The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to Be Celebrated in U.K. Concert Tour

News   The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to Be Celebrated in U.K. Concert Tour West End headliners Daniel Boys, Scott Davies, Chrissie Hammond and Helen Hobson will be accompanied by the 35-piece Showbiz Pops Orchestra in a series of eight Sunday evening concerts being presented under the umbrella title The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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Featuring excerpts from some of Lloyd Webber's shows, including The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, Aspects of Love, Tell Me on a Sunday and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the series begins at Milton Keynes Theatre on Feb. 8, and continues to Southampton's Mayflower Theatre (Feb. 15), Manchester's Opera House (Feb. 22), Leicester's De Montford Hall (March 15), Birmingham Symphony Hall (March 22), Brighton Centre (April 5), Norwich Theatre Royal (April 19) and Cardiff's St. David's Hall (April 26).

Boys, one of the six finalists in BBC1's "Any Dream Will Do" reality casting competition, is currently in the West End production of Avenue Q. He made his West End debut playing Mark in Rent at the Prince of Wale, and he has also appeared in Grease in the West End and the national tour of Sunset Bouelvard and the European tour of West Side Story.

Davies has played the title role of The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty's Theatre and on the U.K. tour; other musical credits include Cats, Carousel, Pacific Overtures, Chess and Brigadoon. He has also appeared with English National Opera in Carmen, Rigoletto and Ernani.

Hammond was a principal soloist in the original London cast of Smokey Joe's Café at the Prince of Wales Theatre. She has also had long runs in the West End in both Cats and Chicago.

Hobson has played Donna in Mamma Mia! both at the Prince of Wales Theatre and on the international tour. She has also performed in Blood Brothers at the Phoenix Theatre and played Cathy alongside Cliff Richards' Heathcliff on tour. The Showbiz Pops Orchestra, which will be conducted by Richard Ward-Roden, was formed in 2007 by Ward-Roden and Stuart Calvert, two distinguished conductors and musicians long associated with the international world of musicals. Ward-Roden is currently the assistant conductor of Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre, London. Calvert is now the associate musical director of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at London's Adelphi Theatre.

For ticket information visit the websites for the individual venues: www.thesambassadors.com/miltonkeynes, www.mayflower.org.uk, www.manchesteroperahouse.org.uk, www.demontforthall.co.uk, www.thesh.co.uk, www.brightoncentre.co.uk, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk and www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk.

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