The Broadway Theatre is launching a short run of fabulous shows by Bill Kenwright, kicking off with Jesus Christ Superstar…
In response to considerable demand, West End producer Bill Kenwright begins a new season of award-winning shows at the Broadway Theatre launching tonight (November 17) with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s ground-breaking rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.
The production features West End stars Glenn Carter and Tim Rogers as Jesus and Judas, and X Factor finalist Rachel Adedeji as Mary Magdalene.
Jesus Christ Superstar exploded onto the musical scene in 1971. Stunning audiences, it changed the face of musical theatre forever. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock opera tells the story of the last seven days in the life of Jesus through the eyes of Judas Iscariot.
The show runs until Saturday November 21 and is then followed by a week of murder mystery and a cast of household names, as the Agatha Christie Theatre Company brings the Queen of Crime’s best-selling thriller And Then There Were None – recently voted ‘the world’s favourite Agatha Christie’ – to the Broadway as part of its successful 2015 UK tour.
It stars Dalziel and Pascoe’s Colin Buchanan, Peak Practice’s Deborah Grant, Blue Peter’s Mark Curry and Duty Free’s Neil Stacy and runs from Monday November 23 – Saturday November 28.
Then from Wednesday December 2 – 12 the hills will come alive with a stunning new production of The Sound of Music, which coincides with this year’s 50th anniversary of the film version – the most successful movie musical in history. Fresh from her success on BBC One’s The Voice, Lucy O’Byrne steps into the iconic role of Maria.
Two shows by producer Paul Taylor-Mills are set to bring festive fun for all the family. Based on the classic and much-loved book by Dr Seuss, The Cat in the Hat is set to cause mischief and mayhem in a production that will delight younger audience members (December 15 – 17) and, based on one of the most popular films of all time, Kris Kringle sets out to prove he’s the real Santa Claus in Miracle On 34th Street, The Musical (December 18 and 19).
Dreamboats and Petticoats the Christmas Party follows (December 22 – 27) and Peterborough’s choirs take to the stage for their annual Christmas Magic concert (December 20)
Musical theatre and movie legend Tommy Steele will then take to the stage (December 29 – January 10) to star in The Glenn Miller Story, this year’s biggest new musical success. The extraordinary tale of the world’s most famous big band leader will be told as never before, and features a spectacular 16 piece orchestra plus sensational performers and dazzling choreography. This will also be a welcome return to The Broadway for Tommy after delighting pre-Christmas audiences in 2013 when he played the title role in Scrooge.
By huge popular demand, a musical favourite of theatregoers everywhere, Willy Russell’s multi-award winning Blood Brothers then returns to Peterborough (January 12 – 16).
Bill Kenwright told us: “I really hope there is something here for everyone to enjoy. Peterborough is a terrific city and last time around it was clear to me that the people of Peterborough want, deserve and support top quality theatrical productions. I would like to see a time when the Broadway is reinstated in full, and has year round shows – with your support I think that’s very achievable.”
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