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Full Cast Announced for Viva Forever

Lucy Phelps, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Hannah John-Kamen, Siobhan Athwal

The full cast of Viva Forever, the musical based on the songs of The Spice Girls, has now been revealed, joining previously-announced stars Sally Ann Triplett and Hannah John-Kamen.

In her West End debut, John-Kamen will play Viva, a teenaged girl who finds fame via a reality television singing competition. Triplett will play Viva’s mother Lauren. Currently performing as Donna in Mamma Mia!, her additional credits include Lend Me a Tenor, Anything Goes, Cats, and Guys and Dolls. She also represented the UK in two Eurovision contests, in 1980 and 1982. They both took part in workshops of the musical before winning the roles for the show’s world premiere.

Viva’s best friends who also enter the competition will be played by Siobhan Athwell, Lucy Phelps, and Dominique Provost-Chalkley. Lucy Montgomery will play Lauren’s best friend Suzi. Her television credits include The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, and Torchwoood, and she previously worked with writer Jennifer Saunders on Absolutely Fabulous. Simon Slater will play another friend, Mitch. His theatre credits include Waiting for Godot, Mamma Mia!, and Forbidden Broadway.

The roles of the TV talent show judges will be played by Sally Dexter, who recently played the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Bill Ward of Coronation Street and The Lion King, as well as Tamara Wall, whose credits include Legally Blonde and Eastenders.

Ben Cura will make his West End debut as the TV show’s musical director, as will Hatty Preston as the production assistant, Minty. Taking on roles in the ensemble will be Simon Adkins, Curtis Angus, Myles Brown, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Darren Carnall, Charlotte Gorton, Luke Jackson, Tom Kanavan, Rebecca McKinnis, Carla Nella, Zak Nemorin, Roxanne Palmer, Oliver Roll, David Rudin, Kirstie Skivington, Lucy Thatcher, Helen Ternent, Anthony Topham, and Charlotte Walcott.

The production begins previews on 27 November before opening officially on 11 December.

Olympic Special Offers for Ghost the Musical

Despite giving its closing notice in both London and Broadway, Ghost the Musical still proves to be one of London’s most popular musicals. The show has received good critical feedback and has earned an army of loyal fans who are keen to keep the spirit of the show alive long after it has been exorcised from the West End. The influx of visitors to London due to the Olympics has made many shows offer fantastic discounts on shows such as Ghost to allow audiences to see them at a special Olympic themed price.

Ghost the Musical are currently offering some fantastic discounts towards the end of their West End run, which has lasted just over a year:

Olympic Special Offers for Ghost the Musical

 

  • Was £25.00 NOW £20.12 (Valid Monday to Friday performances until 14th September)
  • Was £45.00 NOW £28.50 (Valid Monday to Friday performances from 1st August to 8th September)
  • Was £65.00 NOW £38.50 (Valid Monday to Friday performances from 1st August to 8th September)
Ghost the Musical opened in the West End on 19 July 2011 and starred Richard Fleeshman and Cassie Levy as Sam and Molly, supported by Sharon D Clarke as Ode Mae Brown. As the show transferred to Broadway in April 2012, original cast members Fleeshman and Levy reprised their roles at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre but the show received mixed to bad reviews, picking up no awards and posting closing notice after only 136 performances.
Mark Evans and Siobhan Dillon will star in the show until it closes at the Piccadilly Theatre on 6th October 2012.
Other established musicals are also celebrating the 2012 Olympics with similar price policies, with many selling tickets for £20.12 or taking £20.12 off the price of top priced seats, meaning you can see a show this summer at a fantastic saving.

Ghost Closes October 2012

Ghost the Musical PosterAfter almost two weeks of speculation, producers have now confirmed that Ghost the Musical will end its run at London’s Piccadilly Theatre. The Daily Mail had previously reported two weeks ago that the show was to shut up shop in order for the Spice Girls Musical Viva Forever to begin performances from November. Cast and crew working on the show refuted these claims, saying that the show was not going to close and that the rumours were merely speculation. New star of the show Mark Evans took to Twitter to calm the fans who were distraught at the news, using their hastag #believe to try and encourage fans of the show to keep it going, despite falling ticket sales due to an inflated pricing structure.

The musical opened on Broadway earlier this year, and received mostly damming reviews from all of the top New York papers. The show has been running with half empty houses, and failed to pick up any nominations in the awards season. Despite a performance at this year’s Tony Awards Ceremony, the show has failed to connect with Broadway audiences. Those in the industry say time is ticking away for the Broadway production, which has been making less than half its gross potential week on week, hovering around the $550,000 a week mark.

The London production will continue to play until October 8 2012. It is hoped that the influx of tourists in London for the Olympic Games will help gather momentum for the show, with the recognisable story, based on the film of the same name.

Viva Forever is set to open at the Piccadilly officially in December, following previews from early November. The show will feature the music of 90’s sensation The Spice Girls, although will feature a brand new story, written by comedian Jennifer Saunders. The show has been anticipated for the last couple of years, and will be one of the first big show to open this coming season.

Ghost the Musical Extends Booking Period

Siobhan Dillon (Molly) and Mark Evans (Sam)

Ghost the Musical has extended its booking period through 20 April, 2013. The show has been a top-seller since opening in the West End in July 2011.

Its Broadway transfer will begin previews on 15 March with original West End stars Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman, with an official opening date of 23 April. A production in Melbourne is expected to open in August 2013.

The production won three What’sOnStage Awards at last night’s ceremony: Fleeshman for Best Actor in a Musical, Hugh Vanstone for Best Lighting, and Rob Howell for Best Set Design (an award he won jointly for his work on Matilda the Musical). It was nominated for an additional five awards including Best New Musical.

The current cast of Ghost the Musical includes original cast members and What’sonStage award nominees Sharon D. Clarke as Oda Mae Brown and Andrew Langtree as Carl Bruner. They are joined by Siobhan Dillon as Molly and Mark Evans as Sam.

The production follows Mamma Mia! and Wicked, which previously announced their extensions into 2013 as well.