Extensions for Sunny Afternoon, Motown The Musical and The Lion King
It’s that time again when we cast our attentions on the capital’s most popular shows as they extend their runs at their respective homes. On this occasion it is the turns of Kinks musical Sunny Afternoon, the Shaftesbury Theatre’s Motown the Musical and the ever-popular The Lion King to announce extensions.
Sunny Afternoon follows Ray Davies as he finds success with The Kinks and like many of the capital’s other jukebox musicals it features hit songs that we are all familiar with – in this case those of aforementioned band.
Davies, whose music and lyrics are used onstage (and who also penned the story) spoke about the new extension to October: “I am delighted that Sunny Afternoon is extending in the West End and starting the national tour, playing many of the same venues The Kinks played on the road.
“Every time I visit the West End show I see people discovering it for the first time with the performances going from strength to strength.”
Sunny Afternoon is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre and its extension means that it is now booking for performances up to Saturday 29th October 2016.
Motown The Musical is another jukebox musical, albeit one that encompasses an entire scene instead of a single band. It follows Motown founder Berry Gordy as he launches the careers of some of the 20th century’s biggest musical artists. Along the way we naturally hear some of their chart hits.
Many well known personalities are also portrayed onstage, from Marvin Gaye (Sifiso Mazibuko) to Diana Ross (Lucy St. Louis). From 4th July 2016 the role of Smokey Robinson, meanwhile, will be portrayed by Obioma Ugoala.
Motown The Musical runs at the Shaftesbury Theatre and its extension means that audiences can now buy tickets for performances up to Saturday 28th October 2017.
Finally, the longest running of the three musicals is The Lion King and it has also extended at its home of the Lyceum Theatre. The Disney production, based on the 1994 film of the same name, follows the life of Simba from his days as a lion cub in the pride land to his time as an adult when he returns to confront the villainous Uncle Scar.