Hairspray Star Leanne Jones Makes Pheasantry Debut

Following sold out performances at London’s prestigious Delfont Room, and the Brockley Jack Theatre, the Oliver Award winning star of Hairspray Leanne Jones makes her Pheasantry debut with her acclaimed solo show Have You Met Miss Jones?, an evening of songs that have shaped her career alongside some of her favourite material, for one night only on Sunday 11th September.

Leanne made her West End debut in the lead role of Tracy in Hairspray, for which she won an Olivier Award. Her other theatre credits include tick, tick… BOOM! at the Union Theatre, Hairspray in Dubai, and the UK tour of the pole dancing play, The Naked Truth. Leanne can next be seen in the UK première of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, opening at the Tabard Theatre in October.

Her West End concert credits include A Spoonful of Stiles & Drewe (Her Majesty’s Theatre), Sing for Your Supper (Ronnie Scotts), West End Exposed (The Pigalle Club), Notes Unleashed! The Music of Lance Horne (Vaudeville Theatre), Michael Bruce (Apollo) and Christmas in New York (Prince of Wales).

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.

Have You Met Miss Jones? is produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment in association with Samuel Joseph.

For more information, visit: www.speckulationentertainment.com

Multi-award winning composer Jason Robert Brown makes West End first concert

Following sell-out concerts in New York, Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown will make his West End concert debut for two nights only on Friday 24 September and Saturday 25 September at the Garrick Theatre, joined for the first time outside of the US by Anika Noni Rose, the Tony Award-winning star of Caroline, or Change, the motion picture Dreamgirls, and the voice of the Princess in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, who makes her West End and UK debut alongside him.

The pianist, singer, and critically acclaimed composer will be performing brand new, previously unheard material, as well as a selection of songs from his shows Songs for a New World, Parade, The Last 5 Years and 13. Jason will be accompanied by his own band The Caucasian Rhythm Kings, as well as a fabulous four-strong French horn section.

Jason Robert Brown is best known for spearheading the new generation of contemporary American musical theatre composers. His four major musicals as composer and lyricist are: 13, a musical written with Robert Horn and Dan Elish, which began its life in Los Angeles in 2007 and opened on Broadway in 2008; The Last 5 Years, which was cited as one of Time Magazine’s 10 Best of 2001 and won Drama Desk Awards for Best Music and Best Lyrics; Parade, a musical written with Alfred Uhry and directed by Harold Prince, which premiered at Lincoln Center Theatre in 1998, and subsequently won both the Drama Desk and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards for Best New Musical, as well as garnering Jason the Tony Award for Original Score; and Songs for a New World, a theatrical song cycle directed by Daisy Prince, which played Off Broadway in 1995, and has since been seen in hundreds of productions around the world.

Anika Noni Rose won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, a Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for her role as Tonya Pinkins’ daughter Caroline, in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Caroline, Or Change. In 2006, Anika starred as Lorrell Robinson alongside Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy in the groundbreaking movie Dreamgirls and most recently became Disney’s first African American Princess when she voiced the pivotal central character of Tiana in major motion picture, The Princess and the Frog.

Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment, Jason Robert Brown has lighting design by Mike Henderson and sound design by James Tebb.

JASON ROBERT BROWN
Garrick Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London WC2
www.jasoninlondon.com

Caroline O’Connor returns to London in The Showgirl Within

Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment and Stuart Piper & Jon Bath for Cole Kitchenn present Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within at the Garrick Theatre from Mon 27 Sep – Sun 3 Oct 2010.

Following sell-out seasons in New York and Sydney, the international multi-award-winning musical star of stage and screen Caroline O’Connor returns to the UK in her one-woman show Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within, for a strictly limited season at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End from Monday 27 September to Sunday 3 October 2010.

Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within celebrates the culmination of Caroline’s years of stage and screen experience. A uniquely versatile performer whose triple threat talents in acting, song and dance transcend traditional boundaries, Caroline is joined by an exhilirating ensemble of dancers and her own on stage band for her first ever musical solo show in the West End.

Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within is helmed by visionary powerhouse pairing Michael Gracey and Ashley Wallen, who between them are responsible for the creative direction and choreography of leading music artists including Will Young, Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue and the Sugababes. Featuring standout musical theatre anthems, and classic songs that have shaped her illustrious career, this is a one woman show like no other.

Caroline O’Connor is a multi award-winning singer, dancer and actress who regularly graces the stages of Broadway, the West End, the Royal Albert Hall and Sydney Opera House. As Nini in Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-winning film Moulin Rouge, Caroline came to the attention of music lovers all over the world. Her other screen credits include Ethel Merman in De-Lovely for MGM. Some of her signature roles include Piaf, Judy Garland, both Roxie and Velma in Chicago, Anita in West Side Story and Mabel in Mack & Mabel.

Caroline O’Connor is one of very few actresses to have been nominated for both the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical for Mack & Mabel and the Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Play for Bombshells. She was the recipient of The Stage Best Actress Award in Edinburgh for End of the Rainbow, and a Whatsonstage Award for Best Solo Performance in Bombshells. Her most recent stage role in London was Hildy in English National Opera’s On The Town, for which she was also Whatsonstage Award nominated.

Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment and Stuart Piper & Jon Bath for Cole Kitchenn, Caroline O’Connor: The Showgirl Within is directed by Michael Gracey, with musical direction by Daniel Edmonds, choreography by Ashley Wallen, lighting design by Mike Robertson and sound design by James Tebb.

For more information on Caroline O’Connor, visit www.carolineoconnor.com

Wonder Woman Lynda Carter still a Wonder!

Lynda Carter: At Last which is Produced by Neil Eckersley & Paul Spicer for Speckulation Entertainment and has musical direction by Paul Liem will perform at the Garrick Theatre, London on 17th and 18th of September 2010.

Legendary star of TV’s Wonder Woman sings solo in West End for first time in 30 Years Following dates in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington and New Jersey, screen legend Lynda Carter, best known for playing the iconic role of Wonder Woman in the hit TV series, returns to the West End for her first solo appearance in 30 years for two nights only on 17 and 18 September 2010 at the Garrick Theatre, to celebrate her solo album, At Last.

Lynda Carter: At Last is a rare musical evening with a living legend. Join Lynda as she infuses some of her favourite music with her own inimitable passion and style. In a true homage to her musical heroes, this critically lauded singer, whose successful sell-out concerts throughout America are second only to her global status as part of a true TV phenomenon, is backed by a live band on stage, showcasing her vocal talent at its very best.

Arriving in the West End ahead of any other international dates, Lynda Carter: At Last will be seen for the first time outside of America, offering Londoners a truly special experience.

Lynda Carter is an American actress best known internationally for playing the title character in the 1970s TV series Wonder Woman. She has been singing since she was fourteen years old, and was first recognised globally as a singer in the late 1970s when she released her first album Portrait, and sang two of its songs in the 1979 Wonder Woman episode, ‘Amazon Hot Wax’. In the same year, she sold out the London Palladium within hours of tickets going on sale. She released her second solo album At Last thirty years later, with it reaching number six in the USA Billboard charts, and has recently toured the US playing venues including Feinstein’s at Loews Regency and Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. In addition, she has produced and starred in five Emmy Award winning TV specials in the USA that have showcased her singing talent.

For more information on Lynda Carter, visit: www.lyndacartersings.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