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Ramin Karimloo to Headline London Concert Version of Godspell

Tony Award nominee Ramin Karimloo will headline a London concert presentation of the Stephen Schwartz–John-Michael Tebelak musical Godspell June 29 at Cadogan Hall. The evening will feature a lineup of West End stars performing alongside 350 students from the British Theatre Academy, which provides theatrical training and performance opportunities for young people at no cost.

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Known for his roles in The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, and Les Misérables, Karimloo will be joined by West End guest stars including Waitress cast member Laura Baldwin, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie star Luke Bayer, EastEnders’ Max Bowden, and Olivier Award-nominated Hamilton star Rachel John.

Godspell will be directed by Dean Johnson with music direction by James Taylor and choreography by Thea Butler.

Showtime is 7:30 PM.

For tickets, visit CadoganHall.com.


Selina Fillinger’s Something Clean Opens Off-Broadway

The world premiere of Something Clean, a new play by Selina Fillinger, officially opens May 29 in Roundabout Theatre’s Black Box space as part of the company’s Underground programming. Margot Bordelon directs a cast led by Kathryn Erbe (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Oz), along with Daniel Jenkins (Oslo, Billy Elliot) and Christopher Livingston (Wilder Gone, Party People).

Through the eyes of a wife and mother (Erbe), Something Clean examines the aftermath of a sex crime—guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable.

The production began May 4 and is scheduled to play through June 30.

The creative team is made up of Reid Thompson (sets), Valérie Thérèse Bart (costumes), Jiyoun Chang (lighting), and Palmer Hefferan (original compositions and sound).

Something Clean was originally commissioned and developed through the Sideshow Theatre Company Freshness Initiative and was presented as part of the 2018 Roundabout Underground Reading Series.

Fillinger is an actor and writer. Other work includes Faceless (Northlight Theatre premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, regional productions at Zeitgeist Theatre, St. Louis Repertory Theatre, and Park Theatre in London) and The Armor Plays: Cinched/Strapped).

Clay Aiken Will Join Jackie Burns, Zach Adkins, More in Pittsburgh CLO’s Grease

American Idol favorite Clay Aiken, most recently on Broadway in Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show, will play the Teen Angel in the Pittsburgh CLO’s upcoming production of Grease.

Directed and choreographed by Barry Ivan, the limited engagement will play the Benedum Center June 7–16.

Aiken will be joined by Anastasia‘s Zach Adkins as Danny Zuko, Spider-Man‘s Kristen Martin as Sandy, Wicked‘s Jackie Burns as Rizzo, Damon J. Gillespie (NBC’s Rise) as Doody, Vince Oddo as Kenickie, Daniel J. Maldonado as Sonny, Alex Prakken as Roger, Becca Andrews as Marty, Melessie Clark as Jan, Mei Lu Barnum as Frenchy, Andrea Weinzierl as Patty, Jordan DeLeon as Eugene, Matt Bogart as Vince, Hannah Kohn as Cha-Cha, and Ruth Gotschall as Miss Lynch.

The company also includes Jordan Alexander, Sky Bennett, Bailee Brinkman, William Bureau, Trevor Clarida, Pricilla Curtis, Croix Dilenno, Jamary Gil, Michael Greer, Jessica Ice, Chloe Kehm, Jeffrey Koch, Natalie Leonard, Meghan Manning, Charlie Patterson, Eric Phelps, Jenna Rifkind, Jake David Smith, and Lawson Young.

The teen ensemble features Benjamin Godley-Fisher, Trisha Holmes, Caroline Lucas, Jayne Miner, Felicia Niebel, Will Palicki, Jonathan Parker, Madeline Sclichter, Braedan Steffey, Halle Surgil, Cameron Tino, Grace Vensel, Aaron Ventresca, and Lucia Williams.

With a book and score by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, Grease features such tunes as “We Go Together,” “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightning,” “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee,” “Beauty School Dropout,” and “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” The original 1972 Broadway production featured Carole Demas as Sandy Dumbrowski and Barry Bostwick as Danny Zuko.

The creative team also includes musical director James Cunningham and casting director Geoff Josselson, CSA.