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.