See musical theatre’s leading lights perform in their own voice.
Here at the concierge, we’ve noticed a trend emerging when it comes to theatre performers flexing their vocal chords off of the West End and Broadway stages. Most recently American actress Bernadette Peters performed a trio of UK concerts in June, and last month we saw Tony and Olivier Award nominated Ramin Karimloo play a fantastic set at the London Palladium, accompanied by Hadley Fraser of Les Misérables fame.
Over the next few months there are a string of similar events, so we’ve put together our top choices, to give you the chance to hear big voices in unusual settings.
Alfie Boe and Michael Ball
Various UK venues – 3 November to 13 December
Having both appeared in Les Misérables and then taken lead roles in Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray (Ball) and Broadway’s Finding Neverland (Boe), these are theatre legends. There was much excitement among fans and our Theatre team when the two friends announced that they are to join forces this winter. With 26 dates there is bound to be a show near you, so call us to book your tickets.
Broadway in Concert
Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff and London Palladium – 16 and 17 November
If you’re looking for an excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a bit of pre-Christmas sparkle, this special performance is sure to please. The Novello Orchestra will be joined by an all-star line-up including Matt Cardle, Lee Mead, Ben Forster, Sophie Evans and Kerry Ellis, for a setlist that will feature hits from Phantom of the Opera to Wicked and everything in-between.
The Pheasantry, London – 18 -20 August
Various UK venues with Brian May – 7-23 December
Having made her name as Elphaba in Wicked, Ellis has established herself as one of theatre’s best on both sides of the Atlantic. She plays Chelsea’s intimate Pheasantry next week, where she will be accompanied by Craig Adams on piano, before returning to the stage in September alongside Ramin Karimloo, in the new musical Murder Ballad, at London’s Arts Theatre. In December she embarks on the Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour with Queen’s Brian May – tickets are on sale now, call us to book.
Disney’s Broadway Hits
Royal Albert Hall, London – 23 October
For more than two decades, Disney scores have been delighting Broadway audiences and this one-night-only event will celebrate the best. The BBC Concert Orchestra with composer Alan Menken at the helm will accompany a star-studded cast as they steam through hits from The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and the newest success, Aladdin, among many more. Full casting has yet to be announced but we’re sure there will be many familiar faces and voices.
Various UK venues – 2-28 October
After he won the BBC’s 2007 TV series Any Dream Will Do, which put him in the title role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mead shot to fame and has since appeared in Wicked, Legally Blonde and is currently on tour in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He will tour this autumn in support of his fourth solo album, Some Enchanted Evening and you can also catch him in Cardiff and London as part of the cast for the aforementioned Broadway in Concert.
Hippodrome Casino, London – 22 and 23 September
Burgess’ Broadway debut came in 2005 as Eddie in Good Vibrations but he is probably best known in theatre circles for originating the role of Sebastian the Crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid in 2007. He is currently appearing in the Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but will make a fleeting visit to the capital to unleash his stunning high tenor vocals over three solo concerts at this Leicester Square venue.
Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson
Various UK venues
Paige – 1 October to 18 December
Dickson – 1 February to 3 March 2017
Although her professional stage career began in 1964, it wasn’t until 1978 that Paige truly came to the public’s attention when she originated the role of Eva Perón in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Evita. Her 1981 performance as Grizabella in Cats made the song Memory, one of her signature tunes, along with I know Him So Well which she sang in Chess with Barbara Dickson (the original Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers). Dickson will tour the UK with a full band in early 2017, while Paige is undertaking an extensive 23-date tour this year, showcasing songs by her favourite songwriters including Randy Newman, Sting and Leonard Cohen.
Pictured: Michael Ball and Alfie Boe