Jason Robert Brown is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – an equally skilled composer, lyricist, conductor, arranger, orchestrator, director and performer. He is best known for his dazzling scores to several of the most renowned musicals of his generation, including the recently revived “The Last Five Years”, his debut song cycle “Songs for a New World”, and the seminal “Parade”, for which he won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Score.
Kerry Ellis has fast become recognized as the First Lady of West End musicals from her starring roles in London and on Broadway, she has also achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems.
Kerry originated the role of Meat, in Queen’s We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the West End smash, Wicked, for which Kerry won the 2008 What’s On Stage Award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’. She then immediately transferred to Broadway and played Elphaba at the Gershwin Theater for 6 months, where she won the Broadway Audience Award for Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance, before returning to London for 6 months in 2009. Her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
In 2017, Eva Noblezada made her much-anticipated Broadway debut playing the lead role of Kim in Miss Saigon for which she was nominated for the Tony Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’.
Eva was first spotted singing at The Jimmy Awards, a High School Music Theatre competition, by the U.S. casting team of Miss Saigon in London. After a whirlwind audition process in New York, she went on to make her professional debut in the production’s West End revival at the Prince Edward Theatre, which premiered in May 2014 and for which she won ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ at the WhatsOnStage Awards.
Before returning to the production on Broadway, Eva went on to play Éponine in the West End production of Les Misérables from April to December 2016.
Willemijn has played the character of Elphaba in Wicked over 2,000 times for which she received three major awards and, after making her Broadway debut, is the only actress to have performed the role in three languages. She made her West End debut in Wicked in October 2013 and performed ‘Defying Gravity’ live on the roof of Covent Garden at the Olivier Awards.
Other credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Paulina), Mamma Mia (Donna), Elisabeth (Elisabeth), We Will Rock You (Killer Queen), Aida (Amneris) and she toured Germany with Disney in Concert in 2016 and the Best of Musicals Gala in 2010. She has made numerous concert and television appearances and can also be heard on the Original German Cast recording of Wicked.
Willemijn has performed alongside highly renowned composers such as Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Schwartz, Andrew Lippa and Scott Alan. A fan of Disney since she was a young girl, Willemijn realised another dream by recording the voice of Elsa for the German and Dutch language versions of Disney’s Frozen.
With a string of awards to her name including three Olivier Awards and eight nominations, Evening Standard and Critics Circle Awards, and many other theatre accolades both from the West End and Broadway stage, Maria Friedman is in demand as undoubtedly one of our most successful leading Musical Theatre ladies.
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. Most recently, Rachel played the role of Elphaba in Wicked both in London’s West End and in New York. She has just finished a hugely successful UK tour and recently performed a headline concert at Shoreditch Town Hall.
After rising to fame as a contestant on BBC talent show ‘I’d Do Anything’ in 2008, Samantha Barks has wowed fans and critics alike with her stunning voice and captivating performances in film, theatre and television. She has since undertaken starring roles in the UK touring productions of ‘Oliver!’ and ‘Cabaret’.
It was Barks’ performance as Éponine in the West End production of ‘Les Misérables’, however, that led to her first movie credit, reprising the role in Tom Hooper’s Oscar winning adaptation. Showered with critical acclaim, she was nominated for a prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award and announced as Empire Magazine’s Best Female Newcomer. Following the completion of her lead role on the West End in Jason Robert Brown’s ‘The Last Five Years’, Samantha performed at Southampton Mayflower and the Royal Albert Hall and, most recently, made her New York debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below.