London Theatre Weekly Round-up: Hugh Jackman concert, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, new Chicago cast member, and more!

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Hugh Jackman in concert? Tell us more! We’ve got that and more exciting news in this week’s London theatre round-up. Catch it all right here.

Hugh Jackman will perform at London’s O2 in June. The Man. The Music. The Show. No, seriously, that’s the title of Hugh Jackman’s upcoming world tour concert. As part of that tour, Jackman will perform two concerts at the O2 Arena in June 2019. He’ll sing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables, The Boy from Oz, and other musicals and movies. In other words, this is the ultimate Hugh Jackman showtunes concert.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat will return to London. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical based on the Bible story of Joseph will rock the London Palladium next summer. Tickets go on sale next Friday. No casting news yet, but you can read up on all the other details here.

Caroline Flack joins Chicago. The West End revival is nearing its end (5 January), and we have our final Roxie Hart: ITV presenter Caroline Flack. She’ll give her first performance 10 December.

The Dear Evan Hansen movie is official. The rumors are true! Hit Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will be made into a movie by Universal Pictures. So far, the production team includes director Stephen Chbosky (Wonder), producers Marc Platt and Adam Siegel and screenwriter Steven Levenson–who penned the Dear Evan Hansen script. Sources say that Ben Platt may be in early talks to star in the film, but we’re waiting for the official announcement before we get too excited. And speaking of excited, did we mention how thrilled we are that Evan is coming to London next year?

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Emma Rigby in Witness for the Prosecution. Credit: Ellie Kurttz

Witness for the Prosecution gets a new cast. Agatha Christie’s mysterious courtroom drama, now in its second year, welcomed a new cast on 20 November. The line-up now includes Emma Rigby (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland, Hollyoaks), Daniel Solbe, Jasper Britton (Pack of Lies, The Libertine), William Chubb (Othello, This House), Christopher Ravenscroft (High Society, The Ruth Rendell Mysteries) and Ewan Stewart (Titanic, Let The Right One In).

Bonnie Langford joins the cast of 9 to 5 the Musical. Currently playing Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street, Langford starred in the 9 to 5 national tour, playing Roz Keith. She’ll reprise that role for the show’s West End premiere.

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery extends and announces new cast members. Mischief Theatre’s Olivier Award-nominated comedy is now running until 3 November 2019. Starting 18 December, the show welcomes new cast members Julia Frith, Liam Jeavons, Jack Whittle and Jean-Luke Worrell. In January, Gareth Tempest and Emily Stott will join the cast.

The London production of 42nd Street will be available for streaming on BroadwayHD. Though we’re still waiting on a release date, it’s confirmed that the spectacular 42nd Street will be available for streaming in 2019. Meanwhile, you can still catch the production live if you’re in London!

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42nd Street. Credit: Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

The Barbican will host a performance of Roy Budd’s score for the 1925 silent The Phantom of the Opera film. Roy Budd’s thrilling score for the film was set to premiere at London’s Barbican in 1993, but the composer died before he could perform it. Last year, the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra performed the score at the London Coliseum. This year, it returns to London at the Barbican for an 18 March performance in the space where it was originally set to premiere.

A new adaptation of The War of the Worlds is coming in 2019. Theatre company Rhum and Clay will premiere a new adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds at New Diorama Theatre in 2019. Inspired by Orson Welles’ infamous radio adaptation and the current fake news trend, this adaptation looks to be radically different from any we’ve yet seen.

We Will Rock You is going on tour. A reimagined production of Ben Elton’s Queen musical will tour the UK and Ireland starting in September 2019.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now in previews at the Picadilly Theatre. Returning for a limited season, the Olivier and Tony Award-winning play opens officially on 11 December. If you didn’t catch it the first time around, now’s your chance….