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Interviews with theatre's biggest stars! West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, sits down with West End performers and creatives for candid, in-depth discussions about their careers and latest projects.

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S7 Ep16: Danielle Steers, Cher in The Cher Show
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Danielle Steers is  one of three performers playing the role of Cher in the UK premiere of The Cher Show which is touring the UK and Ireland. Danielle plays Lady, alongside Millie O'Connell as Babe and Debbie Kurup as Star.

Directed by Arlene Phillips with choreography by Oti Mabuse, this is an all-new production of the show featuring costume design by Gabriella Slade who recently won a Tony Award for Six The Musical.

Danielle's theatre credits include: The Empress in Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Carmen in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Shirelle in the original London cast of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), swing and cover Nicki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre), cover Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour), Dynamite in Hairspray (Aberystwyth Arts Centre), Judge and cover Pilar in Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre) and Divine in Respect La Diva (Garrick Theatre).

Danielle originated the role of Zahara in Bat out of Hell, playing the role in Manchester and during its West End runs at the ENO and Dominion Theatre. Danielle reprised her performance internationally when Bat out of Hell transferred to the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and New York City Centre.

Danielle was the first West End replacement for Catherine Parr in Six The Musical at the Arts Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre. She released her debut album The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be in 2021.

Follow Danielle on Instagram: @misssteers

The Cher Show is touring until March 2023. Visit www.cheronstage.com for info, tour dates and tickets.

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Sep 29, 2022
S7 Ep15: Jacob Fowler, Prince Topher in Cinderella & JD in Heathers
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Jacob is currently preparing to star as Prince Topher in the UK premiere of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester.

Jacob joined the 2021 London production of Heathers at The Other Palace, understudying and regularly playing the role of JD. He went on to takeover the role full-time to huge acclaim.

In 2020 Jacob won BBC reality show Little Mix: The Search as part of the band Simply September, and went on to support Little Mix on their 2022 Confetti Arena Tour.

Jacob's theatre credits also include: Bobby in Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK Tour), Mohr in Vanara: The Legend (Hackmey Empire), Hunter in In Pieces (Turbine Theatre) and Kings Of Broadway (Palace Theatre).

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella runs at the Hope Mill Theatre 1st November - 11th December 2022. You can see Jacob in concert at Live At Zedel on Monday 26th September.

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Sep 22, 2022
S7 Ep14: Matt Blaker, Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera
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Matt Blaker recently took over as Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera, having previously understudied the role in 2017.

A few of Matt's early theatre credits include Footloose (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Lyric Belfast), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour), Dusty (Charing Cross) and Jesus Christ Superstar (UK Tour).

Following his first run with Phantom, Matt originated the role of  Bob Gaudio in Luke Sheppard's new production of Jersey Boys (International Tour). He played Lt. Cable in South Pacific (Concert), Ernst in Cabaret (Frankfurt) and most recently starred as Billy Bigelow in Carousel at Kilworth House Theatre.

In this episode, Matt discusses why returning to Phantom is a special moment in his career and lots more!

The Phantom of the Opera is currently booking in London through to 4th March 2023. Visit www.uk.thephantomoftheopera.com for info and tickets.

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Sep 15, 2022
S7 Ep13: Khalid Daley, John Laurens & Philip Hamilton in Hamilton
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Khalid recently completed a run as John Laurens & Philip Hamilton in the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Having trained at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Khalid's theatre credits include: Dick Whittington (National Theatre), War Horse (UK and International Tour), Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (UK & Ireland Tour), Hamlet (UK Tour), Careen – The True History of Bonnie and Clyde (Birmingham Rep), Godspell (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Sweet Charity (National Youth Music Theatre) and Lord of the Flies (New Adventures). 

In this episode, Khalid discusses all things Hamilton, his path into the industry and lots lots more!

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Sep 08, 2022
S7 Ep12: Rebecca Thornhill, Mrs Burke in Girl From The North Country
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Fresh from runs in Matilda and Hairspray, Olivier nominee Rebecca Thornhill is currently starring as Mrs Burke in the UK tour of Girl From The North Country. 

Written and directed by Conor McPherson with the songs of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country premiered at the Old Vic in 2017 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. The show returned to the West End in 2019, with the production also running in Toronto.

Rebecca was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2001 for her performance as Lina Lamont in the National Theatre's production of Singin' in the Rain. She recently reprised her performance as Mrs Wormwood in Matilda, having previously played the role at the Cambridge Theatre and on tour. She also recently completed a run as Velma Von Tussle in the UK tour of Hairspray. Rebecca created the role of Karen Holmes in the original production of From Here To Eternity which ran in the West End at the Shaftesbury Theatre and was filmed for cinema/digital release. 

Just a few of Rebecca's other theatre credits include: Hotbox Girl in Guys and Dolls (Leicester), She Loves Me (Savoy), Demeter in Cats (New London), Babette in the original company of Beauty and The Beast (Dominion),  Annie in Annie Get Your Gun (UK Tour), Julie Laverne in Show Boat (Royal Albert Hall), Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (National Tour), Sally in Me and My Girl (UK Tour & Zimbabwe), Gertie Cummins in Oklahoma! (National Theatre & Lyceum), Cosette & Fantine in Les Miserables (West End / UK Tour / Denmark), Sukie Rougemont in Witches of Eastwick (Prince Of Wales), Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty (Prince of Wales), Evelyn Nesbit in Ragtime (Piccadilly), Roxie Hart in Chicago (Adelphi), Mrs Banks in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward / US Tour), Madge Hardwick in Top Hat (UK Tour) and Morticia in The Addams Family (Singapore). 

Girl From The North Country  tours the UK until 18th March 2023. Visit www.girlfromthenorthcountryshow.com for info, tour dates and tickets.

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Sep 05, 2022
S7 Ep11: Jarnéia “Jaye'J” Richard-Noel, star of Millennials & original Catherine of Aragon in Six
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Today we're joined by Olivier nominated original Six Queen Jarnéia Richard-Noel (also known as Jaye'J) who is currently starring in the London production of Millennials by Elliot Clay at The Other Palace.

Jarnéia originated the role of Catherine of Aaragon in Six The Musical. As part of the original cast, Jarnéia took the musical from its first tour, to a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the West End where she stayed with the show for almost three years at the Arts Theatre, Lyric Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre.

Alongside her fellow OG queens, Jarnéia was nominated for the 2019 Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical. Earlier this year, Jarnéia and the original West End cast of Six reunited for three sell-out performances at Hampton Court Palace, before shooting a filmed movie of Six at the Vaudeville Theatre.

After training at the Urdang Academy, Jarnéia made her professional debut as a singer/dancer for P&O Cruises. After leaving Six, she played Alice in Dick Whittington at the Norwich Theatre Royal before joining the UK tour of Hairspray as a swing for the Dynamites.

From six to seven, Jarnéia is part of the girl group SVN alongside the original West End cast of Six. Following the release of multiple singles, SVN recently played their debut headline show at the O2 Academy Islington.

In this episode, Jaye'J discusses her path into theatre, her journey with Six and why she's excited to be showing a different side of her talents in Millennials

 Millenials runs at The Other Palace until Sunday 4th September.

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Aug 29, 2022
S7 Ep10: Simon Gordon, JD in Heathers & Strat in Bat Out of Hell
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This week's guest is Simon Gordon who most recently starred as JD in Heathers!

Simon originally went to Law School before entering ITV's Superstar - Andrew Lloyd Webber's reality TV show, casting an actor to play Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar - where he made it to the final thirty boys. 

Simon's theatre credits include: Christian in Moulin Rouge (Secret Cinema), alternate Strat in Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum, International Tour & Dominion Theatre), Robbie in Twist and Turn (The Other Palace) and cover Gene in Girl From The North Country (Gielgud Theatre). 

Most recently, Simon played JD in the original UK tour of Heathers, before reprising his performance in the London production at The Other Palace. During his London run, Simon played JD for the musical's film which will premiere on the Roku Channel in the US in September.

In this episode, Simon discusses how he found his way from Law School to theatre, the Heathers fandom and *that* story about how rehearsing for his Beautiful audition led to armed police entering his house (and lots more). 

Follow Simon on Instagram: @simongordon 

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Aug 25, 2022
S7 Ep9: Carly Mercedes Dyer, Erma in Anything Goes
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Carly is currently reprising her Olivier nominated performance as Erma in Kathleen Marshall's production of Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre.

Since previously joining us on Series 2 Episode 6 of In The Frame, Carly hasn't stopped! She was cast as Jane Seymour in the UK tour of Six, but sadly never made her debut due to a lockdown. Her recent credits include Shug Avery in The Color Purple (Leicester Curve - Digital), June in Gypsy in Concert (Alexandra Palace Theatre) and Cassie in A Chorus Line (Leicester Curve). Carly received huge acclaim for her performance as Erma in Anything Goes, winning a WhatsOnStage Award and receiving an Olivier Award nomination.

Carly's extensive credits also include: Anita in West Side Story (Leicester Curve), Helene in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Fate in Hadestown (National Theatre), Henri in The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre) and Charlaine in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Southwark Playhouse & Mercury Colchester). Carly’s West End credits include Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing, Chicago, Memphis and Dreamgirls where she understudied and regularly played the role of Lorelle. She has also appeared in Hair, High School Musical, Dance Til Dawn and The Lorax.

Anything Goes completes its run at the Barbican Theatre on 3rd September. Visit www.anythinggoesmusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

Follow Carly on Instagram: @carlymdyer

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Aug 18, 2022
S7 Ep8: Zoe Birkett, Arabia in Moulin Rouge
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Zoe Birkett is currently playing Arabia and understudying Satine in the West End production of Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Since finishing as a runner-up on the original season of Pop Idol, Zoe has gone on to have an incredible career in theatre. 

Zoe made her West End debut as a Diva in the original cast of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with some of her other credits including: Myth! The Musical (The Other Palace), What A Feeling (Manchester Opera House & London Palladium), Thriller Live (Lyric & International Tour), Respect La Diva (Garrick), Hair (Munich & Piccadilly), Tommy (Prince Edward) and Rent (Greenwich Theatre). 

Zoe was nominated for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award for alternating the role of Rachel Marron in the UK tour of The Bodyguard and went on to take over the role for a limited time. Most recently she starred as Justice in the UK tour of Rock Of Ages.

Follow Zoe on Instagram: @zoebirkett 

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Aug 11, 2022
S7 Ep7: Jay Perry, Aaron Burr in Hamilton & Berry Gordy in Motown
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Having co-hosted our second ever podcast back in 2019, 251 episodes later Jay Perry is back and In The Frame! 

Jay recently completed a run in the West End production of Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre. He joined the show as a standby before taking over as Aaron Burr for a six month run. 

Jay made his West End debut as a child in Whistle Down The Wind (Aldwych) before joining pop group S Club Juniors. He then returned to theatre as an adult, with his early credits including Gilbert in Hairspray (Gordon Craig Theatre), Rufus & cover Curtis in Save The Last Dance For Me (UK Tour) and a Drifter in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre). 

Jay joined the West End production of Motown The Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre in 2017 as a cover for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye. He ended up becoming an emergency cover for Berry Gordy and then, in 2018, took over from Cedric Neal and played Berry Gordy for the final year of Motown's run, marking his West End leading man debut. 

After completing his run in Motown, Jay joined the Watermill Theatre's revival of Kiss Me Kate starring as Bill Calhoun. During the pandemic he was a standby in Songs For A New World at the London Palladium. On screen, Jay recently played Gabriel Chase in Doctors (BBC). Elsewhere, Jay works closely with the charity Mermaids who support gender-diverse kids, young people and their families.

In this episode, Jay discusses leaving the Hamilton bubble, proving himself in the theatre industry and speaking out about what he stands for... plus lots more!

Follow Jay on Instagram: @MrJayPerry

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Aug 04, 2022
S7 Ep6: Courtney Bowman, Lauren in Kinky Boots & Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
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Having recently completed her run as Elle Woods in Lucy Moss' revival of Legally Blonde at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Courtney Bowman is about to star as Lauren in Kinky Boots In Concert at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Returning to the West End for the first time since 2019, Kinky Boots In Concert also stars Cedric Neal as Lola and Joel Harper-Jackson as Charlie with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra.

Courtney won the tenth annual Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition in 2016. Her theatre credits include The Wind in the Willows (UK Tour), Martha in Blondel (Union Theatre) and Fatimah/cover Pritti in Everybody's Talking About Jamie (Apollo Theatre).

She starred as Anne Boleyn in the West End production of Six, taking the show from the Arts Theatre to the Lyric Theatre before opening the show at its current home, the Vaudeville Theatre.

Kinky Boots In Concert is staged at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on 8th and 9th August 2022. Visit www.lwtheatres.co.uk for info and tickets. 

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Aug 01, 2022
S7 Ep5: Michael Ahomka-Lindsay, Emmett in Legally Blonde & Benny in Rent
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From Medical School to Drama School to Harvard Law School!

This week's guest is Michael Ahomka-Lindsay who recently starred as Emmett in the sell-out London revival of Legally Blonde directed by Lucy Moss at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

After leaving medical school, Michael pursued a career in performing and secured the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation scholarship to train at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. After graduating, Michael starred as Benny in Luke Sheppard's production of Rent at the Hope Mill Theatre. He then went on tour as Maugrim in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe before landing the role of Emmett in Legally Blonde.

Michael can soon be seen in new musical To The Streets! in Birmingham which runs 19th - 28th August.

In this episode, Michael discusses leaving medical school behind for theatre, life as an actor-musician, all things Legally Blonde and lots more!

Follow Michael on Instagram: @michaelahomka_

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Jul 28, 2022
S7 Ep4: Joanna Ampil, Bloody Mary in South Pacific
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Joanna is currently reprising her performance as Bloody Mary in South Pacific.

Following an acclaimed run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Daniel Evans' revival of South Pacific is back for a run at Sadler's Wells ahead of a UK and Ireland tour. 

Joanna made her West End debut as Kim in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and went on to play the role in the original Australian production, the original UK and Ireland tour and 10th anniversary West End performance.

Her other West End roles have included Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, both Éponine and Fantine in Les Misérables, Christmas Eve in Avenue Q and Sheila Franklin in Hair.

Joanna is renowned for starring as Grizabella in Cats all over the world. In Manila she has played Mimi in Rent, Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County, Maria in West Side Story and Maria Von Trapp in The Sound of Music as well as Nellie in a concert production of South Pacific.

Most recently, Joanna starred as Jenna in the international premiere of Waitress in Manila.

South Pacific runs at Sadler's Wells 27th July – 28th August 2022 before touring the UK and Ireland from 13th September. Visit www.southpacificshow.com for info, tour dates and tickets.

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Jul 21, 2022
S7 Ep3: Kirstie Skivington, Emmeline Pankhurst in Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World
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Fresh from her run in And Juliet, Kirstie Skivington is starring as Emmeline Pankhurst in Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World.

Following its UK tour, the production is currently concluding a run at the Theatre Royal Stratford East before visiting Canterbury and then playing the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The musical is based on the award-winning picture book by suffragette descendant Kate Pankhurst and features stories of some of history’s strongest mothers, sisters and daughters who changed the world.

Kirstie's West End credits include swing in Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly),  Viva Forever (Piccadilly), I Can’t Sing (London Palladium) and 1st cover Jules in Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix). She played Vicky in the world premiere of Everybody’s Talking about Jamie in Sheffield before becoming the show’s resident director and choreographer whilst understudying Miss Hedge and Ray when it transferred to the West End.

Some of Kirstie's other credits include Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Mother Goose (Hackney Empire) and Sylvia (Workshop, Old Vic).

Most recently, Kirstie was part of the original cast of And Juliet, understudying and regularly playing Anne Hathaway to huge acclaim at the Shaftesbury Theatre.

In this episode, Kirstie discusses her long association with new British musicals, saying no to Max Martin and all things Fantastically Great Women.

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World runs at the Theatre Royal Stratford East until Sunday 17th July before playing The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury (26th - 30th July) and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (4th - 29th August).

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Jul 14, 2022
S7 Ep2: Georgina Onuorah, star of Millennials
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Fresh from her run in Cinderella, Georgina is starring in the brand new British musical Millennials at The Other Palace Studio.

Written and composed by Elliot Clay, Millennials turns up the microphone on the lives, the losses and the frustrations of young people in the modern world.

After completing her training at Arts Ed, Georgina made her stage debut starring as Alice in Dick Whittington at the National Theatre. She then joined the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre as alternate Cinderella which saw her play the role two performances each week.

Georgina received a Black British Theatre Award nomination in 2021 for Best Recent Graduate. Elsewhere, her workshop credits include Mandela (Young Vic) and The Enormous Crocodile (Roald Dahl Story Company). 

Millennials runs at The Other Palace Studio until 7th August 2022. Visit www.theotherpalace.co.uk for info and tickets. 

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Jul 08, 2022
S7 Ep1: Jessica Vosk, the ultimate Broadway diva
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We're back for a very special episode with Broadway's Jessica Vosk ahead of her upcoming London concert!

In her 20s, Jessica was an associate director for a boutique investor relations firm in New York City, where she consulted major companies on Wall Street. She then left that career behind, to start a brand-new career on Broadway!

Jessica made her Broadway debut as a swing in the original cast of The Bridges of Madison Country by Jason Robert Brown. She went on to appear in the Broadway productions of Finding Neverland and Fiddler on the Roof.

in 2016, Jessica joined the US National Tour of Wicked as Elphaba. After receiving tremendous acclaim for her performance, Jessica transferred to Wicked on Broadway where she played Elphaba for the musical's 15th anniversary.

Jessica originated the roles of Aunt Val and Kate Bush in the world premiere of Becoming Nancy in Atlanta and starred as The Narrator in the 50th Anniversary Concert of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Lincoln Center.

Jessica is currently starring in Get Happy: A Judy Garland Centennial Celebration ahead of joining the off-Broadway company of The Bedwetter for the final week of the musical's run. Later this summer she will reprise her performance as The Narrator in Joseph at the Muny.

Later this month Jessica will play Cadogan Hall in London on Sunday 17th July. The show was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year, but was postponed due to illness. Visit www.cadoganhall.com for info and tickets.

In this episode Jessica discusses why she insists on speaking out about what she stands for, how she got in trouble for riffing in Wicked and her dream of doing a musical in London!

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Jul 01, 2022
S6 Ep21: Lea Salonga, international theatrical icon
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To finish off this series, we're joined by Lea Salonga to discuss her return to the UK!

Lea left the Philippines as a teenager when she was cast as Kim in Miss Saigon. She originated the role in the West End and on Broadway to tremendous acclaim, winning Olivier and Tony Awards for her performance.

Lea also has a long association with Les Misérables, having played both Eponine and Fantine in London and New York, including for the musical’s 10th and 25th anniversary concerts.

Just a few of Lea's other theatre credits include: Eliza in My Fair Lady (Manila), The Witch in Into The Woods (Singapore), Grizabella in Cats (Manila), Kei Kimura in Allegiance (Broadway) and Helen in Fun Home (Manila).

Most recently Lea played Erzulie in Once On This Island (Broadway), Grace Farrell in Annie (Hollywood Bowl) and Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Manila/Singapore).

Lea has worked extensively in film and television, and famously provided vocals for the title role in Disney's Mulan I (1998) and Mulan II (2004) as well as for Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin (1994), earning her the official title of a Disney Legend!

Away from the stage, Lea is a judge on the Philippines’ version of The Voice and has sold 19 million albums worldwide, making her one of the best-selling Filipina artists of all time.

Lea is about to return to the UK for her second UK concert tour, Dream Again. Lea opens in Leicester on 18th June before visiting Southampton, Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, Canterbury and Glasgow.

She is also performing a very special show at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28th June. The tour coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lea recording A Whole New World for Aladdin.

For full info and tour dates, visit www.cuffeandtaylor.com.

In this special episode, Lea discusses her return to London, why Miss Saigon was more exhausting than her solo show and the pressure that comes with her role model status.

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Thanks for listening to this series of In The Frame, we'll be back soon for Series 7!

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Jun 16, 2022
S6 Ep20: Scott Hunter, Max in The Play That Goes Wrong
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Scott Hunter is currently starring as Max in the West End production of The Play That Goes Wrong!

Following The Cornley Drama Society as they attempt to put on a 1920s murder mystery (with little success), The Play That Goes Wrong premiered on the London Fringe in 2012 and has been taking the West End by storm since opening at the Duchess Theatre in 2014.

This marks Scott's second Mischief production, as they previously played Mel in Magic Goes Wrong at the Apollo Theatre.

Scott was named Best Newcomer in the Manchester Theatre Awards for their role as Stu in Yank The Musical, a role they played to huge acclaim at the Hope Mill Theatre and Charing Cross Theatre, before reprising their performance for the show's 10th Anniversary Concert in New York at 54 Below.

Scott's other credits include playing Blaine Tuttle in Cruel Intentions at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the recording of Something's Afoot The Musical.

In this episode, Scott discusses finding their funny for The Play That Goes Wrong, their whirlwind journey with Yank as well as working in theatre as a nonbinary performer.

The Play That Goes Wrong is booking at the Duchess Theatre until Sunday 2nd April 2023. Visit www.theplaythatgoeswrong.com for info and tickets.

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Jun 10, 2022
S6 Ep19: Laura Pick, Elphaba in Wicked
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This week we're joined by London's 15th anniversary Elphaba, Laura Pick!

After training at Mountview, Laura understudied and played Maria in The Sound of Music at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. She went on to star in a tour of So This Is Christmas, completed a contract at sea with Belinda King Creative Productions and played Dr Osgood in Anyone Can Whistle at the Union Theatre.

Laura first joined the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre as Standby Elphaba in Summer 2017. After standing by for Alice Fearn and Nikki Bentley, Laura took over the role full-time at the start of 2020 until theatres were shutdown at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Laura returned to the role when Wicked reopened in September 2021, and played Elphaba for the production's 15th Anniversary performance.

Laura played her final performance in Wicked in January 2022, and has been busy since with various concert work. Since leaving, Laura has returned to Wicked several times as an emergency cover Elphaba (we recorded this episode two days after her most recent return!).

In this episode, Laura discusses her career pre-Wicked, her Elphaba journey and lots more!

Follow Laura on Instagram to stay up-to-date with everything she's up to: @laurapick191

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Jun 02, 2022
S6 Ep18: A.J. Shively, Owen Duignan in Paradise Square on Broadway
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This week we're crossing the pond to chat with A.J. Shively who is nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Owen Duignan in Paradise Square on Broadway!

A.J. has been with Paradise Square - which is taking Broadway by storm - from its original workshops. He was previously nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal of Billy Cane in the Broadway production of Bright Star, later reprising his performance for the musical's US tour.

A.J. has worked extensively on screen; he was recently seen as Jerry McConnell on CBS’s Bull and as Chef André Soltner in HBO Max’s Julia. 

Paradise Square runs at the Barrymore Theatre in New York.

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May 27, 2022
S6 Ep17: Vicki Manser, Regina in Rock Of Ages
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Vicki is back for a second episode of In The Frame!

Vicki is currently starring as Regina in the touring production of Rock Of Ages.

Vicki's early theatre credits include the West End productions of Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Bat Out Of Hell.

She joined the West End production of SIX at the start of 2019 as an alternate, taking over as Katherine Howard nine months later. She then returned to Beautiful, this time on tour, as the alternate Carole. Vicki returned to SIX last year, reprising her performance as Katherine Howard in the musical's tour.

During the 2020 lockdown, Vicki focused on her songwriting and music. She has released five singles since, all of which have dominated the Country Charts, gaining four number 1’s and a number 2 as well as an EP that was number 1 in the Album Charts.  You can find Vicki’s music on all major platforms and her new song FLY is released on 27th May 2022.

Alongside her performing and music careers, Vicki is Artistic Director of Sharpe Academy.

Rock Of Ages is booking through to May 2023. Visit www.www.rockofagesmusical.co.uk for info, tour dates and tickets.

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May 20, 2022
S6 Ep16: Daniel Koek, Robin in La Bohème & star of Phantom Australia
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Daniel Koek is currently starring as Robin in La Bohème at the King's Head Theatre ahead of appearing in the upcoming Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera.

La Bohème returns to the King’s Head Theatre in a new version which relocates the story to contemporary London. Directed by Mark Ravenhill, it's described as a "contemporary queer reinvention" of Puccini’s classic opera.

After completing his run in La Bohème, Daniel will play the Porter and Jeweller whilst understudying The Phantom in the Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera which will play in Sydney and Melbourne.

Hailing from South Australia, Daniel studied classical voice at the Conservatorium in Adelaide before moving to London to complete his Masters in Musical Theatre at the Mountview Academy. Whilst in Europe Daniel also studied in Amsterdam and sung a season with Nationale Reis Opera of the Netherlands.

He is renowned for starring as Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Miserables (Sondheim Theatre). His other credits include: Lt Cable in the Lincoln Centre production of South Pacific (UK/Australian tours), Anatoly in Chess (UK Tour) and Tony in West Side Story (UK Tour) and Father Frank in Saturday Night Fever (International Tour).

Daniel has recorded two studio albums and works as a performance and vocal coach.

La Bohème runs at the King's Head Theatre until 28th May 2022. Visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com for info and tickets.

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May 12, 2022
S6 Ep15: Danny Whitehead, star of Passion & Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera
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Danny Whitehead is starring in the UK revival of Passion by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the Hope Mill Theatre.

Danny starred as Raoul in the West End production of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre, as part of the final company of the original production. 

His theatre credits also include: understudy Enjolras in Les Miserables (West End), understudy The Wizard in Wicked (UK Tour), Sweeney Todd (Welsh National Opera), South Pacific (Barbican / UK Tour), 1418 The Spectacular WW1 Arena Musical (Mechelen Arena, Belgium), Rags (West End Gala), Secret Garden (UK Tour) and Breaking The Code (English Theatre, Frankfurt).

Passion runs at the Hope Mill Theatre until 5th June 2022. Visit www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk for info and tickets.

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May 06, 2022
S6 Ep14: Jocasta Almgill, Rizzo in Grease
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Jocasta is about to star as Rizzo in the West End revival of Grease.

Directed by Nikolai Foster and choreographed by Dame Arlene Phillips, Grease is returning to the Dominion Theatre where it previously ran in 1993.

Jocasta  recently originated the role of Lady Capulet in the West End production of & Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre), whilst also understudying the roles of Nurse and Anne.

In 2016 Jocasta was nominated for West End Frame's Understudy of the Year Award, for covering the roles of Camila, Daniela and Vanessa in the London production of In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre).

Her theatre credits also include: Joanne in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre), Anita in West Side Story (Royal Exchange), Yvonne in Sunshine On Leith (West Yorkshire Playhouse) understudy Deena and Lorell in Dreamgirls (West End), Ghost The Musical (International Tour), Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour) and Chicago (Curve).

Grease begins performances at the Dominion Theatre from 3rd May 2022. Visit www.greasemusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Apr 28, 2022
100th Episode: Simon Bailey, The Duke in Moulin Rouge
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For our 100th episode (!!) of In The Frame we chat to Simon Bailey about his incredible career on stage, and his current role as The Duke in Moulin Rouge. 

Simon's West End credits include: Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket & London workshop); Tommy DeVito in Jersey Boys (Piccadilly Theatre & UK Tour); Liam O'Deary in I Can’t Sing! (London Palladium); Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Gillian Lynne); understudy Galileo in We Will Rock You (Dominion); Enjolras in Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre); Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s); Passion (Donmar Warehouse) and Romeo & Juliet! The Musical (Piccadilly);.

Just a few of Simon's other credits include: Whisper House (The Other Palace); Bat Boy (Southwark Playhouse); Marry Me a Little (St James Theatre); Striking 12 (Waterloo East Theatre); Parade (Southwark Playhouse), An Officer and a Gentleman workshop (Leicester Curve); Once Upon A Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse); Naked Flame (England) and Rock Legends (South Africa).

Simon is currently starring as The Duke in the original West End cast of Moulin Rouge at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Follow Simon on Instagram: @SimonBailey1210

Moulin Rouge is booking at the Piccadilly Theatre until Saturday 1st October 2022. Visit www.moulinrougemusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Apr 21, 2022
S6 Ep12: Chanel Haynes, Tina Turner in Tina The Musical
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For our 99th episode, we are so excited to share this conversation with Tina's Chanel Haynes!

Discovered by Quincy Jones while she was still a teenager, Chanel became a founding member of the gospel trio, Trinitee 5:7. As lead singer of the group, Chanel sold over 2.5 million albums worldwide and earned two Grammy nominations.

The trio spent nearly two decades entertaining audiences around the world in arenas ranging from Madison Square Garden to Wembley Stadium. The group was managed by Matthew Knowles.

Her first album went Platinum and spent 50 weeks on Billboard’s top R&B albums chart, while both of her first two albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel chart. 

Chanel made her theatre debut starring as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill at the Zach Theatre in Austin, Texas. For her performance, she won Best Leading Actress in a Musical at the B. Iden Payne Awards.

Chanel is making her West End debut as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre. Chanel had an incredible journey landing the role, which led to her relocating her entire family to London.

In this special episode, recorded in Oxford Circus, Chanel discusses why she was drawn to playing Tina Turner onstage, the audition process and conquering one of the most demanding roles in the West End (plus lots more!).

Tina is booking at the Aldwych Theatre until Sunday 18th December 2022. Visit www.tinathemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Apr 14, 2022
S6 Ep11: Paige Fenlon, Luisa in Zorro The Musical
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Paige is starring as Luisa in the London revival of Zorro The Musical.

Directed by Christian Durham, Zorro has has music by The Gipsy Kings and book and lyrics by Stephen Clark. The show originally ran in the West End in 2008.

Paige made her theatrical debut as Rafeala/Alma in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Union Theatre.

She went on to appear in the ensemble of Oklahoma! at Chichester Festival Theatre before joining the original West End production of Pretty Woman The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre, understudying Vivian.

Zorro runs at the Charing Cross Theatre until 28th May 2022. Visit www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/theatre/zorro for info and tickets.

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Apr 07, 2022
S6 Ep10: Cleve September, Ted Hinton in Bonnie and Clyde & John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in Hamilton
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Olivier nominee Cleve September is preparing to star as Ted Hinton in the original West End production of Bonnie and Clyde.

Directed by Nick Winston, this marks Bonnie and Clyde's West End premiere, ten years after the Broadway production. The show has music by Frank Wildhorn, lyrics by Don Black and book by Ivan Menchell.

Cleve was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Philip Hamilton/John Laurens in the West End premiere of Hamilton (Victoria Palace).

His theatre credits also include: Sonny & understudy Usnavi in In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre), Dick Whittington (National Theatre), Hair (Norwich Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun (Crucible Theatre), Elaine Paige's 50th Anniversary Farewell Tour (Royal Albert Hall) and The Last Days of Troy (The Globe Theatre).

Bonnie and Clyde opens at the Arts Theatre on 9th April 2022.
Visit www.bonnieandclydemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Mar 31, 2022
S6 Ep9: Cherelle Williams, Dorothy in The Wiz
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Cherelle recently recreated the role of Dorothy in the Hope Mill Theatre's major UK revival of The Wiz.

As a child, Cherelle attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School and made her West End debut as Young Nala in The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre.

After venturing into the music world, Cherelle returned to theatre as an adult to star as Mary Wilson in the original West End cast of Motown The Musical. Cherelle was with the show for the entirety of its three year run. In addition to playing Mary, Cherelle covered the role of Diana Ross and played the role on numerous occasions.

Alongside her theatre work, Cherelle works in fashion and regularly gigs.

Cherelle won rave reviews for her performance as Dorothy in The Wiz. Directed by Matthew Xia, The Wiz is a joyous retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ reflecting contemporary African-American culture.

You can follow Cherelle on Instagram: @cherellewilliamsxo

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Mar 25, 2022
S6 Ep8: Blair Gibson, Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys
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Blair is currently starring as Bob Gaudio in the UK & Ireland tour of Jersey Boys, having previously played the role at sea for Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Blair's theatre credits include: Erik in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (London workshop), Shane in Game Night (Drayton Arms Theatre), The Beast in Beauty & the Beast (Corn Exchange Newbury), Prince Charming in Cinderella (Bristol Hippodrome) and Mike Singer in Zanna, Don’t! (The Edinburgh Festival Fringe). 

The Jersey Boys tour is currently booking until 3rd December 2022. Visit www.jerseyboysmusical.co.uk for tour dates, info and tickets.

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Mar 18, 2022
S6 Ep7: Jordan Luke Gage, Romeo in And Juliet & Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde
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Jordan Luke Gage is currently one of the busiest performers in theatreland. He is about to complete his run in And Juliet ahead of starring in the West End premiere of Bonnie and Clyde.

Having trained at Mountview, Jordan made his theatre debut as Marilyn in Taboo (Brixton Clubhouse). He joined the West End production of Bat Out Of Hell (Dominion Theatre) as an alternate for Strat, and later took over the role full-time from Andrew Polec to huge acclaim.

Jordan originated the role of Romeo in And Juliet in Manchester, and continued with the show when it transferred to the West End (Shaftesbury Theatre). Before the show resumed its run after lockdown, Jordan starred as JD in the West End production of Heathers (Theatre Royal Haymarket). He will soon star as Clyde in Bonnie and Clyde (Arts Theatre). 

Follow Jordan on social media: @jordanlukegage

Jordan completes his run in And Juliet on Saturday 26th March, with performances of Bonnie and Clyde beginning on Saturday 9th April.

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Mar 11, 2022
S6 Ep6: Joseph Peacock, Donny Osmond in The Osmonds Musical
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Joseph Peacock is originating the role of Donny Osmond in the brand new musical, The Osmonds.

With a story by Jay Osmond, The Osmonds tells the true story of the five brothers from Utah who were pushed into the spotlight as children and went on to create smash hits, decade after decade. The musical premiered at Leicester Curve ahead of a UK and Ireland tour.

Having trained at Emil Dale Academy, Joseph's theatre credits include Young Gideon in The Last Ship (US Tour), understudy Tink in Bat Out Of Hell (London Coliseum & Dominion Theatre), Benjamin in Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (UK Tour) and Pete in Burnt Part Boys (The Park Theatre).

The Osmonds tour is booking through to 3rd December 2022. Visit www.theosmondsmusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Mar 04, 2022
S6 Ep5: Richard Winsor, Tony in Saturday Night Fever
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We're kicking off the week with an extra helping of In The Frame with Richard Winsor who is starring as Tony in the West End production of Saturday Night Fever.

Richard previously played this role on tour across the UK and internationally ahead of bringing the show to the Peacock Theatre in London.

Featuring the Bee Gees’ greatest hits, Saturday Night Fever tells the story of Tony Manero and his reckless road to dancing success. The role was originated by John Travolta in the 1977 film.

Richard started his career as a principal dancer for Matthew Bourne, starring in his productions of Spitfire, The Nutcracker, Play Without Words, Edward Scissorhands, The Car Man, Dorian Gray and Swan Lake. These shows have taken Richard around the world and to some of the most prestigious theatres.

Richard then ventured in television, playing Father Francis in Hollyoaks and Caleb in BBC1's Casualty for over 100 episodes.

His credits also include Swan Lake 3D (Universal), Streetdance 3D (BBC), Frankenstein (Royal & Derngate), The Anastasia File (Theatre Royal Windsor) and most recently he reunited with Matthew Bourne for The Midnight Bell on tour.

Saturday Night Fever runs at the Peacock Theatre until 26th March 2022.
Visit www.sadlerswells.com for info and tickets.

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Feb 28, 2022
SPECIAL: Andrew Tomlins, Founding Editor of West End Frame
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On West End Frame's 10th Birthday, Matt Hemley from The Stage hosts a special episode of In The Frame, turning the tables and interviewing Andrew (Founding Editor) about the past ten years of West End Frame.

West End Frame launched as a theatre blog in February 2012 and went on to become the UK's top independent theatre website, renowned for breaking theatre news, reviewing major theatrical openings and interviewing the West End's biggest stars. West End Frame closed in October 2016, but returned in July 2019 with two stagey podcasts, The West End Frame Show and In The Frame.

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Feb 25, 2022
S6 Ep4: Sharlene Hector, alternate Effie in Dreamgirls
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This week we're chatting to Sharlene Hector about transitioning into a new career in theatre, following many successful years in the music world.

Last year Sharlene made her theatrical debut as Lorraine in Hairspray at the London Coliseum, also covering and playing Motormouth Maybelle. She is now touring the UK and Ireland as the alternate Effie White in Dreamgirls to huge acclaim.

In the music world, Sharlene was Lead Vocalist in Basement Jaxx and Blonde. She has sung backing for the likes of Alicia Keys, Muse, Emeli Sandé, Sam Sparro, Primal Scream, Rebecca Ferguson, Lalah Hathaway, Tinie Tempah, Josh Groban and Michael Bublé.

Sharlene has performed at Glastonbury, V Festival, Bestival and Wireless with her television appearances including Alan Carr’s Epic Game Show – Name That Tune (ITV), X Factor (ITV), Top of the Pops (BBC), Sounds Like Friday Night (BBC) and Later with Jools Holland (BBC).

Follow Sharlene on Instagram: @supashar

To find out more about the Dreamgirls tour, visit www.dreamgirlsthemusical.co.uk

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Feb 18, 2022
S6 Ep3: Louise Dearman, West End icon
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With her CV including roles such as Elphaba, Glinda, Eva Peron, Miss Adelaide & Lucy Harris, Louise Dearman is a West End icon.

Louise is currently preparing to star in Mimma: A New Musical of War & Friendship which is being staged at Cadogan Hall for one-night-only on Monday 28th February.

Louise made her theatrical debut as The Narrator in Joseph (UK Tour). Just a few of her other credits include Jan in Grease (West End), Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde (UK Tour), Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour), Eva Peron in Evita (UK Tour), Grizabella in Cats (International), The Woman in Tell Me On A Sunday (RCCL), Mrs D in Water Babies (Curve), Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls (UK Tour) and Daisy in Side Show (Southwark Playhouse).

Louise has starred as both Elphaba and Glinda in the West End production of Wicked (Apollo Victoria), making her the only actor to have starred as both roles in the musical's history.

Mimma is staged at Cadogan Hall on Monday 28th February. Visit www.cadoganhall.com for info and tickets.

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Feb 11, 2022
S6 Ep2: Mazz Murray, Donna in Mamma Mia! & Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard
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This week we're joined by West End LEGEND, Mazz Murray. 

Mazz is currently starring as Donna in the West End production of Mamma Mia!, having previously played Tanya in the show.

Mazz famously starred as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre for seven triumphant years.

She made her theatre debut playing Patsy Cline in The Roy Orbison Story. Other credits include: Mama Morton in the recent production of Chicago (Phoenix Theatre) as well as A Girl Called Dusty, Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café, Fame, Only the Lonely, Boogie Nights and Pippin.

Most recently Mazz played Norma Desmond in a concert staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s musical Sunset Boulevard at the Alexandra Palace Theatre. After receiving tremendous acclaim, it was announced that Mazz would once again play the role for a second staging at the Royal Albert Hall. Mazz's portrayal of Norma was named West End Frame's top performance of 2021.

You can see Mazz in Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre.
Visit www.mamma-mia.com for info and tickets.

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Feb 08, 2022
S6 Ep1: Ailsa Davidson, Veronica in Heathers
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We're back for a brand new season with London's current Veronica, Ailsa Davidson! 

Having trained at Guildford School of Acting, Ailsa's theatre credits include playing Sarah Our House (Union Theatre), Miss Lynch and understudy Rizzo/Jan in Grease (UK & International Tour) and the award winning production of Lipsync (Edinburgh Fringe). 

Ailsa has been receiving rave reviews for her performance as Veronica in Heathers at the newly reopened Other Palace Theatre.

Heathers is booking at the Other Palace until Sunday 1st May 2022.
Visit www.theotherpalace.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Feb 01, 2022
S5 Ep27: Cameron Blakely, Gomez in The Addams Family
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For the final episode of this series, we’re chatting to the amazing Cameron Blakely!

Cameron originated the role of Gomez when The Addams Family  made its UK premiere in 2017. He is currently reprising his performance for the musical's latest UK tour.

Directed by Matthew White, with choreography by Alistair David, The Addams Family has book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa.

Cameron is well known for his long association with Les Miserables. He has played Thenardier countless times in the West End and on tour. He recently played Bamatabois/Babet in the concert version of the show at the Sondheim Theatre, having played the role for the 25th Anniversary Concert  at the O2 Arena.

Just a few of Cameron's other credits include: Dennis Dupree in Rock of Ages (UK Tour), W T Steadi in Calon Lan (Swansea Grand Theatre), Lex Hogan in Eugenius (The Other Palace), Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods (Royal Exchange Theatre), Fagin in Oliver! (Watermill Theatre), Gatch/Twimble in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Concert), Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera), Mr Lucas/Mr Scruton in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Leicester Curve) and Sam in Mamma Mia! (international tour),

Cameron has worked extensively at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, where his roles have included: Charley  in Where’s Charley?, Badger in The Wind in the Willows, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Peter in Romeo and Juliet and Nathaniel in The Taming of the Shrew.

The Addams Family resumes its UK tour on 11th January in Milton Keynes and is booking through to June 2022. Visit www.theaddamsfamily.co.uk for info and tour dates.

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Dec 31, 2021
S5 Ep26: SpitLip Theatre, creators & stars of Operation Mincemeat The Musical
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Today we're chatting to David Cumming, Natasha Hodgson and Zoe Roberts from SpitLip Theatre about their hit show, Operation Mincemeat The Musical.

Following this year's sold out and acclaimed run, Operation Mincemeat returns to the Southwark Playhouse in January.

Operation Mincemeat won The Stage Debut award for Best Composer/Lyricist, the Off-West End award for Best Company Ensemble and was listed in the Observer's Top 10 shows of the year. 

Operation Mincemeat runs at the Southwark Playhouse 14th January - 19th February 2022. Visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Dec 24, 2021
S5 Ep25: Ainsley Hall Ricketts, Paul in A Chorus Line
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Ainsley Hall Ricketts is starring as Paul in Nikolai Foster's revival of A Chorus Line at Leicester Curve.

A Chorus Line marks Ainsley's return to musical theatre, having spent the past few years working as a dancer and choreographer. 

His theatre credits include: Motown The Musical (West End), understudy Joice in Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mr T in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (West End) and Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith).

Ainsley was a finalist on The Greatest Dancer for ITV and will soon appear in the Matilda film for Netflix.

A Chorus Line runs at Leicester Curve until Friday 31st December 2021. Visit www.curveonline.co.uk for info and tickets. 

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Dec 23, 2021
S5 Ep24: Anna-Jane Casey, Fraulein Kost/Fritzie in Cabaret
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West End legend Anna-Jane Casey is currently starring in Rebecca Frecknall's brand-new West End production of Cabaret. She plays Fraulein Kost and Fritzie.

For this production, the Playhouse Theatre has been transformed into The Kit Kat Club. The show also stars Eddie Redmayne as The Emcee, Jessie Buckley as Sally Bowles and Omari Douglas as Cliff Bradshaw.

Just a few of Anna-Jane's extensive theatre credits include: Sweet Charity (Sheffield Crucible/TMA nomination for Best Actress), The Band Plays On, Annie Get Your Gun, Flowers for Mrs. Harris, Company, & Piaf (Sheffield Crucible), Girl from the North Country (Toronto Royal Alexandra & London Gielgud), Calendar Girls The Musical (UK Tour), Billy Elliot (UK & International Tour and Victoria Palace), Stepping Out (Vaudeville), Mack and Mabel (Chichester, UK Tour & Newbury Watermill/TMA for Best Performance in a Musical), Forbidden Broadway (Menier Chocolate Factory & Vaudeville), Jerry’s Girls (St James), Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park), Spamalot (Playhouse), Sunday in the Park with George (Menier Chocolate Factory), Chicago (Adelphi), West Side Story (Prince Edward & Prince Of Wales), Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria), Grease (Dominion), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (London Palladium) and Cats (New London).

Cabaret is booking at the Kit Kat Club until Saturday 14th May 2022.
Visit www.kitkat.club for info and tickets.

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Dec 10, 2021
S5 Ep23: Karen From Finance, star of Drag Race Down Under & TuckShop's All-Drag West End Panto
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Today we have a special bonus episode with drag superstar Karen From Finance!

Karen is currently starring alongside Cheryl Hole, Kitty Scott Claus and Choriza May in TuckShop's West End all-drag pantomime, Dick Whittington. The production is running at the Phoenix Theatre for select dates across December and January.

Karen was the standout star from the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under, finishing as a runner-up. She recently starred in the UK tour of Death Drop, also for TuckShop.

Karen has an acclaimed one-woman show, Out Of Office, which will make its London debut at Christmas in Leicester Square on Monday 13th December.

Dick Whhittington runs at the Phoenix Theatre on Sunday 5th, 12th & 19th December 2021 and Tuesday 4th & Sunday 9th January 2022. Visit www.atgtickets.com for tickets.

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Dec 08, 2021
S5 Ep22: Vanessa Fisher, Danielle in Bring It On
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Vanessa is starring as Danielle in the UK premiere of Bring It On The Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Amanda Green and Jeff Whitty.

The musical runs at the Southbank Centre over Christmas ahead of a UK tour in 2022.

Vanessa's theatre credits include: Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour), Chiffon/Dance Captain in Little Shop Of Horrors (UK Tour), Martha Reeves in Motown (West End), Hansel & Gretel (Rose Theatre Kingston) and Sandra in An Officer and a Gentleman (Leicester Curve).

Most recently, Vanessa starred as Young Stella in Follies and understudies the Narrator in the West End revival of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The London Palladium.

Bring It On runs at the Southbank Centre 8th December - 22nd January and tours the UK until July 2022. Visit www.bringitonthemusicaluk.com for tour dates and tickets.

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Dec 03, 2021
S5 Ep21: Julie Jupp, star of Hackney Empire's panto
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Julie Jupp is playing Fairy Fuchsia in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Hackney Empire. The show is co-directed by Clive Rowe and Tony Whittle.

Just a few of Julie's theatre credits include: A Christmas Carol (The Old Vic In Camera), Man Of La Mancha (English National Opera), Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), Urinetown (St James & West End), Merrily We Roll Along (Harold Pinter), Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve), Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Secret Garden (Birmingham Rep) and she created the role of Julie Saunders in Bad Girls The Musical (West Yorkshire Playhouse & West End).

Jack and the Beanstalk runs at the Hackney Empire until Sunday 2nd January 2022. Visit www.hackneyempire.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Nov 26, 2021
S5 Ep20: Djalenga Scott, Velma in Chicago
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Djalenga is currently starring as Velma in the UK Tour of Chicago, having understudied the role in 2006 and 2012 in the West End.

Djalenga's theatre credits include Bombalurina in Cats (Kilworth House), Lily St. Regis in Annie (West End & UK Tour), Rizzo in Grease (Curve / Dubai), Anita in West Side Story (UK Tour), Harley Quinn in Batman Live (US Tour), Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show (European Tour), Brooke in Noises Off (Birmingham Rep), Jazmin & alternate Alex Owens in Flashdance (Original Cast - UK Tour), Carmen in Fame (European Tour) and Mrs Potiphar in Joseph (West End).

The UK Tour of Chicago is currently booking until July 2022, including a run at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley 22nd - 27th November. Visit www.chicagothemusical.com for tour dates and tickets.

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Nov 19, 2021
S5 Ep19: Sha Dessi, Eponine in Les Misérables
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Sha is starring as Eponine in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre.

Having graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2021, Les Misérables marks Sha's West End and professional debuts.

In her first interview, Sha discusses auditioning to play Eponine, her path into the industry and experiences of training at drama school during the pandemic... plus lots more!

For Les Misérables tickets, visit www.lesmis.com.

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Nov 12, 2021
S5 Ep18: Savannah Stevenson, Marmee in Little Women
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Savannah is starring as Marmee in the London premiere of Little Women at the Park Theatre.

Produced by Aria Entertainment, Hope Mill Theatre and Knockhardy Productions in association with Park Theatre, the musical is based on the 1868 novel by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women ran on Broadway in 2005 starring Sutton Foster.

Savannah starred as Glinda in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for three years between 2013 and 2016. During her tenure, Savannah performed opposite Willemijn Verkaik, Kerry Ellis, Jennifer DiNoia and Emma Hatton as Elphaba.

Just a few of Savannah's other credits include understudying Mary & Mrs Banks in the original production of Mary Poppins (Bristol & West End), understudy Scarlett in Trevor Nunn’s production of Gone With The Wind (West End), Young Sally in Follies (Northampton Royal), Cinderella in Simply Cinderella (Leicester Curve), Martha in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Sybil in Chariots Of Fire (Hampstead & West End) and Guenevere in Camelot (London Palladium).

Savannah has also participated in many workshops and regularly works on screen.

In this episode, Savannah discusses the excitement surrounding Little Women's London premiere, the decisions she has made throughout her career and how it feels to be returning to theatre for the first time since becoming a mum.

Little Women runs at the Park Theatre 11th November - 19th December. Visit www.parktheatre.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Nov 08, 2021
S5 Ep17: Dan Burton, Phil Davis in White Christmas
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Olivier nominee Dan Burton is currently starring as Phil Davis in the UK tour of White Christmas, having previously played the role in the West End at the Dominion Theatre.

Described as "a timeless romantic comedy to warm hearts of all ages", White Christmas has music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by David Ives and Paul Blake. 

Dan’s theatre credits include playing Giles in The Mousetrap (West End), Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain (Paris), Jerry in Top Hat (Kilworth House), Billy in 42nd Street (Paris), Riff in West Side Story (Austria) and he was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Tulsa in Gypsy (Savoy Theatre / Chichester); 

 Earlier in his career, Dan appeared onstage in The Pajama Game, Grease, Jersey Boys, Betty Blue Eyes, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Dirty Dancing and Miss Saigon.

White Christmas tours the UK until Sunday 2nd January 2022. You can see it at The Bristol Hippdrome, Canterbury Marlowe, Manchester Palace Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal and Edinburgh Playhouse.

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Nov 05, 2021
S5 Ep16: Sharon Sexton, Sloane in Bat Out Of Hell
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Sharon is currently starring as Sloane in the UK tour of Bat Out Of Hell, having created the role in the original production.

Sharon originally opened Bat Out Of Hell - which features Jim Steinman and Meat Loaf’s greatest hits - in Manchester, with the show  transferring to the London Coliseum and then the Dominion Theatre. She also starred in the musical's run in Canada.

Just a few of Sharon's theatre credits include playing Donna in the UK & international tour of Mamma Mia! as well as the West End productions of Billy Elliot and The Commitments

Alongside theatre work, Sharon is well known for her cabarets; her show with Rob Fowler has won awards whilst she also has an acclaimed one woman show based on the life of Liza Minnelli.

Sharon recorded this chat in her dressing room at the Manchester Opera House during tech rehearsals.

Bat Out Of Hell tours the UK until November 2022. Visit www.batoutofhellmusical.com for info and tickets.

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Oct 28, 2021
S5 Ep15: Shem Omari James, Caladar in Vanara & CC in Dreamgirls
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Shem is currently starring as Caladar in the world premiere of Vanara.

Following its workshop performances and concept album, Vanara is being staged at the Hackney Empire. The musical is written by Tony Cucchiara, Gianluca Cucchiara, Andrew James Whelan and Michael Conley. This production is directed by Adam Lenson and Eleesha Drennan, who also serve as dramaturg and choreographer respectively.

Later this year, Shem will star as CC in the first ever UK tour of Dreamgirls which kicks off at the Liverpool Empire on 14th December.

Having graduated from Arts Ed during the pandemic, Shem made his professional debut alongside Cedric Neal, Rachel Tucker, Rachel John & Ramin Karimloo in the digital production of Songs For A New World by Jason Robert Brown. He reprised his performance when the musical was staged at the London Palladium and was due to continue with the show for its run at the Vaudeville Theatre, which was sadly cancelled due to a lockdown.   

He also appeared in The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at Leicester Curve directed by Nikolai Foster.   

Vanara runs at the Hackney Empire until Sunday 31st October 2021 before embarking on a UK tour in 2022.

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Oct 22, 2021
S5 Ep14: Lucie Jones, Jenna in Waitress
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Lucie is starring in the UK tour of Waitress, reprising her performance from the West End production (Adelphi Theatre).

Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, Waitress has music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles with book by Jessie Nelson. Directed by Diane Paulus with choreography by Lorin Latarro, Waitress has garnered multiple awards and nominations in both America and the UK.

Lucie burst onto our screens in the 2009 series of The X Factor (ITV) and has gone on to become one of the most renowned leading ladies in theatreland. Lucie made her West End debut as Cosette in Les Misérables (Queens Theatre). Her credits include: Meat in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour), Victoria in American Psycho (Almedia Theatre), Molly in Ghost (Asian Tour), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (Leicester Curve & UK Tour), Holly in The Wedding Singer (UK Tour), Maureen in Rent (St James Theatre & UK Tour), Lou in Girlfriends (LMTO), Heidi in Title Of Show (Digital Production), The Ghost Of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre) and most recently she returned to Les Misérables (Sondheim Theatre) to play Fantine in the concert production.

In 2017, Lucie represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine. In 2020, Lucie performed a live concert to a sold-out audience at London’s Adelphi Theatre. Accompanied by the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, the concert was recorded for a live album "Lucie Jones: Live at The Adelphi".

It was recently announced that Lucie will be completing her run in Waitress in December. After leaving Waitress, Lucie will perform two Christmas concerts at St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Monday 13th December and at the West End’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on Tuesday 14th December. 

You can see Lucie in Waitress until Saturday 4th December. Visit www.waitressthemusical.co.uk for tour dates and tickets. For more info about her Christmas concerts, visit www.cuffeandtaylor.com.

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Oct 17, 2021
S5 Ep13: Marc Antolin, Leo Matienne in RSC's The Magician's Elephant
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Marc Antolin is preparing to play Leo Matienne in RSC's new musical The Magician's Elephant.

Adapted from Kate DiCamillo's novel, The Magician's Elephant has book & lyrics by Nancy Harris and music & lyrics by Marc Teitler. The production is directed by Sarah Tipple.

The Magician's Elephant marks Marc's return to the RSC, having originated the role of Rudolpho in Matilda The Musical.

Just a few of Marc's credits include The Music Man, Singin’ in the Rain & Amadeus (Chichester), Taken At Midnight  (Chichester & Theatre Royal Haymarket), Imagine This (New London Theatre), Hello Dolly & Into The Woods (Regent’s Park), From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre), The Trial (Young Vic), Peter Pan (National Theatre), Twelth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), Romantics Anonymous (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic & US tour) and Camelot (Watermill). 

Additionally, Marc was nominated for an Olivier Award for his performance as Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

This episode was recorded in-person at the RSC's studios in London.

The Magician's Elephant runs at the RSC's Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon from Monday 18th October until Saturday 1st January.

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Oct 15, 2021
S5 Ep12: Jenna Russell, West End icon
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Olivier-Award-winning and Tony-Award-nominated performer Jenna Russell is currently preparing for her first large solo concert at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 7th November 2021. 

Jenna will perform some of her favourite songs and material from some of the roles she has played, with a live band helmed by her friend, and musical director, Nigel Lilley.

Jenna most recently starred as the title role in Piaf (Nottingham Playhouse/Leeds Playhouse) and Celebrating Sondheim (Chichester Festival Theatre). 

Jenna has played so many iconic roles in so many iconic productions! Just a few of her performances have included Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly Theatre), Dot in Sunday In The Park With George (West End & Broadway), Helen in Fun Home (Young Vic), Francesca in The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory), Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus (Duke Of York's), Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Woman 2 in Songs For A New World (St James Theatre), Rose in Di and Viv and Rose (Vaudeville Theatre), Penelope Pennywise in Urinetown (St James Theatre/Apollo Theatre), Mary Flynn in Merrily We Roll Along (Menier Chocolate Factory/Harold Pinter Theatre) & Baker's Wife in Into The Woods (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).

Jenna played Michelle Fowler in EastEnders (BBC), with her other television appearances including the BBC’s Born and Bred, Call the Midwife & Death in Paradise and ITV’s Midsomer Murders & Home To Roost as well as being the performer of the theme tune to the sit-com Red Dwarf.

In this episode, Jenna discusses preparations for her solo show, the challenge of learning Piaf and the time she saved a performance of Les Mis... plus lots more!

For tickets to Jenna's solo show, visit www.cadoganhall.com.

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Oct 11, 2021
S5 Ep11: Shobna Gulati, Ray in Everybody's Talking About Jamie
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Shobna can currently be seen in Going The Distance, a new digital comedy by Henry Filloux-Bennett and Yasmeen Khan.

Directed by Felicity Montagu, Going The Distance is a co-production from the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, The Dukes and The Watermill Theatre. The cast also includes Sara Crowe, Nicole Evans, Sarah Hadland, Merch Husey, Matthew Kelly, Emma McDonald and Penny Ryder with Stephen Fry as the Narrator.

Going The Distance is available to stream until 17th October via www.goingthedistanceplay.com.

Shobna can currently be seen on screen as Ray in the film adaptation of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She previously played the role in the musical's West End production, and is currently reprising her performance on the UK tour.

Next year Shobna will be starring alongside Christina Bianco in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice on tour. 

Shobna became a household name for her role as Anita in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies and as Sunita in Coronation Street.  Just a few of her theatre credits include: Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Richard II (The Globe), Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep/Touring Consortium), Grease (Leicester Curve) and she played Tanya in the Mamma Mia! International Tour.

Shobna recently wrote her debut book Remember Me.

You can see Shobna on tour in Jamie until January 2022. The Jamie movie is out now on Amazon Prime.

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Oct 07, 2021
S5 Ep10: Akeem Ellis-Hyman, Seaweed in Hairspray
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Akeem is currently starring as Seaweed J. Stubbs in the UK touring production of Hairspray The Musical.

Prior to Hairspray, he understudied Stevie Wonder in the UK tour of Motown The Musical. In this episode, Akeem discusses his path into the industry, why Seaweed is his dream role and lots more!

Hairspray is currently touring through to April 2022. Visit www.hairsprayuktour.com for info and tickets.

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Oct 01, 2021
S5 Ep9: Rachael Wooding, Kit De Luca in Pretty Woman
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West End legend Rachael Wooding is currently starring as Kit De Luca in Jerry Mitchell's production of Pretty Woman at the Savoy Theatre.

Pretty Woman features original music and lyrics by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, a book by Garry Marshall and the film’s screenwriter J.F. Lawton.

Early in her career Rachael starred as Meat in We Will Rock You (Dominion) and later returned to play Scaramouche in the musical’s closing West End cast. 

 Just a few of Rachael's credits include: Eva in Evita (UK Tour), Amber in the original West End cast of Hairspray (Shaftesbury), Ariel in Footloose (UK Tour), Kristine in A Chorus Line (Crucible), Serena in Fame (West End), Pearl in Starlight Express (Germany) and Mary in Jersey Boys (West End).

Some of her most recent credits include: alternate Alice in Wonderland (UK Tour), Joanne in Fat Friends The Musical (UK Tour) and Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Crucible).

Pretty Woman is booking at the Savoy Theatre until Saturday 2nd April 2022. Visit www.prettywomanthemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Sep 23, 2021
S5 Ep8: Molly Lynch, Cathy in The Last Five Years
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Molly is starring in the West End production of The Last Five Years by Jason Robert Brown at the Garrick Theatre!

Molly made her professional debut understudying Joanna in Sweeney Todd at the London Colesium. Her other credits include Fiddler on the Roof (Grange Park Opera/Royal Albert Hall), Betty in Sunset Boulevard (UK Tour/Curve Digital Production) and Wasted (Southwark Playhouse). 

Molly  understudied Clara in The Light in The Piazza at the Royal Festival Hall, and returned to the production when it transferred to LA and Chicago. 

Molly first played Cathy when Jonathan O’Boyle’s new actor musician production of The Last Five Years premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in March 2020, weeks before theatres were shutdown due to the pandemic. The production returned for another run in October and was filmed for Broadway HD… and now it has transferred to the Garrick Theatre for a limited West End engagement!

The Last Five Years runs at the Garrick Theatre until Sunday 17th October 2021.

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Sep 17, 2021
S5 Ep7: Landi Oshinowo, Mrs Phelps in Matilda The Musical
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Landi Oshinowo is starring as Mrs Phelps in Matilda The Musical which resumes its record-breaking West End run at the Cambridge Theatre from Thursday 16th September 2021.

Landi was part of the original cast of Sister Act (London Palladium), understudying Deloris. She went on to star as Dragon/Ugly Duckling in the original West End production of Shrek The Musical (Theatre Royal Drury Lane). Most recently she played Jarene in The Color Purple (Leicester Curve/Birmingham Hippodrome).

Landi's other credits include: Nell in Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Mercury Colchester/Southwark Playhouse); Widow Zuma in A Little Princess (Royal Festival Hall); The Witch/Jenny Hill in Big Fish (The Other Palace); Hattie in Kiss Me Kate (Welsh National Opera); Joyce Heath in Barnum (UK tour); Miss Sherman in Fame (UK tour); understudy Sargent in The Light Princess (National Theatre); Poopsie in The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre) and Rafiki/Nala in The Legend of Lion King (Euro Disney). She also appeared on I’d Do Anything  (BBC).

Matilda The Musical runs at the Cambridge Theatre, visit www.uk.matildathemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Sep 10, 2021
S5 Ep6: Clive Rowe, Jethro in The Prince of Egypt
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Olivier winner Clive Rowe recently look over as Jethro in the West End production of The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre.

Clive won the 1997 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for Guys and Dolls. He was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2009 for outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Mother Goose at the Hackney Empire and in 1993 for Best Supporting Performance in Carousel.

Just a few of his recent theatre credits include: Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Blues in the Night (Kiln Theatre), In the Willows (UK tour), Guys and Dolls (Royal Albert Hall), Me and My Girl (Chichester), The Light Princess (National Theatre), The Hothouse (Trafalgar Studios), The Ladykillers (West End / UK tour), Kiss Me Kate (Chichester / The Old Vic), No Naughty Bits (Hampstead Theatre), The Wiz (Birmingham Rep / West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Company (Donmar Warehouse).

Clive is renowned for his pantomime appearances and this Christmas he will return to the Hackney Empire in Jack & The Beanstalk which runs 20th November - 2nd January 2022.

His screen credits include: Tracy Beaker, The Evermoor Chronicles, So Awkward, The Kennedys, All The Small Things, Doctor Who and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Clive stars as Jethro in The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre until Saturday 16th October 2021. The musical is currently booking to Saturday 8th January 2022.

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Sep 02, 2021
S5 Ep5: Ben Joyce, Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys
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Ben Joyce is starring as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys which has returned to the West End at the Trafalgar Theatre. 

Ben recently graduated from Mountview, making him one of the youngest actors to ever play Frankie in Jersey Boys history!

Ben discusses Jersey Boys' big return to the West End, how it feels to be taking on such an iconic role, his path into Musical Theatre and lots more!

Jersey Boys is currently booking at the Trafalgar Theatre until Sunday 2nd January 2022. Visit www.jerseyboysmusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Aug 26, 2021
S5 Ep4: Cassidy Janson, Anne in & Juliet
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Olivier Award winner Cassidy Janson will soon be seen as Virginia Woolf in Well-Behaved Women at Cadogan Hall in September.

A new song cycle by Carmel Dean, Well-Behaved Women is an ode to the fierce famous females from history. These stories of courage, strength and resilience are memorialized through a range of musical styles from rock and jazz to country.  

Cassidy recently won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anne in the West End premiere of & Juliet. She will soon reprise her performance when & Juliet returns to the Shaftesbury Theatre from 24th September 2021.

Cassidy's theatre credits also include: Mollie Ralston in The Mousetrap (St Martin's Theatre),  Aldonza/ Dulicinea in Man of La Mancha (Coliseum), Florence in Chess (Coliseum), Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych), Ruth in Dessa Rose (Trafalgar Studios), Paquette in Candide (Menier Chocolate Factory), Maggie Saunders in Lend Me A Tenor (Gielgud), Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q (Gielgud), standby Elphaba in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and Susan in Tick, Tick... Boom! (Menier Chocolate Factory).

In this episode, Cassidy discusses her Olivier win, why she said yes to Well-Behaved Women and her new relationship with Uber Eats... plus lots more! 

Well-Behaved Women is staged at Cadogan Hall on Friday 3rd September 2021. Visit www.cadoganhall.com for info and tickets.  

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Aug 19, 2021
S5 Ep3: Cedric Neal, Goldie Wilson in Back To The Future
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Cedric Neal is originating the role of Goldie Wilson in Back To The Future The Musical.

Based on the 1985 film, Back To The Future has a book by Bob Gale, featuring 16 new songs with music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, with additional songs from the film including The Power of Love and Johnny B. Goode.

Cedric’s Broadway credits include After Midnight and Porgy and Bess. He has worked extensively within US regional theatre, including a turn as Jimmy in Dreamgirls.

He made his UK theatre debut as Sporting Life in Porgy and Bess at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre before going on to originate the role of Berry Gordy in the West End production of Motown The Musical

His credits also include Chess (London Coliseum), Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre), The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre), A Christmas Carol (Dominion Theatre) and Songs For A New World (London Palladium).

Back To The Future begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre on Friday 20th August and is currently booking to 13th February 2022. Visit www.backtothefuturemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Aug 12, 2021
S5 Ep2: Christina Bennington, Veronica in Heathers
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Christina is starring as Veronica in the West End production of Heathers at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.

Heathers previously enjoyed two record-breaking seasons, launching at London’s The Other Palace and transferring to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2018. It has now returned to the West End, in addition to launching a UK tour.

Christina’s theatre credits include understudying Magnolia in Show Boat (Sheffield / West End), playing Johanna in Sweeney Todd (Derby Theatre / Mercury Theatre), Sharon in Finian’s Rainbow (Union Theatre) and Christine in a concert staging of The Phantom of the Opera (Guernsey). 

Christina created the role of Raven in Bat Out Of Hell, playing the role in Manchester, the West End and New York. Most recently she has ventured into the world of screen, working on a plethora of exciting projects.

Heathers runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until 11th September 2021. Visit www.heathersthemusical.com for info and tickets.

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Aug 05, 2021
S5 Ep1: Jodie Prenger, Emma in Tell Me On A Sunday
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Jodie is currently reprising her performance as Emma in the UK touring production of Tell Me On A Sunday by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black. Directed by Paul Foster, this production originally ran at the Watermill Theatre.

In 2008 Jodie won I’d Do Anything (BBC) and went on to play Nancy in the West End revival of Oliver. Her other West End credits include One Man Two Guvnors, Spamalot and A Taste of Honey. 

Jodie's other theatre credits include Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Annie, Fat Friends and Calamity Jane. 

During the pandemic Jodie co-wrote Cinderella: The Socially Distanced Ball which ran at the Turbine Theatre.

Tell Me On A Sunday is back on tour from Tuesday 10th August in Nottingham, before visiting Sheffield, Colchester, Edinburgh, Leicester, Salford and Bury St Edmonds before wrapping up in Guildford in November.

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Jul 29, 2021
S4 Ep22: Sophie Evans & Lauren Samuels
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Sophie Evans & Lauren Samuels both appeared on Over The Rainbow (BBC) back in 2010, finishing in second and third place.

After Over The Rainbow, Sophie went on to star as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. She made her Broadway debut in Michael Flatley’s Lord Of The Dance and most recently starred as Glinda in the West End production of Wicked.

Lauren made her West End debut as Sandy in Grease with her other West End credits including playing Scaramouche in We Will Rock You and Jules in Bend It Like Beckham. During the pandemic she made her directorial debut when she helmed and starred in a digital revival of The Last Five Years.

Sophie & Lauren are currently preparing to release an album together "Chasing Rainbows, Finding Judy" featuring some of the Judy Garland music they performed on Over The Rainbow, as well as some of their favourite Judy songs.

"Chasing Rainbows, Finding Judy" is released on Friday 16th July. Their latest single 'Get Happy' is out TODAY and you can see them back at Live At Zedel on Tuesday 27th July at 9pm.

Visit www.laurenandsophie.com for more info!

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Jun 18, 2021
S4 Ep21: Idriss Kargbo & Jordan Shaw
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This week we're joined by best friends & iconic MT duo Idriss Kargbo and Jordan Shaw!

Idriss and Jordan first met when they appeared in The Scotsborough Boys at the Young Vic. They have both gone on to have incredible careers and have been best friends ever since.

Prior to the pandemic, Idriss had  reprised his performance as Boq in the West End production of Wicked whilst his other credits include Five Guys Named Moe and Shrek The Musical.

Jordan had been touring the world as Simba in The Lion King, with his other credits including Hadestown, Miss Saigon and Cats.

Idriss & Jordan reveal how they cemented their friendship and discuss their career highs & lows + lots more!

Follow Idriss & Jordan on Instagram: @idrissk & @jordanshawuk 

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Jun 11, 2021
S4 Ep20: Rebecca McKinnis, Heidi in Dear Evan Hansen & Margaret in Everybody's Talking About Jamie
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Rebecca is currently appearing in the UK premiere of You Are Here at the Southwark Playhouse.

The musical is described as a "hilarious and heart-breaking tour-de-force musical that will leave you cheering for the resilience of the human spirit".

Just a few of Rebecca's theatre credits include: Les Misérables, A Small Family Business, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Viva Forever, We Will Rock You, Mamma Mia, Taboo and The Sound Of Music Live.

Rebecca was part of the original West End cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie as an understudy, and went on to take over as Margaret to tremendous acclaim. After Jamie she jumped straight into the West End premiere of Dear Evan Hansen as Heidi.

Rebecca discusses the return of theatre and why You Are Here is such a special show as well as the moment she was offered the role of Margaret in Jamie, why she relates so strongly to Heidi in Dear Evan Hansen and lots more.

You Are Here runs at the Southwark Playhouse until Saturday 12th June 2021. Visit www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk for tickets.

Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @RebeccaMcKinni6

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Jun 03, 2021
S4 Ep19: Christina Bianco, Fanny Brice in Funny Girl & international musical impressionist
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Renowened for her musical impressions, Christina Bianco tours the world with her acclaimed one woman shows. 

She made her West End debut in Forbidden Broadway (Vaudeville) and, prior to the pandemic, starred as Fanny Brice in Stephen Mears’ acclaimed production of Funny Girl in Paris. 

Christina’s voice can currently be heard on the new musical podcast The Ballad of Anne and Mary. Christina plays Anne Bonny with the show taking listeners back to 1721 London, where notorious pirates Bonny and Mary Read languish in prison while gossipmongers spread scandalous rumours about their exploits at sea. 

The Ballad of Anne and Mary is available wherever you get your podcasts.

Follow Christina on Instagram/Twitter: @XtinaBianco1

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May 27, 2021
S4 Ep18: Drew McOnie & Paul Taylor Mills
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Director / choreographer Drew McOnie & producer Paul Taylor Mills first collaborated on the UK premiere of In The Heights, with Drew winning the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Choreographer.

Drew recently helmed the Broadway production of King Kong whilst Paul is busy producing Heathers and Be More Chill.

They’re currently working together on MT fest, Paul’s festival of new musical theatre at the Turbine Theatre. Exciting new shows are being staged, including Cake which Drew is directing.

You can see Cake at the Turbine Theatre this weekend before it heads off on a digital tour. Visit www.theturbinetheatre.com for info and tickets.

This is a mini-episode of In The Frame. We'll be back next week with a full-length episode!

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May 20, 2021
S4 Ep17: Sejal Keshwala, Ray in Everybody's Talking About Jamie & star of Divalution
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Sejal is currently playing Ray in the West End production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie!

She recently starred as Faith in the digital revival of Brooklyn (stream.theatre) and is one third of vocal trio Divalution.

Just a few of Sejal's other credits include Anita & Me (Birmingham Rep), Trident Moon (Finborough) and My Fair Lady (St Paul’s Church).

In 2015, Sejal was nominated for West End Frame’s Understudy of the Year Award for covering Pinky in Bend It Like Beckham (Phoenix Theatre).

During this super honest & candid discussion, Sejal discusses her career, accepting her voice and the changes that need to happen in our industry (and lots more).

For information about Divalution visit www.divalutionofficial.com and for Jamie tickets visit www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk.

Follow Sejal on Instagram: @sejalkeshwala

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May 13, 2021
S4 Ep16: Lee Mead & Keith Jack
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Fourteen years on from Any Dream Will Do, we reunite winner Lee Mead and runner-up Keith Jack!

Lee went on to play Joseph in the West End, whilst Keith played the Narrator and then Joseph in the musical’s UK tour.

Both Lee and Keith have had incredible careers. Most recently, Lee played Lofy in Causalty and Holby City for five years, whilst Keith toured the UK as Nick in Fame The Musical.

Lee is headlining the London Palladium on Thursday 10th June 2021.
Visit www.lwtheatres.co.uk for tickets.

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May 06, 2021
S4 Ep15: Karen Mavundukure, Effie White in Dreamgirls & Sofia in The Color Purple
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After appearing on The X Factor (ITV), theatre producer Sonia Friedman invited Karen to audition for the role of Effie White in Dreamgirls.

Karen went on to make her West End debut as one of Amber Riley's alternates in the original West End production of Dreamgirls at the Savoy Theatre. She took over as Effie White for the show's second year, alongside Marisha Wallace and Moya Angela.

After completing Dreamgirls' run, Karen played Sophia in The Color Purple (Leicester Curve / Birmingham Hippodrome). She recently reprised her performance for the digital concert production.

Karen discusses her experience with The X Factor, conquering her performance as Effie, stepping back into The Color Purple during lockdown and lots more!

You can follow Karen on Twitter @karenmavx & Instagram @karenxmav

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Apr 22, 2021
S4 Ep14: Alice Fearn & Adrian Hansel
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West End favourites Alice Fearn and Adrian Hansel join us for a very special episode of In The Frame! 

Alice and Adrian first worked together on tour with Michael Ball, and are about to reunite in Scott Alan’s song cycle The Distance You Have Come, which is being staged at the Apollo Theatre for two performances in June. 

Alice was playing Beverley Bass in Come From Away pre-pandemic, with her other roles including Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked and Nancy in Oliver at the Watermill.     

Adrian played Benny in Guys and Dolls at the Sheffield Crucible just before the pandemic, with his other credits include originating the role of Seaweed in the West End production of Hairspray and playing Rusty in Starlight Express.  

Alice and Adrian discuss using diva dollars, what they got up to on the road with Michael Ball and the magic of Scott Alan's music. and lots more! 

The Distance You Have Come runs at the Apollo Theatre on 21st and 28th of June. Visit www.nimaxtheatres.com for tickets. 

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Apr 15, 2021
S4 Ep13: Joe Aaron Reid, Curtis in Deamgirls & Benny in In The Heights
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For our 50th episode, we're off to LA to chat to Joe Aaron Reid!

Joe's Broadway credits include: Stephen in If/Then, understudy Willie Lopez in Ghost the Musical, Catch Me If You Can, understudy Howard in Finian’s Rainbow, Fred Casely in Chicago and Ronnie Driscoll in Curtains.

After moving to London, Joe played Benny in In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre) and originated the role of Curtis in the West End premiere of Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre).

After Dreamgirls, Joe left London for Paris, and he now resides in LA.

His credits also include: Smash (NBC), Daniel in Once on This Island (Lucille Lortel), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout/Laura Pels), Howard in Finian’s Rainbow (Encores), Man #1 in Why We Tell The Story (Lucille Lortel), Kismet (Encores), Joe in Lines (TBG), Gabey in On the Town (5th Avenue), Gymnasia in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way to the Forum (Williamstown Theatre Festival), understudy Coalhouse in Ragtime (Paper Mill), Munkustrap in Cats (Northern Stage), Camelot (Boston) and Beauty and the Beast (Les Places des Artes, Montreal & Lyric, Baltimore).

In this episode, Joe discusses self worth, ambition and being a gay Dad working in theatre. He also discusses all things If/Then and Dreamgirls, as well as lots more.

You can follow Joe on Instagram / Twitter: @JoeAaronReid

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Apr 08, 2021
S4 Ep12: Amy Di Bartolomeo, Oz in We Will Rock You & star of In Pieces
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Amy can soon be seen in new musical In Pieces by Joey Contreras.

Her theatre credits include: Nymph in Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (The Other Palace), Bat Out of Hell (London Coliseum / Manchester Opera House / Toronto), Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (New Zealand), understudy Diva in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK Tour), Starlight Express (Germany) and The Rat Pack Boys (UK Tour). 

Prior to the pandemic, Amy was starring as Oz (the character formerly knows as "Meat") in the brand new touring production of We Will Rock You.

Streaming 23rd - 26th April, In Pieces is being released as a film in support of LGBT Foundation. The show explores how clarity and empowerment manifest themselves in different relationships. For tickets, visit www.stream.theatre.

Amy discusses being told she would never dance again, breaking her leg during a performance of Starlight Express and going from being too shy to call herself a singer to having rock legend Brian May approving her riffs in We Will Rock You.

You can follow Amy on Instagram / Twitter: @AmyDiBartolomeo

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Apr 02, 2021
S4 Ep11: Jonathan Andrew Hume, Kevin J in Come From Away & Simba in the Lion King
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Jonathan originated the roles of Kevin J & Ali in the West End production of Come From Away.

He is well known for starring as Simba in The Lion King for many years, both in the West End and internationally.

Some of Jonathan's other credits include Alice in Winterland (Rose Theatre), Bernstein’s MASS (Royal Festival Hall), Rufus Longbottom and the Space Rabbit (UK Tour) and starring as Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Wyllyotts Theatre). On screen Jonathan appeared in Mary Poppins Returns (Disney) and he works extensively as a voiceover artist.   

In this episode, Jonathan discusses becoming a father during the pandemic, the magic of Come From Away and the decision he had to make when he landed his first West End role... plus lots more!

You can follow Jonathan on Instagram / Twitter: @MrHume

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Mar 26, 2021
S4 Ep10: Holly-Anne Hull, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera & star of Remember Monday
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Holly originated the role of Christine in the brand new touring production of The Phantom of the Opera.

The show opened at Leicester Curve, but sadly closed shortly after due to the pandemic.  Holly reprised her performance as Christine when Phantom performed on Britain's Got Talent (ITV).

Holly's theatre credits also include: Holly Manson in Loserville at The Union Theatre,  Gladys in the UK tour of Copacabana and Maid Marion in Robin Hood at the Grove Theatre. She has understudied Cosette in several productions of Les Misérables, including the International Tour, the full West End production and both runs of the All Star Staged Concert.

Holly is a member of country/pop trio Remember Monday, alongside Lauren Byrne who was a guest on In The Frame earlier this series.

As a teenager, Holly won Disney’s reality show My Camp Rock. She has also been seen on The X Factor (ITV) and, as part of Remember Monday, she has been seen on The Voice (ITV).

In this episode, Holly discusses everything from why My Camp Rock led to some very challenging times, having a riff-off with Cynthia Erivo at drama school and what it was like  being cast as her dream role of Christine. 

 You can follow Holly on Instagram / Twitter: @HollyAnneHull

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Mar 19, 2021
S4 Ep9: Callum Francis, Lola in Kinky Boots
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This week we're off to Australia to chat to Callum Francis, the only actor to have played Lola in 4 productions of Kinky Boots across 3 continents! 

Callum was part of the original West End production of Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre as a swing and 1st cover Lola. Following his time in the London production, Callum originated the role of Lola in the Australian production of Kinky Boots, winning a Helpmann Award for his performance. 

He opened the musical's UK Tour, before making his Broadway debut as Lola in Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. 

Callum's theatre credits also include: Collins in Rent (Sydney Opera House), Miss Saigon (Prince Edward), The Lion King (Lyceum), Ghost The Musical (Piccadilly), Hair (International Tour), Naked Boys Singing (Charing Cross Theatre) and Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai Culture Square). 

In this episode, Callum discusses his early career, why he turned down his first Kinky Boots audition, the night Cyndi Lauper told him he had been cast as Australia's Lola, making his Broadway debut and lots more!

Visit Callum's website www.callumfrancisofficial.com and follow him on Instagram @callumf 

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Mar 12, 2021
S4 Ep8: Bradley Jaden, Javert / Enjolras in Les Misérables & Fiyero in Wicked
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This week Bradley can be seen as Thomas Percy in the online streaming of Treason The Musical at Cadogan Hall.

Bradley is well known for his long association with the West End production of Les Misérables. He originally joined the show as an understudy for Enjolras and Jean Valjean. He then took over as Enjolras and later returned to the show as Javert.

Bradley played Enjolras once again for the All Star Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre before originating the role of Javert in the new West End production at the refurbished Sondheim Theatre. During the pandemic, Bradley played Enjolras in Les Mis' socially distanced West End run.

Bradley's theatre credits also include: Fiyero in Wicked (International Tour/West End), After You (London Coliseum - Live Stream), Lt. Joseph Cable in South Pacific (Cadogan Hall), understudy Sam & Carl in Ghost The Musical (UK Tour), understudy Shrek in Shrek The Musical (West End), Jakes Blue in The Blues Brothers (Edinburgh Fringe), Dean Martin in The Rat Pack (Edinburgh Fringe) and Cecco in Stiles & Drewe's Peter Pan (West Yorkshire Playhouse).

Bradley is starring in Treason The Musical, a new musical drama based on the notorious gunpowder plot of 1605. The show features music and lyrics by Ricky Allan and book by Kieran Lynn & Ricky Allan.

Treason The Musical is streaming online between Friday 12th and Sunday 14th March 2021.
Visit www.treasonthemusical.com for information and tickets.

In this episode, Bradley discusses the transformation he went through prior to joining Les Mis & becoming a leading man, swapping between Enjolras & Javert, how he has dealt with the past twelve months and lots more!

Follow Bradley on social media @bradleyjaden

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Mar 09, 2021
S4 Ep7: Michael Balogun, Delroy in Death of England
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Last year Michael starred as Delroy in Death Of England: Delroy at the National Theatre. He was originally cast to understudy Giles Terera in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams's one-person play, but when Giles became unwell, Michael took over the role and received tremendous acclaim for his performance. The show was later streamed on YouTube for twenty-four hours and will hopefully return to the National this year.

Michael's stage credits include: Shaun in People, Places and Things (UK Tour), The Doctor in Macbeth (National Theatre), Nick Makoha in The Dark (Ovalhouse Theatre), Winston / Shoni in Barbershop Chronicles (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Macduff in Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre). His screen credits include Casualty (BBC) and War of the Worlds (EPIX / FOX).

In this episode, Michael discusses his whirlwind journey with Death Of England and the highs and lows of the past twelve months. He also speaks openly about his path to discovering acting and theatre following some time in prison. It's a very inspiring conversation!

You can follow Michael on Instagram @michaelj.balogun and Twitter @Mikejbal

You can read Michael's BBC interview here: http://bbc.in/3sMv7B1 
You can listen to Michael's appearance on the Two Shot Podcast here: http://spoti.fi/3kKVh4h 

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Mar 05, 2021
S4 Ep6: Waylon Jacobs, star of Hamilton & Cases
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Waylon can currently be heard on the Original Studio Cast Recording of new musical Cases.

Over the past year Waylon has starred as Jamie in The Last Five Years (Minack Theatre) and performed a one-man version of Peter Pan (Barn Theatre). He’s about to be seen in the streamed production of Treason (Cadogan Hall), having also recorded the cast album.

His West End credits include Standby in Hamilton (Victoria Palace), Chicago (Phoenix),  understudy Gator, Delray & Bobby in Memphis (Shaftesbury), understudy Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion & Arena Tour) and understudy Simba in The Lion King (Lyceum).

Waylon's additional credits include Sarge/Scarlett in Yank (Charing Cross Theatre), Benny in Rent (Tabard) and A Midsummer Night's Dream & Ragtime (both Regent's Park).

Written by Dominic Powell, Cases explores unforeseen circumstances and unexpected crises inspired by journeys and careers within the arts and entertainment industry.

Visit http://bit.ly/2NENs42 to buy/stream the album.

In this episode, Waylon reveals how his ambition of becoming a TV chef led him to theatre, the  nine-month audition process for Hamilton and the process of recording the Cases album in lockdown.

Follow Waylon on Instagram: @wayjay4

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Feb 26, 2021
S4 Ep5: Lauren Byrne, Jane Seymour in Six & star of Remember Monday
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Today we're joined by Lauren Byrne, ahead of the Barn Theatre's online concert The Secret Society of Leading Ladies.

Lauren was starring as Jane Seymour in the UK tour of Six The Musical prior to the pandemic.

Her other theatre credits include understudy Rasa in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour), Mabel in Blondel (Union Theatre) and understudy Carole King & Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (UK Tour). Lauren is a member of country/pop trio Remember Monday.

Lauren is starring in The Secret Society of Leading Ladies for the Barn Theatre which runs online 22nd February - 7th March 2021. It's an innovative concert which gives you - the viewer - all the control!

In this episode, Lauren discusses dealing with the physical and  mental challenges of Six, learning instruments for Sunny Afternoon and why she's so excited to be part of The Secret Society of Leading Ladies plus lots more!

To book tickets for The Secret Society of Leading Ladies, visit www.barntheatre.org.uk.

Follow Lauren on Instagram: @LaurenByrne95

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Feb 19, 2021
S4 Ep4: Nikki Bentley, Elphaba in Wicked
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This week Nikki Bentley joins us to discuss her Elphaba journey.

Nikki's theatre credits include: understudy Molly in Ghost The Musical, Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy & understudy Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical (UK Tour), understudy The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (West End) and swing in Mamma Mia! (West End). 

Nikki was Standby Elphaba in the 2017-18 UK & Ireland tour of Wicked. In 2019 she took over from Alice Fearn as Elphaba in the musical's West End production.

In this episode, Nikki discusses performing with Laura Michelle Kelly as a child on the Isle Of White, all the iconic roles she has played and covered throughout her career as well as Elphaba riffs, no-fly shows and why Wicked was her ultimate dream.

Sadly Nikki had to cut short her London run as Elphaba and has since spoken about her experience with anxiety and mental health. In this episode, Nikki explains what happened and why she wants to defy gravity again in the future.

Follow Nikki on Instagram: @nikkixbentley

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Please note, this episode includes discussion about post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. 

Links
Industry Minds - www.industryminds.co.uk
Applause For Thought - www.facebook.com/applauseforthought
Anxiety UK - www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Time to Change - www.time-to-change.org.uk

Feb 16, 2021
S4 Ep3: Blake Patrick Anderson, Michael in Be More Chill & Mark in Rent
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Blake is preparing to star in the online concert revival of Gatsby: A Musical which has been filmed at Cadogan Hall.

Adapted by director Linnie Reedman, and with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, the show is streaming 26th - 28th February 2021.

Last year Blake originated the role of Michael Mell in the London production of Be More Chill which broke all records at The Other Palace. He then starred as Mark in RENT at the Hope Mill Theatre.

Blake's other credits include starring as Rusty in the 30th Anniversary cast of Starlight Express in Germany and playing Straight Dave in Closer To Heaven at Above The Stag.

In this episode, Blake discusses the filming process for Gatsby, making the role of Michael Mell his own, why he adores working with Arlene Phillips and lots more.

To book tickets for Gatsby: A Musical , visit www.webgig.tv.

Follow Blake on Instagram: @BlakePatrickAndersonUK

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Feb 09, 2021
S4 Ep2: Sharon Rose, Eliza in Hamilton & Joanne in Jingle Jangle
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Sharon was starring as Eliza in the West End production of Hamilton prior to lockdown.

Sharon made her West End debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre). Her other credits include: understudy Diana in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Radio 1 in Caroline Or Change (Hampstead Theatre). She joined Hamilton during the first year of its run at the Victoria Palace Theatre as a standby for Eliza/Peggy/Angelica. In 2020 she took over as Eliza full-time.

Last year Sharon made her big screen debut as Joanne Jangle in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey for Netflix, directed by David E. Talbert.

In this episode, Sharon discusses her path into the industry and her route to becoming a West End leading lady as well as why Jingle Jangle was such a special project to be a part of and launching Be Major, a performing arts e- learning platform.

For more information about Be Major, visit www.be-major.com.

Follow Sharon on social media: @sharonroselive

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Feb 02, 2021
S4 Ep1: Matt Croke, Aladdin in Aladdin & star of The Voice UK
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We're kicking off Series 4 with Matt Croke, fresh from his blind audition on The Voice UK!

Matt famously played the title role in the West End production of Disney’s Aladdin for over two years at the Prince Edward Theatre and has since headlined concerts all over the world.

His other West End credits include understudy Eugene in Grease, understudy Amos Hart & Mary Sunshine in Chicago, understudy Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain and understudy Fiyero in Wicked.

He also covered Tony in the UK tour of West Side Story and understudied Eddie in Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory alongside Sheridan Smith.  He made his leading man debut as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain at the Salisbury Playhouse.

In this episode, Matt discusses  competing on The Voice UK as part of Team Olly Murs and his incredible journey from young ensemble member to West End leading man.

Matt's album Only Dreaming is available now. For more information about his theatre academy visit www.RMCacademy.co.uk

Follow Matt on social media: @mattcroke 

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Jan 26, 2021
S3 Ep15: Patrice Tipoki, Fantine in Les Misérables & Elphaba in Wicked
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It's the final episode of the series and we're off to Australia to chat to musical theatre star Patrice Tipoki!

Patrice understudied Elphaba in the original Australian production of Wicked and went on to take over the role alongside Jemma Rix. She received huge acclaim for her performance as Elphaba, and became well known amongst Wicked fans for her iconic Defying Gravity riff!

Patrice made her West End debut in 2016 as Fantine in Les Misérables, having also played the role in Australia, Dubai and Singapore.

Her other Australian credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Nala in The Lion King and understudy Killer Queen & Scaramouche in We Will Rock You. Patrice had a musical upbringing and has worked extensively as a vocalist alongside her theatre work.  She released her debut album "A Musical Heart" in 2015.

In this episode, Patrice discusses the Australian theatre scene, how she got away with doing her signature riff in Wicked, her time in London plus lots more!

Patrice's album "A Musical Heart" is available via streaming platforms and iTunes. You can follow her on Instagram: @patricetipokiarkins 

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Oct 19, 2020
S3 Ep14: Claudia Kariuki, Diva in Priscilla & Motormouth in Hairspray
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Claudia's West End credits include Mrs. Sheinkopf/understudy Rosalie in School Of Rock and Midwife/understudy Madame Morrible in Wicked.

Prior to lockdown she was starring as a Diva in the UK tour in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Her credits also include: Sonja in The Life (Frankfurt), Woman 2 in Edges (London Theatre Workshop), Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Frankfurt), understudy Clara in Porgy & Bess (Regent's Park), Deloris in Sister Act (Wexford), Sister Chantelle in Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Lorraine/understudy Motormouth & Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour), ensemble in Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola) and Sarah in Ragtime (Regent's Park).

in 2014, Claudia starred as Motormouth in Hairspray at the Leicester Curve and featured in West End Frame's Top Ten Performances of the Year.

In this episode, Claudia discusses her path into the industry, career highlights and future ambitions.

You can follow Claudia on Instagram: @claudiakariuki

This episode was recorded at Wildcard Studios in Bond Street. Visit www.wildcardtheatre.co.uk for more information about Wildcard Theatre Company and Wildcard Studios. 

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Oct 12, 2020
S3 Ep13: Jennifer DiNoia, Elphaba in Wicked
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Jenny has played Elphaba more times than any other actress in Wicked history, across seven productions and four countries.

Jenny started out as a swing and emergency cover for Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked, later taking over as Standby Elphaba for the remainder of the run. She then transferred to the Broadway, Australian and Asian productions as Standby Elphaba.

Jenny took over the role full-time to lead Wicked's 2nd US Tour before transferring to the West End in 2014 to lead the London company of Wicked. She then closed the 1st US Tour as the production's final Elphaba.

After having her first child, Jenny finally took over as the leading Elphaba on Broadway in August 2016 and completed her acclaimed run in July 2017. Prior to the pandemic, she had returned to the Broadway production of Wicked as Standby Elphaba.

In this episode, Jenny discusses starting out in Mamma Mia! & We Will Rock You, her Elphaba journey, becoming a mum and how this current period has made her stop and think about where’s she at.

Follow Jenny on Instagram, @jennydinoia.

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Oct 06, 2020
S3 Ep12: Jye Frasca, Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys & Boq in Wicked
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This week we're off to LA to speak to Jye Frasca!

After growing up in Australia, Jye trained in London and had an incredible West End career. He appeared in West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Cats, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour Lost, We Will Rock You, Thrill Me and Mary Poppins. He was also part of the original West End casts of Wicked and Jersey Boys.

After moving to America, Jye took over as Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys before making his Broadway debut as Boq in Wicked for the musical's 15th anniversary!

In this episode, Jye discusses his career from making his West End debut as a swing in West Side Story to being a principal on Broadway. He discusses how Idina Menzel's advice helped him conquer his performance as Frankie Valli, what it was like to start afresh when he moved to America and why he hopes to one day return to the London stage.

Visit Jye's website, www.jyefrasca.com.

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Sep 28, 2020
S3 Ep11: Helen Woolf, Glinda in Wicked
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It's good to see her, isn't it! This week we're joined by Helen Woolf who has been part of Wicked for the past seven years.

Helen originally understudied Glinda in Wicked's first UK & Ireland tour, before transferring to the London production where she also understudied Nessarose. In 2017 Helen stepped up to play Glinda in the UK & Ireland tour and then returned to the West End production in 2019, taking over from Sophie Evans as Glinda.

In this episode, Helen discusses her unique path into the industry, her Wicked journey and life as a West End leading lady.

Follow Helen on Instagram at @helenwoolf1.

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Sep 03, 2020
S3 Ep10: Jenny Fitzpatrick, star of The World Goes ‘Round & Tina The Musical
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Having recently completed her run as the alternate Tina in Tina The Musical, Jenny Fitzpatrick is currently starring in The World Goes ‘Round at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. She can also be seen in the upcoming online revival of Godspell for the Hope Mill Theatre.

Jenny made her professional debut in Henry IV Part I, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Camelot at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Her credits also include Nala in Legend Of The Lion King (Disneyland Paris), Ronnette in Little Shop of Horros (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Billie in Our House (UK Tour), Rose Seller in Oliver! (West End), Louise & understudy Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Manchester/West End), Delores in Sister Act (Aberystwyth), A Pacificst's Guide To The War On Cancer (National Theatre), Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour) and Lucius/Centurion in Boudica (Globe).

Having played Tina Turner in the 2013 UK tour of Soul Sister, Jenny was the alternate Tina Turner in the original West End cast of Tina The Musical. On screen, Jenny has been seen in The Alienist, Mi High V 'Patient' and EastEnders.

The World Goes ‘Round
runs at the Barn Theatre from 24th August until 5th September 2020. Visit www.barntheatre.org.uk for tickets.

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Aug 23, 2020
S3 Ep9: Josh Lamon, Sheldon in The Prom & Host of Josh Swallows Broadway
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This week we're crossing the pond to speak to Broadway's Josh Lamon!

Most recently Josh played Sheldon and understudied Barry in The Prom on Broadway. He is also the host of Josh Swallows Broadway for the Broadway Podcast Network.

Josh's Broadway credits also include: Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf The Musical, Into The Woods and Hair. He played Boq in the US tour of Wicked and, prior to lockdown, was appearing in Emojiland off-Broadway.

Josh is the co-writer of Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher: A musical parody of Murder She Wrote which premiered in London last year at the Other Palace as part of MT Fest.

In this episode, Josh discusses stories from his career, including why Hair and The Prom were such special jobs, his journey to the Great White Way, what went wrong when Into The Woods opened in New York and the times he has used diva dollars over the years...

Visit Josh's website, www.joshlamon.com

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.
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Aug 13, 2020
S3 Ep8: Janie Dee, Desiree in A Little Night Music & Phyllis in Follies
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Janie Dee is a theatrical icon, having worked extensively in both the UK and New York  throughout her career.

Just a few recent highlights from Janie's career include playing Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies (National Theatre), title role in Linda (Talent Works NY), Margery in Hand To God (West End), Arkadina in The Seagull (Regent's Park), Essie in Ah Wilderness (Young Vic), Ruth in Blithe Spirit (West End, alongside Angela Lansbury), Putting It Together (St James), title role in Hello Dolly as well as Anna in The King & I (both Leicester Curve) and Belinda Blair in Noises Off (Old Vic).

Janie won an Olivier Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the National Theatre's 1992 production of Carousel.

Janie is currently preparing to reprise her acclaimed performance as Desiree in A Little Night Music for a socially distanced, one-night concert staging at Holland Park. The show sold out in just six minutes.

She will then take to the stage at Crazy Coqs to perform her new one-woman cabaret, Janie Dee: New Life. Prior to lockdown, Janie was producing the London Climate Change Festival at the Charing Cross Theatre which has been postponed until theatres reopen.

In this episode, Janie candidly discusses returning to A Little Night Music as well as preparations for her new cabaret, work/life balance, how it felt to return to the National Theatre for Follies and why she was slightly relieved that her Climate Change Festival was postponed.

Visit Janie's website, www.janiedee.com
For tickets to her cabaret, visit www.bit.ly/3fBEzjI

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@Andrew_Tomlins

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Aug 06, 2020
S3 Ep7: Nicholas McLean, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q & Boq in Wicked
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Prior to lockdown, Nick was playing Boq in the West End production of Wicked.

He made his West End debut as Doctor in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales). His other credits include: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (UK Tour), Benny/Puppeteer in The Pied Piper (Cornerstone), Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Abu Dhabi), Henri in South Pacific (St. James Concert Hall) and TJ in Sister Act (Gordon Craig Theatre).

Nick discusses his path into the industry, funny drama school stories, highlights from his career and lots more!

Visit Nick's website, ww.nicholasmclean.co.uk

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Jul 30, 2020
S3 Ep6: Jerry Mitchell, director & choreographer
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Jerry's productions include Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and On Your Feet.

Most recently his production of Pretty Woman opened in the West End following a run on Broadway. Jerry choreographed the original production of Hairspray which is returning to London next year, and he is also working on a stage adaptation of Becoming Nancy.

This Sunday Jerry and West End performer Jed Berry are hosting Raise You Up, an online charity concert starring Angels In Lockdown from global productions of Kinky Boots.

The show is raising money for Acting For Others, Black Ticket Project, Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Broadway Cares.

You can watch Raise You Up this Sunday 26th July at 9pm via www.jedberry.com. The show will be available for 24 hours.

Follow Jerry on social media: @jammyprod

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Jul 23, 2020
S3 Ep5: Asmeret Ghebremichael, Lorell in Dreamgirls & Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon
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Asmeret has had an incredible career on both sides of the pond, most recently starring as Lorell in the West End production of Dreamgirls to huge acclaim.

She made her West End debut as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon, having played the role on Broadway after being part of the show's original ensemble. Her other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde, Footloose, Wicked, Spamalot and Elf.

She was in the original cast of In The Heights and starred in Sweet Charity off-Broadway. Most recently she has filmed roles in Get Even (BBC) and Bonding: Season 2 (Netflix).

Read Asmeret's interview with Forbes: https://bit.ly/30heYXD
Read Asmeret's article for Broadway News: https://bit.ly/3jdG2iX
Asmeret is artistic director for The Big Sky Summer Theatre Festival: From A Distance. Visit https://bit.ly/3eAHAQN for info!

Follow Asmeret on Instagram: @asmeretghebremichael

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Jul 17, 2020
S3 Ep4: Natalie Kassanga, standby Zoe & Alana in Dear Evan Hansen & Diana Ross in Motown The Musical
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Natalie Kassanga is currently covering Zoey and Alana in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward) and recently starred as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre).

This weekend Natalie can be seen in Turn Up, a concert which is being streamed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The show was filmed with a live band at Cadogan Hall.

As a child, Natalie played Young Nala in The Lion King (Lyceum) and appeared in Oliver! (Drury Lane) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour). She was a member of girl group Alien Uncovered, who appeared on the live finals of The X Factor in 2015.

In this episode, Natalie discusses starting out as a child performer and her experiences in the music industry. She also talks about her emotional farewell to Motown, the nine-month audition process for Dear Evan Hansen as well as diversity in the West End and why audiences should TURN UP to Turn Up this weekend.

Follow Natalie on Instagram and Twitter: @kassangaofficial
To buy tickets for Turn Up, visit www.club11.london/turn

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Jul 09, 2020
S3 Ep3: Samantha Pauly, Eva Peron in Evita & Katherine Howard in SIX
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Last year Samantha Pauly made her London theatre debut as Eva Peron in Jamie Lloyd's production of Evita at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Prior to lockdown, she was starring as Katherine Howard in the Broadway production of SIX.

Samantha also played Katherine Howard in the pre-Broadway regional runs of SIX, including the musical's US premiere in Chicago. She has also played Eva Peron at the Marriot Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse.

Samantha's additional theatre credits include: understudy Raven in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour), Jovie in Elf The Musical (Paramount Theatre), Betsy in Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre) and Amber in Hairspray (Paramount Theatre).

In this episode, Samantha talks openly and honestly about starring in SIX and Evita, her path into the industry and lots more.

For information about Samantha's online coaching, visit www.artistsandbeyond.com/samanthapauly

You can follow Samantha on Instagram via @sampauly

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Jul 02, 2020
S3 Ep2: Vicki Manser, Katherine Howard in SIX & alternate Carole in Beautiful
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Vicki Manser joins us following the release of her chart-topping debut single "Pick Me Up"!

Vicki's theatre credits include the West End productions of Sunny Afternoon, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and Bat Out Of Hell.

She joined the West End production of SIX at the start of 2019 as an alternate, taking over as Katherine Howard nine months later. After leaving Six at the end of last year she returned to Beautiful, this time on tour as the alternate Carole. Alongside her performing career, Vicki is Artistic Director of Sharpe Academy.

In this episode, Vicki discusses her musical influences, joining the Queendom, her future ambitions plus lots more!

Listen to "Pick Me Up" on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2Nr2dno
Follow Vicki on Instagram & Twitter via: @vicki_manser

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Jun 25, 2020
S3 Ep1: Trevor Dion Nicholas, George Washington in Hamilton & Genie in Disney's Aladdin
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We're back for a "virtual" series of In The Frame! Our first guest is Trevor Dion Nicholas who was playing George Washington in the West End production of Hamilton (Victoria Palace) before theatres closed.

Trevor originated the role of Genie in the West End production of Disney's Aladdin, having been a standby for the role on Broadway. He played Genie for the duration of the London run, taking a short break to play the role on the US tour. He was a judge on All Star Musicals (ITV) and hosted 2019's Magic at the Musicals (Royal Albert Hall).

After making his professional debut in Big River (US tour), Trevor appeared in US regional productions of The Wiz, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Ragtime, The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors, Rent, The Exonerated and This is the Life.

Trevor is also the songwriter and primary vocalist for the original Alternative Indie Soul band Neighborhood Goliath.

In this episode, Trevor discusses his path to Broadway, what it was like to say goodbye to Aladdin and his favourite number to perform in Hamilton... plus lots more!

Useful Links

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You can follow Trevor on Instagram/Twitter: @astonishingtrev

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Jun 18, 2020
Trailer: Series 3 Coming Soon!
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We're back for Series Three of In The Frame, kicking off Friday 19th June 2020!

Jun 10, 2020
S2 Ep6: Carly Mercedes Dyer, Anita in West Side Story
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Carly recently starred as Anita to huge acclaim in West Side Story at the Leicester Curve.

Carly's West End credits include Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing, Chicago, Memphis & Dreamgirls where she understudied and regularly played the role of Lorelle. She has also appeared in Hair, High School Musical, Dance Til Dawn and The Lorax.

Over the past couple of years Carly has been taking theatreland by storm, taking on roles such as Helene in Sweet Charity (Nottingham Playhouse), Fate in Hadestown (National Theatre), Henri in The View Upstairs (Soho Theatre) and Charlaine in Ain't Misbehavin' (Southwark Playhouse & Mercury Colchester).

 In this episode, Carly discusses her career from High School Musical and Rock Of Ages to Dreamgirls and Hadestown, onstage mishaps and the moment she realised she was ready to made the step up from ensemble to lead. 

Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. 

This is the final episode of In The Frame: Series 2. We'll be back in a few months for a brand new series!

Make sure you follow Carly on Instagram/Facebook: @CarlyMDyer

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Apr 20, 2020
S2 Ep5: Lauren Drew, Catherine of Aragon in SIX
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Lauren has been touring the UK as Catherine of Aragon in SIX.

Lauren's theatre credits include: understudy Molly in Ghost (UK Tour), understudy Nicola in Kinky Boots (West End), New Wave Girl & understudy Heather Chandler in Heathers (The Other Palace/West End), Suzanne in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse) and understudy Eva in Evita (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre).

In this episode Lauren discusses what it has been like to play Catherine of Aragon and why SIX has been such a big moment in her career. She also talks about how she got into the industry, memories from her first jobs and the day she found out she was going on as Heather Chandler... plus what it was like to perform SIX back home in Wales and lots more!

Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown.

Make sure you follow Lauren on social media!
Instagram: @_LaurenDrew1.
Twitter: @LaurenDrew2.

For more info about SIX, visit www.sixthemusical.com.

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Apr 13, 2020
S2 Ep4: Jordan Shaw, Simba in The Lion King
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Jordan spent the last year touring internationally as Simba in The Lion King, marking his first major leading role.

Jordan has appeared in the West End productions of Miss Saigon, Motown and Cats with his other credits including The Scotsborough Boys (Young Vic), Follies & Hadestown (National Theatre) and Tick Tick Boom (Park Theatre).

In this episode, Jordan discusses life in The Lion King and why Simba was a dream role of his. We also discuss his path into the industry, some of the big decisions he has had to make throughout his career and his stagey obsessions.

Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown.

Make sure you follow Jordan on Twitter & Instagram: @JordanShawUK.

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Apr 06, 2020
S2 Ep3: Evie Rose Lane, Ariel in Footloose
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We're back to continue with Series 2 of In The Frame!

This week we chat to Evie Rose Lane. Evie has become well known for the covers/mashups and original music she has released online. She played a sold out solo show at Live at Zedel earlier this year to huge acclaim. Evie is due to star as Ariel in the 2020-21 UK tour of Footloose.

Please note, this episode was recorded before theatres had closed and the UK was in lockdown. The start of Footloose's UK tour has since been postponed, but hopefully will go ahead later in the year.

Make sure you follow Evie on Twitter & Instagram: @EvRoseLane
You can also check out Evie's YouTube videos here: https://bit.ly/3dFdWdV

Please note, new episodes of In The Frame will be released on Tuesdays for the next few weeks.

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Mar 30, 2020
S2 Ep2: Noah Thomas & Hiba Elchikhe, Jamie & Pritti in Everybody's Talking About Jamie
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This week we sit down with Noah Thomas & Hiba Elchikhe backstage at the Apollo Theatre to discuss all things Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

Noah is currently at 3rd Year Student at Mountview Academy and previously attended The BRIT School. Everybody's Talking About Jamie marks his professional and West End debut!

Hiba's credits include; Brooklyn in Brooklyn The Musical (Greenwich Theatre); Fiver (Southwark Playhouse); Antony & Cleopatra (National Theatre); Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Australia); Mrs Santiago/Understudy Molly in Ghost the Musical (Asia) and The Sound Of Music: Live (ITV). Everybody's Talking About Jamie marks Hiba's West End debut!

Noah & Hiba talk about everything from being cast in the show, to the hardest moments in the score as well as why audiences respond so profoundly to their characters.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is currently booking at the Apollo Theatre until Saturday 29th August 2020. Visit www.everybodystalkingaboutjamie.co.uk for info and tickets.

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Mar 13, 2020
S2 Ep1: Anita Harris, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret
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In The Frame is back for a second series, and our first guest is the legendary Anita Harris!

As well as topping the charts as a singer, Anita is well-known for her performances on screen and stage.

Anita famously starred in Carry On Doctor and Carry On Follow That Camel. She also appeared in countless other films and television shows, including Remember Jack Buchanan, The Television Machine, French and Saunders, Morecambe and Wise, The Magic Box and Midsomer Murders.

In addition to playing Grizabella in Cats at the New London Theatre, Anita's stage credits include; My Cousin Rachel (Theatre Royal, Bath); Stepping Out (UK Tour); Double Double (UK Tour); Come On Jeeves (UK Tour); Unexpected Guest (UK Tour); Suddenly At Home (Kings Theatre, Southsea); Annie (UK Tour); Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench (UK Tour); Fatal Encounter (UK Tour) and The House of Stairs (UK Tour).

Anita is currently touring the UK in Rufus Norris’ production of Cabaret as Fraulein Schneider.

In this interview, Anita discusses her role in Cabaret and life on the road, plus stories from her career (and there's lots of singing along the way!).

Cabaret tours the UK until Saturday 25th April 2020.
Visit www.kenwright.com for tour dates and tickets.

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Mar 06, 2020
S1 Ep16: Carrie Hope Fletcher, Fantine in Les Misérables
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To end the series, we have a special interview with Carrie Hope Fletcher who is playing Fantine in the brand new production of Les Misérables at the renovated Sondhiem Theatre. 

Carrie has lots of history with Les Mis; most recently she played Fantine in the all-star concert production, having previously played Eponine in the West End and in Dubai. Plus she played Young Eponine as a child.

Carrie's theatre credits include; Veronica in Heathers (West End/The Other Palace), Brenda in The Christmasaurus Live (Eventim Apollo), Wednesday in The Addams Family (UK Tour), Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour) and Beth in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds (Arena Tour). She is also an author, vlogger and soon to be marathon runner!

 In this interview, Carrie discusses her Les Mis journey; she also talks about the evolution of her Fantine dress, the brand new ensemble character she has created and taking on 'I Dreamed A Dream'.  

Carrie discusses how the world of social media has changed in the theatre industry, the biggest differences between the shows she has starred in and how she is managing to squeeze in training for a Marathon on top of her crazy schedule. 

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Jan 24, 2020
S1 Ep15: Ian McIntosh, Galileo in We Will Rock You
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From auditioning for drama school in a football kit to receiving an Olivier Award nomination for his first leading role, this week Ian McIntosh talks us through his career. 

Ian is currently playing Galileo in the brand new touring production of Queen’s musical, We Will Rock You.

After finishing as the runner up in GMTV’s Search for Troy Bolton, Ian went on to understudy Troy Bolton in the UK tour of High School Musical 2 before understudying Claude in the European Arena Tour of Hair. 

He made his West End debut in Rock of Ages, eventually becoming the alternate for Drew. He was alternate Deco in The Commitments (original West End cast) and received an Olivier Award nomination for originating the role of Barry Mann in the West End production of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Prior to We Will Rock You, Ian starred as Young Ben in Dominic Cooke’s revival of Follies at the National Theatre.

We Will Rock You tours the UK until Saturday 18th July 2020. Visit www.queenonline.com for tour dates.

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Jan 17, 2020
S1 Ep14: Cameron Sharp, Barry Mann in Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
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Today’s guest is Cameron Sharp who is currently playing Barry Mann in the 2020 UK tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. 

Cameron made his West End debut back in 2014 as alternate Drew & swing in Rock Of Ages at the Garrick Theatre. He later went on to play Franz in the musical's first UK tour. 

Cameron's credits also include: Rodger in Rent (Brimingham), Stephen in Ushers (Edinburgh/Arts Theatre), cover Nicky/Trekkie in Avenue Q (UK Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Open Air Theatre), Theo in School of Rock (original West End cast) and Tony in West Side Story (International).

In this episode, Cameron talks through his career, discussing his highs and lows and some of the different things he’s learnt along the way, from leaving drama school early for his West End debut to learning how to swing and his experience of being part of an original West End cast.

Beautiful opens at the Churchill Theatre Bromley on 11th January and tours the UK until 29th August 2020. Visit www.beautifulmusical.co.uk for tour dates. 

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Jan 10, 2020
S1 Ep13: Carolyn Maitland, Rebecca in Rags
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We have a bonus episode for you with West End Frame Award winner, Carolyn Maitland!

Carolyn is currently playing Rebecca in Stephen Schwartz’s musical Rags at the Park Theatre. This production comes to London with a brand new cast, following its run at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester. 

In 2014, Carolyn won West End Frame’s Understudy of the Year Award for understudying the role of Ellen in the West End production of Miss Saigon. Since leaving Miss Saigon, she has gone on to play many leading roles including; Kathy Selden in Singin' In The Rain (Kilworth House), Sally Bowles in Cabaret (Aberdeen), Molly in Ghost The Musical (UK Tour) and Marian in The Woman in White (Charing Cross Theatre). Carolyn also returned to Miss Saigon to play Ellen full-time and most recently played Grace Farrell in Annie (Toronto/UK Tour). 

Carolyn’s extensive theatre credits also include; understudy Kate/Lilli in Kiss Me Kate (Chichester/The Old Vic), understudy Rita in Groundhog Day (The Old Vic), understudy Karen in From Here To Eternity (Shaftesbury), understudy Vivienne & Serena in Legally Blonde (Savoy), understudy Mabel, Serena & Miss Bell in Fame (UK Tour), understudy Gabriela & Taylor in High School Musical 2 (UK Tour), understudy Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (UK Tour) and Mamma Mia! (International Tour).

In this episode Carolyn discusses all-things Rags, her work ethic, working her way up to becoming a leading lady and her path into the industry. 

Rags runs at the Park Theatre between Thursday 9th January and Saturday 8th February 2020.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.

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Jan 07, 2020
S1 Ep12: Lizzie Bea, Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray
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Lizzie has had a whirlwind year; whilst playing Pat in the UK tour of Kinky Boots she took two hiatus' from the show to star as Abigail Henson in the final New York workshop of new musical Becoming Nancy, followed by its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

She also found time to audition for the 2020 West End revival of Hairspray at the London Coliseum and landed the role of Tracy Turnblad which she will play alongside Michael Ball who is reprising his celebrated performance as Edna.

Lizzie's theatre credits also include: Fat Friends The Musical (UK Tour), Dino Story & Chicken Little (From Page To Stage Festival), The 3 Little Pigs (Australian & UK Tours/West End) and The Other School (National Youth Music Theatre).

In this fun, honest & inspiring interview, Lizzie discusses her path into the industry, what it has been like to be part of Becoming Nancy since its very first workshop, why Kinky Boots was a dream job plus the rigorous audition process for Hairspray. Lizzie also talks about lots of the incredible people she has worked with, including Jerry Mitchell, Elliot Davis, Stiles & Drewe, Jessica Vosk, Dan Buckley, Mark Anderson, Stephen Ashfield & lots more.

Hairspray runs at the London Coliseum from 23rd April 2020.

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Jan 03, 2020
S1 Ep11: Lucy May Barker, Sophie in Mamma Mia!
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Lucy is currently playing Sophie in the West End production of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre, the same theatre where she made her West End debut in Spring Awakening in 2009.

Lucy previously played Sophie in both the UK and International touring productions of Mamma Mia!.

Just a few of her other theatre credits include Earthquakes in London (National Theatre), The Crucible (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Oklahoma! (UK Tour), Sweeney Todd (West End), and Thark (Park Theatre).

Lucy recently sat down with West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, backstage at the Novello Theatre for a really chilled out, fun chat.

Lucy discusses her childhood, her unique path into the Spring Awakening and her journey with Mamma Mia!.

Mamma Mia!
is currently booking at the Novello Theatre until 19th September 2020.

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Dec 20, 2019
S1 Ep10: Robert Colvin, Elder Price in The Book of Mormon
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For the past two years Robert Colvin has been touring the US as the Standby for Elder Price in The Book of Mormon.

Prior to The Book of Mormon, Rob played Robbie in the UK tour of Dirty Dancing, eventually becoming the Standby for Johnny. His other credits include: Warner in Legally Blonde (Opéra Garnier, Monaco/Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Adelphi Theatre), Danny in Grease (Belinda King) and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (UK tour).

He has since taken over as Elder Price in the UK & European Tour of The Book of Mormon.  

West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, recently sat down with Rob during a break from The Book of Mormon for a really fun but honest conversation. Rob discusses his career so far, his ambitions and biggest hurdles.

You can follow Rob on Instagram/Twitter via @RobertColvin_.

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Dec 13, 2019
S1 Ep9: Danielle Hope, Betty Haynes in White Christmas
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Danielle Hope discusses moving to the US, sustaining a varied career & returning to the West End to star in White Christmas.

In 2010, Danielle won Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reality show Over The Rainbow, landing the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. Her credits also include Eponine in Les Misérables, Maria in The Sound of Music, The Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sherrie in Rock of Ages, Sandy in Grease, Cathy in The Last Five Years and last Christmas she returned to the London Palladium to take on the title role in Snow White.

Danielle is currently starring as Betty Haynes in White Christmas. The musical runs at the Dominion Theatre until Saturday 4th January 2020. Visit www.whitechristmasthemusical.co.uk for info and tickets.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins

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Dec 06, 2019
S1 Ep8: Broadway's Benjamin Rauhala, Music Director & Fairy-God Fairy
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Ben shares some incredible stories about about Julie Andrews, Idina Menzel, Caissie Levy, Bernadette Peters + more!

Benjamin Rauhala is Jeremy Jordan’s musical director and has accompanied Jeremy for all his London concerts over the past few years, including a recent run of sold out shows at Cadogan Hall.

He is the co-creator and ‘Fairy Godfairy’ of the Broadway Princess Party concert series, which has seen a host of Broadway's biggest stars perform across the U.S., with many of their performances going viral on YouTube. 

Earlier this year Ben was Associate Music Director for The Secret Life of Bees, which ran off-Broadway directed by Sam Gold. He has worked on the music team for the Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof, American Psycho and Pippin. Ben is also the musical director for many major Broadway stars!

During his recent trip to London, Ben sat down with West End Frame Editor, Andrew Tomlins, to discuss Jeremy Jordan & Broadway Princess Party, his path to becoming a musical director, the shows he has worked on, plus lots more!

Broadway Princess Party is coming to London next year! Keep an eye on www.club11.london for info.

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Nov 29, 2019
S1 Ep7: Paul Taylor-Mills, Producer & Artistic Director of The Turbine Theatre
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Will In The Heights return to London? Why has Next To Normal never been staged in the UK? How do you go about opening a new theatre? This week Paul Taylor-Mills is In The Frame!

Paul is a theatre producer; his recent productions have included the West End production of Heathers which is about to launch a UK tour and the London premiere of In The Heights. A few of his other recent productions have included Honest Amy, Side Show and The Last 5 Years. 

Paul is the Artistic Director of The Turbine, a brand new theatre at Battersea Power Station which is currently home to the UK premiere of High Fidelity. He is also  an advisory producer to Andrew Lloyd Webber and was formerly Artistic Director of The Other Palace. 

Paul is incredibly honest throughout this interview, discussing some of the challenges he has faced in recent years, as well as his major success stories.

High Fidelity runs at the Turbine Theatre until Saturday 7th December 2019. Visit www.theturbinetheatre.com for more info and tickets. Heathers launches its UK tour in June 2020.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins

Nov 22, 2019
S1 Ep6: Charlotte Wakefield, Miss Windsor in The Boy in the Dress
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"The day I found out I was nominated for an Olivier I worked a double shift at a restaurant. I was cleaning tables and taking people's dirty plates away... but at the same time you think 'well, I have two Olivier nominations at the age of 23 - it swings in roundabouts!'"

Charlotte Wakefield is currently playing Miss Windsor in the RCS's new musical The Boy in the Dress at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. The Boy In The Dress is based on David Walliams' book, with new music by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.

Charlotte has been nominated for two Olivier Awards; for her performances as Wendla Bergman in the original West End production of Spring Awakening and Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.

Just a few of her other credits include playing Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Laurey in Oklahoma!, Truly Scrumptious in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Veronica in the workshop of Heathers and Polly in Crazy For You.

Charlotte talks all things The Boy in the Dress and discusses the balancing act of being an actor.

For more info about The Boy in the Dress please visit www.rsc.org.uk. 

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins

Nov 15, 2019
S1 Ep5: Joel Harper-Jackson, Charlie Price in Kinky Boots
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“I remember coming out of college and going to my first agent meeting. I said to him ‘I want to be a leading man by the time I’m 25’ and he just openly laughed in my face. But I proved him wrong… I did it when I was 23. I’m still pinching myself.”

Joel Harper-Jackson is currently playing Charlie Price in the UK tour of Kinky Boots. His previous theatre credits include: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UK Tour), Simon in Jesus Christ Superstar (Regents Park Open Air Theatre); Beautiful  (Aldwych Theatre); Che in Evita (Slovenia); Little Women (Hope Mill Theatre); Pieces of String (Mercury Theatre); Myth: The Rise and Fall of Orpheus (The Other Palace); Picture Perfect (St James); Pacific Overtures (Union Theatre) plus the UK tours of Rent and West End Women.

Joel discusses what it has been like to take Kinky Boots around the UK, working with Jerry Mitchell and how he has learnt to sustain his performance over the past 14 months.

He also discusses what he wants to do next, becoming a leading man at the age of 23 and reveals some exciting plans..!

For more info about Kinky Boots, please visit www.kinkybootsthemusical.co.uk.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins


Nov 08, 2019
S1 Ep4: Fabian Aloise, choreographer of Evita
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Last summer Fabian Aloise received huge acclaim for choreographing Evita at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, working alongside director Jamie Lloyd.

Originally from Canada, Fabian trained as a ballet dancer in Melbourne, Australia but - after being told he wouldn't make it as a ballet dancer - pursued a career in musical theatre. After working as a performer, Fabian began also working as an assistant, associate and resident choreographer.

He appeared in the West End productions of We Will Rock You and Legally Blonde and was the resident choreographer for the West End production of Matilda The Musical for 5 years.

He then began working as a choreographer. In addition to choreographing Evita, Fabian's recent choreography credits include The View UpStairs (Soho Theatre) and The Rink (Southwark Playhouse).

In this episode, Fabian discusses his career from how he fell into musical theatre to the most recent productions he has worked on.

Visit www.fabianaloise.com for further information.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins 

Nov 01, 2019
S1 Ep3: Shanay Holmes, Laura in High Fidelity
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After being unable to afford drama school, Shanay Holmes had an incredible journey into musical theatre.

In this episode of In The Frame, Shanay tells the story of how she got her agent, discusses her experience in the music industry including her time on The X Factor and talks about her current role as Laura in the UK premiere of High Fidelity at the Turbine Theatre at Battersea Power Station.

Shanay also discusses the shows she has worked on, including The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory); Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (Kilworth House); The Wizard of Oz (Birmingham Rep); Rent (20th Anniversary Production Ltd); Jesus Christ Superstar (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre); Close To You (West End), The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre) and Thriller Live (West End). 

High Fidelity runs at the Turbine Theatre until 7th December 2019.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins

Oct 25, 2019
S1 Ep2: Oliver Savile, Whizzer in Falsettos
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Oliver's theatre credits include playing Fiyero in Wicked (10th Anniversary Cast) and Gideon in Sting's musical The Last Ship (Toronto).

Oliver played Rum Tum Tugger in the UK tour of Cats and understudied Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He has also been in Les Misérables, Mamma Mia, Monkee Business, Knights Of The Rose and Company.

Oliver is currently playing Whizzer in Falsettos by William Finn and James Lapine which is receiving its UK premiere at The Other Palace. 

In this episode of In The Frame, Oliver speaks about what makes Falsettos such a beautiful show, why it was such a complex piece to learn and how it feels to be taking on such a different role. 

He also discusses making the step up to become a leading man, his relationship with social media and – most importantly – the evolution of his iconic hair styles.

Falsettos runs at The Other Palace until Saturday 23rd November. Please visit www.falsettoslondon.com for info and tickets.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins

Thanks for listening!

Oct 18, 2019
S1 Ep1: Keith Jack, Nick in Fame The Musical
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Keith finished second on the BBC’s reality show Any Dream Will Do in 2007 and went on to play both the Narrator and Joseph in the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 

Keith's other theatre credits include Only The Brave, Sincerely Mr Toad, HMS Pinafore and Forever Plaid as well as numerous pantomimes.

He has also released four albums and regularly performs concerts, with Edinburgh & London dates coming up this Christmas.

Keith is currently making his West End debut as Nick in Fame The Musical, which runs at the Peacock Theatre until Saturday 19th October and tours the UK until November 2019. Visit www.fameuktour.co.uk for further information and tickets.

In this episode, Keith discusses why he thought he might have screwed up his audition for Fame, life on tour and putting his own stamp on Nick. He also discusses the stigma attached with coming from a reality television background, his relationship with social media and lots more.

Hosted by Andrew Tomlins.

Thanks for listening!

www.westendframe.co.uk 

Oct 10, 2019
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Welcome to In The Frame, a new podcast series from West End Frame!

Every week we’ll be putting a different theatrical name in the frame to discuss exciting projects, career highlights, incredible stories and lots, lots more.

Episodes are set to drop on Fridays, so hit subscribe to ensure you don’t miss an episode.

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Oct 03, 2019