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Take a look below at some of the biggest news in West End theatre this week!

Casting Announced for MJ the Musical

The hugely anticipated musical MJ the Musical is opening in March and the full cast list has just been announced.

As previously confirmed, Myles Frost, who originated the role of Michael Jackson in New York and for which he won the Tony Award® for Best Actor in a Musical, will bring his star-making performance to the West End.

He will be joined by Ashley Zhangazha as Joseph Jackson / Rob, Mitchell Zhangazha as Michael, Philippa Stefani as Rachel, Phebe Edwards as Katherine Jackson / Kate, Matt Mills as Berry Gordy / Nick, Rohan Pinnock-Hamilton as Tito Jackson / Quincy Jones, Matt Gonsalves as Alejandro, Jon Tsouras as Dave, Kieran Alleyne as MJ Alternate & Standby for Michael, Kwamé Kandekore Standby for MJ & Michael.

The full cast will include Derek Aidoo, Morgan Baulch, Milan Cacacie, Spencer Darlaston-Jones, Hanna Dimtsu, Aden Dzuda, Marie Finlayson, Christopher Gopaul, Kalisha Johnson, Grace Kanyamibwa, Travis Kerry, Dianté Lodge, Simeon Montague, George Ross, Lydia Sterling, Toyan Thomas-Browne, Taylor Walker, Charlotte-Kate Warren and Tavio Wright.

MJ will also introduce Jaydon Eastman, Elliot Mugume, Ethan Sokontwe, and Dylan Trigger as Little Michael, Cristiano Cuino, Sekhani Dumezweni, Khanya Madaka, and Aidan Oti as Little Marlon.

MJ the Musical offers a rare insight into the creative and collaborative spirit that catapulted Michael Jackson to his legendary status. The musical takes place in the rehearsal rooms of the 1992 Dangerous World Tour and features all of the iconic hits that made the tour one of the best of all time.

MJ the musical opens at the Prince Edward Theatre on 6th March 2024. Keep an eye out for further announcements!

Casting Announced for Next to Normal

The critically acclaimed musical Next to Normal made its long-awaited UK premiere last year at the Donmar Warehouse where it played to sold-out audiences every night. The show is now transferring to the West End this Summer for a strictly limited run.

The musical explores themes of family, illness, loss, and grief told through powerful rock music. The full cast for the West End run has just been announced and all the company previously starred in the run at the Donmar. The cast includes Caissie Levy (Frozen) as Diana Goodman, Trevor Dion Nicholas (Hamilton) as Dr Madden/Dr Fine, Jack Ofrecio (From Here to Eternity) as Henry, WhatsOnStage Award winner Jamie Parker (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) as Dan, Jack Wolfe (Shadow and Bone) as Gabe and Worthington-Cox (The Secret Life of Bees) as Natalie. All of the company also starred in the Donmar run.

Next to Normal opens at the Wyndham’s Theatre on 18th June 2024 where is will run for 14 weeks.

Cruel Intentions Musical First Look

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The first production images have been released for the London premiere of Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical.

Based on the 1999 cult classic by Roger Kumble, this musical version received brilliant reviews during its Edinburgh Fringe run in 2019.

The musical stars Josh Barnett (Newsies) as Blaine Tuttle/Court Reynolds, Daniel Bravo (Witness For The Prosecution) as Sebastian Valmont, Jess Buckby (42nd Street) as Mrs Bunny Caldwell/Dr Greenbaum, Abbie Budden (PeterPan) as Annette Hargrove, Rose Galbraith (Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends) as Cecile Caldwell/Marci Greenbaum, Nickcolia King-N’Da (Caucasian Chalk Circle) as Ronald Clifford, Rhianne-Louise McCaulsky (Six) as Kathryn Merteuil and Barney Wilkinson (Bonnie and Clyde)as Greg.

Cruel Intentions is currently playing at the Other Palace Theatre in Victoria. Book your Cruel Intentions tickets now.

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