There's much here to admire anyway. Several musical revivals have since been performed in concert at alfresco locations around the city. But they bring to the stage version a cheerful, hard-grafting energy honed from their years in pop bands, as Strictly contestants, and in previous theatrical knock-offs of cinematic gems, such as Big and Elf. Sleepless, A Musical Romance: Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London, until 27 September 2020. While the show manages to achieve a certain level of joy and lightheartedness overall, it's also rather stilted. After a while, you don’t really notice it, because the story has separation in its DNA. The song comes with its own reprise: “Shall we do it again, just from the key change?” And they do. I particularly liked the details: the way that Ian William Galloway's video designs have the description of the architectural plans written along the top, in a nod to Sam's profession as an architect; how Sue Simmerling's costumes introduce flashes of colour into a desaturated world. Temperatures were checked at the door, masks were worn inside and social spacing reduced the seating capating from 1,200 to 400. The production's book sticks close to Nora Ephron's classic film as McGuiness' architect Sam struggles after the loss of his wife.

The 1993 romantic comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is transformed into a musical at the Pasadena Playhouse. Tania Mathurin makes the most of some terrific, cynical lines as Annie's best friend Becky. “Sleepless: A Musical Romance” at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theater in London. Here's hoping this production signals the start of better times ahead for the theatre industry as a whole. Standing behind the boundlessly charming and moving original it fades away. Indeed, the closest “Sleepless” comes to a showstopper is a second-act duet, “Now or Never,” for Hart and the musical theater veteran Cory English as Sam’s ebullient friend, Rob. SLEEPLESS: A MUSICAL ROMANCE review: Strictly Come Dancing stars Jay McGuiness and Kimberely Walsh reunite for London's first indoor show since lockdown, based on … Morgan Young’s handsome production — built around songs by the British duo of composer Robert Scott and lyricist Brendan Cull — strips away the cloying sentimentality of the film and delivers a string of stylish, jazzy numbers that have all the poise of a Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh collaboration. The result builds into the plot a geographical separation that chimes with our socially distanced age: The show, like the film, spends two hours bringing the widowed Sam (Jay McGuiness) and the excitable Annie (Kimberley Walsh) together atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day, at which point they don’t do much more than clasp hands as Morgan Large’s attractive two-tiered turntable set whooshes them from view. In terms of social distancing, the entire evening felt safe, enjoyable and stress-free. SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, based on the original screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, will premiere at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre, London on 1 September 2020, with previews from 25 August.The limited season will run until 27 September 2020. They milk it. And there is something mad and brilliant about turning an American classic film into a musical in a big shed in Wembley in the middle of a pandemic. Notable moments include a comic trio entitled "Dear Sleepless," in which three hopeful bachelorettes recite their various letters to Sam. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Kimberley Walsh as Annie, left, and Tania Mathurin as Becky. The music, by Robert Scott, is flute-heavy and generic. Sam soon begins to receive letters from enthusiastic women all over the country, each one hoping they'll land the man dubbed 'Sleepless in Seattle'. The theater itself, which is toward the outer reaches of northwestern London and well away from the still-shuttered West End, is putting less than one-third of its 1,300 seats on sale for each performance — a revenue-limiting measure by producers who clearly decided that some paying public was better than no public at all. Sarah Harding 'made teary calls to Girls Aloud stars’ amid cancer news, Jay McGuiness details how Strictly partner stepped in with bosses, Sleepless musical review: Jay McGuiness and Kimberley Walsh, Andrew Lloyd Webber begs Boris Johnson ‘Give us a date, mate’. Cory English gives a standout turn as Sam's best friend Rob.

He wants his father to be happy, but Sam is struggling to move on and won't even consider dating anyone new. For those unfamiliar with the plot: eager for his father to find a new partner, Sam's son Jonah calls into a Seattle radio show late one night and confides in psychiatrist Dr Marcia Fieldstone. The only razzle-dazzle number is Now Or Never, performed by the charming Jobe Hart as Jonah and Cory English as Sam’s friend Rob. Audience members were sent e-tickets with accompanying safety advice prior to the performance, and all staff and audience members are required to wear masks or visors. I truly wanted to love this production so much. View our Privacy Policy. Based on the hit 1993 hit film “Sleepless in Seattle,” the production is London’s first fully staged indoor musical in months. The lights went down, the band started up and we all prayed that finally the show might go on. Director Morgan Young's staging is equally sophisticated, with a revolving grey cube at the centre conjuring everything from Sam's Seattle houseboat to the Empire State Building where the couple finally – after Jonah's intervention – meet. SLEEPLESS is a new musical with a book by Michael Burdette and music and lyrics by new British writers Robert Scott and Brendan Cull and will feature a 12-piece jazz orchestra. Everybody was full of praise and admiration for producer Michael Rose's courageous commitment to reviving live theatre. “Sleepless: A Musical Romance,” which opened on Tuesday at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theater, is more noteworthy for what it represents than for the show itself: London’s first fully staged indoor musical since the coronavirus pandemic brought live performances to a halt back in March. Watch the Official Trailer For the Digital Production of WHAT A CARVE UP!

Directed by Morgan Young and based on the hit 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle, the story centres around loveable widower Sam and his kismet encounter with starry-eyed reporter Annie. As Sam talks on air, from Seattle, women across America warm to his tenderness and his plight – including Annie (Walsh), a reporter from Baltimore who is about to embark on an unsuitable marriage to her boss. But it’s unclear why Annie really needs to sing of her love for Grant — just as it’s hard to believe that so avid a film buff would debate the pronunciation of Kerr’s last name. The book, by Michael Burdette, simplifies and coarsens the story, overemphasising the old Hollywood references and the theme of destiny. West End, Off-West End, fringe shows, exclusive members discount at top celeb hang out, post-show Q&As and meet and greets. The Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre was certainly abuzz for the opening night of Sleepless: A Musical Romance - the first fully staged musical to take place in the UK since the beginning of lockdown. (This “Sleepless,” by the way, is not connected to a separate 2013 stage musical that had its premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in California.). DON'T MISS Princess Diana musical to spark RAGE if show comes to UK - 'Shameless'Jay McGuiness: Strictly Come Dancing star reveals backstage tantrumsGirls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh on Sleepless: A Musical Romance.

This reflects a larger problem with all the underwritten, thinly sketched secondary characters. Unfortunately, while not for lack of effort, her performance overall feels underpowered and lacking in authenticity. Applause for that, at least. The set is wittily architectural. Sleepless is at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre until 27 September. That they have done so is an assertion of their faith in the power of theatre to make people feel better, the capacity of love to conquer all, and worthy desire to show that it is possible to put freelances back to work. Tania Mathurin delivers a self-assured, effortless portrayal of Annie's editor Becky, encapsulated best in a punchy and energetic solo entitled "Some Things You Just Know". It’s stodgy, but this musical adaptation of Sleepless In Seattle feels like a sweet treat in showbiz-starved times. With a book by Michael Burdette and songs by British duo Robert Scott and Brendan Cull the story is told with swish and flair. Kimberley Walsh as Annie and Jay McGuiness as Sam. Brendan Cull’s lyrics are full of gawky rhymes but Walsh in particular has the oomph to sell them. It’s fine to present Annie, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun, as a film buff with an abiding interest in the Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr film “An Affair to Remember,” to which the “Sleepless” film owes a debt. Based on the hit 1993 hit film “Sleepless in Seattle,” the production is London’s first fully staged indoor musical in months. Based on the original screenplay, Sleepless has a book by Michael Burdette and music and lyrics from new British writers Robert Scott and Brendan Cull. Robert Scott and Brendan Cull's score is undeniably well-crafted but simply not memorable. What's New on BroadwayHD for October 2020? The hardworking ensemble feels underused - but in fairness, this could be a decision made in an effort to minimise the amount of bodies on stage at any one time (the cast are situated in dressing room 'bubbles' according to who they share the stage with). The determination of all involved makes it especially disappointing that the director Morgan Young’s production isn’t more exciting, however likable its leads are.

Sleepless: A Musical Romance was initially due to open in March, earlier this year, but was pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown restrictions shutting down theatres. Its first attempt to open in London a few years back ultimately didn’t happen and aside from a short preview run at Christmas, March 24 th of this year was to be the date Sleepless finally premiered, but we all know what happened next.

This show was planned pre-Covid and has become the first large-scale indoor production to open with an audience since March. Sleepless In Seattle Pasadena - P 2013 This serviceable world premiere musicalization of the 1993 hit movie sturdily integrates songs into storytelling and provides a … True, auditorium capacity at the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley Park has been reduced from 1,200 to 400, we wear masks and there's a one-way system to take us to the loo. The musical numbers he shares with Jonah ("A Whole Different Ballgame" and the brilliant "Now or Never") really are the best in the show. Now, back to the show itself. Sam's story piques the interest of hopeless romantic Annie (Kimberley Walsh), a newspaper reporter 3,000 miles away in Baltimore. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. While this beloved and touching tale lends itself well to the genre of musical theatre, this new musical offering does feel a little uneven at times. It helps that the musical has as its source “Sleepless in Seattle,” the wildly successful 1993 screen comedy starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan that is unusual for keeping its romantically inclined leads apart until the very end. Jay McGuiness produces a likeable and somewhat charismatic Sam, but his voice is perhaps a little weaker at times than the role requires. The cast are largely strong and do a commendable job of breathing new life into a well-loved tale. Registered in England No. The problem is that this Annie is not engaging. Troubadour Wembley Park Andrew Lloyd Webber finally opens up on what he REALLY thinks of Cats, Princess Diana musical to spark RAGE if show comes to UK - 'Shameless', Jay McGuiness: Strictly Come Dancing star reveals backstage tantrums, Girls Aloud's Kimberley Walsh on Sleepless: A Musical Romance, Paul McCartney and Andrew Lloyd Webber top music’s money list, Phillip Schofield's snub over Andrew Lloyd Webber musical revealed, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera confession revealed, Diana The Musical reaction: Royal fans brand project ‘ridiculous’.