The First Lady of the West End will now soar across the airwaves as Kerry Ellis gets her own radio show

She has conquered the West End and Broadway, winning awards on both sides of the Atlantic as Elphaba the green-faced star of Wicked.

Now Kerry Ellis, who originated the role of Meat in Queen’s We Will Rock You and starred as Nancy in Oliver! at Drury Lane, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, Maureen in RENT and Fantine in Les Miserables, has signed to new radio station ENCORE RADIO to present her own weekly show, starting Saturday 5 November.

“I am so excited to announce this,” said Kerry. “It’s going to be such a buzz to play three hours of my favourite musical theatre songs every Saturday afternoon and I’ll also be talking to some very special West End guests. When I was growing up, I listened to Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli, Celine Dione and Michael Ball, which we both giggle about now when we do concerts together! But as well as playing tracks from my own stage heroes I’ll be playing some less well know musical theatre gems. If you love musicals as much as I do then you won’t want to miss a show – we are going to have so much fun every week!”

Head of Content Jamie Crick, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Kerry, the First Lady of the West End, to the ENCORE RADIO family. With Kerry on air every Saturday between 1pm and 3pm and “Hollyoaks”, Blue and West End star Duncan James hosting his own show on Sundays between 10am and 1pm, ENCORE RADIO is unmissable. Make sure you make a date every week with the biggest stars of the West End.”

ENCORE RADIO is a brand new 24-hour 7-day-a-week radio station playing hits from musicals and films. It launched on October 24, and presents a non-stop mix of West End and Broadway favourites from shows loved by millions of theatregoers across the UK. ENCORE RADIO is available through its free app for tablet, iphone and android smartphones, online via http://www.encoreradio.co.uk, and on DAB digital radio across London and the South East.

ENCORE RADIO’s weekly schedule includes several stand alone programmes featuring in-depth interviews with West End stars, broadcasts from opening nights and backstage news and gossip and reviews of the reviews of the shows.

ENCORE RADIO is now the no1 destination for theatre lovers and people who enjoy music from the stage and films. It is backed by major radio group UKRD, which owns and operates 14 local commercial radio stations with a further 8 services delivered via DAB, the station has studios in London and Guildford.

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