Rachel Tucker to perform her biggest solo concert yet at Shoreditch Town Hall

Following a triumphant UK tour including six sell-out shows in London, musical theatre luminary Rachel Tucker performs her biggest solo concert to date at the stunning East London venue Shoreditch Town Hall.

Joined by a dynamic nine-piece band, Rachel will also perform with a choir of fifty up and coming child stars from the Stagebox Musical Theatre Choir, providing all of the necessary ingredients to create an especially magical evening.

Led by MD Kris Rawlinson, Rachel will showcase some of the musical theatre classics she has become famous for and material from her recent tour, as well as brand new material from her ‘On The Road’ sessions.

Rachel Tucker rose to fame as a finalist on the BBC One show ‘I’d Do Anything’, winning heaps of praise from both Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber, subsequently embarking on a nine month run on Broadway as lead role ‘Elphaba’ in the smash hit musical Wicked, more recently reprising the role in the West End as part of Wicked’s special 10th anniversary cast.

Rachel received critical acclaim in a range of roles in some of the West End and Broadway’s best shows, including creating the role of Meg Dawson on Broadway in rock icon Sting’s musicals Last Ship, which was lauded as one of New York Times top ten performance of 2014.

This one-off solo spectacular with full live band will be directed by her husband Guy Retallack, renowned for his work on an eclectic range of productions including new plays, devised work, musicals, opera and classical concerts, as well as his achievements as a sought after acting coach.

Rachel Tucker will perform at Shoreditch Town Hall on 17 November

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Review: ‘A once in a lifetime show’ ★★★★★ Kristin Chenoweth, London Palladium

There are few performers who could pack the London Palladium for a one-off concert. There are even fewer who could completely captivate the two thousand strong audience for an entire evening with just a piano as accompaniment and a collection of stories.

But Kristin Chenoweth is no ordinary performer and in a stripped back concert at the iconic Argyll Street venue she proved why she is seen as musical theatre royalty.


It’s difficult to describe just how charismatic Chenoweth is without sounding gushing. But the stage star – who is small in stature – somehow managed to fill the cavernous auditorium, reaching every corner and every person with her dazzling disposition, while maintaining a feeling of intimacy throughout.

From the very first entrance the audience erupted with adulation and after beginning with “Should I be Sweet” – which featured on her 2001 Let Yourself Go album – Kristin launched into her trademark self-deprecating and down to earth story telling.

There’s no doubt that Kristin Chenoweth is vocally one of the best in the business – her range is phenomenal and her ability to effortlessly switch from one musical style to another is remarkable – but it’s in the delivery where she really leads the field. When extracting every bit of emotion or humour from each lyric, she is able to completely connect with her audience. You could have heard a pin drop, such was the silent awe throughout the more meaningful numbers like “I Get Along Without You Very Well” and the glorious “Moon River”. Other act one highlights included an extremely emotional version of “Bring Him Home” from Les Misérables, “I Could Have Danced All Night” from My Fair Lady – which showcased her extraordinary soprano voice – and the religious anthem “Upon this Rock” for which she was joined onstage by the Choir of the Arts Educational School.

After returning to the stage after the interval bedecked in a shimmering slip and matching thigh-high silver boots, Wicked fans were treated to the song for which Kristin Chenoweth is renowned; “Popular” (so perfectly performed it sounded as if we were listening to the original recording) before the songstress was joined onstage by another former Wicked star, Rachel Tucker for a stunning rendition of the duet “For Good”.

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There were homages to many of her influences throughout the show too (a number of who were in attendance) including British musical theatre star Elaine Paige, lyricist Lesley Bricusse, composer Andrew Lippa and director of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown – for which Chenoweth won a Tony award in 1999 – Michael Mayer.

Stand out numbers in act two included a gorgeous version of the country classic “You Were Always On My Mind” mashed up with Sondheim’s “Losing My Mind” and the funny little ditty “Taylor the Latte Boy” along with another belter performed with the Choir of the Arts Educational School to close the show.

You can’t help but feel like you’ve been in the presence of greatness when you find yourself anywhere near Kristin Chenoweth; such is the positive energy which she emanates and her encore performance – without a microphone –  of “Smile” left the audience in no doubt they had witnessed a once in a lifetime show. Is Kristin Chenoweth a goddess? I think so.

Photo by Danny Kaan

Ahead of her Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale House, Shona White takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

West End favourite Shona White is set to thrill audiences with her dazzling vocals next weekend when she performs a very special cabaret at Lauderdale House. The songstress – who is perhaps best known for her portrayals of Elphaba in Wicked and Donna in MAMMA MIA! – will headline the Cabaret at Tea Time event and will be supported by London stage stars Stewart Briggs and Tim McArthur.

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Shona took some time off from her preparations to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

  1. What are you currently working on?

I have been enjoying exploring new work, most recently Page to Stage at The Other Palace and The Break at The Arts Theatre. There is a lot of exciting new writing out there at the moment. I’m also gearing up for my next Lauderdale House cabaret which is this Sunday 15th.

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

I think after 20 years in this crazy business it must be tenacity! This is not the easiest profession to work in but I’m still here!

  1. What is your favourite Book?

I always find these questions hard to answer as there are so many good books/songs/films!  My favourite book I have read fairly recently is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I have subsequently watched the movie but the book was far superior as is often the case. I have her new one ready to go! I don’t often find time to read but when I do I love a good autobiography.

  1. What are you currently watching on TV?

There is so much good British drama on at the moment. I have just finished Dr Foster. I watched the first season on catch up so I could watch season 2 with the nation. Fantastic acting! I hope there will be a 3rd as they left me wanting more…

I’m also enjoying Liar.

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

That’s hard as I love all 3! I guess if pushed I’d have to say restaurant. One of my favourite things to do is dine out. I’m a real foodie!

  1. What’s your favourite sweet?

Dessert or sweetie? Dessert anything salted caramel at the moment! Sweets I love a simple Dairy Milk bar or Haribo. I have a sweet tooth!

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

 An air hostess as I thought it was super glamorous!

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

I have always been attracted to shiny things and as a little girl on a trip to our village chemist with my mum, unbeknownst to her, I took glittery nail polishes from the shelf. My mum was mortified when she found them and marched me straight back to own up and apologise!

  1. What is your proudest achievement to date?

There are so many shows and parts I am proud of. I’ve been around a long time! My favourite role was probably Florence in Chess. Nothing makes me prouder than making my parents proud though! Not that I want to make people cry but when they are in the audience a few tears of pride give me a reason to keep doing what I’m doing.

  1. What’s next?

There are a few new shows coming up next year I’ve got my eye on!

For now I’m keeping busy with solo projects. I am also an Ambassador for Adoption UK, an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music and I may have another position to add to my list very soon! Watch this space…

In homage to Lauderdale House’s glorious past – after the House was restored in 1893 it served as the Waterlow Park tearoom for 70 years- they have introduced a Cabaret at Tea Time with a ticket offer that combines afternoon tea plus cabaret ticket.

You can join Shona White for Cabaret at Tea Time at Lauderdale on Sunday 15 October at 15:30. You can find more details on the website http://www.lauderdalehouse.co.uk/page.asp?ID=2494&PID=1&PVID=3240

Little Moe, Idriss Kargbo takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Idriss Kargbo really has had a life on the stage. From playing young Simba in Lion King at an early age, the triple threat performer has hardly been away from the West End and with other credits including Thriller Live and Oliver! under his belt even before he had left school, a career in musical theatre seemed almost inevitable.

Idriss joined the 10th anniversary cast of Wicked last year to portray the Munchkin Boq and is now preparing to play Little Moe in Five Guys Named Moe at the brand new pop-up theatre at Marble Arch.

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

What are you currently working on?

Five Guys Named Moe

 

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

Confidence

 

What is your favourite Book?

The Tracy Beaker books by Jacqueline Wilson

 

What are you currently watching on TV? 

I’ve just started to re-watch Sex and the City box sets

 

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

Theatre, always

 

What’s your favourite sweet? 

I would say a fruit pastel

 

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

An actor, performer, musician, all of the entertainment things

 

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

I just didn’t have the time! I remember one time I got detention because I was dared to push over a girl when she came past.

 

What is your proudest achievement to date? 

My proudest achievement to date is being the first black person to play Boq in Wicked.

 

What’s next? 

The world hopefully and everything beyond, but we’ll see.

 

Five Guys Named Moe is running at the Marble Arch Theatre from 29 August until 25 November.  

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

Lions and Tigers and Bares, Oh My!

The popular charity show West End Bares has ‘revealed’ this year’s theme for their night of fundraising frivolity.

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Now in its eighth year as the West End’s hottest annual fundraiser, fans are asked to join the cast of WEST END BARES as they strip off to see the Wizard in WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS at The Novello Theatre on Sunday 29 October with performances at 7.00pm and 9.30pm.

You can join the much-loved characters of Oz for an extraordinary night at WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS, which will see over 100 of the hottest performers from the West End stage and beyond, along with an array of celebrity hosts as they take to the stage to combine the naughtiness of burlesque with the magic of the West End. All monies raised will go to The Make A Difference Trust to fund HIV and AIDS projects that raise awareness, educate and provide care and support in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Directed by David Grewcock with choreography from Racky Plews (American Idiot; Footloose; Heaven on Earth),Ashley Nottingham (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Dance Mums; Disaster!), Will Lucas (Cats; Wicked), Joanna Goodwin (Barnum; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; Sunset Boulevard), Aaron Renfree (X Factor; The Saturdays), Simone Mistry-Palmer (Motown; Dirty Dancing), Jaye Elster (Singin’ In The Rain; Half A Sixpence), Ashley Jordan-Packer(Cats; Thriller Live), Fletcher Dobinson (Cats; West Side Story), Chris Whittaker (Blondel; Judy!), and James Wilson(Strictly Come Dancing; The Voice)

Opening the show in style, WEST END BARES: RUBY STRIPPERS is delighted to welcome Olivier Award winner Rebecca Trehearn (Showboat, City of Angels, Ghost), who will perform a brand-new track written for the occasion by Mark Anderson (The Book Of Mormon, Legally Blonde) and Luke di Somma (That Bloody Woman [composer], 21 Chump Street).

Award winning director and choreographer, Jerry Mitchell, creator of the original concept ‘Broadway Bares’, the inspiration behind West End Bares, said: “Lions and tigers and BARES, oh my! I can’t wait to see the eighth edition of West End Bares in London and what a perfect theme to go full out and celebrate LIFE.  We need to keep up the fight against HIV and AIDS and by doing what we love or by buying a ticket and supporting this incredible night, you can be part of something HUGE that will change people’s lives – and you get to watch the hottest dancers in London strip, so it’s a no brainer!

Melanie Tranter, Co-Founder, Chair and Trustee of The Make A Difference Trust said: “Who can resist an amazing night of witches, lions and scarecrows combined with the magic that is West End Bares? I can’t believe that this is the eighth year of this amazing show. Sparkly shoes take over from the legends of Camelot, as David Grewcock and the amazing team behind last year’s EXCALIBARE, bring you Ruby Strippers. Every single ticket sold means that the Make A Difference Trust can continue our work towards a world free of HIV and AIDS. Together we can make a difference. So buy your tickets, get your MAD money, and enjoy one of the sexiest, most fun evenings you can have in a theatre!  I can’t wait to see you there!”

The Make A Difference Trust is a UK based charity with a vision of a world free from HIV and AIDS. Building on the legacy of 25 years of fundraising by the Theatre industry, they continue to make the vision a reality having distributed over £1.6million in grants to support individuals experiencing hardship across the UK as well as over £1million to support projects with their UK and international partners. For further information about the Make A Difference Trust please visit  www.madtrust.org.uk

Tickets for WEST END BARES are now on sale and are priced at £15 – £100.

Tickets are available from www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk

Photos by Darren Bell

First look at the new cast of Wicked

WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has released the first pictures of Alice Fearn (Elphaba), Sophie Evans (Glinda), Bradley Jaden (Fiyero), Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible), Andy Hockley (The Wizard) and Jack Lansbury (Boq) who will lead the new London cast from 24 July 2017, joining current cast members Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond) and Sarah McNicholas (Nessarose).

Alice Fearn (Elphaba) originally joined the London production of WICKED in 2016 and now takes over the leading role of ‘Elphaba’. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Shrek The Musical; as ‘Rapunzel’ Into The Woods Les Misérables The Woman In White.

Sophie Evans (Glinda) was the acclaimed runner-up in the BBC talent show ‘Over the Rainbow’ and subsequently played ‘Dorothy Gale’ in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

Bradley Jaden (Fiyero) most recently starred as ‘Fiyero’ on the international tour of WICKED. He previously starred as ‘Enjolras’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre; Melanie La Barrie (Madame Morrible) was most recently part of the acclaimed Everyman Company at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre. Her West End roles have included ‘Mrs. Phelps’ in the original cast of Matilda, ‘Madame Thénardier’ in Les Misérables and ‘Mrs. Corry’ in the original cast of Mary Poppins; Andy Hockley (The Wizard) has enjoyed a long association with The Phantom of the Opera, playing ‘Monsieur Firmin’ at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre as well as on the UK & Ireland Tour for over 1000 performances. He most recently played ‘Grandpa Potts’ in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at West Yorkshire Playhouse and on the UK & Ireland Tour; Jack Lansbury (Boq) is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and will be making his West End debut in WICKED; Laura Pick (Standby for Elphaba) appeared in The Sound of Music at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, covering and playing ‘Maria von Trapp’. Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond), Sarah

McNicholas (Nessarose) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda) all continue in their current roles.

Acclaimed as “a thrilling theatrical experience with brains, heart and courage” (Metro), WICKED is now in its 11th smash hit year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history . The “hugely popular show” ( The Times) is a three-time winner of the theatregoer -voted WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ and a two-time winner of the Olivier Audience Award.

While continuing its open-ended London run, the spectacular and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland touring production returns from 31 January 2018, visiting Bristol, Liverpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Dublin, Sunderland, Southampton, Cardiff and Manchester.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Photos by Matt Crocket

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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.

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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

Wicked star Willemijn Verkaik takes our Sugar Rush Quiz

Fans of the musical phenomenon Wicked will be very familiar with the name Willemijn Verkaik. The singer – who is originally from The Netherlands – is currently playing Elphaba as part of the 10 year anniversary cast of Wicked in the West End and has played the role in four countries. After making her Broadway debut in 2013, Verkaik is the only actress to have performed the role in three languages.

The acclaimed performer will invite co-stars Savannah Stevenson and Suzie Mathers to perform with her for a solo show at the Cambridge Theatre later this month.

Willemijn took some time out of her hectic schedule to take our Sugar Rush Quiz.

What are you currently working on?

I’ve got less then two weeks left playing the role of Elphaba in Wicked in London. It’s sad and exciting at the same time, but I’m also ready to move on.

And I’m busy preparing for my solo concert on 31st July at the Cambridge Theatre!

 

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

Having the guts to make mistakes.

 

What is your favourite Book?

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

 

What are you currently watching on TV?

To relax after a show I like watching The Big Bang Theory

 

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

A restaurant, because I hardly ever see my friends, so this gives me the chance to catch up with them.

 

What’s your favourite sweet?

Dutch liquorice, it’s the best. I can’t stop eating it.

 

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

A famous pop singer 🙂

 

What is your proudest achievement to date?

Playing Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway and in the West End

 

What’s next?

 My solo concert at the Cambridge Theatre. It’s going to be so exciting, I’ve got amazing special guests and an utterly fantastic band. There’ll be all kinds of different songs. Come along!

Willemijn Verkaik Live in Concert is at Cambridge Theatre on Monday, 31 July 

Siubhan Harrison talks to us about ‘Working’ at Southwark Playhouse

A production, which boasts music by two legendary composers, Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights), is the stuff of musical theatre dreams. Mix in a stellar cast and you’ve got a recipe for a hit show on your hands, writes Nicky Sweetland.

If you venture down to Southwark Playhouse to see a musical entitled Working over the next few weeks, you’ll not only get both of those elements, but also a fascinating character study, which has been enthralling audiences across the Atlantic for many years.

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The South London venue is hosting the European premiere of the show, which is based on a book by Studs Terkel and features a collection of interviews of the American workforce.

A cast of West End stars has been gathered to present the groundbreaking musical to London audiences for the first time this month. Peter Polycarpou (Miss Siagon, Les Misérables) Gillian Bevan (Billy Elliot, Holby City) and Liam Tamne (The Phantom of the Opera, Rocky Horror Show) will all play multiple roles alongside Siubhan Harrison, who took some time off from rehearsals to tell us about the characters she will portray.

“Everyone plays at least four parts, which is wonderful for an actor” Siubhan explained, “I play a mill worker, an air hostess, a secretary and a nanny. He [Studs Terkel] tried to steer away from the council led jobs and focus more on the unsung members of society, so there’s a real voice of America about it.”

First performed in 1977 in Chicago, Working has enjoyed a number of Broadway runs and due to the nature of the piece, has been revised many times to ensure it is able to reflect the society we now live in, while maintaining historical significance, something which is being reflected with the London production.

Siubhan tells me, “Southwark Playhouse is built on an old car-manufacturing site so we are honouring that with the staging.”

In 2008, Schwartz updated the musical again for a hugely acclaimed Off-Broadway run, drafting in Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to write some new songs and Siubhan tells me, “He’s [Miranda’s] written two numbers. One’s called ‘Delivery’, which is about a fast food worker and has got a real Spanish ‘poppy’ feel. It’s the one that’s been going around in our heads because it’s harmonically so complicated, but it’s phenomenal. He’s also written a beautiful duet, which a Spanish care worker and a Filipino nanny sing called ‘A Very Good Day’, which is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.”

It’s a mixture of old and new within the cast too, as a group of young performers has been given the opportunity to make their professional debuts as part of the show. The musical’s creative team auditioned over 130 drama school students and aspiring young performers, discovering some of the most exciting upcoming musical theatre talent.

“It’s amazing because a piece that was originally written in the 70s is being updated because we’ve got this voice of a new generation.”

Siubhan was last seen on the London stage in the Chichester Festival Theatre production of Guys and Dolls, which received rave reviews when it transferred first to the Savoy Theatre and then the Phoenix Theatre. The show went through a number of cast changes and latterly featured Hollywood star Rebel Wilson as Miss Adelaide.

Siubhan was the one of the only lead cast members who remained throughout the London runs, reveling in the challenge that performing with different costars brought and said, “It was amazing having the luxury of having things change all the time. Every time someone different came in they brought something different with them, so every scene was slightly different from when you’d done it before.”

The talented triple threat performer admits she is also in awe of her current colleagues and is sure the production of Working at Southwark Playhouse will bring something different to audiences.

“The musical will absolutely blow your mind. There are so many different styles and so many beautiful songs. You’ll come away feeling so moved and so inspired. I think it’s something that everyone should see.”

Working opens at Southwark Playhouse on Wednesday 7 June and runs until 8 July. 

Photos by Robert Workman