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If you’ve been keeping up with the latest news in the world of musicals, you’ll know there’s a lot to get excited about if you’re taking theatre breaks in the West End in the next few months or in 2011. While we’ve known about some of the fantastic upcoming shows for a long time, recent casting news has brought them one step closer to reality!

Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act

First up is the great news for anyone who missed Whoopi Goldberg’s star turn in Sister Act at the London Palladium in August, as the legendary screen actress has announced she’ll tread the boards again when she rejoins the cast in October.

Catch Whoopi reprising the role of Mother Superior in five performances, from Friday 22 to Monday 25 October, to see a real star in action. That’s no offence to Sally Dexter, who’s been fantastic in the role the two times I’ve seen the show, but I have to admit the chance to see a Hollywood star in action is just too good to miss! :D

This could also be your last chance to see the show in London, at least for a while, before it closes on 30 October to begin a nationwide tour. This should be great news for those of you living elsewhere in the UK though, so be sure to check if your local theatre is booking the show.

So while one West End hit comes to an end, another is about to begin, though we still have to wait until May 2011 for Shrek The Musical to take to the stage at the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane.

Shrek The Musical
The cast of Shrek The Musical in the USA

Fans of the loveable ogre and his merry band of travellers can now get an idea of what the UK version of the hit Broadway show will look like, with news that all the lead roles have now been cast!

Stage favourite Nigel Lindsay has confirmed he’ll be taking the lead role of Shrek – presumably with a fair amount of body padding, unless he’s really committed to the part! If you’re a long-time follower of theatre you might have seen him in anything from Dealer’s Choice in 1995 to last year’s run of The Homecoming at the Almeida Theatre, and his versatile skills will surely make for a Shrek to remember!

Joining him will be fellow Nigel, Nigel Harman, as Shrek’s adversary Lord Farquaad, while actor and MC Richard Blackwood will take on the popular role as Shrek’s companion Donkey. But what you might really want to know is who’ll be playing Shrek’s love interest Princess Fiona… I won’t keep you in suspense: it’s Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.

Does Amanda have what it takes to make the role her own? Keep an eye out here at Superbreak and we’ll let you know as soon as tickets become available. The show’s bound to be a huge success, so don’t leave it too late to book your theatre break!

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