Sep 16, 2022
The Mark Allen Group, publisher of Gramophone, Jazzwise and Songlines – the leading magazines in classical, jazz and world music – is delighted to announce the launch of Musicals magazine, the only consumer title in print to embrace and celebrate this incredibly diverse genre on an international scale.
Musicals magazine is a celebration of all things Musical Theatre, with a focus on the West End
and Broadway, but also covering regional and international productions, and what’s on screen
as well as on stage. Editorially, the magazine is pitched at both the novice and connoisseur of
the genre featuring interviews with creative teams, from producers and designers to composers
and lyricists as well as the stars of the shows. Reviews are integral to the publication with
in-depth analysis of productions as well as recordings. Edited by Sarah Kirkup, writers for the
magazine include the very best critics, presenters, authors and biographers of Musical Theatre,
all of whom are steeped in this world and have years of experience of writing about the genre:
among these are critic, broadcaster and presenter Edward Seckerson, London theatre critic for
the International New York Times Matt Wolf, official Sondheim biographer David Benedict,
and Deputy Editor of The Stage Matthew Hemley.
Sarah Kirkup, Editor of Musicals says: ‘Whether you’re new to Musical Theatre, an aficionado, or somewhere in between,
this magazine is for you. Our cover star of the launch issue is the unstoppable Marisha Wallace who has smashed through
barriers to redefine what Musical Theatre in the 21st century looks like, most recently in her unflinching portrayal of Ado
Annie in Oklahoma! at London’s Young Vic. Other features include an appraisal of Stephen Sondheim’s legacy by his official
biographer David Benedict, while Matt Wolf looks at the most recent successful transfers of stage musicals to the big screen,
from this summer’s 13 to the forthcoming Matilda. Plus, we review UK shows including Bugsy Malone and The Famous Five,
Broadway’s MJ and A Strange Loop and the North American premiere of & Juliet in Toronto. We’re pleased to include recording
reviews too, from the cast recording of Back to the Future to John Barrowman’s new album ‘Centre Stage’. And we have the
one-and-only Elaine Paige joining us too, for a trip down memory lane – from her earliest encounters with musicals to the
starring role in Evita that transformed her career.
The first issue of Musicals will be on sale from 21 October, 2022 and launched at the Musical Con at London’s ExCel on 22-23
October. The magazine will be distributed throughout UK newsstand (WHSmiths, Waitrose, Tesco & Sainsbury’s) and specialist
stockists as well as internationally, and available at retail for three months until January 2023. Musicals will then continue from
April 2023 as a regular bi-monthly magazine, available on newsstand and via subscription, in print & digital formats.