Complete Line-Up Announced for West End Men Concerts at the Vaudeville

By Mark Shenton
19 Apr 2013

The complete line-up for The West End Men — who will be appearing at the West End's Vaudeville Theatre beginning May 25, prior to an official opening June 3, in a theatrical concert of songs from the West End, Broadway and beyond — has been announced.



Joining the previously announced Lee Mead and special guest star Kerry Ellis (at selected performances) are Glenn Carter (at selected performances), Stephen Rahman-Hughes (at selected perforamnces), David Thaxton and Matt Willis.

Backed by a full live band and choir, it is directed by Mitch Sebastian, and produced by Milton Morrissey Ltd., Jason Haigh Ellery and in association with Paul Tyrer & Jamie Clark for The Booking Office.

Mead won the BBC reality TV series "Any Dream Will Do" that led to his playing the role of Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the West End's Adelphi Theatre in 2007 and 2008. He also released the show's songs "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door" as singles. In 2008 he performed "All I Ask of You" from The Phantom of the Opera in Hyde Park to celebrate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 60th birthday celebrations. Other stage roles include starring in a tour of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, and playing Fiyero in the West End's Wicked and a season in Legally Blonde. He has also toured with his own show, An Evening with Lee Mead.

Carter's West End credits include the original London cast of Jersey Boys and the title role in the 1996 London revival of Jesus Christ Superstar (subsequently reprising the role on Broadway in 2000). Other credits include Whistle Down the Wind and Les Miserables, for which he also appeared in the 10th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall that was subsequently filmed.

Rahman-Hughes has appeared in West Side Story, The Country Wife and Bombay Dreams. He has been a series regular in "Emmerdale" as DI Dasari. He also signed with critically acclaimed group Teatro, recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Thaxton won the 2011 Olivier for Best Actor in a Musical for playing Giorgio in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse. Other credits include playing Enjolras in the West End production of Les Miserables and Raoul de Chagny in Love Never Dies.

Willis is best known for being one-third of British pop rock band Busted, who sold over three million albums worldwide, winning two BRIT awards and record of the year in 2004. His stage credits include Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, Flashdance the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Footloose the Musical on a UK tour. On TV he won "I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here" in 2006.

Ellis starred in the West End in We Will Rock You (originating the role of Meat), Wicked (where she was the first British Elphaba, subsequently reprising the role on Broadway), Oliver!, My Fair Lady and Les Miserables. Her recordings include "Wicked in Rock" and "Anthems" (both in collaboration with Queen guitarist Brian May), performing a concert tour of the latter that included a night at the Royal Albert Hall. Also at the Albert Hall, she has played Svetlana in a concert production of Chess with Idina Menzel and Josh Groban. She was recently in the arena tour of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds.

Sebastian's directorial credits include various incarnations of the West End's Rat Pack tribute shows and Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 412 4663 or visit www.nimaxtheatres.com.