The rootin’ tootin’ Calamity Jane cracks into the Hawth Theatre, Crawley on November 11th. I spoke to the show’s star Jodie Prenger about the tour, her career and what she thinks of celebrity divas.
The Hawth Crawley – Crawley Operatic Society
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 to Saturday, October 18, 2014
I spoke to Helen Fallowell who is playing the female lead Nellie Forbush
Sam Hiller | Interview
An A-Z of Musical Theatre is the creation of Sam Hiller (resident director Phantom of the Opera), his wife Naomi Cobby (Phantom of the Opera) and West End Musical Director, Stevie Higgins. I caught up with Sam to ask him all about the show.
Kerry Ellis is hailed as the Queen of the West End having had lead roles in London and on Broadway. She has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist. About to embark on a tour she has just released a brand new studio album featuring songs she performed at her London Palladium concert and will be singing again on tour.
Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash ‘Wicked’, for which she won the 2008 Whatsonstage.com Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’. She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre for 6 months, where she won the Broadway.com Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance. Kerry has recently returned to the role that made her famous in Wicked for a strictly limited run in London. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserablés.
Kerry is performing her new touring show at the ‘Capitol in Horsham’ on the Saturday 4th October for one night only.
I caught up with her to talk about her career.
The producers of the year’s Hawth pantomime Sleeping Beauty auditioned over 30 local performers for the title role over the weekend, and, after putting all the hopefuls through their paces, chose Lauren Cocoracchio to star alongside TV star, Stephen Mulhern, impressionist Hilary O’Neil and CBeebies’ Cat Sandion in their smash-hit pantomime, Sleeping Beauty.
Dancer / choreographer Jemma Gould has recently been involved with ‘Dead in the Water’ a recent hit at the Camden Fringe Festival produced by Balls in the Air Theatre Company. I recently caught up with her and asked her how she enjoyed working on the production and her thoughts on growing up in East Grinstead.