West End Women to Tour With Wicked Star and More

News   West End Women to Tour With Wicked Star and More A trio of West End leading ladies — Kerry Ellis, Joanna Ampil and Ria Jones — will launch a U.K. tour of a show called West End Women in Concert, beginning performances Nov. 17 at Sunderland's Empire Theatre.

Ria Jones
Ria Jones

The tour then continues to Dartford, Cambridge, Manchester, Dublin, London's New Wimbledon Theatre, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham, where the tour culminates Dec. 2.

They will be joined by special guest star Rory Taylor.

The concert features songs from the best-loved musicals of the past 40 years, including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Wicked. It is directed by Daniel Wood, with musical direction by Ros Jones, assistant musical direction by Andrew Smith and an ensemble that comprises Kate England, Joel Harper-Jackson and Beth Humphries.

Ellis was the first British Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked after taking over from Idina Menzel, and subsequently reprised the role on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. Other West End credits include originating the role of Meat in We Will Rock You, playing Nancy in Oliver! at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables. Her recordings include "Wicked in Rock" and "Anthems." She has also appeared in the arena tour of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds and played Mimi in a concert touring version of Rent.

Ampil, who hails from the Philippines, began her career at 17, when she took over the role of Kim in Miss Saigon, subsequently reprising it for the show's Australian premiere in Sydney. Other theatre roles include playing both Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables and Christmas Eve in Avenue Q. Jones was the youngest actress ever to play the role of Eva Peron in Evita at the age of 19, and subsequently made her West End debut in Chess as Svetlana and Florence, before playing Grizabella in Cats. Other West End shows include Les Miserables, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Nine and High Society, while London fringe credits include Personals, Romance Romance, Victor/Victoria and Closer than Ever. Regional theatre credits and tours include A Little Night Music, Anything Goes, Acorn Antiques, The Witches of Eastwick and 42nd Street.

Taylor was runner-up in Superstar, the ITV reality TV contest to find an actor to play Jesus in the arena tour production of Jesus Christ Superstar, in which he subsequently played Simon and was cover for Jesus. He is about to re-join the U.S. tour of the production. He has recently played Roger in the U.K. tour of Rent in concert.

For full touring dates and to book tickets, visit www.westendwomen.com.

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