New Extensions for West End Shows
Three high profile west end shows have added new dates in the capital – The Bodyguard, The Commitments and Mamma Mia! – with all three set to delve well into 2014.
The Bodyguard is the stage musical version of the hit 1990s movie. Beverley Knight and Tristan Gemmill replace Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner as Rachel Marron and Frank Farmer respectively – though Knight does not appear on matinee performances on Wednesdays and Saturdays – whilst Thea Sharrock directs.
It tells the story of Frank Farmer, who is assigned the job of protecting pop star Rachel Marron from a stalker. As a former secret service agent he is perfect for the job but soon a romance develops and things take an unexpected turn.
Having opened at the Adelphi Theatre last December, The Bodyguard is now booking until Saturday 30th August 2014.
The Commitments is a more recent addition to the West End, having opened in October 2013 at the Palace Theatre. The soul musical chronicles the journey of a band in Ireland, from advertising to members through to first rehearsals, first gigs and first disagreements. It contains musical numbers like Try A Little Tenderness, What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted, Addicted To Love and Mustang Sally, among others.
A large cast of actors appear in the production under the direction of Jamie Lloyd and it is based on the novel by Roddy Doyle (who also adapted it for the stage), which formed part of his Barrytown Trilogy. It has added almost half a year to its current booking period and, as a result, is now booking to Sunday 14th September 2014.
Finally, Mamma Mia! has also added new dates to its run at the Novello Theatre, where it has been placing since September 2012 (it previously ran at the Prince Edward Theatre and the Prince of Wales Theatre). The show has become one of the most popular musicals in the capital since it first opened in 1999, not only attracting audiences to the capital but also spawning a movie version that landed on cinema screens in 2008.
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