A Fantastic Festival of Film confirmed at the Royal Albert Hall

Bad Seed Barry Adamson, presenter and pianist Neil Brand, and Matt Johnson – frontman of The The, will join the likes of Michael Giacchino and James Newton Howard at the Royal Albert Hall’s Festival of Film in October.

Events confirmed in this eclectic, unmissable season – which brings movie music centre-stage – include Adamson discussing his work on Lost Highway as part of a celebration of David Lynch, Brand’s new silent comedy show for kids, and Johnson in conversation with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy – digging into what makes a truly great score.

Movie producer Mia Bays, meanwhile, will present ‘The Many Faces of Marilyn’ – an exploration of Marilyn Monroe’s legacy, with a panel discussion and the chance to see Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot and the blistering film noir, Clash by Night, on the big screen.

Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, said: ““There is even more to choose from at this year’s Festival of Film, both on our famous main stage, and beyond. These fantastic shows will add to your love – and understanding – of some of the greatest movies ever made, and celebrate the music that gives them so much of their power and emotion, in the company of some of the most important voices in cinema today.”

The Festival of Film, running from 7 October to 3 November is headlined by Film in Concert presentations of Jaws, Fantasia and The Addams Family, alongside a celebration of the legendary James Horner (TitanicAliensAvatar), and world premiere career retrospectives of Michael Giacchino and James Newton Howard – featuring the composers themselves.

Giacchino is an Oscar, Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe-winner, whose work can be heard in two of the summer’s biggest films – Spider-Man: Homecoming and The War for the Planet of the Apes­ – as well as LostRogue One, the rebooted Star Trek series, and Pixar’s Up and The Incredibles. James Newton Howard worked with the likes of Elton John and Diana Ross before embarking on a big screen career that has immeasurably enhanced the likes of The Sixth SenseThe Dark Knight, The Hunger Games series and Fantastic Beasts.

The season comprises 25 events across seven spaces, including a special Late Night Jazz date starring Robert Habermann and dedicated to movie musicals, a soundtrack silent disco in the venue’s underground Loading Bay, and Ali Hood from The Shark Trust trying to debunk a few myths about his subject, ahead of Jaws.

Opera Holland Park’s new ‘Opera and the Silver Screen’ show will explore arias used in popular films like The Untouchables and The Shawshank Redemption, with the help of some extraordinarily talented singers, while

Family events including Neil Brand’s Silent Laughter, a new, hour-long clip show especially for kids, featuring fast and furious comedy from the likes of Laurel & Hardy and Buster Keaton – all accompanied by the fastest piano fingers in the business – as well as Patrick Monahan’s Film Quiz for Kids, the interactive Heroes and Heroines concert from Albert’s Band, and a Fun DMC Film Special, with special guest DJ Yoda.

The Celebrating David Lynch evening will feature a double-bill of the new documentary portrait, The Art Life, and the director’s 1997 masterpiece, Lost Highway, and include a post-film Q&A with composer Barry Adamson, while Matt Johnson – frontman of The The and a big screen composer – will discuss what it takes to make a great film score, in a revealing chat with Classical Album Sundays founder, Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy. Johnson has scored feature films Tony and Hyena, and the documentaries Moonbug and The Inertia Variations.

The Festival of Film tour, running throughout the season, will take you on a fascinating journey through the Hall’s history on the big screen, from the films of Alfred Hitchcock and Michelangelo Antonioni to Spice World, via Julie Andrews, Michael Caine and Woody Allen.

For a full list of events, or to buy tickets, go to www.royalalberthall.com

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West End leading lady Emma Hatton takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

From starring in We Will Rock You to Evita, with Wicked along the way, Emma Hatton has cemented her position as one of the most sought after West End leading ladies in recent years.

But the ultra talented performer is also an acclaimed jazz singer and will be showcasing her sultry vocals at the Pizza Express Live in Birmingham and at the newly opened venue in Holborn later this year.

Emma is currently playing Eva Peron in Evita at the Phoenix Theatre and took some time off to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

My set list for my Pizza Express jazz gigs in October.

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful? 

Support from my friends and family.

What is your favourite Book?

Little Women.

What are you currently watching on TV? 

The Affair.

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out? 

Restaurant, I love food.

What’s your favourite sweet? 

The Strawbs from Candyking, but they’ve changed the ingredients so they’re not so nice anymore.

What did you want to be when you were a child? 

A window cleaner or a jockey.

What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child? 

I bit my sister.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

I would probably say being moved up from standby to fulltime Elphaba.

What’s next? 

I’ve got my gigs at the Pizza Express on October 21st and 22nd.

Emma Hatton will be performing at Pizza Express Live Birmingham on 21 October 8:30pm and Pizza Express Live Holborn on 22 October 8pm. https://www.pizzaexpresslive.com/whats-on/emma-hatton

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Jinkx Monsoon comes to the Leicester Square Theatre

Two-time MAC Award nominee and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five winner, Jinkx Monsoon is bringing her one woman show Jinkx Sings Everything to London’s Leicester Square Theatre from 24th – 28th October, following an often-extended Off-Broadway run, an Australian tour and a previous run at The Soho Theatre in London.

The show comes as part of Soho Theatre’s commitment to take the best work from London’s most vibrant venue for new theatre, comedy and cabaret to the rest of the UK.

An avid Broadway enthusiast, she loves nothing more than belting out a show stopper, so that’s exactly what she plans on doing. In Jinkx Sings Everything, the audience will be able to suggest and request their favourite Broadway songs to be performed on-the-spot by this boozy chanteuse – accompanied on the piano by Joshua Stephen Kartas. Her improv skills and memory will be put to the test as she stumbles her way through this unforgettable show. No two performances will ever be the same!

Favourite of worldwide hit TV phenomenom RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx Monsoon is the sassy alter ego of Portland born entertainer Jerick Hoffer. Having toured worldwide, Jinkx has performed two sell out, extended runs at London’s Soho Theatre with off Broadway US spectacle The Vaudevillians, co-starring Major Scales and returning last Christmas with a follow up seasonal sell-out Unwrapped! Earlier in 2017 she performed as part of The Drag Ball at London’s Eventim Apollo Theatre and co-starred with Peaches Christ in the much-buzzed-about Return To Grey Gardens in NYC and London.  sohotheatre.com

“A good suggestion is like a big wave; you just want to ride it and you don’t have to work that hard to make it fun.” We talk to Abandoman’s Rob Broderick

Known for creating hilarious songs and sketches at lightening speed, Abandoman have become one of the must see acts at Edinburgh this year, writes Nicky Sweetland.

In fact, the musical comedy duo performed to over 10,000 at lasts year’s festival and will return with a brand new show, which this year has been semi-written.

Winners of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year, Musical Comedy Awards and the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Abandoman is made up of musician Sam Wilson and comedy Hip-hop artist Rob Broderick, who told me, “I think it’s going to be very cool and a lot of fun. It’s a nice healthy mix of written and freestyle stuff with some animation and it’s a way of bringing quite a surreal world to life.”

Following their appearance in Edinburgh, the pair – who are currently the resident band for Alan Carr’s Happy Hour (Channel 4) – will take their new show Life + Rhymes to the Soho Theatre.

“It’s a fictional biopic, but it’s fully freestyled. We’ve been doing freestyled songs for a long time and we got really excited about the audience making up part of the story with their characters.”

Rob explained that the show spans twenty years of the duo’s attempt to “make it” as a band and that the audience will not only witness the highs, lows and scandals, but they will form the supporting cast every night. “It’s set in the 90s in Ireland and the idea is that everyone who’s in the room was there at a moment of our journey in Hip-hop. Irish Hip-hop is pitched as a very dangerous world and it’s very silly. I wanted to create an hour show in which the crowd gets to go on a journey, not just within each song, but an overall journey.”

The improv double act has an enviable reputation in the world of comedy, with Rob’s absolute commitment to the rap being of the highest competence. He studied Hip-hop and came upon the comedy side of the art by accident, when he realised that his improvised raps were always a bit more comical than other performers.

Rob told me, “Standup and Hip-hop are my two loves and so naturally my freestyling somehow had a sillier slant”

His onstage partner, Sam has the amazing ability to layer sounds and make the music appear as if it has been prerecorded, so when the two play together, the quality of the Hip-hop is beyond reproach, something, which is very important to both performers.

“Myself and Sam take the music and the rapping incredibly seriously. It’s not one of those things where a comedy act thought hip hop would be a good way to get success”

When mixed with suggestions from the on-looking audience, the result is an exciting and extremely amusing hour of entertainment.

“We ask people for bespoke moments or bespoke opinions of their lives, but every opinion has more weight because it’s actually happened. We’re asking them for a minor irk they went through or rule they broke and when those things are good or really interesting, the room really gets behind it and it makes freestyling much easier.”

Rob explains, “It’s like if you’re a surfer. A good suggestion is like a big wave; you just want to ride it and you don’t have to work that hard to make it fun.”

Abandoman will perform Life + Rhymes at the Soho Theatre from 14th-16th September

 

We talk to the Blues Brothers about their party at the Hippodrome Casino this summer

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Back in 1978 Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi founded a revivalist band as part of their Saturday Night Live sketch show, writes Nicky Sweetland.

Called the Blues Brothers, the band went on to achieve huge success with the release of several albums and a critically acclaimed film, which reignited the careers of soul stars like Aretha Franklin and James Brown.

Led by a couple of colourful characters called Jake and Elwood (who were played by Aykroyd and Belushi) the band attracted a cult following. The popularity of the group inspired a tribute show, which has returned to the capital for the summer to play a limited run at the Hippodrome Casino.

Along with a gathering of celebrated blues and soul musicians, Joshua Mumby and David Krisptopher-Brown portray the delightfully devilish duo and I caught up with them during a rehearsal.

Joshua told me, “Jake and Elwood Blues are putting on their summer special at the Hippodrome casino. They’ve got together their band and their singers and are putting on a show for the people of London.”

The show – which Joshua tells me is a mixture between a concert and a musical – was first performed in Edinburgh in 2012 and enjoyed a celebrated run at the Arts Theatre with a Christmas special in 2015.

With its intimate atmosphere the Hippodrome in Leicester Square, somehow feels like a much more apt performance space for the Blues Brothers and Joshua said, “It’s exactly the sort of place that the real Blues Brothers would have played, so it’s really cool.”

Rather than feeling the pressure of playing such a famous pair, the actors are thriving on bringing the sound of the Blues Brothers to a new audience and Joshua said, “It’s wonderful to be able to continue what Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi did originally and try to bring this music to the masses. It’s great to be able to step into their shoes and the character’s shoes and lift that a little bit further.”

“They’ve been loving it.” David adds, “People are absolutely crazy for these characters and we want to do a great service to what they know already, but the characters are so good and so well written.”

The show is in residence at the salubrious central London venue until the end of August and the stars of the show are looking forward to sharing the fun.

“It’s all really good fun and it’s about entering into their world and having a good night.” Joshua said.

David explained, “It will be the biggest party they will ever attend. The musicians are ridiculously good. We love doing this show, we love performing the music and we cant wait to share it with everyone.”

The Blues Brothers – Summer special is at the Hippodrome Casino until 26 August 

Photos by Darren Bell

Blues Brother Joshua Mumby takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Trafalgar Square was rockin’ last month when the Blues Brothers took to the stage for West End Live. The show has returned to London for a summer special at the Hippodrome Casino and with its acclaimed band led by Jake and Elwood, audiences are in for a real treat.

Joshua Mumby plays Elwood in the musical spectacular, which features a whole host of soul classics including ‘Dancing in the Street’, ‘Soul Man’ and the song synonymous with the Blues Brothers, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’.

Joshua took some time off from rehearsals to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

The Blues Brothers Summer Special

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful? 

Hard Work

What is your favourite Book?

Judy Dench’s autobiography

What are you currently watching on TV? 

Game of Thrones

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out? 

Theatre

What’s your favourite sweet? 

Crunchie

What did you want to be when you were a child? 

An Actor

 What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child? 

That’s’ a really hard one. I don’t’ think I was a very naughty child but I guess annoying my sisters was probably the naughtiest thing I did.

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

Performing at West End Live

What’s next? 

A holiday and then a pantomime. I’m playing Aladdin in Aladdin at Bradford Playhouse.

Blues Brothers – Summer Special runs at the Hippodrome Leicester Square until 26 August. 

Hershey Felder to portray two icons of musical theatre at The Other Palace

Award-winning actor and musician Hershey Felder brings to life on stage the music and personal stories of Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein in two musical-plays, which will alternate at London’s The Other Palace this autumn.

Recently named in TIME Magazine’s top ten theatre artists for 2016, Hershey Felder has broken box office records and received critical acclaim across America with his solo productions that bring to life the stories and music of Ludwig van Beethoven and Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin.  Felder created, produced and directed last season’s critically acclaimed and box office hit, The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the former St. James Theatre and now returns to newly named The Other Palace with this unique blend of piano virtuosity and musical biography for two of the 20th Century’s great icons of music.

Felder will play Irving Berlin and perform some of the great composer’s most enduring songs and shares the backgrounds behind their creation including Alexander’s Ragtime Band, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Always, Blue Skies, White Christmas, Puttin On The Ritz and God Bless America.

Irving Berlin’s story begins as a child refugee from Russia, before rising as a songwriter in New York’s Tin Pan Alley and beyond to become one of the most celebrated composers of Broadway musicals, top charting hits and scores for Hollywood movies, earning him eight Academy Award nominations and with George Gershwin calling him “the greatest songwriter that has ever lived”.

In a career spanning 60 years, Berlin wrote an estimated 1500 songs, many of which formed a major part of the Great American Songbook and which are known globally today, having been performed by artists including: Fred Astaire, Aretha Franklin, Ethel Merman, Willie Nelson, Paul McCartney, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe and Lady Gaga.

The performer will also play Leonard Bernstein in MAESTRO as he reveals the behind-the scenes tale of the making of a musical superstar. MAESTRO features selections from Bernstein’s musicals and orchestral works including West Side Story, Candide, On The Town and Wonderful Town as well as compositions from those who inspired him including Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, Copeland, and more.

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, teacher, librettist, television star, and the composer of symphonies, operas, iconic film scores and many American musical classics. Born in Massachusetts in 1918, he found fame leading the New York Philharmonic as Artistic Director. Bernstein had a life of personal turbulence and tragedy but also great triumph, pushing boundaries to become, as music critic Donald Henahan described him, “one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history.”

You can see Hershey Felder play Irvine Berlin on 22 – 24 September, 27-28 September and 9 –15 October and Leonard Bernstein on 25 – 26 September, 30 September – 7 October and 18 – 22 October. http://www.theotherpalace.co.uk

Late Night Jazz is back – with beat poets, Bacharach and Bahraini brass at the Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall’s ever-popular, cutting-edge jazz programme returns in September for eight unmissable shows taking in everything from Hollywood musicals to Gambian Kora music, via Bahraini influences, South London Afrobeat and Quincy Jones’ new protégé.

Late Night Jazz, established in 2010, showcases the best up-and-coming and established names, in the Hall’s intimate Elgar Room.

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These eight shows include Hall debuts for explosively-talented young drummer Ollie Howell – fresh from a residency at Quincy Jones’ new Dubai jazz club – West African Kora (harp) player Jally Kebba Susso, and Radiohead and Courtney Pine collaborator, Yazz Ahmed.

Mehdi Aoustin-Sellami, Head of Programming at the Royal Albert Hall, said: “We’re always proud to announce our Late Night Jazz programme, but this season is the most diverse, exciting and adventurous yet, with acclaimed artists from around the world heading to the Elgar Room.

“This new programme has some nods to the past – with tributes to the Golden Age of Hollywood and Charles Mingus – but it also looks ahead, re-interpreting jazz, and showcasing some of the most original and ambitious voices in the genre, the ones who are forging its future.”

The season kicks off on 28 September, with Ollie Howell’s first show at the Hall. This hot young talent was described by no less an authority than Quincy Jones as “An unbelievable drummer. So creative I couldn’t believe it. This kid really is a 360-degree beautiful young cat.” His band will be playing music from new album, ‘Self Identity’, with the jazz taking in cinematic and electronic elements.

Jally Kebba Susso follows on 5 October, his electrifying stage show marrying traditional West African harp music – a heritage stretching back 74 generations – with the experimentation he has pioneered in the London underground scene.

British-Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed performs a week later, displaying the accomplished, inimitable sound that has entranced audiences at Ronnie Scott’s and the Museum of Modern Art, and inspired the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Parry and Radiohead to enlist her services. She’ll be playing much from her extraordinary new album ‘La Saboteuse’ – a deep exploration of both her British and Bahraini roots.

Other highlights include South London Afrobeat collective Kokoroko making their bow at the Hall – playing music inspired by the likes of Fela Kuti, Ebo Taylor and Tony Allen – a tribute to Charles Mingus from Blues and Roots Ensemble, and jazz-poetry from the legendary Michael Horovitz’s William Blake Klezmatrix Band as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Finally, adding a little Tinseltown magic to the programme, the Hall is presenting two irresistible tributes to the screen musical: award-winning Robert Habermann taking us on a walk through the heyday of Hollywood, and Joanna Eden’s Jazz at the Movies special, ‘A Swinging Christmas’, which closes the season in style on 14 December. Described as “the UK’s answer to Norah Jones and Diana Krall,” by Time Out, she’ll be accompanied by the Chris Ingham Quartet and special guest Mark Crooks – the clarinet and saxophone star of the world-famous John Wilson Orchestra.

Alongside the Michael Horovitz show, the Hall’s four London Jazz Festival shows include the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project, a spectacular mix of rhythm tap dance and jazz, bassist Daniel Casimir – recently named Young Jazz Musician of the Year by the Musicians’ Company – and a Jazz for Kids extravaganza, delving into the roots of the genre and spotlighting New Orleans, swing, Dixie, and bebop sounds, all for little ears.

After listening to customer feedback over the past few months, the venue has moved the show to an earlier start-time of 9:30pm. Tickets, priced from £8.50, go on sale on Thursday at 9am from www.royalalberthall.com.

West End star, Helena Blackman takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Helena Blackman became a household name after her appearance on the BBC programme, How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? The show led to a successful musical theatre career, which has included roles in The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady and most recently Thom Southerland’s celebrated production of Titanic at the Charing Cross Theatre.

Next month Helena will be performing alongside fellow West End star Amanda Coutts in a special new cabaret show. Featuring songs from musicals, together with pop and diva classics, Musicals and Beyond will be staged at Above the Arts, part of the Arts Theatre in London’s West End, on Sunday 6 August 2017 and Sunday 27 August 2017.

Helena took some time off from her preparation for the show to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

Amanda Coutts and I are doing a two-woman cabaret, called Musicals and Beyond, at Above the Arts, part of Arts Theatre West End, which features an array of songs from pop to rock to musical theatre and Disney!

What is the one thing that has helped you to become successful?

I guess a commitment to fulfilling the needs of the people I work with and wanting to be as truthful and committed in my performance as I can. I don’t want to let myself down and am not half-hearted. I’m also a problem solver and if something isn’t easily achieved, I will look at different ways. I try not to be too hard on myself and give myself a good talking too and don’t get wrapped up in the business and to just revolve myself around it. I also try and focus on myself and my health mentally and physically – good things and positive outcomes come out of me being on top of my game!  Lastly, I roll with the punches and except how my ‘castability’ has evolved and try not to control that.

What is your favourite book?

I’m currently reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now. It’s on my iphone so I read a little at a time because it’s extremely thought-provoking and I don’t want to miss a beat, so make sure I’m in a focussed place when I read it. Self-help in my game is so important, and I try and remind myself to stay in the present and not the past or the future.

Another book I loved was Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.

What are you currently watching on TV?

I’m obsessed with TV drama, more than film or theatre. Particularly crime.  Standing out for me at present is Broken. Sean Bean is now one of my favourite male actors. This is due to his performance as a pain stricken priest.  However, I also love Suits – secretly I want to be a lawyer!

Would you choose the cinema, theatre or a restaurant for a night out?

A restaurant. I love the intimacy and I can be anonymous and it’s not such busman’s holiday!  I switch off more.

What’s your favourite sweet?

American Twizzlers!

What did you want to be when you were a child?

A pop singer and an actress…always!

What was the naughtiest thing you did when you were a child?

Wet myself on purpose! I was a pretty good kid.

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Lots of moments! Performing in front of millions of people, getting the job – any job! But mostly what makes me proud is that I still have a positive attitude in regards as to what I do and in life. I don’t blame anyone for my mistakes, I don’t pay attention to societal pressures and I take responsibility for my actions and my learning. Also, fundamentally, I am independent and reasonably objective and apply that to everything.

What’s next?

After Musicals and Beyond, who knows, that’s what’s exciting – anything can happen! I like to keep my options open and create and immerse myself in new experiences.

To book tickets to see Musicals and Beyond, please call the box office on 0207 836 8463. Or to book online, please visit: www.artstheatrewestend.co.uk.

Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth to return to London

“I count the Royal Albert Hall as one of the top three experiences of my lifetime.” Kristin Chenoweth told The Sweet London Life when we spoke to her last year, so it’s no surprise that the Broadway star is returning to London in October for an intimate concert at the London Palladium.

The EMMY ® AND TONY ® Award-winning singer and actress will bring her boundless talent and charisma to London’s Palladium in October for what is likely to be an unforgettable evening of song.

Chenoweth last performed in London in 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall, a concert which featured a very special duet with British stage star Kerry Ellis.

Kristin Chenoweth and Kerry Ellis

In a career that spans film, television and stage, Kristin Chenoweth originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in Broadway’s smash hit “Wicked. Chenoweth brings her powerful voice to the Palladium for a performance of popular songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook accompanied by Michael Orland.

A Hollywood Walk of Fame Star recipient in 2015, she received in 2009 an EMMY® Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Pushing Daises.” Previously, she won a TONY®Award for “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and was also nominated for her role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked” in 2004.

Known to millions for her role on the worldwide TV hit Glee (for which Chenoweth was nominated for two EMMY® Awards and for a People’s Choice Award), in 2009, she wrote an upliftingly candid, comedic chronicle of her life so far, “A Little Bit Wicked,” which debuted on the New York Times Hardcover Non Fiction Best Seller List.

In 2015, Chenoweth earned a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Broadway.comAudience Choice Award for her lead role in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s “On the Twentieth Century.” She also earned nominations for a TONY® Award and a Drama League Award. Chenoweth has performed to sold-out audiences across the world, including performances at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall. In 2014, she released a CD and DVD of her own live concert performance, “Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home.” Notable television roles include appearances in “The West Wing,” Disney’s “Descendants” and most recently “The Muppets.” In film, Chenoweth voiced the role of Gabi in the hit animated film “Rio 2” and Fifi, Snoopy’s beloved French poodle in “The Peanuts Movie.” She starred in the indie teen drama entitled “Hard Sell” and additional film credits have included “The Boy Next Door,” “Deck the Halls,” “Twelve Men of Christmas,” “Four Christmases,” “RV,” “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” “Hit & Run” and “Family Weekend.”  Chenoweth recently starred in NBC’s “Hairspray Live!” as Velma Von Tussle. She is also lending her voices to some animated films such as Lionsgate/Hasbro’s “My Little Pony: The Movie,” set for a fall 2017 release and “The Star,” which is set to be released in November 2017.  This year, Chenoweth has reunited with executive producer Bryan Fuller to join his celebrated Starz series “American Gods,” in the role of Easter.

Chenoweth released “The Art of Elegance,” last year, her first album of American Songbook classics via Concord Records.  The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Jazz and Traditional Jazz charts. Chenoweth also returned to The Great White Way in her limited engagement, one-woman concert event, MY LOVE LETTER TO BROADWAY, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in New York, receiving rave reviews.

An Intimate Evening with Kristin Chenoweth will be at the London Palladium on October 20th