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  BROADWAY MUSICAL BE MORE CHILL TO MAKE ITS UK PREMIERE AT THE OTHER PALACE (11 OCTOBER 2019)  
             
  Broadway fan favourite musical Be More Chill is to transfer to London to make its UK premiere at The Other Palace, playing from 12 February to 3 May 2020, with press night on 18 February.

Based on the groundbreaking novel of the same name by Ned Vizzini, Be More Chill has original music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz. The show is an international sensation - when the 2015 Original Cast Recording was released, millions of people streamed the album and formed a passionate community of Be More Chill fans, ultimately leading the musical to receive a Broadway production.

When the 2019 Broadway Cast Recording was subsequently released, it debuted at No. 2 on the Top Cast Albums Chart. Songs from the musical have accumulatively garnered over 318 million streams, with the breakout track 'Michael In The Bathroom' amassing over 31 million streams and eight million YouTube views alone. Tumblr has ranked Be More Chill as the No. 2 most talked-about musical on their platform, behind only Hamilton.

Be More Chill tells the atypical love story of a boy, a girl... and the supercomputer inside the boy's head guiding him every step of the way. The boy is desperately trying to fit in. The girl's longing to be noticed. And the supercomputer just wants to take over the world.

The Tony Award'nominated score features songs including 'More than Survive', 'Be More Chill' and the hugely popular 'Michael in the Bathroom'.

The success of Be More Chill in the US has been led by a groundswell of unprecedented online support. The show was commissioned by and premiered at Two River Theater in Red Bank, New Jersey in 2015, had a limited run, and released an original cast recording. In 2017, the number of online listeners to the recording started growing, with fans creating animated YouTube videos, art fiction, blogs and vlogs.

In 2018, the show's creators thought it was time to bring it back - resulting in an Off-Broadway production and this year's Broadway run at the Lyceum Theatre. A film adaptation which is currently underway.

Joining Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz on the creative team are director Stephen Brackett, choreographer Chase Brock, set designer Beowulf Boritt, costume designer Bobby Frederick Tilley, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, sound designer Ryan Rumery and projection designer Alex Basco Koch. Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Charlie Rosen, music vocal arrangements by Emily Marshall and UK casting is by Will Burton.

Casting for the UK production will be announced at a later date.
 
             
  DAVID MITCHELL MAKES HIS WEST END DEBUT IN BEN ELTON'S UPSTART CROW (8 OCTOBER 2019)  
             
  David Mitchell is to make his West End debut in 2020 in Ben Elton's stage adaptation of the critically acclaimed BBC TV sitcom, Upstart Crow. This all-new comedy - written especially for the stage - will see Mitchell once more don the bald wig and bardish coddling pouch in his iconic characterisation of Will Shakespeare.

Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 7 February (press night 18 February), Gemma Whelan (Game of Thrones and Gentleman Jack) will co-star as the sweet and fragrant Kate. They will be joined on stage by a troupe of players for this 11-week season (closing on 25 April), directed by Olivier award-winner Sean Foley (The Ladykillers, Jeeves and Wooster and The Miser).

David Mitchell said:
"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to bring history's most famous balding dramatist to the West End via the amazing comic imagination of Ben Elton. Theatre goers can look forward to a comedy steeped in authentic Shakespearean ambience in every way apart from the smell."

It is 1605 and England's greatest playwright is in trouble. King James has been on the throne for two years and Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays, both of which being generally considered to resemble the large semi-flightless birds recently discovered pecking corn and going 'gobble gobble' in the New World. Measure for Measure was incomprehensible bollingbrokes by any measure and All's Well That End's Well didn't even end well. Will must lift his game or risk his head. Those who work at the pleasure of the King live in constant fear of his favour. No one has forgotten what happened to Henry VIII's marriage guidance councillor.

Will desperately needs to come up with a brilliant new plot but he is finding it impossible to focus on finding one. He's too distracted by family troubles. He's considering dividing all his lands and property between his jealous, squabbling daughters and, to add to the confusion, two shipwrecked, Moorish, cross-dressing, identical twins have just arrived, separately and unaware of each other, at his door. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play with all that is going on in the house?

To make matters worse Will's friend and housekeeper Kate, horrified at the exploitation of showbiz animals for entertainment, has recently 'liberated' the Globe Theatre's prize dancing bear. Kate intends to keep the poor distressed animal in the scullery until she can reintroduce her into the wild, but Mrs Whiskers (who was born to dance) has other plans. You can take the dancing bear out of the theatre, but you can't take the theatre out of the dancing bear.
 
             
  IAN RICKSON DIRECTS CONOR MCPHERSON'S NEW ADAPTATION OF UNCLE VANYA (2 OCTOBER 2019)  
             
  Sonia Friedman Productions has announced Conor McPherson's new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya directed by Ian Rickson which will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 14 January to 2 May 2020, with opening night on 23 January.

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson's new adaptation of the of Uncle Vanya is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions. Critically acclaimed director Ian Rickson returns to Chekhov for the first time since his landmark production of The Seagull in 2007, reuniting with BAFTA and Olivier Award winner Toby Jones (The Birthday Party) alongside Richard Armitage, who returns to the UK stage six years after his Olivier Award-nominated performance in The Crucible.

Uncle Vanya is the eleventh collaboration between Rickson and Sonia Friedman Productions, with previous productions including Rosmersholm, Jerusalem, The River, Betrayal and The Children's Hour.

British actor Toby Jones will play the title character of Uncle Vanya. He is known for his performances both in the theatre and on screen. This autumn Jones will return to the Royal Court Theatre in Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp; four plays written by Caryl Churchill and directed by James Macdonald. He will also voice the role of The Reverend Chasuble for the animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost and can currently be seen in the Netflix prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. In 2018 he appeared in the revival of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party. His theatre credits include: Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court Theatre), The Painter (Arcola), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (National Theatre), Parlour Song (Almeida Theatre), Dumb Waiter and Other Pinter Pieces (Oxford Playhouse), Measure for Measure (with Complicite) (National Theatre), The Play What I Wrote (winner: Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor) (West End/Broadway).

The role of Astrov will be played by Richard Armitage. Armitage is a multi-award-winning stage and screen actor best known for his role of Thorin in Peter Jackson's trilogy of The Hobbit and more recently as Daniel Miller in Epix Berlin Station, as well as Claude Becker in Oceans 8. In theatre, he is well known for his critically acclaimed performance as John Proctor in The Crucible at the Old Vic Theatre. He was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance. His leading role in the Off-Broadway play, Love Love Love directed by Michael Mayer also garnered critical acclaim.
 
             
  JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT RETURNS TO THE PALLADIUM IN 2020 (30 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  Michael Harrison and The Really Useful Group have announced that the new, smash hit production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will return to the iconic London Palladium in summer 2020, following its triumphant season this year.

Performances will begin on 2 July 2020, with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's musical playing a strictly limited 10-week season through until 6 September 2020 (Gala Night is 16 July). Tickets for 2020 are on general sale now.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat enjoyed a completely sold out season this year, with audiences giving the new production nightly standing ovations. Sheridan Smith starred as The Narrator, Jason Donovan returned to the show as Pharaoh, and Jac Yarrow made his professional debut as Joseph.

Released as a concept album in 1969, the stage version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has become one of the worlds most beloved family musicals. The multi-award winning show, which began life as a small-scale school concert, has been performed hundreds of thousands of times including multiple runs in the West End and on Broadway, international number one tours, and productions in over 80 countries as far afield as Austria and Zimbabwe and from Israel to Peru. The show features songs that have gone on to become pop and musical theatre standards, including 'Any Dream Will Do', 'Close Every Door To Me', 'Jacob and Sons', 'There's One More Angel In Heaven' and 'Go Go Go Joseph'.

Told entirely through song with the help of the Narrator, the show follows the story of Jacob's favourite son Joseph and his eleven brothers. After being sold into slavery by the brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the advances of Potiphar's wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty but troubled showman, the Pharaoh. As Joseph strives to resolve Egypt's famine, he becomes Pharaoh's right-hand man and eventually reunites with his family.

Casting for 2020 will be announced at a later date.
 
             
  UK TOUR & WEST END RUN ANNOUNCED FOR BLITHE SPIRIT STARRING JENNIFER SAUNDERS (25 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  Noel Coward's classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders, will return next year for a UK tour followed by a strictly limited six-week engagement at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre following a celebrated reception at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this summer.

The new tour opens in Brighton in January and will then visit Malvern, Bath, Cambridge, Richmond and Norwich, before arriving in the West End at the Duke of York's Theatre from 5 March to 11 April 2020, with opening night for press on 10 March.

Jennifer Saunders, one of the UK's most popular comic actors, will revive her role as the preposterous clairvoyant Madame Arcati. She is joined by original cast members Geoffrey Streatfeild who will star as Charles, Lisa Dillon as Ruth Condomine, Emma Naomi as Elvira, Simon Coates as Dr Bradman, Lucy Robinson as Mrs Bradman, and Rose Wardlaw as Edith. The production brings together a distinguished and multi-award-winning creative team, directed by former National Theatre director Eyre, with design by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, sound by John Leonard and illusions by Paul Kieve.

This new production opened in June as part of artistic director Jonathan Church's second summer season at Theatre Royal Bath where it played to sell out houses and was widely praised by critics and public alike. It is the third play from Jonathan Church's summer season programmes to transfer to the West End following last year's 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's The Price at Wyndham's Theatre and Switzerland at the Ambassadors.

Blithe Spirit is presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean and Jonathan Church Productions.

Jennifer Saunders is well known as one half of the comedy duo French and Saunders, for which she and Dawn French received a BAFTA fellowship in 2009, and for the hit comedy series and subsequent film, Absolutely Fabulous, which she also wrote and starred in. She has received numerous awards including two Emmys, five BAFTAs and four British Comedy Awards. Other recent credits include Lady Windermere's Fan (West End) and the BBC series Jam and Jerusalem.

Geoffrey Streatfeild has appeared on TV in Spooks, The Hollow Crown, The Thick of It and The Other Boleyn Girl, and on film in Making Noise Quietly, The Lady in the Van, Kinky Boots and A Royal Night Out. Stage credits include the Histories Cycle (RSC), Cell Mates (Hampstead), The Beaux Stratagem (National Theatre) and My Night with Reg (Donmar).

Lisa Dillon starred as Mary Smith in the BBC series Cranford. Her stage credits include Richard Eyre's Private Lives in the West End, the RSC's The Roaring Girl and The Taming of the Shrew, A Flea in Her Ear and Design for Living at the Old Vic and The Knot of the Heart and When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida.

Emma Naomi starred recently in Pinter at the Pinter (Jamie Lloyd Productions/ATG), Bread and Roses (Oldham Coliseum), The Cherry Orchard (Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange), Dead Don't Floss (National Theatre), Don Juan in Soho (Wyndham's Theatre) and, for television, Channel 4's Chimerica.

Simon Coates' stage credits include Richard III (Almeida), 1984 (West End), The Cherry Orchard (Royal Exchange, Bristol Old Vic), King John (Shakespeare's Globe). He has also toured the UK with Regeneration, The Misanthrope, Romeo & Juliet and The Hypochondriac.

Lucy Robinson's stage credits include Waste, The Hard Problem (National Theatre), Handbagged (Vaudeville), Sweet Bird of Youth (Old Vic), In the Next Room (Theatre Royal Bath). Her many TV credits include Cold Feet, Coronation Street, Call the Midwife, Doc Martin, Doctor and Pride and Prejudice.

Rose Wardlaw recently performed in Outlying Islands at the King's Head. She has previously appeared in Eyam, The Winter's Tale (Shakespeare's Globe), Jubilee (Lyric Hammersmith) and Great Expectations (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and, for television, Call the Midwife and Doctors.
 
             
  ALMEIDA'S PRODUCTION OF THE DOCTOR TRANSFERS TO THE WEST END (24 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  Robert Icke's Almeida Theatre production, The Doctor, will transfer to the Duke of York's Theatre from 20 April to 11 July 2020, with press night on 29 April. Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson will reprise her role as Professor Ruth Wolff.

Juliet Stevenson said:
"I am beyond thrilled that The Doctor is transferring to the West End. We have been blown away by the extraordinary response it has had at the Almeida. I think the play speaks to our current times with eloquence, complexity, humour and compassion - and I am so delighted it will have a future life and reach new audiences. It is a joy to be part of, and I am so grateful to Robert Icke, the company, and to those who are making it possible for us to keep it alive and kicking into 2020."

The Doctor, by Robert Icke, very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler, has designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound and composition by Tom Gibbons and casting by Julia Horan. Further casting is to be announced in due course.

This is the third West End transfer for Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson in as many years, following the critical and commercial smash-hit productions of Mary Stuart and Hamlet. The production completes its run at the Almeida Theatre on 28 September 2019.
 
             
  WAITRESS EXTENDS ITS WEST END RUN FOR A FOURTH TIME (23 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  The producers of Waitress are delighted to announce that the smash hit musical will be extending its run at the Adelphi Theatre for a fourth time. The critically and publicly acclaimed production is now booking until 28 March 2020 with tickets on sale today for the new booking period.

As previously announced, Waitress will be holding its next Cast Album Karaoke Night on 25 September co-hosted by Joe Sugg who plays Ogie, and Marisha Wallace who plays Becky. Audience members who want to take part just need to sign up before that evening's show for the chance to sing one minute of any Waitress song, by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles, accompanied by the show's musical director Katharine Woolley live on stage.

Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams her way out of a loveless marriage. When a hot new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

Brought to life by a ground breaking, female-led creative team, Waitress features an original score by 7-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles (Love Song, Brave), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and direction by Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland) and choreography by Lorin Latarro. The production is currently touring the US and has also announced it will have its Australian premiere in 2020 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre.

Waitress currently stars Lucie Jones as Jenna, Joe Sugg as Ogie, Laura Baldwin as Dawn, Marisha Wallace as Becky, Tamlyn Henderson as Earl, David Hunter as Dr. Pomatter and Andrew Boyer as Old Joe.

The full company includes Kelly Agbowu, Laura Baldwin, Piers Bate, Cindy Belliot, Andrew Boyer, Michael Hamway, Tamlyn Henderson, David Hunter, Lucie Jones, Stephen Leask, Chris McGuigan, Olivia Moore, Nathaniel Morrison, Sarah O'Connor, Leanne Pinder, Charlotte Riby, Joe Sugg, Marisha Wallace and Mark Willshire.
 
             
  FULL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR WHITE CHRISTMAS (20 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  Jamie Wilson, Mark Goucher, Gavin Kalin and Kevin McCollum are delighted to announce full casting for the Made at Curve production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at London's Dominion Theatre from Saturday 16 November 2019 to Saturday 4 January 2020.

Michael Brandon will play General Henry Waverly, Brenda Edwards Martha Watson, Danielle Hope Betty Haynes and Clare Halse Judy Haynes. They will be joined by the previously announced Danny Mac as Bob Wallace and Dan Burton as Phil Davis, who both reprise their acclaimed roles following the successful run at Curve, Leicester in 2018.

Michael Brandon is probably best known for starring in the classic 80's television series Dempsey and Makepeace. His most recent television credits include four seasons as Elliot Salad in Episodes with Matt Le Blanc. His theatre credits include creating the role of Jerry Springer in Jerry Springer The Opera at the National Theatre, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award as Best Actor in a Musical, Singin' in the Rain at the Palace Theatre in the West End and the New York productions of The Lady and the Clarinet with Stockard Channing and Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? with Al Pacino on Broadway.

Brenda Edwards first came to the public's attention when she became a semi-finalist in the 2005 series of ITV1's The X Factor. Since then, she has become one of the most sought-after leading ladies in musical theatre. Her many West End and touring credits include Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and on the original UK Tour, Mama Morton in Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre and the 10th Anniversary Gala, Nettie Fowler in Carousel at the London Coliseum, Pearl Pastor in Carmen Jones at the Royal Festival Hall, Esta in Moby Dick at the Union Theatre and most recently Motormouth Maybelle in the UK tour of Hairspray. Brenda is also a regular panellist on ITV's Loose Women.

Danielle Hope is best known for winning Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit BBC television series Over The Rainbow resulting in her playing the leading role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Her other West End credits include the title role in Snow White, also at the London Palladium and Eponine in Les Miserables at Queen's Theatre. Her UK touring credits include Sandy in Grease, Maria in The Sound of Music, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and most recently Sherrie in Rock of Ages.

Clare Halse most recently played the lead role of Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Clare's other West End credits include Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Shrek The Musical, both at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Her UK touring credits include Amber Von-Tussle in Hairspray.

Danny Mac's many theatre credits include Joe Gillis in the recent tour of Sunset Boulevard, Gabey in On The Town at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and the West End productions of Wicked and Legally Blonde. He can currently be seen as Nino in the UK tour of Amelie. Danny captured the nation's hearts and received overwhelming support during his incredible time on BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing, making it all the way to the final.

Dan Burton was nominated for an Olivier for his performance as Tulsa in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. His other West End credits include Jersey Boys, The Pajama Game, Chicago, Legally Blonde, Betty Blue Eyes and Guys and Dolls at the Royal Albert Hall.

The rest of the cast includes Stephane Anelli, Delycia Belgrave, Sophie Camble, Matthew Caputo, Jordan Crouch, Aimee Hodnett, Michael Lin, Robbie McMillan, Jo Morris, Oliver Ramsdale, Erin Rushidi, Kayleigh Thadani, Sion Tudor Owen, Alexandra Waite-Roberts, Sasha Walters, Matthew Whennell-Clark, Jack Wilcox, Anna Woodside and Freya Yates.

A timeless romantic comedy to warm hearts of all ages, WHITE CHRISTMAS features the classic songs "Blue Skies", "Sisters" and the most famous festive song of all... "White Christmas".
 
             
  TICKETS ON SALE TODAY FOR JAMES MCAVOY IN CYRANO DE BERGERAC (19 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  The Jamie Lloyd Company, the successful partnership between the UK's leading theatre company Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and artistic director Jamie Lloyd, has announced Golden Globe and Olivier Award nominated James McAvoy is to lead the company of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp. The production marks the first in a new season directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse Theatre from November 2019 to August 2020. Further productions to be announced.

Cyrano de Bergerac sees Jamie Lloyd and James McAvoy continue their long-standing collaboration following The Ruling Class and Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at Apollo Theatre and Heart of Darkness for BBC Radio 4. The production opens at Playhouse Theatre on 6 December, with previews from 27 November and runs until 29 February.

The production will have design by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound and composition by Ben and Max Ringham, fight direction by Kate Waters and casting by Stuart Burt CDG.

James McAvoy plays Cyrano de Bergerac. His theatre credits include The Ruling Class, Macbeth (Trafalgar Studios), Three Days of Rain (Apollo Theatre), Breathing Corpses (Royal Court Theatre), Privates on Parade (Donmar Warehouse) and Out in the Open (Hampstead Theatre). His television credits include Watership Down, Shameless, Early Door, State of Play and the upcoming His Dark Materials. His film credits include the upcoming It 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Glass, Sherlock Gnomes, Submergence, Atomic Blonde, Split, X-Men: Apocalypse, Victor Frankenstein, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Filth, X-Men: First Class, The Conspirator, Gnomeo and Juliet, The Last Station, Atonement, Becoming Jane, Starter for Ten, The Last King of Scotland, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Bright Young Things.
 
             
  PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL OPENS IN THE WEST END ON VALENTINE'S DAY 2020 (18 SEPTEMBER 2019)  
             
  Pretty Woman: The Musical will preview from Valentine's Day 2020 at the Piccadilly Theatre where it will play for a strictly limited engagement of 46 weeks. Casting to be announced soon.

Featuring original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, a book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton, it is directed and choreographed by the two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell.

Adam Speers, Ambassador Theatre Group Productions, said today:
"The West End loves a big night out and none come bigger than this new production re-telling of the iconic and much-loved movie. The UK has rocked to the legendary work of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance for decades and we cannot wait to welcome audiences to the show."

Paula Wagner said:
"It is really wonderful that UK audiences will get to experience Pretty Woman: The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre next year. Bryan and Jim's original score for the show brings an electric new dimension to Garry Marshall and J.F. Lawton's beloved film. We were so fortunate to have Garry working with J.F. on the book of the show. They really captured the essence of Pretty Woman, and along with Jerry's skilful direction and choreography, this classic love story really has become a great night out at the theatre. Next year also marks 30 years since the release of the film, and I can't think of a better place than the Piccadilly Theatre to celebrate!"

Featured in the musical is Roy Orbison and Bill Dee's international smash hit song 'Oh, Pretty Woman' which inspired one of the most beloved romantic comedy films of all time. Pretty Woman the film was an international smash hit when it was released in 1990, becoming the third highest-grossing film worldwide that year. The film still holds the highest number of tickets in the US for a romantic comedy.

The musical has scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, and music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke.

Pretty Woman: The Musical had its world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre in March 2018 before transferring to Broadway where it ran at the Nederlander Theatre until August this year. The German production will open in Hamburg at the Stage Theater an der Elbe on 29 September and the US tour will begin in September 2020.

During its Broadway run, the show broke the box office record a total of four times and won three Audience Choice Awards.