Julie Atherton, Daniel Boys & Richard Fleeshman at the Apollo Theatre on Sunday 26th June

Star of the international YouTube sensation ‘Portrait of a Princess’ Julie Atherton will perform her biggest solo concert yet for one night only at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue on Sunday 26th June 2011. She will be joined by fellow West End stars Daniel Boys and Richard Fleeshman.

Performing tracks from her album No Space for Air alongside songs from the shows that have shaped her illustrious career to date, Julie and her guests will be accompanied by a live ten-piece band and on-stage choir. Emmy Award winning composer Lance Horne will make a guest appearance to accompany Julie for two of his songs, and Brit composer Michael Bruce will helm a performance of ‘Portrait of a Princess’, which he wrote to showcase Julie’s innate comedic talent.

For Atherton aficionados, the concert will feature songs from Avenue Q, The Last 5 Years and Ordinary Days, and some totally unexpected numbers will receive the unique Atherton treatment.

Best known for creating the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in Avenue Q, and her role as Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years, Julie is one of the most prolific and successful young musical theatre stars in the West End, having previously played Sophie in smash hit Mamma Mia! and Serena in Fame. She is also an experienced concert artist, having headlined numerous musical engagements at venues as diverse as the Donmar Warehouse and the Royal Albert Hall.

Julie launched her second solo album, No Space for Air, at the Delfont Room at the Prince of Wales Theatre in June 2010, following which she made her North West solo debut at Manchester’s infamous Band on the Wall. Prior to the Apollo, she will be performing two exclusive acoustic sessions of an unplugged reworking of her album at The Pheasantry on the Kings Road in Chelsea.

Daniel Boys is an award-winning performer whose career encompasses TV, West End musicals, national tours, and numerous concerts and recordings. His appearance on the hugely successful BBC TV talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007 firmly established him as one of the UK’s brightest emerging musical talents. He is currently performing in Australia at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Richard Fleeshman first came to public attention in the cast of Coronation Street at the age of 12. In 2006, he won ITV’s Soapstar Superstar, increasing his profile as a singer, since which he has played the lead role of Warner in Legally Blonde in the West End, and appeared in the BBC series All The Small Things. He will soon return to the West End in the highly anticipated world première production of Ghost the Musical, which has just completed a successful run in Manchester.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment.

For more information, visit: www.nospaceforair.com

Helena Blackman Releases Debut Album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein on Valentine’s Day

Helena Blackman is a British musical theatre actress best known for being the runner-up in the BBC1 Reality TV programme How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, West End star Helena Blackman releases her debut solo album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein, celebrating her ongoing association with this legendary musical theatre writing duo, on 14th February 2011, to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein will feature Helena’s personal selection of much loved Rodgers and Hammerstein classics such as ‘I Enjoy Being a Girl’ and ‘I Have Confidence’, as well as lesser known gems like ‘The Gentleman is a Dope’. Helena is joined in two exclusive duets by the number one classical charting singer Jonathan Ansell and her fellow West End star Daniel Boys.

Having captured the nation’s attention and the unfailing support of Andrew Lloyd Webber on How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Helena subsequently headlined the acclaimed UK tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific, and starred in the West End première of Stephen Sondheim’s Saturday Night. Her many other theatre credits include Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz and the title role in Gypsy.

The composer Richard Rodgers and the lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II wrote some of the world’s most popular musicals together, including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, Oklahoma! and The King and I. Their work has enjoyed an enduring longevity, and is regularly performed and recorded across the globe.

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, musically produced and supervised by Mike Dixon, with musical direction by David Randall and orchestrations by Michael Bruce.

Recorded at Angel Studios in December 2010, the recording is released by Speckulation Entertainment.