Alexandra Burke rose to fame in 2008 after winning the 5th series of ITV’s hit show ‘The X Factor’.
With notable performances such as her duet with Beyoncé as well as her debut single ‘Hallelujah’, the British solo artists entrance to the music industry did not go unnoticed.
The release of Alexandra’s winning single ‘Hallelujah’ proved to be a huge success — becoming the European record holder for single sales within 24 hours. The singles success continued its journey, selling 105,000 copies in just one day, reaching number one in the UK Christmas chart and went on to be crowned the top-selling single of 2008.
By January 2009 ‘Hallelujah’ had sold over 1 million copies across the UK alone, a record for a British female solo artist of that era. Soon followed the release of Alexandra’s debut album ‘Overcome’, which reached number one on the UK albums charts. The success of tracks ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Badboys’, ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Start Without You’ proved to be extremely popular, all securing number spots in both the UK and Irish singles charts. Furthermore, ‘Overcome’ went on to be voted one of the most successful albums of that year, amassing three BRIT Award nominations as a result of hit singles ‘Broken Heels’ and ‘The Silence’, which both became UK Top 10 hits.
In February 2012 Alexandra made a comeback with singles ‘Elephant’ and ‘Let It Go’; both were included within the second album ‘Heartbreak on Hold’, which was released in June of that year.
Following on from Alexandra’s success in music, she then ventured into theatre in the lead role of Rachel Marron in the West End musical The Bodyguard. After a short stint in London, Alexandra went on to tour with the production across the UK from 2014 through to 2016. With her first acting role under her belt, it wasn’t long until another opportunity arose, which was that of the lead role as Deloris Van Cartier in the hugely popular show Sister Act. After a 12-month regional tour it was safe to say that Alexandra had made her mark in theatre.
In 2017 Alexandra was announced as a contestant for BBC One’s hit show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and went on to become a finalist of that series.
Soon followed the release of Alexandra’s latest album ‘The Truth Is’ in March 2018. The album showcases a collection of tracks that carry true emotion through sharing her life experiences to date. Although best recognised as a high-energy performer, this album shows another side to the pop solo artist.
Most recently Alexandra took on the role of Svetlana Sergievsky in the 5-week revival of the epic musical love story ‘Chess’, held at one of London’s most iconic venues, the London Coliseum.
Throughout Alexandra’s journey to date, her skills have continued to broaden with credits as actress, dancer and solo artist, with music remaining at the forefront.
Theatre credits: Judy / Eve standby in Ruthless! (Arts Theatre); Acrobat / Cover Mrs. Wormwood / Miss Honey / Mrs. Phelps in Matilda (Cambridge Theatre); Zoe in A Damsel in Distress (Chichester Festival Theatre); Oompa Loompa, Cover Mrs. Teevee / Cherry / Grandma Josephine in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane); Billie in From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre); Cabaret (Savoy Theatre and UK tour); Annie / June in Chicago (Garrick Theatre and UK tour), Spamalot (Palace Theatre); Pearl Lady in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK tour); White Christmas (UK tour); Silly Girl / Cover Babette in Beauty and the Beast (UK tour).
Duncan James was most recently seen playing the role of Ryan in the popular Channel 4 soap opera “Hollyoaks”. For his role as Ryan, Duncan was nominated for Most Popular Newcomer for the 2016 NTAs and was nominated for Best Newcomer for the 2017 Soap Awards. In 2015, Duncan starred as Tick in the UK tour of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Duncan was born an entertainer, starring in school productions and starting his professional career working at Haven holiday camp, where he was to meet his soon-to-be bandmates Lee Ryan, Simon Webbe and Antony Costa. Then Blue, the pop group, was born in 2001 and the band immediately signed to Innocent Records. They exploded onto the scene and amassed huge commercial success, racking up forty Number One singles worldwide, three Number One UK albums, and sales of over 16 million records.
In 2005, the guys decided to take a break from the band to pursue other interests, and Duncan saw this as the perfect opportunity to broaden his experience within the entertainment industry. He starred as Billy Flynn in the hit musical Chicago, and became a familiar face on television, working as a presenter on “Soapstar Superstar”, Capital FM’s “Party in the Park”, “City Hospital”, “T4”, “The Clothes Show” and GMTV’s “Entertainment Today”. He also competed in ITV’s “Dancing on Ice” in 2007 where he became a finalist, and participated in the subsequent sell-out tour in arenas across the UK. He then made his television acting debut in “Plus One” for Channel 4, in which he played a tongue-in-cheek characterization of his Blue persona, with the series being acclaimed by both critics and the public. Further TV appearances have included “Grease: The School Musical” for Sky 1, “Eurovision: Your Country Needs You” (as a judge) for BBC1, “Eight Out of Ten Cats” for Channel 4, and presenting “The National Lottery Live” for BBC One many times.
In 2009, Duncan returned to theatre, appearing as Warner Huntington III in the West End production of Legally Blonde at the Savoy Theatre. He then presented the exciting new theme park game show “Scream! If You Know the Answer” on Watch in 2010, which played a second series in 2011, before landing a spot on the judging panel on Channel 5’s new entertainment show “Don’t Stop Believing”, searching for the group that best represented the spirit of the “Glee” phenomenon.
The Blue boys came in 11th representing the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf with “I Can”. The band released their fourth studio album, Roulette, in 2013 with “Hurt Lovers” as the lead single, before they joined other groups on TV in “The Big Reunion”. Blue continue to thrive with a new album in 2015, and recently a new TV show on ITV2 – “Blue Go Mad in Ibiza”, which followed the band as they launched their own bar.
Duncan made his pantomime debut in 2014 playing the title role in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Birmingham Hippodrome for Qdos Productions. He starred as Prince Charming in Cinderella at the Liverpool Empire in the 2017/2018 pantomime season.
At Shakespeare’s Globe, Paul has appeared in The Tempest, Cymbeline, The Oresteia, Measure for Measure, Julius Caesar, Doctor Scroggy’s War, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Duchess of Malfi, Henry V, Henry IV Parts One and Two, Love’s Labour’s Lost, We the People, Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag. His other theatre includes: A Woman of No Importance (Vaudeville Theatre); The Cutting of the Cloth (Southwark Playhouse); Hairspray (national tour); Chekhov in Hell (Plymouth Theatre Royal and Soho Theatre); The Merchant of Venice (Derby Theatre); Comedians (Lyric Hammersmith); Chicago (Adelphi/Cambridge Theatre); Dying for It (Almeida); Women Beware Women (RSC); Singer (Tricycle); Americans (Arcola); Arsenic and Old Lace (Strand); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Albery); The Changing Room (Royal Court at Duke of York’s); Teechers (Arts Theatre); Bouncers (Donmar Warehouse); Hamlet, King Lear and Edward II (Compass Theatre); The Rivals (Derby Playhouse); She Stoops to Conquer (Bristol Old Vic); and Richard II and East (Oldham Coliseum).
Film credits include: Pond Life, Undercliffe, Making Noise Quietly, A Cock and Bull Story, Honest and Topsy-Turvy. His television work includes: “Holby City”, “Doc Martin”, “Horizon – Einstein, Doctors, French and Saunders”, “My Family”, “Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings”, “dinnerladies”, “Murder Most Horrid”, “EastEnders”, “The Bare Necessities”, “The Bill”, “City Central”, “The Broker’s Man”, “The Ritz” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Mazz’s renowned debut solo album Midnight Mazz released this year is available on iTunes and Amazon now and at www.midnightmazz.com. Mazz studied at Redroofs Theatre School and Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.
Her theatre credits include: The Iconic Killer Queen for a nine-year run in We Will Rock You at The Dominion Theatre in London; Tanya in Mamma Mia! at Novello Theatre in London; Mabel in Fame at Victoria Palace Theatre in London; Grandma Bertha in Pippin at Bridewell Theatre in London; Mazz in Smokey Joe’s Café (UK tour); Debs in Boogie Nights (UK and US tours); Maureen in Rent (UK tour); Patsy Cline in The Roy Orbison Story (UK tour); Dusty Springfield in A Girl Called Dusty at Duke Of York Theatre in London. TV/film: Julie Moore in “EastEnders” (BBC); “The Man from Auntie”; “Footballers Wive$ TV”; “Blessed”; John Boorman’s “Hope and Glory”; The Santa Clause; “The Quest”; Miranda Moone in “EastEnders”; “The Bill”; and Tanya in the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again feature film for Universal Pictures.
Other credits: Mazz is also part of Woman The Band, who have performed at every major venue in England, and toured with Earth, Wind & Fire and Billy Ocean as their support on their UK national tours. She has recorded many albums for musicals at Abbey Road Studios in London, and can be heard on the soundtracks for Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago and Sweet Charity. Mazz recently joined the world tour of Il Divo’s A Musical Affair as their guest star touring Russia and Scandinavia.
Training: Guildford School of Acting, receiving a distinction and the Principal’s Award for Excellence. Theatre includes: Mary Sunshine in Chicago (UK tour and Singapore); Off West End Theatre Award (Offie) winner for performance as Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance (Wilton’s Music Hall, UK and international tour); Yum-Yum in The Mikado (UK tour); lead vocalist in the Thursford Christmas Spectacular; Josephine in HMS Pinafore (UK tour); Kitten in Molly Wobbly (Leicester Square Theatre); Ballo (King’s Head Theatre); Phyllis in Iolanthe (Wilton’s Music Hall); lead vocalist in Fables and Fairytales (Bridlington Spa); Sweet Charity (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Second Class Parents (Etcetera Theatre); Chélinot (Union Theatre); European premiere of Listen to My Heart: The Songs of David Friedman (Marlborough Theatre, Brighton); a live recording of South Pacific for transmission on BBC Radio 2 over Christmas 2005 (Birmingham Symphony Hall); Ann Veronica (Courtyard Theatre, Covent Garden); The Winter’s Tale (Theatr y Werin, Aberystwyth); Cyrano de Bergerac for RSC (Playhouse Theatre, Oxford); and Scrooge the Musical (New Theatre, Oxford). Other work includes: lead vocalist on board the Cunard Queen ships, including the inaugural world cruise of the Queen Victoria and the farewell world cruise of the QE2 (Belinda King Creative Productions). For Mum, Dad and Monkey.
Michelle trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Theatre credits include: Chicago (Marina Bay Sands, Singapore); West Side Story (Salzburg Opera Festival); Tonight’s the Night (UK tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (UK arena tour); Batman Live world tour (UK, Europe and South America); and the 10th-anniversary cast of Chicago (Cambridge Theatre).
Film and television credits include: Captain America: The First Avenger (Marvel Studios) and “Strictly Come Dancing” (BBC). Michelle was a finalist on “Grease Is the Word” (ITV/SYCO). Instagram: @thelittlebutterfly_mariposita
Natalie trained at the London Studio Centre and graduated with a BA (hons) in Theatre Dance. Theatre includes: Cassandra/first-cover Bombalurina in Cats (international tour); Cassandra/dance captain/ first-cover Bombalurina and Demeter in Cats (RCCL/the Really Useful Group); Hunyak in Chicago – das Musical (Palladium Theatre, Stuttgart); Kitty and Liz in Chicago (RCCL/Namco); Lady Mabelle in Once Upon a Mattress (Union Theatre); Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Wolverhampton Grand); and Peter Pan (Darlington Civic). Cast recordings: Chicago – das Musical (original cast revival soundtrack). Natalie is thrilled to be making her West End debut and would like to thank her family and friends for their continued support. Instagram: @nataliebennypro
Abramo began dancing in Lecce, Italy, where he trained and competed at national level in ballroom and Latin dance. He then moved to England, where he graduated in dance and musical theatre from Stella Mann College of Performing Arts. Credits include: Gypsy King in La Traviata and Major Domo in Adriana Lecouvreur (Royal Opera House); Ghost the Musical workshop; Harry in the UK tour of Chicago; ensemble in Chicago (West End); dancer and understudy Abanazar in Aladdin (King’s Theatre, Glasgow). Broadway: The Star-Spangled Celebration (USA tour); Spirit of Christmas (USA tour); and Little Women (Bloomsbury Theatre). Commercials include: Football Fan for FIFA World Cup 2010 and 2014 campaigns, and Cocktail Maker for a Conforama campaign for France. Abramo is delighted to be returning to the cast of Chicago.
Training: Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre credits: June in Chicago (UK tour), Elf the Musical (Dominion Theatre), Sinatra (Palladium Theatre), West Side Story (UK tour). Film includes: Mamma Mia, Here We Go Again. Television includes: “Royal Variety Performance”, “The Magicians” (BBC), “Blue Peter”. Other work includes: cast recording of Elf the Musical, Wrotham Park event – Baz Luhrmann & Rob Ashford. Instagram: @nic.florence
Training: the Wirral Theatre School and Bird College. Theatre credits: ensemble in Eugenius! – the Musical (the Other Palace Theatre); cover Billie/ensemble in Our House (UK tour); Hunyak in Chicago (UK tour); ensemble in Jack and the Beanstalk (Hackney Empire); swing in Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre); ensemble and understudy Ali in Mamma Mia! (international tour); Kristine in A Chorus Line (the London Palladium); ensemble in Sleeping Beauty (Marlowe Theatre); and ensemble in Ultimate Broadway (Shanghai). Theatre credits whilst training include: Anita in West Side Story, soloist in Broadway Then and Now and White Christmas.
Chris trained at the Arts Educational Schools London. Credits: Quartermaster Hitchens in Titanic (Gordon Craig Theatre); Mamma Mia! international tour (MGM); Harry in Chicago (UK tour); Kieran in The Amicable Solution (Battersea Arts Centre and the Colour House Theatre); Hunter in Fuchsia (Trafalgar Studios); Fogarty in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre, West End); The Royal Variety Show (London Palladium, West End); Junior in Crazy for You (Leicester); Desire (Converse/Paloma Faith); co-presenter in The Jazz Stand (BB3); the Olivier Awards (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); Dancing With the Stars (Lithuania/SRT3); cover Frank in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre, London); Macmillan Cancer concert (London Palladium, West End); “Made in Chelsea” series three (E4); male dancer for Kylie Minogue (Wembley Arena); Ruhrgold/cover Greaseball in Starlight Express (Bochum, Germany); Corny Collins in Hairspray (UK); lead singer in Broadway and Beyond (UK tour); Mark Myward in Done to Death (workshop – Soho Theatre, London); Dr Michaels in Devilish (workshop – Tristan Bates Theatre); Biederman/cover Carl in Ghost the Musical (Asia tour); Bananaman in Bananaman the Musical (original cast workshop – London Hippodrome); Billy Flynn in Chicago (Wiltz, Luxembourg); Fred in Scooby Doo! Live (London Palladium, West End); Jake in Disaster! the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre, London); and Chicago (Marina Bay Sands, Singapore).
Film credits: Hydra Captain in Captain America: The First Avenger (Marvel/Paramount, 2011); the Young Guardian in Jack the Giant Slayer (New Line Cinema/Warner Bros/dir. Bryan Singer, 2011); Horseman of the Apocalypse in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (Cross Creek Pictures, 2014); Recruit Number Three in American Assassin (Lionsgate/CBS/Michael Cuesta); and British Auror in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Warner Bros, 2016/18). Chris is represented by Olivia Bell Management (email@example.com). Instagram: @chris.warner.drake
Training: two years at Tiffany Theatre College (2007–2009), gaining a BTEC in Performing Arts. Theatre credits include: Fred Casely and understudy Billy Flynn in Chicago (UK and international tour); dance captain in Aladdin, understudy Jessie the Ugly Sister in Cinderella, understudy Fleshcreep in Jack and the Beanstalk, dance captain in Sleeping Beauty, and dance captain and understudy Prince Danny of Derry in Snow White (Qdos Entertainment). Instagram: @FJForeman
Training: the London Studio Centre. West End credits: Sinatra for Stephen Mear (the London Palladium). Other credits include: swing/cover Fortune Teller and Attendant in Disney’s Aladdin (Hamburg); Liz/ensemble in Chicago (Stuttgart); ensemble in Sinatra (UK tour); dance captain for La Cages aux Folles (Singapore Esplanade Theatre); Narrator/Yuyin in Aladdin, ensemble in The Little Mermaid (Qdos Entertainment); dancer/singer/dance captain for Arcadia (P&O Cruises) and dancer/singer for Celebrity Cruises. Zoe was the opening act for Christina Aguilera’s concert special, Kevin Spacey’s special appearance in Singapore (Venetian in Macau), and the opening act for Kylie Minogue’s concert (Hong Kong). She was also dance captain and assistant choreographer for performance events across Asia. Zoe is thrilled to be back in the West End joining the cast of Chicago. Twitter: @ZoeLeoneGappy
Most recently, Emma was resident dance supervisor on An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre). Training: Royal Ballet School (White Lodge), Royal Ballet School Upper School and Laine Theatre Arts. Theatre includes: Anton & Erin’s Christmas Cracker (Royal Albert Hall); Just Gotta Dance (UK tour); Pinkie Leroy in Ace of Clubs (Union Theatre); Timon of Athens (National Theatre); Eleonora Nijinsky/Tamara Karasavina in Rattigan’s Nijinsky (Chichester Festival Theatre); Liz and cover Roxie in Chicago (Garrick Theatre); Meg Giry in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Adelphi Theatre); cover Mistress in Evita (Adelphi Theatre); Chicago (UK tour); West Side Story (Bregenz Festival); On Your Toes (Japan tour); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium); and Victoria in Cats (New London Theatre).
Films include: Frostbite (Vita Ray Productions). Other credits include: Love Never Dies (concept album) and Imagine This (workshop). For the Royal Ballet Company: Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella and The Nutcracker.
Theatre credits include: ensemble/cover Prince Charming in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Evolution Productions); ensemble in Annie Get Your Gun (Union Theatre, London); Harrison/Doc in Chicago – das Musical (German tour); Harrison in Chicago (Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas); Captain Planet in original cast of Rainbow Rocks (international tour); John in the original cast of Six-Five Rock n Roll Express; dancer on P&O’s Azura; Vince in Fashion Victim the Musical; ensemble in Peter Pan (Camberley Theatre); dance captain in Call Me Madam (Union Theatre, London); ensemble in Aladdin at the Playhouse Theatre; Bobby in Bluebirds at the Stag Theatre, London; Linus in Snoopy the Musical at the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford; ensemble in Robin Hood (Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury); and Lancelot in Blondalot (Helix Theatre, Dublin). Luke is represented by Russell Smith Associates and is thrilled to be making his West End debut in Chicago.
Training: the London Studio Centre. West End credits include: Munkustrap and understudy Bustopher Jones/Gus in Cats (London Palladium); swing, dance captain and understudy Joseph Smith in The Book of Mormon (original London cast – Prince of Wales); swing, understudy Farah/Young Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre); swing and understudy Witch’s Father in Wicked (Apollo Victoria) and dance captain, Cagelle and understudy Etienne in La Cage aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre). Other theatre credits include: Munkustrap, understudy Bustopher Jones/Gus and dance captain in Cats (international tour); ensemble/understudy Buddy in Elf the Musical (original UK cast – Plymouth/Dublin); ensemble understudy Tick and Bernadette in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK tour); swing, dance captain and understudy Fred Casely in Chicago (UK tour); Admetus/ Macavity, understudy Munkustrap and Tugger in Cats (UK tour and Italy); Nintendo and alternate Electra in Starlight Express (UK tour and Scandinavia) and ensemble in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (original UK tour).
Film and TV credits: Ship Helmsman in Captain America: the First Avenger (Marvel Studios); Foot Soldier in Jack the Giant Slayer (Warner Brothers); featured dancer in “Penny Dreadful” series two (Showtime); Lars in “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” on The Alan Titchmarsh Show (ITV) and Cagelle in “La Cage aux Folles” on “Comic Relief’s Big Chat With Graham Norton”; and “The Royal Variety Performance” (BBC). Matt has also been involved in numerous development workshops, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Playful Productions); Ghost the Musical on Broadway (Colin Ingram Ltd); and La Cage aux Folles Broadway workshop (Sonia Friedman Productions). Choreography credits include: Loserville (the Union Theatre) and Cool Rider in the West End (Duchess and Lyric theatres, London – directed by Guy Unsworth). Represented by Michelle Blair Management. Twitter: @MattKrzan
Training: Bird College. Theatre includes: Martha Burelli in The Rat Pack: Live From Live Vegas (UK and international tour); ensemble in Chicago (UK tour); dancer/vocalist in Blue Planet (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines) and ensemble in Dick Whittington (Birmingham Hippodrome). Television and film: dancer in Disney’s upcoming live action remake of Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie; “EastEnders Does Top Hat” for Children in Need; “Michael McIntyre’s Easter Night at the Coliseum”; “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”; and “Celebrity Big Brother”. Other work: adverts for Three mobile, Gymbox, McDonald’s, Honda and Sports Direct; dancer for brands such as Adidas, Debenhams, M&S, Wella, Christian Louboutin, Nike, BMW and more. Instagram: @ChelseaLabadini
Training: Australian Dance Performance Institute in 2008–09. Theatre credits: Miss Understanding, and understudy Bernadette and Bob in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (UK and international tour); Fred Casely and understudy Billy Flynn in Chicago (China tour); and Bobby in Cabaret (UK tour). Television credits: “The X Factor”, “Strictly Come Dancing”, “The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief”, “Britain’s Got Talent”, “Got to Dance”, “Frank Sinatra: Our Way”, “The One Show” and “Nadia Forde Chasing the Dream”. Artists: dancer for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Backstreet Boys, Shania Twain, Pixie Lott, Kimberly Wyatt, Basement Jaxx, Freemasons, Ricki-Lee, Zoë Badwi, Rebecca Ferguson and Nadia Forde. Film: featured dancer in Queen of the Desert. Callum has toured with “Strictly Come Dancing” in their live arena tour, performed in “Clothes Show Live”, and worked with brands such as Reebok, H&M, Wowcher, Huawei, YouTube, Harrods and Lexus. Instagram: @callumseanmacdonald
Training: Millennium Performing Arts and Corraine Collins Dance Studios. Theatre credits: ensemble in Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House); dance captain/swing in Elf the Musical (original West End cast); dance captain/swing/understudy Debs in Elf the Musical (original UK tour); assistant to choreographer in Anya Hindmarch’s show (London Fashion Week); Veronica/understudy Carol Cleveland in Monty Python Live (Mostly) (O2 Arena); Kitty/understudy Roxie and Velma in Chicago (China tour); Annie/swing/understudy Velma and Mama Morton in Chicago (Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd); ensemble in Dick Whittington (First Family Entertainment); Annie/understudy Velma in original cast of Chicago (RCCL); dancer/aerialist in original cast of Blue Planet (RCCL); ensemble in Exposure (workshop cast); and ensemble in La Traviata (Birmingham Opera Company).
TV and commercial credits: Glitter Girl in Sketch (Odelay Films); actor in Oxfam/Coldplay Internet commercial; actor in Sony AXM commercial; and dancer/model in various commercials and music videos, including Barclaycard, Miike Snow, Pizza Express, TLC/Discovery Channel, Sky Television and Mika. Twitter: @jorennie / Instagram: @joannarennie
Charles started dancing under the tuition of Jacqui Lidgard Brown and went on to further his training at Bird College. Theatre: Link Larkin in Hairspray (Leicester Curve); Corny Collins in Hairspray (UK tour); Top Hat (original West End cast – Aldwych Theatre, London); Mac in 42nd Street (Leicester Curve); Brad and understudied and played roles of Link Larkin and Corny Collins in Hairspray (original UK tour); understudied and played Sonny in Grease (Piccadilly Theatre, London); Young Sailor and understudy Chip in On the Town (Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris); We Will Rock You (Dominion Theatre, London); Peter Franklin and cover Steve Edwards in Babes in Arms (Festival Theatre, Chichester); White Christmas (original cast – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton); Nick Piazza in Fame (European tour); Reporter and understudy Mary Sunshine in Chicago (UK tour); West Side Story (Bregenz Festival, Austria); and Carousel (UK tour).
Television: “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” (BBC1) and “The Alan Titchmarsh Show” (ITV1). Film: the latest Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted (Walt Disney Pictures) and Mary Poppins Returns (Walt Disney Pictures), due for release at Christmas 2018.
Todd trained at the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. He made his West End debut at the age of 19 in Cats at the New London Theatre. Theatre: An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre); Chicago 10th-anniversary cast (Cambridge Theatre); Imagine This (Theatre Royal Plymouth); Sinatra (London Palladium); Cats (world tour); Spirit of Fosse in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre); Purse in the final West End cast of Starlight Express (Apollo Theatre); The Pajama Game (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto/Victoria Palace Theatre); My Fair Lady (Royal Albert Hall BBC Proms). Todd also supported Sarah Brightman on her La Luna world tour, which was filmed in Miami for DVD release.
Film and television includes: Pride and Prejudice (Universal Pictures); “Miranda” season three (BBC); French and Saunders’ “Mamma Mia!” for Comic Relief; “Absolutely Fabulous” season five (BBC); “Stars in their Eyes Celebrity Special” (Granada); “An Audience With Lulu” (ITV). Todd has also appeared in the following music videos: Kylie Minogue’s “Spinning Around”, Goldfrapp’s “Number One”, Soulwax’s “Any Minute Now” and the film Can You Touch Me.
Training: Arts Educational Schools London, BA (hons) in Musical Theatre. Theatre: dance captain/swing in Cabaret (UK tour); dance captain/understudy Stalker in The Bodyguard (Dominion Theatre and UK and international tour); ensemble in Monty Python Live (Mostly) (O2 Arena); swing in Celia Imrie’s Laughing Matters (St. James Theatre); dance captain/assistant Fight Captain/swing in From Here to Eternity (Shaftesbury Theatre); featured singer in Hot Stuff (Leicester Curve); Bobby and onstage swing in Cabaret (Savoy Theatre); swing and cover Mary Sunshine in Chicago (Garrick Theatre); ensemble in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Palace Theatre); Harry and Harrison in Chicago (Cambridge Theatre); assistant choreographer in En Kväll med Daniel Ganesh (Nyköping); ensemble and dance captain in Dick Whittington (Camberley Theatre); assistant choreographer in One More Time (Piccadilly Theatre); Thomas Hassinger and cover Stewpot in South Pacific (UK tour); Emperor and dance captain in Aladdin (Rhyl Pavilion); Stephen Sondheim’s 75th birthday gala, Children Will Listen (Theatre Royal Drury Lane); ensemble in Follies (London Palladium); and Cecil in Peter Pan (Wyvern, Swindon).
Television credits: “Monty Python Live (Mostly)”, Renault Clio advert, “The Alan Titchmarsh Show”, Forever Vienna commercial, Children in Need and Ashes commercial. Soundtracks: From Here to Eternity and The Bodyguard. Workshops: From Here to Eternity, Monty Python Live (Mostly) and “Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Live”. Modelling: Forever Vienna CD, Football Manager for the Xbox, New Look fashion show, More magazine and Attitude magazine. Matthew would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of his Grandma Jo.
The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: Flora the Red Menace; Cabaret (Tony Award); The Happy Time; Zorba; 70, Girls, 70; Chicago; The Act; Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score); The Rink; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score) and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” (Emmy Award), HBO’s “Liza Minelli’s Stepping Out” (Emmy Award), Funny Lady (Oscar Nominated for “How Lucky Can You Get”), Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Stepping Out and Chicago (Oscar-nomination, Best Song). In the mid-’80s, the song “New York New York” became the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains and Minstrel Show. Life goes on.
Chicago is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
A director, choreographer, dancer, and actor for film and stage, Bob Fosse was especially famous for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences. He began his career in Chicago, where he studied ballet, tap, and acrobatic dance from an early age. While still a teenager, he performed with a partner as the Riff Brothers in vaudeville and burlesque theatres. After graduating from high school in 1945, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York and studying acting at the American Theatre Wing. He then toured in the chorus of various productions before making his Broadway debut in the musical revue Dance Me a Song. As a dancer, he performed in two long-running musicals, Call Me Mister and Make Mine Manhattan, followed by such Hollywood films as Give a Girl a Break and Kiss Me Kate. As a choreographer, his first show-stopping number was “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game. This he followed with such hits as Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon, Bells Are Ringing with Judy Holiday, New Girl in Town again with Gwen Verdon, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Robert Morse. He began his career as a director and choreographer with Redhead with Gwen Verdon, Little Me with Sid Caesar, and two more Gwen Verdon musicals, Sweet Charity and Chicago. He also staged the innovative musical smash Pippin, the highly successful dance revue Dancin’, and the 1986 musical Big Deal. For the screen, Fosse directed the films Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine, All That Jazz with Roy Scheider, Lenny with Dustin Hoffman, Star 80 with Eric Roberts, and, most spectacularly, Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. In 1973, Bob Fosse had the distinction of winning the three highest awards in three different media. He won a Tony Award for the musical Pippin, an Oscar for the film Cabaret, and an Emmy Award for the television special “Liza With a Z.”
In 1960, he married his third wife, Gwen Verdon. From that union came his only child, a daughter named Nicole. During the Washington, D.C. run of one of his most successful shows, Sweet Charity, he died of a heart attack. This occurred shortly before the curtain went up on the night of 23 September 1987.
Stacey has had a long and varied career spanning over 30 years within the entertainment industry. After graduating from Arts Educational Schools, she performed as a dancer in numerous West End shows, pop music videos, music tours and television specials.
Resident Director/Choreographer work includes: Fame, Five Guys Named Moe, Carmen Jones, Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, Rent, Chicago and The Lion King. Many of these shoes Stacey originated in the UK from the US. Stacey continued developing as a choreographer during this time, where shows included: Stepping Out, Rocky Horror Show, Footloose UK tours. For ITV – You’re The One That I Want. Stacey spent 7 years as Creative Executive Producer for the UK Theatrical Division of Clearchannel/LiveNation Ltd. Shows under her umbrella included Starlight Express, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, The Producers. Music/Live Arena productions include (Producer/Creative Director) Britain’s Got Talent Tour (4 years), America’s Got Talent Live in Las Vegas (5 years), The Michael Ball Tour, Flawless Tour, X-Factor Tour (2 years). Stacey has also appeared as an on screen judge and choreographer, including the Channel 4 series Musicality and Street Dance, 2 series of the BBC’s Strictly Dance Fever, Hairspray the School Musical and Grease the School Musical, both for Sky 1 plus various talking heads and entertainment expert guest appearances. Most recently (Directing) Stephen Mulhern in his own shows, including his current show Unbelievable. Creative Consultant for One Love the new Bob Marley Musical in Birmingham. Choreographing and staging John Newman for various live performances and working as a Performance Coach for various artists including movement training for new artist Etham for his upcoming live musical festival appearance, including BST at Hyde Park as well as a mentor for very well known actors moving into musicals or music.
Theatre includes: Groundhog Day and Jekyll & Hyde (Old Vic); Matilda, Mrs Henderson Presents and Mamma Mia! (worldwide); The Commitments (UK tour); Sunset Boulevard and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (English National Opera); 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain and Kiss Me, Kate (Chatelet, Paris); Chicago (UK tour) and Hairspray (UK tour). For Regent’s Park: Hello, Dolly!, Crazy for You and Jesus Christ Superstar. Regional casting includes: The Etienne Sisters and Fings Ain’t What They Used t’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford); Oliver! and My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible) and Paper Dolls (Tricycle). Film: musical casting: Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon (Disney); UK dancer casting: Nine, directed by Rob Marshall; ensemble casting: Mamma Mia!, directed by Phyllida Lloyd; and The Phantom of the Opera, directed by Joel Schumacher. Television includes: The Sound of Music Live (ITV); How Do Solve You a Problem Like Maria? (BBC1 – 2007 Emmy Award) and all subsequent Andrew Lloyd Webber talent searches. David Grindrod Associates are members of the Casting Directors’ Guild of Great Britain and have recently been appointed as associate artist of the Old Vic Theatre under Matthew Warchus’s artistic direction.
Ian was trained at Chetham’s, Manchester and at GSMD, London. He was the original Musical Director for the UK premieres of Jerry Herman’s Dear World and George Stiles’ The Three Musketeers. His musical direction credits at London’s National Theatre include the controversial award-winners Jerry Springer the Opera and London Road. He has had a long association with Chicago and has supervised international productions in Paris, Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Barcelona, Madrid and Amsterdam. As a pianist he has performed extensively throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East as both soloist and chamber player, and made his acclaimed London solo debut at the Purcell Room in 1997. He was nominated for Best Musical Direction at the Broadway World Awards for his work on Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Barnum.
Theatre: Musical Supervision credits include Chicago (Paris, Stuttgart, Moscow, Seoul, Madrid, Barcelona, Amsterdam). Musical Direction credits include Mary Poppins (National Tour, Disney/Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.), Barnum (National Tour, Cameron Mackintosh Ltd./Michael Harrison Entertainment Ltd.) — Broadway World Nomination for Best Musical Direction, Peter Pan (Theatre Royal Newcastle, Qdos), That Day We Sang (Royal Exchange, Manchester), Once a Catholic (Tricycle Theatre, London and Royal Court, Liverpool), Lost Musicals: Noel Coward’s Words and Music (Sadler’s Wells), Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre, UK Premiere), London Road (NT, Cottesloe and Olivier, World Premiere), The Trumpet-Major (NT Studio), The Three Musketeers (Rose Theatre Kingston, UK Premiere), Chicago (Adelphi and Cambridge Theatre), Chicago 10th Anniversary Gala (Cambridge Theatre), Jerry Springer the Opera (NT Lyttelton and West End, World Premiere), Jumpers (NT Lyttelton), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre and Chichester), Anything Goes (NT, Olivier), Merrily We Roll Along (Donmar). Additional credits: The Woman in White (Palace), The Full Monty (Prince of Wales), Kiss Me Kate (Victoria Palace), Fosse (Prince of Wales), Napoleon (Shaftesbury)
Film: The Legend of 1900, Piano Coach/Advisor to Tim Roth (Dir. Giuseppe Tornatore, Composer Ennio Morricone; Medusa Films / Fine Line Features), Something to Believe In, Piano Coach/Advisor to William McNamara (Dir. John Hough, Music Lalo Schifrin, Warner), Taliesin Jones (aka Small Miracles), Piano Coach/Advisor to Ian Bannen (Dir. Martin Duffy, Impact Entertainment), Strictly Sinatra, Piano Coach/Advisor to Ian Bannen (Dir. Peter Capaldi, Focus Features), Immortal Beloved, Piano Coach/Advisor to Gary Oldman (Dir. Bernard Rose, Icon Productions).
Recordings: Valentine: Requiem (TER), London Road (NT Original Cast Recording), Jerry Springer the Opera (NT Original Cast, Sony), Anything Goes (NT Cast Recording, First Night).
Rob Fisher was the original conductor and music director for Chicago and its Grammy Award–winning cast album, and now supervises all Chicago companies worldwide. He has been the music director and conductor of City Center’s Tony Award–winning Encores! series since its inception in 1994. Other credits: four seasons of Garrison Kellor’s radio broadcasts, numerous concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, two evenings in the East Room of the White House, several programs for PBS’s “Great Performances,” guest appearances conducting orchestras around the U.S. and over 20 recordings. Broadway and national tour credits include: Threepenny Opera starring Sting, Me and My Girl, A History of American Film, A Day in Hollywood/A Night in Ukraine, Little John Jones and Big River.
Broadway: A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Burn This, Penn and Teller, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tally’s Folly, Fifth Of July, Crimes of the Heart, Baby and Anna Christie, among many others. Off-Broadway: Sylvia, The Cryptogram, The Destiny of Me, The Substance of Fire, The Road to Mecca, Song of Singapore, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, A Life in the Theatre, 20 seasons at MTC and Circle Rep. Major regional theatres, film, opera and TV. Recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Graduate, Brown and Yale.
William Ivey Long has designed costumes for over 70 Broadway productions. Select credits include The Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, On the Twentieth Century, Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, The Producers, The Boy From Oz, Contact, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. He was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on “Grease: Live!” for the FOX television network, and designed costumes for “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s do the Time Warp Again,” also for FOX. He has designed costumes for Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters and Joan Rivers. Mr. Long has won six Tony Awards, with 15 nominations. He recently completed a four-year elected term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006.
Almost 100 Broadway shows including Chaplin; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; The Scottsboro Boys; [title of show]; White Christmas; Drowsy Chaperone; Footloose; Sweeney Todd; Sondheim on Sondheim; Side by Side by Sondheim; Sunday in the Park With George (’08); Chicago (Tony Award); Annie (’97); Hello, Dolly! (’95); Fiddler on the Roof (’76, ’81, ’90). Tours include 9 to 5, High School Musical, Annie. Other: Riverdance (lighting supervisor), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (’79-’06), “Smash” for NBC, SeaWorld Parks’ One Ocean and Shamu Celebration, Tavern on the Green (’14). Awards: Tony, Drama Deck, Outer Critics, Lumen, Ace.
Broadway: Angels in America, My Favorite Year, Once on This Island, The Most Happy Fella, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heidi Chronicles, Prelude to a Kiss, I Hate Hamlet. Recent work: A Fair Country at Lincoln Center and ENCORES!, Fiorello!, Lady in the Dark and all 1995 and ’96 Encores! productions at City Center. Off-Broadway: Hapgood, Putting It Together, The Last Yankee, Three Hotels, Assassins, Isn’t it Romantic?, The Substance of Fire, Geniuses and Terra Nova.
With over 20 years in theatre and the music industry, Matt continues to contribute to a diverse range of musicals, plays, large events and arena shows.
Recent designs: West Side Story(international tour); Sweet Charity (Athens); Priscilla Queen of the Desert (UK tours, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv and Athens); Fiddler on the Roof (Athens) and Steel Magnolias (UK tour). Associate sound design: Grease (Australia, International and UK tours); Chicago – the Musical (Singapore, Moscow, Korea, Madrid, Netherlands and Seoul) and Dirty Dancing(international tour).
Other highlights include: system design for Roger Daltrey’s Teenager Cancer Trust shows at the Royal Albert Hall; Blue (UK, Europe and South America) and mixing John Grant, Amy Macdonals, Katy B, One eskimO, Lee Ryan, Gareth Gates, Elvis Costello and Super Furry Animals, on shows including The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, The Janice Long Show(BBC Radio 2) and the Echo Music Awards (Berlin).
Matt has produced live recordings for Universal Music, Sony BMG, Endemol and iTunes.
Projects include the libretto for Steel Pier (1997 Tony nomination), co-conceiving And the World Goes ’round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards), new librettos for the highly successful Off-Broadway and London revivals of Flora, The Red Menace and 70, Girls, 70. Co-created PBS Great Performances “Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and wrote the recent documentary Razzle Dazzle.
Chicago, Little Me, Funny Girl, Golden Boy, Pippin and Sweet Charity. Film credits include Academy Awards for Cabaret and All That Jazz. Won the Italian Oscar for Movie and the Emmy for “Baryshnikov on Broadway.”
Composing, conducting, arranging or pianist credits include My Fair Lady; The Sound of Music; Carnival; Hello, Dolly!; 1776; Chicago; Annie; Barnum; Baby; My One and Only; Crazy for You; and Swingin’ on a Star. Film: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Zelig, 1776, Mame, Annie and Stepping Out.
Alecia Parker serves as executive producer of all worldwide productions of Chicago, Pippin, Finding Neverland and Waitress, the new Broadway musical. Currently licensing Once the Musical internationally. Other credits, spanning more than 30 years, include executive producer of La Cage aux Folles, The Scottsboro Boys, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Seussical; associate producer of Annie Get Your Gun, My Thing of Love, Grease, My Fair Lady, Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cabaret, and Zorba starring Anthony Quinn. She is the proud mother of Michael Parker, Atlantic Records.
BJ Holt has held various management and consulting positions for Broadway, West End, USA and international touring productions including Chicago, Finding Neverland, Fosse, La Cage aux Folles, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Pippin, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Seussical, Sweet Charity and Waitress. His favorite role, however, is to be father to Christina and Payson, who make everything worthwhile!
Ann Reinking received the 1997 Tony Award for Best Choreography for Chicago, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire and N.Y. Drama Critics Awards. Other credits include director and co-choreographer for Fosse (1998 Tony Award, Best Musical); Tony nominations for her leading performances in Dancin’ and Goodtime Charlie; recipient of the Theatre World, Clarence Derwent, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work as Maggie in Over Here! Film credits: All That Jazz; Annie; Micki and Maude, and Movie, Movie. Recent choreography credits include Suite Kander for Missouri State Ballet, Ritmo & Ruido for Ballet Hispanico, Legends for Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The Threepenny Opera for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nilsson/schmillson for Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theatre, “Bye Bye Birdie” for ABC-TV, and the national tour revival of Applause. She is the recipient of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre 1999, Musical Hall of Fame Award 1999, Dance Library of Israel Award 1998, Distinguished Artist Award 1998, School of American Ballet Artistic Achievement Award 1997, National Art Club Award for Service to the Arts 1995, and the Governor’s Award-Ambassador of the Arts for the state of Florida 1994.
Walter Bobbie directed Bright Star, Venus in Fur, The Landing, Golden Age, School for Lies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission,The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Other Woman, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, Durang Durang, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Grand Night For Singing. He was artistic director of City Center Encores! where he also directed Fiorello!; Chicago; Tenderloin; Golden Boy; No, No, Nanette; and Zorba!, as well as the Carnegie Hall concerts of South Pacific and Carousel. Mr. Bobbie previously served for 12 years on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards.
Gary Chryst staged Chicago choreography worldwide; staged Pétrouchka for Mariinsky Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and National Ballet of Canada; Jerome Robbins’ NY Export: Opus Jazz for the Juilliard School; assisted Ann Reinking in a new production of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit; choreographed a new American production of South Pacific, Nijinsky and co-choreographer of a new production of West Side Story in Brazil. Mr Chryst has extensive ballet and Broadway performing credits, including the Joffrey Ballet, Nederlans Dans Theater 3, American Ballet Theatre, Guys and Dolls, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’ and A Chorus Line; guest performances with Twyla Tharp, David Parsons, Law Lubovitch, Eliot Feld, José Limón, and Nureyev & Friends, among others. In 2013, Jirí Kylián choreographed a work featuring Mr Chryst, East Shadow, which is touring throughout the world.
Tania Nardini is a director, choreographer, actress and dancer born and raised in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, she studied Drama at UNIRIO University, and has taken dance classes in Brazil, USA and France.
She was the co-founder and co-director of the Jazz-dance Company: Bandança, and worked with the theater company Teatro em Movimento and Cia Ensaio Alberto. She was the Artistic Director of Catsapá– the first Musical Theater School in Rio de Janeiro. She has been working in musical theater for over 20 years. Besides her work as a director and choreographer in many theatrical, films, events and shows in Brazil she also was the Director for Rent and the Resident Director for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Directed by Robert Jess Roth, Chicago, The Musical – Directed by Scott Faris and Phantom of the Opera – Directed by Arthur Masella. She was the Associate Director and Choreographer for My Fair Lady, West Side Story, O Rei e Eu and Evita; she was the Resident Director/Choreographer for Priscilla – A Rainha do Deserto, directed by Simon Phillips; She Choreographed the Musical Raia 30 – directed by Jose Possi Neto; She Directed (with Luciano Andrey) and Choreographed Nyvem de Lágrimas, o Musical’ She was the Choreographer for the Opera Orfeo e Euridice – directed by Caetano Vilela; She was the Associate Director and Choreographer for the new production of My Fair Lady; and the Choreographer for the Brasilian Musical “Cauby! Cauby! Uma Lembrança” directed by Flavio Marinho e Diogo Vilela.
In 2007 she was invited by the Chicago Limited Partnership-NY to be the Associate Director for the International Productions of Chicago, the Musical. Since then she has directed Chicago, the Musical in South Korea, Japan, UK, Argentina, Russia, Germany and Denmark. Tania Nardini is truly honored to be working at this new production of Chicago, the Musical in the West End.