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77 minutes | 8 hours ago
S4 Ep7: Michael Balogun, Delroy in Death of England
Last year Michael starred as Delroy in Death Of England: Delroy at the National Theatre. He was originally cast to understudy Giles Terera in Clint Dyer and Roy Williams's one-person play, but when Giles became unwell, Michael took over the role and received tremendous acclaim for his performance. The show was later streamed on YouTube for twenty-four hours and will hopefully return to the National this year. Michael's stage credits include: Shaun in People, Places and Things (UK Tour), The Doctor in Macbeth (National Theatre), Nick Makoha in The Dark (Ovalhouse Theatre), Winston / Shoni in Barbershop Chronicles (Royal Exchange Theatre) and Macduff in Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre). His screen credits include Casualty (BBC) and War of the Worlds (EPIX / FOX). In this episode, Michael discusses his whirlwind journey with Death Of England and the highs and lows of the past twelve months. He also speaks openly about his path to discovering acting and theatre following some time in prison. It's a very inspiring conversation! You can follow Michael on Instagram @michaelj.balogun and Twitter @Mikejbal You can read Michael's BBC interview here: http://bbc.in/3sMv7B1 You can listen to Michael's appearance on the Two Shot Podcast here: http://spoti.fi/3kKVh4h Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
48 minutes | 7 days ago
S4 Ep6: Waylon Jacobs, star of Hamilton & Cases
Waylon can currently be heard on the Original Studio Cast Recording of new musical Cases.Over the past year Waylon has starred as Jamie in The Last Five Years (Minack Theatre) and performed a one-man version of Peter Pan (Barn Theatre). He’s about to be seen in the streamed production of Treason (Cadogan Hall), having also recorded the cast album.His West End credits include Standby in Hamilton (Victoria Palace), Chicago (Phoenix), understudy Gator, Delray & Bobby in Memphis (Shaftesbury), understudy Britney in We Will Rock You (Dominion & Arena Tour) and understudy Simba in The Lion King (Lyceum). Waylon's additional credits include Sarge/Scarlett in Yank (Charing Cross Theatre), Benny in Rent (Tabard) and A Midsummer Night's Dream & Ragtime (both Regent's Park).Written by Dominic Powell, Cases explores unforeseen circumstances and unexpected crises inspired by journeys and careers within the arts and entertainment industry. Visit http://bit.ly/2NENs42 to buy/stream the album.In this episode, Waylon reveals how his ambition of becoming a TV chef led him to theatre, the nine-month audition process for Hamilton and the process of recording the Cases album in lockdown. Follow Waylon on Instagram: @wayjay4Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
65 minutes | 14 days ago
S4 Ep5: Lauren Byrne, Jane Seymour in Six & star of Remember Monday
Today we're joined by Lauren Byrne, ahead of the Barn Theatre's online concert The Secret Society of Leading Ladies. Lauren was starring as Jane Seymour in the UK tour of Six The Musical prior to the pandemic. Her other theatre credits include understudy Rasa in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour), Mabel in Blondel (Union Theatre) and understudy Carole King & Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carol King Musical (UK Tour). Lauren is a member of country/pop trio Remember Monday. Lauren is starring in The Secret Society of Leading Ladies for the Barn Theatre which runs online 22nd February - 7th March 2021. It's an innovative concert which gives you - the viewer - all the control! In this episode, Lauren discusses dealing with the physical and mental challenges of Six, learning instruments for Sunny Afternoon and why she's so excited to be part of The Secret Society of Leading Ladies plus lots more! To book tickets for The Secret Society of Leading Ladies, visit www.barntheatre.org.uk. Follow Lauren on Instagram: @LaurenByrne95 Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
107 minutes | 17 days ago
S4 Ep4: Nikki Bentley, Elphaba in Wicked
This week Nikki Bentley joins us to discuss her Elphaba journey. Nikki's theatre credits include: understudy Molly in Ghost The Musical, Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy & understudy Princess Fiona in Shrek The Musical (UK Tour), understudy The Lady of the Lake in Spamalot (West End) and swing in Mamma Mia! (West End). Nikki was Standby Elphaba in the 2017-18 UK & Ireland tour of Wicked. In 2019 she took over from Alice Fearn as Elphaba in the musical's West End production. In this episode, Nikki discusses performing with Laura Michelle Kelly as a child on the Isle Of White, all the iconic roles she has played and covered throughout her career as well as Elphaba riffs, no-fly shows and why Wicked was her ultimate dream. Sadly Nikki had to cut short her London run as Elphaba and has since spoken about her experience with anxiety and mental health. In this episode, Nikki explains what happened and why she wants to defy gravity again in the future. Follow Nikki on Instagram: @nikkixbentley Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts. Please note, this episode includes discussion about post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. LinksIndustry Minds - www.industryminds.co.ukApplause For Thought - www.facebook.com/applauseforthoughtAnxiety UK - www.anxietyuk.org.ukTime to Change - www.time-to-change.org.uk
47 minutes | 24 days ago
S4 Ep3: Blake Patrick Anderson, Michael in Be More Chill & Mark in Rent
Blake is preparing to star in the online concert revival of Gatsby: A Musical which has been filmed at Cadogan Hall.Adapted by director Linnie Reedman, and with music and lyrics by Joe Evans, the show is streaming 26th - 28th February 2021.Last year Blake originated the role of Michael Mell in the London production of Be More Chill which broke all records at The Other Palace. He then starred as Mark in RENT at the Hope Mill Theatre. Blake's other credits include starring as Rusty in the 30th Anniversary cast of Starlight Express in Germany and playing Straight Dave in Closer To Heaven at Above The Stag.In this episode, Blake discusses the filming process for Gatsby, making the role of Michael Mell his own, why he adores working with Arlene Phillips and lots more.To book tickets for Gatsby: A Musical , visit www.webgig.tv.Follow Blake on Instagram: @BlakePatrickAndersonUK Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
69 minutes | a month ago
S4 Ep2: Sharon Rose, Eliza in Hamilton & Joanne in Jingle Jangle
Sharon was starring as Eliza in the West End production of Hamilton prior to lockdown. Sharon made her West End debut in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre). Her other credits include: understudy Diana in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre) and Radio 1 in Caroline Or Change (Hampstead Theatre). She joined Hamilton during the first year of its run at the Victoria Palace Theatre as a standby for Eliza/Peggy/Angelica. In 2020 she took over as Eliza full-time. Last year Sharon made her big screen debut as Joanne Jangle in Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey for Netflix, directed by David E. Talbert. In this episode, Sharon discusses her path into the industry and her route to becoming a West End leading lady as well as why Jingle Jangle was such a special project to be a part of and launching Be Major, a performing arts e- learning platform. For more information about Be Major, visit www.be-major.com. Follow Sharon on social media: @sharonroselive Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
34 minutes | a month ago
S4 Ep1: Matt Croke, Aladdin in Aladdin & star of The Voice UK
We're kicking off Series 4 with Matt Croke, fresh from his blind audition on The Voice UK! Matt famously played the title role in the West End production of Disney’s Aladdin for over two years at the Prince Edward Theatre and has since headlined concerts all over the world. His other West End credits include understudy Eugene in Grease, understudy Amos Hart & Mary Sunshine in Chicago, understudy Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain and understudy Fiyero in Wicked. He also covered Tony in the UK tour of West Side Story and understudied Eddie in Funny Girl at the Menier Chocolate Factory alongside Sheridan Smith. He made his leading man debut as Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain at the Salisbury Playhouse. In this episode, Matt discusses competing on The Voice UK as part of Team Olly Murs and his incredible journey from young ensemble member to West End leading man. Matt's album Only Dreaming is available now. For more information about his theatre academy visit www.RMCacademy.co.uk. Follow Matt on social media: @mattcroke Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
49 minutes | 4 months ago
S3 Ep15: Patrice Tipoki, Fantine in Les Misérables & Elphaba in Wicked
It's the final episode of the series and we're off to Australia to chat to musical theatre star Patrice Tipoki!Patrice understudied Elphaba in the original Australian production of Wicked and went on to take over the role alongside Jemma Rix. She received huge acclaim for her performance as Elphaba, and became well known amongst Wicked fans for her iconic Defying Gravity riff!Patrice made her West End debut in 2016 as Fantine in Les Misérables, having also played the role in Australia, Dubai and Singapore.Her other Australian credits include: Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Nala in The Lion King and understudy Killer Queen & Scaramouche in We Will Rock You. Patrice had a musical upbringing and has worked extensively as a vocalist alongside her theatre work. She released her debut album "A Musical Heart" in 2015. In this episode, Patrice discusses the Australian theatre scene, how she got away with doing her signature riff in Wicked, her time in London plus lots more!Patrice's album "A Musical Heart" is available via streaming platforms and iTunes. You can follow her on Instagram: @patricetipokiarkins Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
60 minutes | 5 months ago
S3 Ep14: Claudia Kariuki, Diva in Priscilla & Motormouth in Hairspray
Claudia's West End credits include Mrs. Sheinkopf/understudy Rosalie in School Of Rock and Midwife/understudy Madame Morrible in Wicked. Prior to lockdown she was starring as a Diva in the UK tour in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Her credits also include: Sonja in The Life (Frankfurt), Woman 2 in Edges (London Theatre Workshop), Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Frankfurt), understudy Clara in Porgy & Bess (Regent's Park), Deloris in Sister Act (Wexford), Sister Chantelle in Bare (Greenwich Theatre), Lorraine/understudy Motormouth & Dynamite in Hairspray (UK Tour), ensemble in Sweet Smell of Success (Arcola) and Sarah in Ragtime (Regent's Park). in 2014, Claudia starred as Motormouth in Hairspray at the Leicester Curve and featured in West End Frame's Top Ten Performances of the Year. In this episode, Claudia discusses her path into the industry, career highlights and future ambitions.You can follow Claudia on Instagram: @claudiakariuki This episode was recorded at Wildcard Studios in Bond Street. Visit www.wildcardtheatre.co.uk for more information about Wildcard Theatre Company and Wildcard Studios. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
61 minutes | 5 months ago
S3 Ep13: Jennifer DiNoia, Elphaba in Wicked
Jenny has played Elphaba more times than any other actress in Wicked history, across seven productions and four countries. Jenny started out as a swing and emergency cover for Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked, later taking over as Standby Elphaba for the remainder of the run. She then transferred to the Broadway, Australian and Asian productions as Standby Elphaba. Jenny took over the role full-time to lead Wicked's 2nd US Tour before transferring to the West End in 2014 to lead the London company of Wicked. She then closed the 1st US Tour as the production's final Elphaba. After having her first child, Jenny finally took over as the leading Elphaba on Broadway in August 2016 and completed her acclaimed run in July 2017. Prior to the pandemic, she had returned to the Broadway production of Wicked as Standby Elphaba. In this episode, Jenny discusses starting out in Mamma Mia! & We Will Rock You, her Elphaba journey, becoming a mum and how this current period has made her stop and think about where’s she at. Follow Jenny on Instagram, @jennydinoia. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
76 minutes | 5 months ago
S3 Ep12: Jye Frasca, Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys & Boq in Wicked
This week we're off to LA to speak to Jye Frasca!After growing up in Australia, Jye trained in London and had an incredible West End career. He appeared in West Side Story, Mamma Mia, Cats, Anything Goes, Love’s Labour Lost, We Will Rock You, Thrill Me and Mary Poppins. He was also part of the original West End casts of Wicked and Jersey Boys.After moving to America, Jye took over as Frankie Valli in the Las Vegas production of Jersey Boys before making his Broadway debut as Boq in Wicked for the musical's 15th anniversary! In this episode, Jye discusses his career from making his West End debut as a swing in West Side Story to being a principal on Broadway. He discusses how Idina Menzel's advice helped him conquer his performance as Frankie Valli, what it was like to start afresh when he moved to America and why he hopes to one day return to the London stage.Visit Jye's website, www.jyefrasca.com.Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
41 minutes | 6 months ago
S3 Ep11: Helen Woolf, Glinda in Wicked
It's good to see her, isn't it! This week we're joined by Helen Woolf who has been part of Wicked for the past seven years. Helen originally understudied Glinda in Wicked's first UK & Ireland tour, before transferring to the London production where she also understudied Nessarose. In 2017 Helen stepped up to play Glinda in the UK & Ireland tour and then returned to the West End production in 2019, taking over from Sophie Evans as Glinda. In this episode, Helen discusses her unique path into the industry, her Wicked journey and life as a West End leading lady. Follow Helen on Instagram at @helenwoolf1. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
52 minutes | 6 months ago
S3 Ep10: Jenny Fitzpatrick, star of The World Goes ‘Round & Tina The Musical
Having recently completed her run as the alternate Tina in Tina The Musical, Jenny Fitzpatrick is currently starring in The World Goes ‘Round at the Barn Theatre in Cirencester. She can also be seen in the upcoming online revival of Godspell for the Hope Mill Theatre. Jenny made her professional debut in Henry IV Part I, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Camelot at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. Her credits also include Nala in Legend Of The Lion King (Disneyland Paris), Ronnette in Little Shop of Horros (Menier Chocolate Factory/West End), Billie in Our House (UK Tour), Rose Seller in Oliver! (West End), Louise & understudy Oda Mae Brown in Ghost The Musical (Manchester/West End), Delores in Sister Act (Aberystwyth), A Pacificst's Guide To The War On Cancer (National Theatre), Muzzy in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour) and Lucius/Centurion in Boudica (Globe). Having played Tina Turner in the 2013 UK tour of Soul Sister, Jenny was the alternate Tina Turner in the original West End cast of Tina The Musical. On screen, Jenny has been seen in The Alienist, Mi High V 'Patient' and EastEnders. The World Goes ‘Round runs at the Barn Theatre from 24th August until 5th September 2020. Visit www.barntheatre.org.uk for tickets. Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. @Andrew_Tomlins Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
56 minutes | 7 months ago
S3 Ep9: Josh Lamon, Sheldon in The Prom & Host of Josh Swallows Broadway
This week we're crossing the pond to speak to Broadway's Josh Lamon!Most recently Josh played Sheldon and understudied Barry in The Prom on Broadway. He is also the host of Josh Swallows Broadway for the Broadway Podcast Network. Josh's Broadway credits also include: Groundhog Day, Finding Neverland, Elf The Musical, Into The Woods and Hair. He played Boq in the US tour of Wicked and, prior to lockdown, was appearing in Emojiland off-Broadway.Josh is the co-writer of Bloody Bloody Jessica Fletcher: A musical parody of Murder She Wrote which premiered in London last year at the Other Palace as part of MT Fest.In this episode, Josh discusses stories from his career, including why Hair and The Prom were such special jobs, his journey to the Great White Way, what went wrong when Into The Woods opened in New York and the times he has used diva dollars over the years... Visit Josh's website, www.joshlamon.comHosted by Andrew Tomlins.@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
53 minutes | 7 months ago
S3 Ep8: Janie Dee, Desiree in A Little Night Music & Phyllis in Follies
Janie Dee is a theatrical icon, having worked extensively in both the UK and New York throughout her career.Just a few recent highlights from Janie's career include playing Phyllis Rogers Stone in Follies (National Theatre), title role in Linda (Talent Works NY), Margery in Hand To God (West End), Arkadina in The Seagull (Regent's Park), Essie in Ah Wilderness (Young Vic), Ruth in Blithe Spirit (West End, alongside Angela Lansbury), Putting It Together (St James), title role in Hello Dolly as well as Anna in The King & I (both Leicester Curve) and Belinda Blair in Noises Off (Old Vic).Janie won an Olivier Award for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in the National Theatre's 1992 production of Carousel.Janie is currently preparing to reprise her acclaimed performance as Desiree in A Little Night Music for a socially distanced, one-night concert staging at Holland Park. The show sold out in just six minutes.She will then take to the stage at Crazy Coqs to perform her new one-woman cabaret, Janie Dee: New Life. Prior to lockdown, Janie was producing the London Climate Change Festival at the Charing Cross Theatre which has been postponed until theatres reopen.In this episode, Janie candidly discusses returning to A Little Night Music as well as preparations for her new cabaret, work/life balance, how it felt to return to the National Theatre for Follies and why she was slightly relieved that her Climate Change Festival was postponed.Visit Janie's website, www.janiedee.comFor tickets to her cabaret, visit www.bit.ly/3fBEzjIHosted by Andrew Tomlins.@Andrew_TomlinsThanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
58 minutes | 7 months ago
S3 Ep7: Nicholas McLean, Gary Coleman in Avenue Q & Boq in Wicked
Prior to lockdown, Nick was playing Boq in the West End production of Wicked. He made his West End debut as Doctor in The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales). His other credits include: Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (UK Tour), Benny/Puppeteer in The Pied Piper (Cornerstone), Pepper in Mamma Mia! (Abu Dhabi), Henri in South Pacific (St. James Concert Hall) and TJ in Sister Act (Gordon Craig Theatre). Nick discusses his path into the industry, funny drama school stories, highlights from his career and lots more! Visit Nick's website, ww.nicholasmclean.co.uk Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
S3 Ep6: Jerry Mitchell, director & choreographer
Jerry's productions include Legally Blonde, Kinky Boots, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and On Your Feet.Most recently his production of Pretty Woman opened in the West End following a run on Broadway. Jerry choreographed the original production of Hairspray which is returning to London next year, and he is also working on a stage adaptation of Becoming Nancy.This Sunday Jerry and West End performer Jed Berry are hosting Raise You Up, an online charity concert starring Angels In Lockdown from global productions of Kinky Boots.The show is raising money for Acting For Others, Black Ticket Project, Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Broadway Cares. You can watch Raise You Up this Sunday 26th July at 9pm via www.jedberry.com. The show will be available for 24 hours. Follow Jerry on social media: @jammyprodHosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
58 minutes | 8 months ago
S3 Ep5: Asmeret Ghebremichael, Lorell in Dreamgirls & Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon
Asmeret has had an incredible career on both sides of the pond, most recently starring as Lorell in the West End production of Dreamgirls to huge acclaim. She made her West End debut as Nabulungi in The Book of Mormon, having played the role on Broadway after being part of the show's original ensemble. Her other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde, Footloose, Wicked, Spamalot and Elf. She was in the original cast of In The Heights and starred in Sweet Charity off-Broadway. Most recently she has filmed roles in Get Even (BBC) and Bonding: Season 2 (Netflix). Read Asmeret's interview with Forbes: https://bit.ly/30heYXD Read Asmeret's article for Broadway News: https://bit.ly/3jdG2iX Asmeret is artistic director for The Big Sky Summer Theatre Festival: From A Distance. Visit https://bit.ly/3eAHAQN for info! Follow Asmeret on Instagram: @asmeretghebremichael Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
78 minutes | 8 months ago
S3 Ep4: Natalie Kassanga, standby Zoe & Alana in Dear Evan Hansen & Diana Ross in Motown The Musical
Natalie Kassanga is currently covering Zoey and Alana in the West End production of Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward) and recently starred as Diana Ross in Motown The Musical (Shaftesbury Theatre). This weekend Natalie can be seen in Turn Up, a concert which is being streamed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. The show was filmed with a live band at Cadogan Hall. As a child, Natalie played Young Nala in The Lion King (Lyceum) and appeared in Oliver! (Drury Lane) and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour). She was a member of girl group Alien Uncovered, who appeared on the live finals of The X Factor in 2015. In this episode, Natalie discusses starting out as a child performer and her experiences in the music industry. She also talks about her emotional farewell to Motown, the nine-month audition process for Dear Evan Hansen as well as diversity in the West End and why audiences should TURN UP to Turn Up this weekend. Follow Natalie on Instagram and Twitter: @kassangaofficial To buy tickets for Turn Up, visit www.club11.london/turn Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening! Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
61 minutes | 8 months ago
S3 Ep3: Samantha Pauly, Eva Peron in Evita & Katherine Howard in SIX
Last year Samantha Pauly made her London theatre debut as Eva Peron in Jamie Lloyd's production of Evita at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Prior to lockdown, she was starring as Katherine Howard in the Broadway production of SIX. Samantha also played Katherine Howard in the pre-Broadway regional runs of SIX, including the musical's US premiere in Chicago. She has also played Eva Peron at the Marriot Theatre and Westport Country Playhouse. Samantha's additional theatre credits include: understudy Raven in Bat Out Of Hell (US Tour), Jovie in Elf The Musical (Paramount Theatre), Betsy in Honeymoon in Vegas (Marriott Theatre) and Amber in Hairspray (Paramount Theatre). In this episode, Samantha talks openly and honestly about starring in SIX and Evita, her path into the industry and lots more. For information about Samantha's online coaching, visit www.artistsandbeyond.com/samanthapauly You can follow Samantha on Instagram via @sampauly Hosted by Andrew Tomlins. Thanks for listening!Visit westendframe.co.uk for more info about our podcasts.
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