Old friends and West End leading ladies Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman, who have known each other since they trained together at Laine Theatre Arts in the late 1990s, have teamed up for a special one-off concert on 27 September 2015 at London’s Prince Edward Theatre.
At a special Easter breakfast launch at the same venue, the artists revealed that Kerry Ellis & Louise Dearman, Live In Concert… Together! was a project they had wanted to do for a long time.
They are working together to establish a song list from a mix of genres for the occasion. There will be numbers that hold a special meaning to the pair, interspersed with stories about their careers. Musical direction and arrangements will be by composer Craig Adams.
Both actresses have an association with the musical Wicked, Dearman being the first person ever to play both Elphaba and Glinda in the production, while Ellis was the first British Elphaba (she has now played the role twice in the West End) and went on to play the same part on Broadway.
Ellis’ theatre credits include War of the Worlds arena tour, Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre, We Will Rock You at the Dominion Theatre and My Fair Lady for the National Theatre and in the West End. She is currently appearing as Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium.
The actress has also performed on tour and in the UK, on a number of occasions with Queen guitarist Brian May. Her latest album, Kerry Ellis, was released last year followed by a UK solo tour.
Dearman played Mrs D. in the new musical version of The Water Babies at Curve, Leicester. Her other major roles include Eva Peron in Evita and Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls. She has also appeared in concert and cabaret both in the West End and in New York. Her latest album is entitled In Time. One of Dearman’s next projects is the UK premiere of a new musical show, Judy – The Life and Music of a Hollywood Legend, which will tour the UK from May.
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