Henshall, Prenger and Salonga lead line-up at Lytham’s West End Proms

Musical theatre favourites Ruthie Henshall, Jodie Prenger and Lea Salonga are among the star names lined up for the West End Proms finale at this year’s Lytham Festival.

The West End and Broadway veterans will be joined by 13-year-old Britain’s Got Talent finalist Beau Dermott and 25 youngsters from across the North West at the climax of the six-day annual event in the Lancashire town.

Liverpool born Beau, who will release her first album Brave on 25 August after signing a major deal with Decca Records will take to the stage as part of a glittering line-up of established genre performers.

Musical theatre group Collabro will appear on a bill that also includes actor and singer Ramin Karimloo, pop star turned stage favourite Jon Lee, former soap star Claire Sweeney and English National Opera soprano Jo Appleby. Local girl and West End rising star Lucie Mae Sumner is also lined up to perform.

The West End Proms will also feature 25 youngsters from the region selected following auditions and prepared for the show by Fylde Stage Academy principle, Di Barron. The young singers will perform as a group and with one of the show’s lead performers.

Festival director Peter Taylor said: “I am thrilled we are able to present some of the best rising talent in musical theatre with West End Proms.

“This is not just a concert, this is a complete show worthy of any West End or Broadway theatre. We are bringing together some of the world’s most talented musical theatre stars and to now welcome Beau and a group of youngsters to take part is wonderful.

“Lytham Festival is all about creating events which appeal to the masses. Each year we try to programme a festival which is wide and varied. We have done that once again this year and I am particularly pleased we are able to include so many young and extremely talented performers in that too.”

Angela Thomas

www.lythamfestival.com

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