News: Olivier Award winners ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical!’ take up four-month residence at the Garrick Theatre

One of the last West End shows to be cancelled before lockdown in March, The Showstoppers turned their final performance at the Lyric Theatre into an impromptu online live stream event, which has since been viewed more than 112,000 times.

During lockdown The Showstoppers have been keeping their fans entertained with live streams – some of the only new musicals to be created and broadcast during this time! – online kids shows and bespoke songs – written and recorded in 24 hours – following online challenges from global celebrities including Elaine Paige, Ramin Karimloo and Derren Brown.

Now The Showstoppers are storming back to the West End to take up a (socially distanced) four-month residence at the Garrick Theatre. Capacity at the Garrick Theatre has been reduced to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.

With 12 years as an Edinburgh Festival must-see phenomenon, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have blazed a trail in world class improvised comedy since 2008 and delighted audiences across the globe. Now, with well over 1000 performances under their belts, they’re back in a new home at the Garrick
Theatre for a limited run of singular, one-night-only musical extravaganzas.

The Showstoppers transform audience suggestions – for setting, musical styles, show title and more – into an entirely different show every single night! Guaranteed to impress, they create shows packed with high drama, superb lyrics, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – entirely made up on the spot as the Showstopper team – cast and band – weave a brand-new musical in front of the very eyes of the audience, complete with hilarious characters, fabulous dance routines, beautiful songs, epic story lines, all sprinkled with the pizzazz of a Broadway show.

Every Showstopper! performance is a brand-new musical West End hit waiting to happen – so whether you fancy ‘Hamilton’ on Hampstead Heath or some Sondheim set in a castle, you say it and – as always – The Showstoppers will make it happen!

Rotating Cast: Jonathan Ainscough, Ruth Bratt, Justin Brett, Matt Cavendish, Dylan Emery, Pippa Evans, Susan Harrison, Joshua Jackson, Ali James, Sean McCann, Adam Meggido, Philip Pellew, Andrew Pugsley, Lauren Shearing, Lucy Trodd, Heather Urquhart.

Rotating musicians: Craig Apps, Christopher Ash, Alex Atty, Jordan Clarke, Pete Furness, Nathan Gregory, Calie Hough, Chloe Potter, Duncan Walsh Atkins, Andrew Woolf.

Creators and Directors Adam Meggido & Dylan Emery, Musical Supervisor Duncan Walsh Atkins, Movement Director Ali James, Set Design Simon Scullion, Costume & Prop Design Gabriella Slade, Lighting Design Damian Robertson, Sound Design Oscar Thompson, Produced by Showstopper Productions Ltd.

During lockdown whilst The Showstoppers were prevented from improvising musicals together – technology isn’t yet fast enough to keep up with them across multiple locations! – the company entertained audiences by turning their talents to writing and recording songs from their homes. In the last six months they have completed five full episodes of The
Showstoppers’ Online Storytime for kids, a livestreamed Alternative Eurovision Song Contest which raised over £7,000 for The Care Workers Charity and two socially distanced livestreamed musicals which have sold over 1,200 tickets and received over 3,000 suggestions for musical theatre styles, songs and settings so far. The 24 Hour Song Challenges, Online Storytime episodes and the Alternative Eurovision Song Contest can be watched on www.showstopperthemusical.com, the livestreamed shows can be purchased on Vimeo for a small fee.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is playing at the Garrick Theatre on Monday 16 November, Monday 30 November, Monday 7 December, Monday 11 January, Monday 8 February and Monday 22 February, 2021.

Photo credit: Hugo Glendinning

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