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lion-king2014 is going to be an amazing year for theatre with so many fantastic performances opening and going into development.

Harry to take to the Stage.

Firstly it was announced on J K Rowling’s official website that she is to co-produce a new stage play along with Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, which will feature the early years of the boy wizard. It’s the news every Harry Potter fan has been waiting for, finally there’s some continuation in the Harry Potter story, and the play will offer a “unique insight into the heart and mind of the now legendary young wizard”. Rowling added – “Over the years I have received countless approaches about turning Harry Potter into a theatrical production, but Sonia and Colin’s vision was the only one that really made sense to me, and which had the sensitivity, intensity and intimacy I thought appropriate for bringing Harry’s story to the stage. After a year in gestation it is exciting to see this project moving on to the next phase”. The play will be moving into development in 2014 and they are currently on the look out for a writer and director.

Billy Elliot to hold New Year auditions. 

The still incredibly popular musical Billy Elliot will be holding auditions in 2014. It opened to rave reviews in 2005, and 36 boys have performed as the title character since. The auditions will be held for boys and girls to try out for a role in the hit show. The auditions are taking place on 11 January in Leeds, 1 February in Newcastle, 15 March in London, 26 April in Bristol and 17 May in Manchester.

King of Broadway

The figures are in and the most popular show on Broadway in 2013 was The Lion King. Taking almost $97 million in ticket sales. It came as no surprise as earlier in 2013 The Lion King became the first show to earn more than $1 billion on Broadway.This is the show’s 16th year on Broadway and just shows that the popularity of musical theatre isn’t waning.

Stars of musical theatre

And finally, speaking of musicals, a BBC4 show is asking does the musical create the star or is it the star that makes the musical? Michael Grade’s Stars of the Musical Theatre will be aired on 2nd January and available on iplayer there after. Michael Grade interviews stars of stage and screen about what it’s like to tackle a character that has already been made legendary by another actor. It’s a must watch for any fans of musicals.

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