per another source — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) In a post-game interview with SportsCenter, Lorenzo Alexander said Davis’ quitting in the middle of the game (which they ended up losing) was “completely disrespectful to all of his teammates.” Alexander added, “[Davis] didn’t say nothing to nobody. You know as much as I know. I know I found out going into the second half of the game. He said he was not coming out, he retired.”Buffalo CB Vontae Davis apparently retired at halftime during the Chargers-Bills game Sunday."He said he's not coming out. He retired…"—Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) Hours after his abrupt exit, Davis released a statement via the NFL’s official Twitter account.“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” he wrote. “But today on the field, reality hit me and hard. I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”Davis said he didn’t mean to disrespect his teammates and coaches—some of whom took it as disrespect.“I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level,” he wrote. “But physically, I know today that isn’t possible and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn’t feel right, and I told the coaches, ‘I’m not feeling like myself.’”Bils coach Sean McDermott was just as confused as everyone else. “[He] pulled himself out of the game. He communicated to us that he was done,” McDermott told reporters.Bills Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams said he’s never experienced something like this before. “I think the only thing to say is he’s where he needs to be right now,” Williams said. Asked where that was, he responded: “That’s not here, point blank and simple.”Read Vontae Davis’ full statement on his retirement below:Official statement from CB . — NFL (@NFL) is a post from:
September 18, 2018
It sounds like Atlanta radio personality Wanda Smith’s husband was not amused by Katt Williams’ epic roast of his wife on the radio the other day.According to reports, the husband of the “Frank and Wanda in the Morning” co-host at a comedy show in ATL Saturday night (Sep. 15).The internet was treated to a hilarious exchange between Katt Williams and Wanda Smith, in which Williams cracked a number of jokes about Smith’s weight, her wig, and her cooking skills.Katt was apparently there for an interview, but it turned into a brutal roasting session when Smith defended comedic actress Tiffany Haddish after Williams said Haddish wasn’t really that funny, and her fame was because “she wanna sleep with a white man.”Video clips of the tense back-and-forth between Williams and Smith went viral on social media Friday, garnering millions of views in less than 24 hours.The following evening, outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, GeorgiaSmith’s husband, LaMorris Williams, confronted Katt about the many digs he took at his wife, and even allegedly went as far as threatening him with a gun.:LaMorris introduced himself to Williams as Smith’s husband, according to witnesses. Williams was in the club to support fellow comedian Red Grant who performed that night.LaMorris, who was accompanied by the couple’s sons, didn’t open fire on the comedian, but Gwinnett police responded to the club and took a statement from Williams. LaMorris was gone by the time police arrived.When interviewed by police, Sellers said that Williams had a verbal fight with Smith, and Williams “indicated he wanted to fight,” according to the police report. Sellers reportedly approached Williams and chased him into the parking lot of the Food Depot, then turned back to the Atlanta Comedy Club.Sellers admitted to having a gun, however, he said he never pulled it out on Williams. He said the gun simply fell from his waistband while he was chasing Williams. Sellers denied pointing a gun at anyone.Police said no independent witnesses came forward to corroborate Williams or Seller’s account of events. Surveillance video from the Food Depot showed Sellers chasing Williams into the store, but didn’t show Sellers holding a gun, police said.The Atlanta Comedy Theater has surveillance cameras, but they weren’t accessible at the time the police report was filed. Williams told police that he didn’t want to press any charges over the incident, but if the club’s cameras showed any crimes were committed, charges could be filed.Wanda recalled the weekend’s events Monday morning (Sep. 17) on the radio, and said that Katt wasn’t even supposed to be doing an interview with them Friday. She said she and Frank were interviewing Red Grant from “Leprechaun in the Hood” when they heard Katt was in the building, and Wanda convinced him to come into the studio.Smith said this was her first time meeting him, and she respected him as a big-time comic. She said she was shocked, however, when the comedian started going in on her.“I am not playing victim,” . “I am not a jokester like that. I don’t know how to do that. He did it. He won. It threw me off.”Atlanta Comedy Theater owner Gary Abdo said he was in the V-103 studio when the exchange between Smith and Williams went down and said it was really tense between them. The interview led to Saturday night at the comedy club, where Smith is a regular host.Smith said when Williams saw her outside the club, he walked up to her and said, “I told you f****n’ with me will make you go viral!” She said that’s when her husband got upset, but she couldn’t go into details on air for legal reasons.Some V-103 listeners supported Smith, saying Williams’ behavior was inappropriate. “You invited hatred in,” one caller said. “He did not come in love. You guys were the portal.”Others, however, said that as a fellow comic, Smith should be able to handle the jokes. Another caller said she “can dish it but can’t take it.”Ski defended himself for not ending the interview early because, at the time, he didn’t think anything was wrong. “I just see two comedians going back and forth,” Ski said. “I’m okay,” Smith said. is a post from:
September 17, 2018
One of the most beautiful and historical theatres in London’s West End is the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and perfect for the ultimate musical spectacle. Therefore 42nd Street, the 1980 Broadway hit with a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble based on the 1933 hit Warner Bros film with music and lyrics by Henry Warren and Al Dubin, should be a perfect fit.Young Peggy Sawyer is fresh off the bus from small-town America and just another face in the chorus line on Broadway’s newest show ‘Pretty Lady’. But when the leading lady Dorothy Brock gets injured, Peggy might just have the shot at stardom she’s always dreamed of.Having previously seen it over a year ago and been blown away by the uniformity of the ensemble, I couldn’t wait to see this new cast change. 42nd Street has some consistently good areas: Mark Bramble’s direction and Randy Skinner’s choreography ensure the show looks on point, making the most of the huge Grade 1 listed, 2,196 seat theatre. Peter Mumford’s attention to detail with his lighting design literally shone through, with Douglas W. Schmidt’s set design and Roger Kirk’s costume design perfectly complementing the show. However, there were things that surprised me about the performance I saw. From a tap show that prides itself for its energy and consistency the show I saw came in two halves - act one and act two being completely different shows. The overall energy on stage for Act One was lack luster and unimpressive. A spectacle of this caliber should hit you from all angles and knock you sideways, but unfortunately the first Act did quite the opposite. The orchestra, eloquently conducted by Musical Director Jae Alexander, didn’t quite hit and felt underwhelming. For such a dance heavy show too, the energy from most of the ensemble was lacking: most notably in the kicks and arms, often creating messy lines. ‘Go Into Your Dance’ was one of the few saving graces of this Act. Act Two was a complete contrast. Much to the audience’s amusement, Tom Lister made a brilliant mistake with the line ‘Without a star, there’s no show’ by accidentally saying ‘Without a show, there is no star’, and this comment almost propelled the show into a new vibrancy and exciting energy. ‘Lullaby of Broadway’ was when this new lease of life truly showed, and by the finale I finally had my pulse racing - however for a show like this it was unacceptably late in the show. It was a shame too that the final numbers were the only times in the show that the orchestra fully filled the auditorium. Despite this act being much stronger, a couple of the ensemble members were still under-energized. I noticed lazy pliés from several ensemble members which is surprising given how competitive the industry is. It’s also sad to watch because it undermines the ensemble members giving everything into each move.Tom Lister as Julian Marsh was my stand out of the evening. Tom gave anexceptional performance, with a silky smooth, effortless voice that made me feel completely at ease and relaxed. He had the perfect level of charm mixed with authority to keep the piece alive, and his rendition of 42nd Street at the end was my favourite vocal moment of the evening. Ashley Day was a strong Billy Lawlor, giving confident vocals throughout and oozing charm at every moment. His dancing was sublime and always lifted the stage whenever he came on. Clare Halse gave a solid performance as Peggy Sawyer, giving bundles of enthusiasm to everything, and effortlessly gliding across the stage. Although her singing wasn’t as strong as the part suggested Peggy’s voice was, her tap and acting more than made up for it.Bonnie Langford as Dorothy Brock gave a good acting performance although it felt like she didn’t have as much fun with the role as she could have had. Her singing sadly missed the mark in the first Act with the high notes not sounding comfortable. That said her duet ‘About a Quarter to Nine’ with Clare Halse in Act Two was my highlight for her, and Dorothy Brock’s kind side came more comfortably to Bonnie.Jasna Ivir gave a great characterization to Maggie Jones, bringing solid comic relief with Tom Partridge (understudying Bert Barry). While Jasna had good timing and consistent vocals, sadly her accent when speaking the lines flitted regularly between an English and American accent. Emma Caffrey as Annie was another notable mention, with strong dancing and good energy, if not over-doing it on occasions.Ultimately, I felt watching 42nd Street that the show was flat, but it took a funny moment from Tom Lister to break the curse and lift the show to where it should be. For someone coming to see and expecting a big spectacle, I came away disappointed and felt like I’d been given a 70% performance.Review by Adam YorkeRating: ★★★Seat: H25 Royal Circle | Price of Ticket: £75
September 17, 2018