Two new musicals are being tipped to transfer to the West End where, keen producers hope, they’ll help to attract new young black audiences to the theatre. Nitro’s Slamdunk, which has been touring the UK this spring, blends hip-hop, rap and live basketball in a tale about the local star player who must choose between the big league and his family and friends. The Big Life - developed, without subsidy, at east London’s Theatre Royal Stratford East, where it opened last month and has now extended by a week to 29 May (See News, 8 Apr 2004) - transports Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost to 1950s London and sets it to a ska musical score.