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CD Review – Golden Days – Brian May and Kerry Ellis

GOLDEN DAYS – Brian May and Kerry Ellis (Sony Music) A follow up to their last album collaboration, Anthems, this new CD from Brian May and Kerry Ellis has 13 tracks of which five are original songs written by May and/or Ellis. It’s an eclectic mix of rock with musical theatre and at times it works – […]

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New Adam and Eve musical Heaven On Earth launches with arena tour – Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard cast

The story of Adam and Eve is the subject of a major new musical which will be touring arenas across the UK from December. Starring West End favourites Kerry Ellis and Hugh Maynard, and featuring the voice of Russell Watson, Heaven On Earth will focus on the Biblical story of the first man and woman […]

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Wonderland – Edinburgh Playhouse and Touring

Wonderland continues at the Edinburgh Playhouse until 28 January, before embarking on a UK tour until 19 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ In returning Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the UK, this first touring production of 2011 American musical Wonderland has a lot going for it in terms […]

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Broadway in Concert at the London Palladium

Broadway in Concert at the London Palladium. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Having spotted a number of people sporting black Matt Cardle UK tour hoodies in the front rows before curtain up, it was pretty obvious that said Mr Cardle, along with the other performers joining him on the revered London […]

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Kerry Ellis joins Encore Radio to present weekly show

West End and Broadway leading lady Kerry Ellis is the latest addition to the presenting line-up on new musical theatre and film flavoured radio station Encore Radio. Currently giving an acclaimed performance in Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre, the star of hit shows including Wicked and We Will Rock You is hosting her own […]

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West End Wilma Award winners revealed

Kinky Boots and Titanic were double award winners at the West End Wilma Awards ceremony in London on Friday. The already multi award-winning Kinky Boots was named Best West End Musical with its star Matt Henry taking home the prize for Best Actor in a West End Show at the event at the Hippodrome Casino. Titanic claimed the […]

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Kerry Ellis and Sharon D Clarke play solo shows at Hippodrome Casino

Popular We Will Rock You leading ladies Sharon D Clarke and Kerry Ellis have been lined up to play concert dates at London’s Hippodrome Casino nightspot. Ellis, who created the role of Meat in the Queen musical, and the show’s original Killer Queen, Clarke will both bring their distinctive vocal talents to the popular cabaret […]

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Brian May and Kerry Ellis cancel Candlelight Christmas concerts

Rock superstar Brian May and West End favourite Kerry Ellis have been forced to postpone their pre-Christmas concert tour due to health issues affecting the Queen guitarist. The Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour was to have been the sixth tour to feature May and Ellis, the musical theatre leading lady who created the role of Meat […]

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Murder Ballad – Arts Theatre

Murder Ballad continues at the Arts Theatre, London until 3 December. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ The murder ballad – a narrative song recounting the events leading up to and including a death, whether factual or imagined – has been around since the 18th century and persisted in some form or […]

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Godspell at St Paul’s Church – exclusive images

Olivier Award winner George Maguire and current Rocky Horror star Dominic Andersen appeared alongside Broadway and West End leading lady Kerry Ellis (Wicked), Preeya Kalidas (Bend It Like Beckham) and Ramin Karimloo (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables) for the concert production of Godspell at St. Paul’s Church in London’s Covent Garden. These fabulous, exclusive images are all by Musical Theatre Review’s […]

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Competition – win tickets to see Murder Ballad on opening night

Ramin Karimloo, Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt will star in the forthcoming West End production of Murder Ballad and this is your chance to win a pair of tickets to opening night on 5 October. The first independent production in the West End from Soundcheck Productions, Murder Ballad will play the Arts Theatre from 29 September until 3 […]

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Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis: The Story So Far continues at The Pheasantry, London until 20 August. Star rating: three stars ★ ★ ★ ✩ ✩ This regular visitor to The Pheasantry has done better-prepared shows than The Story So Far which I thought would be a chronological retrospective of a career which took off when she understudied Martine […]

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Wonderland UK tour – Wendi Peters, Kerry Ellis and Dave Willetts in cast

Former soap favourite and stage actress Wendi Peters will star alongside West End leading man Dave Willetts in the 2017 UK tour of Frank Wildhorn’s Tony Award-nominated Wonderland. Peters, who starred in the UK tour of Oh What a Lovely War!, will play the Queen of Hearts opposite Willetts (Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera) as […]

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Broadway in Concert – Kerry Ellis, Matt Cardle, Lee Mead, Ben Forster and Sophie Evans line up

West End favourite Kerry Ellis will be joined by four stage stars discovered by television talent shows in a glittering celebration of the Broadway musical this November. Broadway in Concert will feature Wicked and We Will Rock You star Ellis alongside X Factor winner Matt Cardle (Memphis); West End leading men Lee Mead (Joseph and […]

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Kerry Ellis and Brian May to launch Christmas concert tour

Rock superstar Brian May will once again team up with West End favourite Kerry Ellis for a major concert tour in the run-up to Christmas. The Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour will feature the Queen guitarist and the leading West End actress in their sixth tour together. Launching on Wednesday 7 December at Dorking Halls in Surrey, […]

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Godspell concert stars Kerry Ellis and Ramin Karimloo

Several major musical theatre stars are to headline a concert production of Godspell, the Broadway musical from Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden on Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 August. Leading a cast of talented new young performers to launch The British Theatre Academy will be Broadway and West End Wicked […]

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Ramin Karimloo joins Kerry Ellis in Murder Ballad

Broadway and West End star Ramin Karimloo will join Kerry Ellis, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for the West End opening of Murder Ballad in September. West End Live attendees were treated to a sneak peek of the London production of the Off-Broadway hit last Sunday. The first independent production in the West End from […]

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Kerry Ellis to star in Off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad at the Arts Theatre

Soundcheck Productions has announced its first independent production in the West End, Murder Ballad, starring Kerry Ellis, opening at the Arts Theatre on 29 September 2016 (press night is 5 October and the show is expected to run until 3 December). This Off-Broadway musical, a tale of illicit love, lust and betrayal, centres around Sara (Kerry Ellis), a young New Yorker who is […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman in Concert – Prince Edward Theatre

Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman in Concert at the Prince Edward Theatre, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ Louise Dearman and Kerry Ellis celebrated their 20 year friendship with a one night only concert packed with their favourite songs, endless crowd pleasers and the songs that left a ‘handprint on their hearts’. It truly is a sign of a […]

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Casting update for Cats at the London Palladium

As previously announced, Beverley Knight is to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats to play the role of Grizabella. Returning to the London Palladium from 23 October 2015 in a strictly limited 11-week season, Cats is booking to 2 January 2016. The cast joining Beverley Knight (Grizabella) at the Palladium comprises Jack Butterworth (Rumpus/Alonzo), Danielle Cato (Cassandra), Javier Cid (Macavity/Admetus), Luke Cinque-White (Carbucketty), Emma Lee Clark (Bombalurina), Jon-Scott Clark (Bill Bailey), Gabrielle Cocca (Tantomile), Harry Francis (Mungojerrie), Tarryn Gee (Jemima), Evan James (Skimbleshanks), Matt Krzan (Munkustrap), Georgie […]

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The Curtain Up Show is back with guests including Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman

The Curtain Up Show has returned to London’s arts radio station, Resonance 104.4fm, for a brand new series. Tim McArthur and Nathan Matthews will be joined live in the studio at 4pm on Friday 18 September by Cassie Compton and Sarah Ingram from the cast of See What I Wanna See at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry, London

Kerry Ellis performed in cabaret at The Pheasantry, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ Seven months pregnant and thankfully unrestricted by the catsuit she wore when taking over Grizabella from Nicole Scherzinger at the London Palladium earlier in the year, Kerry Ellis is in wickedly good form for her short residency in the Kings Road cabaret room, […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman release new single ahead of September concert

West End stars Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman have released a new single, ‘Let Me Be Your Star’, ahead of their first ever concert together next month. The song was originally written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman for the first episode of the musical TV series Smash and was performed by characters Karen Cartwright (Katharine McPhee) and […]

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Interview – Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman prepare for their one-off London concert in September

If this interview is anything to go by, KERRY ELLIS and LOUISE DEARMAN’s one-off concert on 27 September is bound to be a fun-filled evening of great songs, fantastic anecdotes and a lot of laughs. Both actresses have an association with the musical Wicked, Dearman being the first person ever to play both Elphaba and Glinda in the […]

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Sweet Charity – Cadogan Hall

Sweet Charity was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: four stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ✩ As this year’s summer musical, the Cadogan Hall treated us to a concert version of Sweet Charity, just five years after the last London revival of this classic show transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory to the Haymarket. Adapted by […]

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MAD Match – Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera cast members prepare for football battle

Former Chelsea and England footballer Dennis Wise has been giving cast members from Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera some footballing tips prior to their final fundraising showdown match on 2 August at Bromley Football Club. The match sees the two giants of the West End heading down to Bromley Arena, not for a singing showdown, but […]

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Youth Music Theatre Orchestra – Lyric Hammersmith

Youth Music Theatre Orchestra performed at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, with the Youth Music Theatre UK Alumni Choir and special guests Kerry Ellis, Stephen Rahman-Hughes and Chris McGuigan. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ It is always an honour to be present at the birth of a major initiative with such exciting […]

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Kerry Ellis and Brian May release new single on 13 April

‘One Voice’ is a brand new recording by Brian May and Kerry Ellis, just completed and being rushed for release on Monday 13 April. The video of Brian and Kerry’s performance of the song is already available to be viewed at May’s Official YouTube channel (see below). Announcing the release, May says: “This is probably the fastest […]

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Kerry Ellis and Louise Dearman team up for special one-off concert

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 […]

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Sweet Charity concert – Denise Van Outen and Michael Xavier lead cast

London’s Cadogan Hall presents the concert version of Sweet Charity with musical theatre performers Denise Van Outen, Michael Xavier, Kimberley Walsh and Kerry Ellis (Wednesday 19 August to Saturday 22 August 2015). The soloists are joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Arts Ed Chorale, under musical director Richard Balcombe. The creative team is completed by stage director Paul Foster and choreographer Matt Flint. Sweet Charity, with music by Cy Coleman […]

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London Festival of Cabaret – Kerry Ellis, Janie Dee, Cynthia Erivo and Scott Alan join line-up

The third London Festival of Cabaret (LFoC) runs from 28 April–11 May and in addition to a spectacular list of artists, three prestigious new venues have joined the roster. The Delfont Room, the Sam Wanamaker Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe and Wilton’s Music Hall join the Crazy Coqs, The Pheasantry, St James Studio and Jermyn Street Theatre in offering […]

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Cats – London Palladium

Cats is booking at the London Palladium until 25 April 2015. Star rating: 4 stars **** While I appreciate the position that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats – famously inspired by T.S Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats – holds in musical theatre history (the originality of its concept and the special place it has in many a theatregoer’s heart), […]

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Miss Saigon sweeps the board at WhatsOnStage Awards

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Miss Saigon won a record-breaking nine WhatsOnStage Awards at a star-studded ceremony last night at London’s Prince of Wales Theatre. The 15th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards, voted for by the theatre-going public, were hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Steve Furst (the latter is currently appearing in Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi […]

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Interview – Kerry Ellis prepares to play Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium

KERRY ELLIS will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play the role of Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger. Based on T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the original creative team – director Trevor Nunn, associate director and choreographer Gillian Lynne, designer John Napier and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber – have reunited to bring Cats back to the West End. Due to […]

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Kerry Ellis and Lee Mead join The Night of Electric Voices line-up

Kerry Ellis, who takes over from Nicole Scherzinger as Grizabella in the current West End production of Cats, will feature in The Night of Electric Voices on Sunday 1 March at the London Coliseum. She will be joined by Casualty actor and winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead, as well as many stars of the West End and Broadway. The […]

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Kerry Ellis replaces Nicole Scherzinger in extended run of Cats

Kerry Ellis will join the cast of Cats at the London Palladium to play Grizabella from 9 February 2015, taking over from Nicole Scherzinger who continues in the role until 7 February as previously announced. Due to public demand, the run of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking show has now been extended to 25 April 2015. More than 100,000 new tickets for sale have now gone on […]

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Emma Hatton to take over as Elphaba in Wicked from February 2015

Emma Hatton will star as Elphaba in the hit musical Wicked from Monday 2 February 2015 at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Currently the Standby Elphaba, Emma Hatton will replace international Wicked star Jennifer DiNoia, who is soon to play a special limited engagement from 27 October 2014 to 31 January 2015. Current performer Kerry Ellis plays her final performance […]

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Kerry Ellis on her new album, UK tour and return to Wicked

It couldn’t be a busier time for actress and singer KERRY ELLIS. This month sees the release of her brand new studio album (14 September – digital/15 September – physical), the beginning of her solo UK tour and she is still managing to fit in a limited run in the West End production of Wicked […]

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Kristin Chenoweth – Royal Albert Hall

Kristin Chenoweth performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Where do I begin? None of the highest praise would do justice to describing the experience of seeing Kristin Chenoweth’s fast-paced two and a half hour concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She was beyond fantastic, not only as a singer, but as a personality too: full of […]

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Kerry Ellis – The Pheasantry

Kerry Ellis performed at The Pheasantry, London. What a pleasure to see Kerry Ellis and hear her gorgeous voice in such an intimate venue, accompanied by just a piano, after having admired her in Wicked, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. I was first saw Ellis 13 years ago in the National Theatre revival of My Fair […]

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The War of the Worlds – Final Arena Tour

Westlife’s Brian McFadden, Jason Donovan and Les Miserables’ Carrie Hope Fletcher will star in Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds when it returns for the sixth and final time to tour in 2014. The announcement coincides with the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ iconic radio adaptation, the 35th anniversary of Wayne’s classic multi-platinum album […]

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Singular Sensations – Janie Dee – Charing Cross Theatre

Singular Sensations – Janie Dee in conversation with Edward Seckerson at the Charing Cross Theatre, London. This was the third in the series in which music journalist (and one-time actor and singer) Edward Seckerson talks to musical performers about aspects of their lives and work. Kerry Ellis and Howard Goodall were the first two guests […]

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Singular Sensations – Charing Cross Theatre

Edward Seckerson – formerly the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s long-running musical theatre show Stage & Screen – is to host Singular Sensations, a series of in-depth encounters with stars of musical theatre at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. This winter’s inaugural season of intimate sessions will become a regular Sunday afternoon fixture for musical theatre enthusiasts. […]

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Kerry Ellis in Concert, sublimely enjoyable

  Kerry Ellis in Concert, reviewed at the London Palladium. It takes a big presence to host a concert at the London Palladium, one of the West End’s larger auditoriums, and make it feel like an intimate cabaret gig. Kerry Ellis uses the combination of a phenomenally powerful voice and self-effacing humility to do just that. […]

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