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Broadway Star, Tony Winner, Emmy and Grammy Nominee Kelli O’Hara returns to London to play first UK solo concerts in 2019

KELLI O’HARA
KELLI O’HARA

KELLI O’HARA

Broadway’s KELLI O’HARA returns to London in November 2019, after the smash hit run of The King and I at London’s Palladium, to play her debut London solo concert engagement at Cadogan Hall.

Club 11 London and Take Two Theatricals are teaming up again and are excited to bring back The Tony Award winner, Emmy and 2 time- Grammy nominated actress and singer to play just two concerts at Londons Cadogan Hall on 10th November 2019 at 2.30pm and 6.30pm.

Tickets are available from 11am on Friday 1st February 2019 at www.club11.london/kelliohara and there is a special limited meet and greet VIP ticket available for the 6.30PM show

Kelli O’Hara recently received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy or Drama Series for her portrayal of Katie Bonner in the hit web series “The Accidental Wolf”. On Broadway, Kelli’s portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. 

O’Hara reprised her Tony Winning role while making her West End debut this past summer for which The Times hailed her as “Broadway musical’s undisputed queen” adding “Kelli O’Hara does not just play Anna, she owns the part”. 

Other Broadway credits include The Bridges of Madison County (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), Nice Work If You Can Get It (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, OCC nominations), South Pacific (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, OCC nominations), The Light in the Piazza (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Sweet Smell of Success, Follies, Dracula, and Jekyll & Hyde. Regional/Off Broadway credits include Far From Heaven (Playwrights Horizons and WTF), King Lear (Public Theater), Bells Are Ringing (City Center Encores), Sunday in the Park with George (Reprise), and My Life With Albertine (Playwright’s Horizons). Kelli received a 2018 Webby nomination for her role in the hit web-series thriller The Accidental Wolf and appears in the second season of Netflix’s series 13 Reasons Why. Other film and television credits include All The Bright Places, Sex & The City 2, Martin Scorsese’s The Key to Reserva, Showtime’s Masters of Sex, CBS All Access’ The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, Alexander Hamilton, N3mbers, and the animated series Car Talk. In 2015, Kelli made her Metropolitan Opera debut in The Merry Widow.  She returned to the opera this past spring as Despina in Così fan tutte. Her concerts have gained international acclaim, spanning from New York’s Carnegie Hall all the way to Tokyo. She is a frequent performer on PBS’s live telecasts and the Kennedy Center Honors. Along with two Grammy Award nominations, her solo albums, Always and Wonder in the World are available on Ghostlight Records.

Upcoming, Kelli will star in the Broadway revival of Kiss Me Kate, Spring 2019

About the producers:

Club 11 London: Specialise in bringing Broadway artists to the UK, previous concert clients include broadway and TV regulars Megan Hilty, Tituss Burgess, Shoshana Bean, Jeremy Jordan, Matthew Morrison, Erich Bergen, Eden Espinosa, Julia Murney and Cynthia Erivo. They have also produced many West End Stars solo concerts and these include Carrie Hope Fletcher, Anna Jane Casey, Michael Ball, Matt Cardle, Frances Ruffelle, Kerry Ellis, Oliver Thompsett, Hannah Waddingham, Sharon D Clarke and Bonnie Langford. Recently, pop icon, Tori Amos’s musical The Light Princess was presented by Club 11 London, to critical acclaim, as a special one off all stars concert in the summer of 2018. Club 11 London are presenting Chita Rivera in concert in February 2019.

Take Two Theatricals: is a new company focussed on developing and producing international stage productions and concerts. TTT is led by founders Jack Maple and Brian Zeilinger, who have the distinction of having been the two youngest West End and Broadway producers. Their combined credits include 21 productions in the West End and 14 productions on Broadway, which have yielded Tony Awards for Best Musical (Dear Evan Hansen) and Best Revival of a Play (Death of a Salesman), as well as a collective nine Olivier Award nominations as producers. Brian and Jack most recently produced the first London revival of The Rink with Caroline O’Connor and Gemma Sutton and are currently producing West End Christmas at Cadogan Hall with Club 11 London.

Theatre Icon Chita Rivera to play London Concerts in Feb 2019

CHITA RIVERA
CHITA RIVERA

CHITA RIVERA

A theatrical icon and one of Broadway’s greatest triple-threat talents, Chita Rivera is one of the most nominated performers in Tony Award history having earned 10 nominations, won twice and received the 2018 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.

Returning to London, Chita Rivera will play just TWO concerts at Cadogan Hall, Sloane Square at 230pm and 630pm, Sunday 10th February 2019. Tickets are on sale immediately from www.club11.london/chita

The incomparable Chita Rivera will recreate signature moments from her legendary career and collaborations with her special guests including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; The Rink; The Visit and more.  In addition to a special tribute to her dear friends John Kander & Fred Ebb, the timeless music of Leonard Bernstein, Charles Strouse & Lee Adams, Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will also be featured.  Ms. Rivera will be accompanied by an orchestra led by her long-time music director Michael Croiter.

On coming to London, Chita Rivera said “I am so happy to be returning to my favourite town…so many memories, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Spider Woman, Palladium.  And now Cadogan Hall.  Can’t wait!” 

Chita has performed many of her iconic Broadway roles in London including West Side Story, Chicago, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Bye Bye Birdie.

A versatile actress/singer/dancer, she recently starred in The Visit, the final John Kander/Fred Ebb/Terrence McNally musical directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele on Broadway, the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terrence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele and the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age nine) before receiving a scholarship to the School of American Ballet from the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was as a principal dancer in Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the original Broadway premiere of West Side Story brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful.  On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2009 and received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2002.  In November, 2016 she headlined at Carnegie Hall and in 2015, Great Performances aired their special Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ To Do, a retrospective of her extraordinary life and career nationally on PBS. Her current solo CD is entitled And Now I Swing

Tickets are available from www.club11.london/chita

Chita Rivera is presented in London for this engagement by Darren Bell for Club 11 London, Dan Looney and Adam Paulden for DLAP ENTS & Yael Silver.

Rosalie Craig and Hadley Fraser to perform The Light Princess in concert at Cadogan Hall

Rosalie Craig
Rosalie Craig

Rosalie Craig

Club 11 London and Alex Parker Theatre Company today announced that The Light Princess from Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson will receive its first ever concert performance this summer. Rosalie Craig reprises her role of Althea, for which she won the Evening StandardTheatre Award for Best Musical Performance,and Hadley Fraser will play Digby with further casting to be announced. Directed by Paul Foster, the concert takes place at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 1st July 2018.

Based on the Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald, The Light Princess tells the story of a princess afflicted by a constant weightlessness, unable to get her feet on the ground, both literally and metaphorically, until she finds a love that brings her down to earth.

Rosalie Craig said today, “It’s so wonderful to have the opportunity to revisit this incredible piece 5 years on. It is hugely special to me and it will be a joy to hear it and sing it again after all this time.”

Samuel Adamson commented, “I’m thrilled that The Light Princess is going to float again this July in a concert produced by Club 11 London and Alex Parker Theatre Company. I can’t wait to hear the incomparable Rosalie Craig sing the role of the princess again – and who better to be her prince than Hadley Fraser?”

Rosalie Craig reprises her role as Althea. She is currently appearing in The Ferryman at the Gielgud Theatre. Other theatre credits include BecomingCity of Angels (Donmar Warehouse), The Threepenny OperaAs You Like ItTableLondon Road (National Theatre), Hitchcock Blonde (Hulltruck Theatre), Ragtime (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Swallows and Amazons (Bristol Old Vic), Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory), Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre), and Alice In Wonderland (Royal Shakespeare Company). For television her credits include Endeavour, Scrotal Recall, My Family and Other Animals, Casanova and Grease Monkeys; and for film her credits includeLondon Road.

Hadley Fraser plays Digby and is currently appearing in Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre. Other theatre credits include Harlequinade, The Winter’s Tale (Garrick Theatre), Saint Joan, The Vote, City Of AngelsCoriolanusThe Machine (Donmar Warehouse), A Long Day’s Journey into Night (Bristol Old Vic), The Pajama Game (Chichester Festival Theatre), Les Miserables (Queen’s Theatre) and Assassins (Sheffield Theatres).

For television his credits include Decline and Fall, Him, Sons of Liberty, Pompidou and The Fresh Beat Band; and for film his credits include Murder on The Orient Express, The Legend Of Tarzan, Les Miserables, Convincing Clooney and The Lost Tribe.

Paul Foster directs. Recent theatre credits include A Little Night Music, Tell Me on a Sunday (UK tour) and Laurel and Hardy (Watermill Theatre) and Annie Get Your Gun (Sheffield Crucible).

The Light Princess                                                                                                                                           Listings

Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ

Sunday 1 July 6.30pm

Box Office: 020 7730 4500

www.club11.london/tlp / www.cadoganhall.com

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Around the World in 80 Days, Matthew Ganley Interview: “Dolphins are incredible creatures.”

You’ve probably heard that Around the World in 80 Days is currently on at Cadogan Hall, London, so it seemed like a good opportunity to talk to Matthew Ganley who is currently starring in it.

The show is on at Cadogan Hall for five weeks and continuing as part of a wider UK tour. The production features an ensemble of 8 who play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade. Follow the mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg as he wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Brilliant.

Here is what we discussed.

Hi ya! How is Around the World in 80 Days looking?

It’s looking great thanks. A riotous spectacle!

Great! How would you best describe Theresa Heskins’ approach to directing?
Detailed, rigourous and playful. Her rehearsals are brilliantly full on. So much care and attention is taken and her shows have real integrity as a result. As an actor I am trusted and scrutinised in equal measure. You bring all of yourself into the process and after a week your brain and body have had a full workout!

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The Baiji Dolphin. A Chinese river dolphin recently declared extinct due to human impact. We could learn to do things differently to give them another shot. Dolphins are incredible creatures.

There are a lot of characters in Around the World in 80 Days aren’t there. How do you tackle playing several different characters?
Having a few different accents is useful. Also discovering the differences physically between the parts. Working with opposites can help. If one character is a smug plonker, I might explore making the next one kind and likeable. Above all, discovering the truth for each character and realising their role within the story is the most useful approach.

Who would play you in the film of your life and why?
Jason Statham. We look vaguely similar and he’d make my life look that bit cooler.

How is this role different to your previous roles in The Lady Killers or Once?
In Once and The Lady Killers I had just the one character. In 80 days I have 28 (including an elphant’s arse!) It provides a different challenge. Being able to switch in an instant from an English reform club member to a street seller in Bombay without leaving the stage is a challenge but a very fun one! There’s not a moment’s rest.

How challenging is it staging this show?
It’s such a fast paced and technically busy show. Portraying each country and culture in a such short space of time means the acting, movement, music, quick costume changes, lighting, fight sound effects etc. must all work seemlessly together. The whole team both on and offstage can’t afford to drop the ball. There’s never a dull moment!

Around the World in 80 Days is quite unique in that it is old fashioned but also post-modern isn’t it.
That’s interesting. I’ve never thought of it in those terms. It’s great that an audience might elicit those observations and I’d say our amazing design team definitely contribute to placing us in a very specific period. From my perspective the show is so well written that the stuff I’m responsible for, i.e. the people, relationships and the story to me are timeless.

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What do you think audiences will enjoy most about this production?
The comedy, the suspense, the brilliant fight sequences, the elephant, the epic journey and the romance.

What is top of your bucket list?
At the moment it’s a sky dive.

Cadogan Hall seems like an unusual home for this show. Is it?
Transferring from traditional theatres to a concert hall has had its challenges. It has also gifted us with great acoustics, a wonderful auditorium and the new addition of projecting images of each place on to the backdrop of the stage. We’ve had some brilliantly lively crowds so far and the show is settling in very nicely here.

Is there anything that you’d like to add?
Come and see it. You’re guaranteed an unforgettable night out.

At Cadogan Hall until 2 September, then on tour. Box Office: 020 7730 4500

Around The World In 80 Days Sails Into London’s Cadogan Hall For 5 Weeks Only

Directed by Theresa Heskins; Design by Lis Evans; Movement Direction by Beverley Edmunds; composed by James Atherton; Lighting Design by Alexandra Stafford; Sound Design by James Earls-Davis

Cadogan Hall, London

2 August – 2 September 2017

The New Vic Theatre’s celebrated production of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days adapted by Laura Eason and directed by Theresa Heskins arrives at London’s Cadogan Hall, as part of a major six month tour. The production opens 2 August and runs until 2 September.

Around the World in 80 Days first premièred at the New Vic Theatre in 2013 followed by a successful season at the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in 2014. This production has been nominated for both the UK Theatre Awards’ ‘Best New Production’ and the Manchester Theatre Awards’ ‘Best Show for Children and Families’.

The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join Fogg and his loyal valet, Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty alleys of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.

An ensemble cast of 8 play over 125 characters in an imaginative and physically inventive high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

Theresa Heskins is currently Artistic Director of the New Vic Theatre. Recent directing credits include, The Snow Queen,Peter Pan in Scarlet, Kiss Me Quickstep, Robin Hood & Marian, Dracula, The Borrowers, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Widowers’ Houses, A Christmas Carol, Far from the Madding Crowd and Where Have I Been All My Life? In 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of the Arts for services to theatre and for her cultural contribution to North Staffordshire.

The UK tour of Around the World in 80 Days reunites original cast members Andrew Pollard (Phileas Fogg), Michael Hugo (Passepartout), Dennis Herdman (Inspector Fix), Pushpinder Chandi (Mr Naidu) and Kirsten Foster (Mrs Aouda). They are joined by Matthew Ganley (Colonel Proctor), Simi Egbejumi-David (Captain Speedy) and Joey Parsad (Miss Singh).

Around the World in 80 Days                                                                                                             Cadogan Hall

5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ

Box Office: 020 7730 4500 

www.cadoganhall.com

Cadogan Hall, London

2 August – 2 September 2017

Ticket prices

£17.50 – £49.50

Website: www.80dayslive.com

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