Extensions and Closures in the Capital
Three shows have announced changes to their booking periods recently, with Jersey Boys and In The Heights adding new dates at the Piccadilly Theatre and King’s Cross Theatre respectively. Meanwhile, McQueen, which opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in August, is set to close in mid-October instead of the planned November end-date.
Jersey Boys is the hit musical that chronicles the rise of the band Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons. The show has fans on Broadway and in the West End, with many booking extensions to its name during its near 8-year run. It opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2008 and found its current home of the Piccadilly in March 2014.
With songs like December (Oh What A Night), My Eyes Adored You and Sherry amongst its musical numbers and names like Michael Watson taking to the stage in lead roles, it continues to attract large numbers of people to the West End. With that in mind it is no wonder it has extended at the Piccadilly Theatre to Sunday 23rd October 2016.
Meanwhile, In The Heights is a more recent addition to the capital, with its official opening not until later this month (it is currently in previews at the King’s Cross Theatre). The show takes us to the Washington Heights estate in New York where we meet many members of a vibrant community and witness their ups and downs. Cast members include David Bedella, whilst Luke Sheppard directs and Lin-Manuel Miranda provides the music and lyrics.
It was previously seen in New York in 2008 and won many awards – not just Tony Awards but also a Pulitzer Prize nomination. So its arrival in the capital was met with much fanfare and it has clearly already proven popular enough to extend into the New Year, with a new end-date of Sunday 3rd January 2016.
But it is not such good news for McQueen, which is now set to close in mid-October instead of its planned November end-date. The show sees Stephen Wight portray fashion icon Lee Alexander McQueen as he takes a girl for a night on the town after she breaks into his home.
It continues at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for the time being but it will come to an end on Saturday 17th October 2015.
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