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

Treat your ears to an Acoustic delight with Speckulation Artists Julie Atherton, Helena Blackman and Michael Bruce

Speckulation Entertainment will produce a brand new series of acoustic sessions with three of its roster of recording artists at the recently refurbished Pheasantry on the Kings Road in Chelsea during June. West End star and Avenue Q favourite Julie Atherton will kickstart proceedings on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, followed by How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? finalist Helena Blackman on Sunday 12th June, and award-winning composer Michael Bruce on Sunday 19th June.

JULIE ATHERTON (Sat 4th & Sun 5th June)
West End star Julie Atherton creates a completely unplugged re-working of her acclaimed album No Space for Air to celebrate the first anniversary of its release. 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 also the star of the international YouTube sensation, ‘Portrait of a Princess’.

“Musical theatre is in safe hands when promoted as brilliantly as this.” – Mark Shenton

HELENA BLACKMAN (Sun 12th June)
Best known as runner-up in the BBC’s How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Helena Blackman returns to the Pheasantry, following her sold out dates last year, to perform her debut album The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein in a stripped-back acoustic evening celebrating her association with this legendary musical theatre writing duo, including one or two surprises.

“She gives a sparklingly assured performance.” – The Guardian

MICHAEL BRUCE(Sun 19th June)
Award-winning musical theatre composer Michael Bruce brings his No.1 debut album Unwritten Songs to the Pheasantry in an acoustic re-imagining of this celebrated collection of songs. Michael will be joined by a selection of the West End stars that appear on the album, along with some unexpected guests, with whom he will also showcase a number of previously unperformed songs.

“Faith in this exceptional talent was fully justified” – The Stage

Relaunched in 2010, The Pheasantry is a beguiling venue on the Kings Road in the heart of Chelsea, which is fast becoming established as the new London home of contemporary cabaret and intimate concert performances. Since its relaunch, The Pheasantry has played host to the highest echelon of cabaret performers, as well as stars from the West End, Broadway and beyond.

The Speckulation Acoustic Sessions are produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment in association with Samuel Joseph.

For more information about each of the artists’ albums, visit the following sites:

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air – www.nospaceforair.com

Helena Blackman: The Sound of Rodgers & Hammerstein – www.thesoundofrandh.com

Michael Bruce: Unwritten Songs – www.michaelbrucesongs.com

Julie Atherton Launches New Album ‘NO SPACE FOR AIR’

Julie Atherton, who performed the Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the original West End run of Avenue Q, will launch her eagerly anticipated second album No Space for Air with her first ever solo engagement at London’s exclusive Delfont Room for one night only on Sunday 6 June 2010.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air will showcase songs from the new album in a uniquely intimate setting, offering fans the first opportunity to hear this lauded leading lady cast her genre-defying interpretations on a range of classic tracks and brand new songs penned specially for her voice. The album will be available for the first time on the night.

Fusing an innate theatrical sensibility with a ravishingly raw, angst rock vibe, No Space for Air is a unique and groundbreaking album for the Spring Awakening and Lady Gaga generation. Julie’s musical influences range from Alanis Morissette and Skunk Anansie to legendary musical theatre composer Stephen Sondheim, leading to a wonderfully eclectic and personal selection of material.

Julie Atherton is one of the West End’s most prolific and successful young musical theatre stars, having played the lead roles of Sophie in the smash hit musical Mamma Mia!, Serena in the everlasting Fame and Cathy in Jason Robert Brown’s The Last 5 Years. Best known for originating the roles of Kate Monster and Lucy the Slut in the popular puppet musical Avenue Q, 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’s debut album A Girl of Few Words is one of bestselling musical theatre releases of recent years, and the most downloaded album recorded by any West End musical theatre star. No Space for Air builds on her already established reputation as a recording artist. Her other recording credits include the original cast recordings of A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe, Christmas in New York and Just So.

Julie Atherton: No Space for Air is produced by Neil Eckersley and Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, with musical direction by Craig Adams.

For further information about No Space for Air, go visit www.nospaceforair.com