What’s on at the Sunderland Empire
Sunderland Empire Sep/Oct 2019 listings
THE BOOK OF MORMON– Until 14 September (various performances)
This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries.
The New York Times calls it ‘The best musical of this century.’ The Washington Post says, ‘It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals.’ And Entertainment Weekly raves, ‘Grade A: the funniest musical of all time.’ It’s The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award and four-time Olivier Award-winning Best Musical.
This outrageous musical comedy from the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Bobby Lopez, the Co-writer of Avenue Q and Frozen, follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Now with sold-out productions in London, on Broadway, and in North America, Melbourne and Sydney, The Book of Mormon has become a worldwide sensation.
MICHAEL – THE MAGIC OF MICHAEL JACKSON– 18 September (7.30pm)
Michael – The Magic of Michael Jackson is a jaw-dropping and magical tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. As the largest touring tribute to Michael Jackson in the UK today, this award winning production features an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance routines and of course, the inimitable Ben. The show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar you will ever experience.
This incredible show features not only the greatest hits of Michael Jackson, but also The Jackson 5. The show includes ‘Thriller, ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Man in the Mirror’, and many, many more of Michael Jackson’s catalogue of hit songs.
ANT MIDDLETON– MIND OVER MUSCLE – Friday 20 September (7pm) SOLD OUT
Ant Middleton, Sunday Times Best Selling Author and chief instructor for Channel 4’s hit shows, SAS : Who Dares Wins brings his immersive theatre show to audiences across the UK.
Ant Middleton will star in a brand new fully immersive show for 2019, The Mind Over Muscle Tour. The No. 1 Sunday Times Best Selling Author’s tour will bring the ‘elements’ to the audience through lighting, sound and set.
The show will recreate what mental strength it took behind the scenes for Ant to complete his recent SAS series and his huge Everest challenge. Plus, throughout, Ant will take the audience through a motivational journey of self-help and self-discovery.
SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK – Saturday 21 September (7.30pm)
50 years on from the release of Rod’s first album, Some Guys Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story is back in theatres in 2019 with a brand new show, bringing to the stage a fantastic live concert celebration. Frontman Paul Metcalfe is incredible as Rod and captures all the excitement, energy and charisma of the legendary performer including the infamous moves, showmanship, and sense of fun that have made Rod one of the most successful artists of all time. The first half of the show features hits from Rod’s early career such as ‘Handbags & Gladrags’ along with favourites like ‘Stay With Me’ and
‘Twisting The Night Away’, interwoven with some interesting and amusing anecdotes, taking you on a musical journey through Rod’s career over the last five decades.
ON YOUR FEET!– 30 September – 5 October
The Broadway and West End production of Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s smash-hit musical embarks on an international tour this autumn. ON YOUR FEET! is the inspiring true love story of Emilio and Gloria and charts their journey from its origins in Cuba, onto the streets of Miami and finally to international superstardom.
This exhilarating musical features some of the most iconic pops songs of the era, including ‘Rhythm Is Gonna Get You’, ‘Conga’, ‘Get On Your Feet’, ‘Don’t Want To Lose You Now’ and ‘1-2-3’. Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), with choreography by Olivier Award-winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and book by Academy Award® winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman).
ANNIE– Mon 7 – Sat 12 Oct
The smash-hit production of ANNIE comes to Sunderland for 1 week only this autumn, direct from London’s West End. This ‘glorious revival’ (The Times) stars Birds of a Feather’sLesley Joseph as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan!
Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks. Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…
With its Tony® award-winning book and score, including the unforgettable songs It’s The Hard-Knock Life, Easy Street, I Don’t Need Anything But Youand Tomorrow, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll loveit!
MOTOWN THE MUSICAL – Tue 15 – Sat 26 Oct
The sensational hit West End musical is bringing its unique sound to Sunderland!
Discover the story of Motown Records, when Berry Gordy with just $800 borrowed from his family, launched the careers of legendary artists including Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Temptations,and many more.
Motown the Musicalis the next chapter in Motown’s incredible history and is an experience you’ll never forget. Featuring over 50 classic hits including My Girl, What’s Going On, Dancing in the Street, I Heard It Through The Grapevineand Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
ANYTHING FOR LOVE – THE MEAT LOAF STORY– Thu 31 Oct – 7.30pm
Brought to you by the legendary Steve Steinman, the brand new productionAnything for Love features Meat Loaf’s greatest hits and special guest star Lorraine Crosby,the female lead vocalist on Meat Loaf’s No 1 hit I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
With incredible stage set, live band and production, combined with Steve’s well-known sense of humour and stage presence, the show will feature over 25 of Meat Loaf’s iconic hits including Anything For Love, Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Light, Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth – Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad, Dead Ringer For Loveand many, many more!
Tickets available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022*or www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland*calls cost up to 7p per minute plus standard network charges. Booking and transaction fees may apply to telephone and online bookings.