Ed Tops Fringe Musical Awards, Three Judges’ Nods

August 25, 2009

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At the Edinburgh Fringe tonight, the winners were announced in the third annual Musical Theatre Matters: UK Awards, the only prize-giving specifically dedicated to the musical genre at the world’s largest arts festival. The awards are sponsored this year by Whatsonstage.com.

Stuart Price and Michael Bruce’s Ed: The Musical, a love story about a man in a coma at C soco, came out top, converting two of its four nominations into wins for Best Book and Most Promising New Musical. Read more

Pleasance, Traverse & Forest Lead Total Field

August 24, 2009

Pleasance, Traverse & Forest Lead Total FieldThe shortlists for the 2009 Total Theatre Awards have been announced, with 33 Edinburgh Fringe shows making the grade to be assessed by the judging panel, who will deliver their verdict on Friday (28 August).

In terms of venues, the Traverse continues a successful year with five nominations, whilst the Pleasance (Dome and Courtyard) boasts six nods. Forest Fringe, the free “miniature festival within a festival” produced at the Forest Cafe, gets four nominations, three of them in the Innovation/Interaction/Immersion category. Read more

Traverse Gains Seven Stage Award Nominations

August 21, 2009

Barflies The shortlists for this year’s Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have been announced, with the Traverse Theatre, which has already picked up five Fringe First awards (See Today’s Other News), leading the way with seven nominations.Four productions receive double nominations this year – Precious Little Talent, Barflies, Midsummer and Crush. Read more

Baba, Kitson & Morecambe in Latest Fringe Firsts

August 21, 2009

rapguidetoevolution.jpgThe second round of winners in this year’s prestigious Fringe First Awards, celebrating high-quality new drama at the Edinburgh Festival, have been announced by The Scotsman newspaper today (20 August 2009).

Amongst them is The Rap Guide to Evolution (Gilded Balloon), the latest offering from Whatsonstage.com blogger and Canadian rapper Baba Brinkman, whose other show at this yea’rs festival, The Rebel Cell, was earlier this week shortlisted for two Musical Theatre Matters Awards. Read more

Fringe Musical Awards Shortlists Announced

August 19, 2009

mtm-logo.jpgIn a lunchtime event held today at the Musical Theatre @ George Square, shortlists are announced in the third annual Musical Theatre Matters: UK Awards, the only prize-giving specifically dedicated to the musical genre at the world’s largest arts festival. The awards are sponsored this year by Whatsonstage.com.

Of the 11 productions to make the shortlists, Stuart Price and Michael Bruce’s Ed: The Musical leads the pack with four nominations, followed by Christopher Hamilton’s Over the Threshold with three. Four other musicals – Cynthia Hopkins’ Accidental Nostalgia, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Jake Brunger and Pippa Leary’s The Great British Soap Opera, and Baba Brinkman’s rap piece The Rebel Cell – all receive two nods apiece. Read more

63rd Edinburgh International Festival Starts Today

August 14, 2009

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Publicity image for the Michael Clark Company

The 2009 Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) kicks off this evening (14 August) with the traditional opening concert at Usher Hall, which this year features a performance of Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Edinburgh Festival Chorus. The festival is the parent of the much larger and more chaotic Edinburgh Fringe, which opened last Friday (See News, 7 Aug 2009). Read more

Dennis Kelly’s Orphans Leads First Round of Fringe Firsts

August 14, 2009

orphans_traverse150.jpgThe first winners of this year’s prestigious Fringe First Awards, celebrating high-quality new drama at the Edinburgh Festival, have been announced by The Scotsman newspaper today (14 August 2009).

Amongst the winners is Dennis Kelly’s latest play Orphans, a disturbing urban drama in which a couple’s insular world is shaken up the arrival of the woman’s brother, covered in blood. The Paines Plough production reunites Kelly with director Roxana Silbert, who premiered Kelly’s After the End at the Traverse in 2005. Co-produced with Birmingham Rep, after the Fringe, it heads to Birmingham (10 to 26 September) before transferring to London’s Soho Theatre (30 September to 24 October). The cast features Joe Armstrong, Jonathan McGuinness and Claire-Louise Cordwell. Read more

Catwalk Confidential Announces West End Transfer Post-Fringe

August 13, 2009

Robyn Peterson performs Catwalk,  based on her lifeCatwalk Confidential, Robyn Peterson’s one-woman show about her time as a supermodel, will transfer directly to the West End’s Arts Theatre for a limited four weeks from 9 September to 3 October 2009 (previews from 4 September), following its UK premiere season this month at the Edinburgh Fringe. Read more

Superbreak Winner Celebrates First Trip to Fringe & Tattoo

August 12, 2009

edinburghtattoo.jpgCongratulations to Marion Cross, the winner of our competition giving away a luxury hotel break, run in conjunction with our partners at Superbreak, the UK’s leading short break operator, and leading Fringe producers Festival Highlights.

Marion, who lives in east London, will head up north next week for two nights’ accommodation – on 19 and 20 August– at the centrally located Royal Scots Club hotel. Her prize package includes tickets and souvenir programmes to the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, discounts on Tattoo merchandise and tickets to a choice of two shows from the 2009 Festival Highlights programme. Read more

Keith Jack & WOS’s Michael Coveney Stop Show!

August 12, 2009

keithjack2008.jpgWhatsonstage.com chief critic Michael Coveney is getting rather more involved than most critics at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. In addition to all the other reviews he’s been filing this week, he’s written a review of the “perfect musical”. The catch is, it doesn’t exist – or won’t until tonight (Wednesday 12 August) at 10.50pm at the Musical Theatre @ George Square.

Michael’s review will form the basis for tonight’s performance of Showstopper! The Improvised Musical. At the beginning of the night, Michael will hand over his review –including the show’s title, storyline and musical styles – to Showstopper’s onstage director Dylan Emery. Read more

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