It’s hard to keep up with everything happening in the world of theatre. People always say to me ‘surely you’ve seen everything if you go to the theatre as often as you do’ but there is so much out there I’ve not even seen half of it! With new shoes opening every day, I thought I’d tell you about some of the upcoming fringe shows that I’m excited about for May!
12 May – 31 May
Jermyn Street Theatre
Celebrating the songs of Jerry Herman, Jerry’s Girls is a cabaret review show of his work, featuring songs from classic musicals including Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack and Mabel and La Cage Aux Folles. Transfering from a stint at the St James Theatre Jerry’s Girls will play for three weeks and features Emma Barton (Eastenders/Chicago), Ria Jones (Cats/Evita/Les Mis) and Sarah-Louise Young (Julie, Madly, Deeply).
Based on Stephens Kings horror book/film, Carrie the Musical famously opened on Broadway in 1988 and closed five performances later after the financial backers decided to pull out due to the scathing reviews. With a revised score and book, this newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision for Carrie: The Musical will now be presented for the first time on the London stage.
Christina Bianco – Party of One
Christina Bianco is the Broadway/West End performer who hit the big time with her YouTube videos of celebrity singer impressions. Topping more than 20 million video views has catapulted Christina into the mainstream having been a guest to TV shows like Ellen Degenerous and Paul O’Grady.
In this new show, Christina shares her eclectic musical and artistic influences. From her New York roots, to global travels, to her love of celebrity divas, Christina will take you on a musical comedy journey, showing you what has led her to become a multi-faceted, multi-voiced party of one!
Lion and Unicorn Theatre 5-9 May
Leicester Square Theatre (Lounge) 14-15 May
Through the medium of musical theatre, this show sets out to tell the story of Jurassic Park from the perspective of the Dinosaurs! Advertised as having blood, gore and singing Dinosaurs, one way or another this show sounds like it will be memorable at the very least!
Stopping off at the Greenwich Theatre as part of its latest UK tour, AVENUE Q is an irresistibly charming musical which tells the story of the loveable characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues. Not suitable for young children as these puppets do have a bit of a potty mouth but this show is lots of fun.
Photo: The Umbrella Rooms