Jump to content


- - - - -

Bridget Jones' Diary : The Musical


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 bradleyconnor

bradleyconnor

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 95 posts

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:02 PM

I thought this musical was happening with Sheridan Smith rumoured to be playing Bridget. But looks like she has expressed a disinterest in the role now. Workshops began in 2011 but Smith dropped out, and with Stephen Carlile apparently playing the role of Mark Darcy I don't know whats happening. Just wondering if anyone knew anything about this?

Kerry Ellis also expressed interested in playing Bridget but is now doing RENT : In Concert.

<_<
Musicals/Plays seen -
2011 - The WIZ (Leeds)
2012 - Two (Manchester), Chicago UK Tour (Manchester), Grease UK Tour (Manchester), Blood Brothers UK Tour (Manchester)
2013 - Billy Elliot (London) x2, Shrek The Musical (London), Matilda (London), Wicked (London), Hairspray UK Tour (Leeds), Priscilla Queen of The Dessert UK Tour (Bradford)
2014 - Les Miserables (London), I Cant Sing! (London)

#2 paplazaroo

paplazaroo

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 350 posts

Posted 22 January 2013 - 09:28 PM

I heard that Sheridan decided against it which meant that the show lost momentum and is in limbo. I personally think they could do it without Sheridan but I can see why she turned it down, she doesn't need to take risks any more.

#3 bradleyconnor

bradleyconnor

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 95 posts

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:12 PM

Sheridan would be perfect for the role, she played Elle in Legally Blonde perfectly I think. I mean there is many people that could play the part, but I dont think Kerry is right for it. Hopefully Let It Be will close at the Savoy and let something else come in though, preferably Bridget Jones. Would love to go see it.
Musicals/Plays seen -
2011 - The WIZ (Leeds)
2012 - Two (Manchester), Chicago UK Tour (Manchester), Grease UK Tour (Manchester), Blood Brothers UK Tour (Manchester)
2013 - Billy Elliot (London) x2, Shrek The Musical (London), Matilda (London), Wicked (London), Hairspray UK Tour (Leeds), Priscilla Queen of The Dessert UK Tour (Bradford)
2014 - Les Miserables (London), I Cant Sing! (London)

#4 KevinUK

KevinUK

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 871 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:33 PM

Sheridan's fully booked until the middle of next year. My guess is the production wasn't strong enough - it would sell on the name of 'Bridget Jones' alone. Although maybe it was pushed back due to the 3rd film being in the works?
If I stay awake, it must be good.

#5 Seriously

Seriously

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 408 posts

Posted 23 January 2013 - 03:00 AM

They wanted her to commit to a year, but she wanted a 6 month get-out clause.  Added to that the production team kept asking Lilly Allen to rewrite stuff, so it all got a bit tense and unproductive

#6 Eastender

Eastender

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 74 posts

Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:11 AM

Please excuse my ignorance but I know nothing about this.
Is this actually written yet.
Who are the creative team behind it all.
From above I see Lily Allen is involved - music and lyrics?
Has it been performed anywhere.
More info please.

#7 Front Row Dress

Front Row Dress

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 308 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

The problems lay not with Lily Allen (whose songs were apparently wonderful) or Sheridan Smith (a perfect Bridget, surely?) but with Helen Fielding. Don't expect to see a production any time soon.
www.frontrowdress.com

#8 Ian

Ian

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 824 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Scarborough, North Yorkshire
  • Interests:Theatre, cats and photography principally.

Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

View PostFront Row Dress, on 23 January 2013 - 11:02 AM, said:

The problems lay not with Lily Allen (whose songs were apparently wonderful) or Sheridan Smith (a perfect Bridget, surely?)

This much I also heard from someone in the workshops of the show.
The engine roared, the motor hissed,
And who could see that the road would twist

#9 Rooster Byron

Rooster Byron

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 151 posts

Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:06 PM

I think Julie Atherton would make a wonderful Bridget

#10 bradleyconnor

bradleyconnor

    Advanced Member

  • Full Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 95 posts

Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

View PostEastender, on 23 January 2013 - 10:11 AM, said:

Please excuse my ignorance but I know nothing about this.
Is this actually written yet.
Who are the creative team behind it all.
From above I see Lily Allen is involved - music and lyrics?
Has it been performed anywhere.
More info please.

Music and Lyrics by Lily Allen and Greg Kurstin.
Yes apparently it's written.
Yes apparently Helen Fielding said the script was "raw and incomplete"
It was performed in 2009 to a small audience
This is from Wikipedia - In early 2010, it was confirmed that Tony award-winning English theatre and film director and producer Stephen Daldry, and Peter Darling would serve as director and choreographer respectively - so I suspect that it's work in progress.

Workshops have been done too.
Musicals/Plays seen -
2011 - The WIZ (Leeds)
2012 - Two (Manchester), Chicago UK Tour (Manchester), Grease UK Tour (Manchester), Blood Brothers UK Tour (Manchester)
2013 - Billy Elliot (London) x2, Shrek The Musical (London), Matilda (London), Wicked (London), Hairspray UK Tour (Leeds), Priscilla Queen of The Dessert UK Tour (Bradford)
2014 - Les Miserables (London), I Cant Sing! (London)




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users