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Cast and Creative

 

 

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Carole Todd – Director/Choreographer

Work as Director/Choreographer in the West End includes: Dreamboats and Petticoats (Savoy, Playhouse and Wyndhams), Soul Sister (Savoy), Santa’s Christmas Adventure (Ambassadors), Gyles Brandreth’s Zipp! (Duchess), Girl’s Night Out (Victoria Palace), Elvis the Musical (Astoria, Prince of Wales and Piccadilly), Return to the Forbidden Planet (Cambridge), Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey (Lyric), Lily Savage in Snow White (Victoria Palace), Tribute to the Blues Brothers (Whitehall), Jack to a King (Ambassadors), The Pocket Dream (Albery), James and the Giant Peach (Sadler’s Wells), The ivals (Boulevard), Wild Oats (National), La Cenerentola (Royal Opera House). Various Gilbert and Sullivan operas (Sadler’s Wells and Savoy) and, as Resident Director, Hello, Dolly! (Drury Lane); Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury), Dancing in the Streets (Savoy and Playhouse) plus many galas and concerts at the Palladium, Prince Edward, Strand, Savoy and Drury Lane including:

The Ken Dodd Show, Jerry Herman’s Broadway, with Angela Lansbury and Bill Kenwright’s Any Dream Will Do concert, with eight Josephs, all at the Palladium.

Worldwide includes: Jesus Christ Superstar in Germany, The Mikado in Brisbane, Sydney and LA, Elvis the Musical in Vancouver and Sydney, Starlight Express in Japan and Australia, Tribute to Glee and Santa in Dubai plus countless trade shows from Iceland to the Bahamas, every pantomime subject including Aladdin in Tel Aviv- in Hebrew and many musicals directed on Cruise Ships from Norway to Western Samoa.

She has directed/choreographed varied straight productions in UK, ranging from Peter Terson’s Strippers to Agatha Christie’s only comedy, Afternoon at the Seaside, and has worked on many Kenwright productions,including Dreamboats and Miniskirts, Can’t Smile Without You - the UK tour based on Barry Manilow’s music and Laughter in the Rain with the music of Neil Sedaka and has been with the Dreamboats and Petticoats creative team from the start both on the UK tours and at the Savoy, the Playhouse and now Wyndham’s, all in London’s West End.

Television/film work includes: Stravinsky’s Renard the Fox, Lenny Beige, Morecambe and Wise and Prick Up Your Ears.

Dancing in the Streets, the Motown revue, is another favourite and Carole has been happy to be part of the several tours and three West End runs so far! She also writes and devises compilation shows and acts for various artistes ,lives in central Brighton and is a dog walker for Shoreham Dogs Trust – when she gets the chance

 

 

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Julian Cannonier

Born in Yorkshire, Julian trained from the age of 5 at the Audrey Spencer School of Dance.

Julian first appeared in London’s West End, as ‘Cagey Joe’ in the Original Production of Bugsy Malone. Other West End Credits include Sir Trevor Nunn’s production of Porgy and Bess at the Savoy Theatre, 125th Street, Annie Get Your Gun, A Tribute to Sammy Davis JNR, Starlight Express, Five Guys Named Moe, Two Seasons with Miss Saigon and Dancing in the Streets as well as Sister act with Whoopi Goldberg.

Julian is delighted to have his feet back on shore for this production of Dancing In the Street as he can often be seen as Lead Vocalist on World Class Ships such as the QE2 and Queen Mary. He also appears regularly around the world with The Emperors of Soul.

Other credits include the Feature Films The Muppets – Most Wanted, Scintilla, Dorian Gray & De-Lovely with Kevin Kline. Video credits include Uptight for C.J. Lewis & Five Guys Named Moe for Cameron Mackintosh.

Julian also has worked extensively in productions across the world appearing as Poppa in Far East Tour of Starlight Express, Scar in The Legend of the Lion King for Disney and in Miss Saigon in Sydney, Singapore and Hongkong. Lengthy tours with shows such as Annie Get Your Gun, Once In A Lifetime, The Official Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Tapping Harlem (In which he created the leading role of Young Avo) The Magic of Musicals, Oh What a Night!, Five Guys Named Moe and Viva O Carnival.

 

 

Emma Jones

Emma Louise Jones

Emma graduated from the Urdang Academy in 2015. During her time there, she performed in shows such as ‘Move It “Love to Be Free” and ‘Move It “Bloch Fashion Fix”.

After graduating she performed in 'Carnival Legend' on a Carnival Cruise Line.

Her other credits include Strictly Come Dancing, His Mother’s Son (ITV) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

 

 

 

 

 

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Newtion Matthews

Trained at W.A.C.P.A

Newtion grew up in a musical household and honed his craft as a vocalist in the church.

Having diversified from this, he began his career as a dancer, but has always returned to his first love of musical theatre and singing.

Having competed as a finalist on both The X Factor UK and The Voice, Newtion was signed to Warner Music and toured throughout The UK and Europe. He is extremely pleased to be part of The Dancing In The Streets cast.

Theatre Credits include: The Frontline (Shakespeares Globe) ; The Harder They Come (U.S Tour) ; The Life (North European tour) Workshop credits include: Been So Long ( Young Vic) Television credits include: Absolutely Fabulous, Dance For Comic Relief, The X Factor

Film credits include: Gulliver's travels

 

 

Joeseph Noble

Joseph Noble

Joseph's extensive career has included the following roles: Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream; the Ghost of Christmas Present in Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol ( both for the Liverpool Playhouse) and Little Moe in Five Guys Named Moe (London/Australia). He has also performed in Miss Saigon, Crazy For You, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, and as one the original cast of Mamma Mia! in London's West End. He has appeared in national tours of The Mystery Plays (playing Jesus), and soul show Soul Train, working with Sheila Ferguson of the soul diva group The Three Degrees.

In 2002 he toured the UK with hit show Riverdance as the baritone soloist ('Heal Their Hearts'), continuing with the show to the US, China, Japan and Malaysia. Joseph was extremely privileged to sing at the first ever invited western show (Riverdance) to be allowed to appear at the Great Hall of The People in Beijing, China. A Sky 3 documentary named Riverdance In China (available on YouTube) followed.

He has also played Maugrim in the Sadler's Wells version of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Jimmy in Grand Hotel (Donmar Warehouse, London) where he worked with Hollywood actress Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

In June 2006 Joseph worked with US director Francesca Zambello appearing in Show Boat at the Royal Albert Hall, London (the first fully staged musical to be performed there). He then spent several years in the USA, Asia and Europe singing featured roles for Royal Caribbean International and Princess Cruises. While living in Miami he also coached young kids.

In May 2000 he represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest for the BBC (Stockholm, Sweden), singing for Nicki French in front of millions worldwide. He then went on to choreograph and appear in her re-released hit video Total Eclipse of the Heart in 2006. Joseph also appeared on TV singing in London Community Gospel Choir, working with Heather Small, Jackie Graham and Jamie Cullum.

Recordings include: West Side Story (Leicester Haymarket Cast 1992), Mamma Mia! (original London cast) and his own solo vocal project with material by Prince and Steve Arrington. While in the US he wrote and sang on the album Ven Conmigo (available on Itunes), collaborating with producer Gil Martin

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Joseph is also a Zumba® qualified instructor, has a professional Certificate of Merit in Body Language (British School of Yoga), and is known to give excellent Tarot Card readings!

For info and social media links visit: http://josephnoble.co.uk

 

 

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Scarlet Gabriel

Scarlet Gabriel is multi-faceted performer with extensive experience in live performance, ranging from TV and theatre to corporate events and weddings.

Training: Sylvia Young, Chichester University (BA Hons) Performing Arts with Vocal teaching, Mary Hammond

TV and Radio: ITV, BBC1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky1, 95.8 Capital radio

Lead Theatre Roles: P&O Cruise lines (Australia), ‘Hope’ Musical (Frankfurt), ‘Seaside Special’ (Cromer)

Venues: Wembley Arena, Jazz Cafe, Proud Camden, Hackney Empire, The Landmark Hotel, HMS President

Corporate: McLaren, Facebook, Siemens, Syco, John Lewis

Other projects: Celebrity backing vocalist, music videos, recording artist, short films, vocal/acting coach/judge. Scarlet is currently a lead singer in one of London’s top choirs (CK Gospel Choir). Scarlet also runs her own business (ScarletWorkshops.org) which provides transformational life-skills workshops to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

DITS UK Tour: Scarlet is excited to be part of her first theatre tour and hopes to leave you dancing or at least humming in the streets with a warm and fuzzy glow.

Social: ScarletGabriel.com | Instagram/Twitter -@ScarletGabriel

 

 

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Joanne Sandi

Joanne trained at The North London Dance School.

Theatre Credits include “Dancing in the Streets” (UK Tour) 2009, ‘Mary/Wag’ in “The Virgin Monologues” (Ultra Violet Theatre); ‘Shinade’ in “Homeward Bound” (Full Spectrum Productions); ‘Shaneen’ in “Emergency Exits” (Hackney Empire & Chat’s Palace Theatre), Theresa O'Malley in “Mad Blud” (Stratford Theatre Royal), Nettie/Dance Captain in “Soul Sister” at Hackney Empire/Savoy Theatre (UK Tour), DC Hecks/Sandy in “Rumpy Pumpy” (Kings Head Theatre/Landor), Cinna in Wasted IYT Theatre, Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin” Radlett Theatre, Tiger Lily in “Peter Pan” with Bradley Walsh at The Cliffs Pavilion, Spirit of the Ring/So-shi in “Aladdin” Belgrade Theatre

Film & TV Credits: Joanna in “Last Move” (Atori & Russel Van Der Puye); Kim in “Communication” (MO-AM Productions); Hen 8 in “Mamma Mia” (Star Play Productions); ‘Charmane’ in “Shoot & Score” (Leon Herbert); School Child in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (Warner Bros Productions); and ‘Student’ in The Bill (ITV, Bill Chalioner). Joanne currently plays Audrey in a Web Series called 'A Lesson Learnt' which will film its second season towards the end of 2016.

Other credits include Mamma Mia – The Movie Soundtrack, Maria in Reset to Zero – Music Video, Ex Girlfriend in Adam Deacons Music Video- Feel The Pain, Dancer for CD:UK, MTV Base, and T4 Sunday.

Joanne has filmed commercials for McDonald’s, Gala Bingo, Boots Christmas, The Mail on Sunday, Wrigley’s, eBay, Sainsbury's and appeared as the young Tina Turner, alongside the legend herself in a Swisscom commercial for Switzerland.

 

 

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Wayne Withers

A native of Philadelphia, Wayne began his musical journey at a very young age. Reared in church, his gift was cultivated and has afforded him the opportunity to sing with Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark Cole and other great gospel artists. He received classical vocal training under the tutelage Dr David King.

Wayne has travelled around the world singing, visiting countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Indonesia, and now the UK. He also works as a soloist and teaches music in churches.

Theatre has always been an integral part of Wayne’s music experience in which he has played principle, supporting and feature roles in productions including Jesus Christ Superstar and a gospel production of The Wiz called The Gate Called Straight, directed by Stephanie Mills as well as numerous stage plays.

Wayne’s heartfelt approach to music, a vital part of his life has led him to many venues to share its light. He lifts his voice to convey the passion, pain, joy, love and happiness expressed in song. “God is the centre of my life” is Wayne’s sentiment.

 

 

 

Band

 

 

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Rob Eckland - Musical Director/Keys

Rob Eckland, BMus (Hons) Royal College of Music, studied Piano/Drums/Percussion with Mike Moran, Ralph Salmins and Alex Neal respectively.

Rob's credits (either as Performer/Arranger/MD), include 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony; Ladysmith Black Mambazo; Andrew Lloyd-Webber; Alexandra Burke; Dizzee Rascall; Florence & The Machine; Kwabs; Daniel Beddingfield; Ben Forster; The Maccabbees; Jeff Wayne; David Essex; Rick Wakeman; Simon Webbe; Underworld; Chris Madin; Alex Trimble; Zoe Tyler; Marc Russo; Nikki French; English Chamber Orchestra; Dennis Rollins; Leo 'The Lion'; Leah McFall; Antony Costa; Joe McElderry; Dame Evelyn Glennie; Louise Clare Marshall; Zoe Birkett; Ian Shaw; Alan Cumming; Cleopatra Higgins; Goldie; Michelle Gayle; Alex James; Lara Johnston (supporting 'The Doobie Brothers'); Jimmy Nail; Heidi Range.

On Television and Radio, Rob/Rob's work has appeared on Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway; Brit Awards; NME Awards; BBC Blast; Noel's HQ; X-Factor; BBC Proms and is shortly about to perform in the Orchestra for Magic at the Musicals 2016.

In Theatre, Rob has worked on various West End and Touring Productions, including The War Of The Worlds; Stephen Ward; INALA; Dancing In The Streets; Soul Sister; The Bodyguard; Thriller Live; Annie; Ha Ha Holmes; I Bought A Blue Car Today; Grease (Orchestrator - Ljubljana Festival); Mister Maker and The Shapes (Arranger); numerous Production Shows for TEDGroup (Arranger). Rob is also a Musical Supervisor for Evolution and Plummer-Wood Productions.

 

 

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Richard Couglan – Bass

Following his studies, Richard worked at the Royal National Theatre for the on-stage band in 'One Man Two Guvnors'. This was followed by three years in the West End at the Adelphi and Haymarket theatres.

Since then Richard has been working as a busy freelancer, depping on theatre shows such as Jersey Boys and working as a studio musician.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Justin Shaw – Drums

Justin Shaw is a London Based Musician/Drummer.

In 2012 Justin graduated from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance with a BMUS (HONS) Degree in Popular Music Performance and a Higher Diploma in Drums and Percussion.

Justin’s Credits (Live or Studio) include: Beverley Knight, The Dub Pistols, Matt Cardle, Cynthia Erivo, Cleo Sol (Universal), Cheryl Baker, Lara Johnson (UK Tour supporting ‘The Doobie Brothers’), Angeline Ball, and Noush Skaugen.

Justin’s Theatre Credits includes: Memphis (West-End), The Illusionist’s (Deputy, West- End), Soul Sister (West-End/UK Tour), FAME (UK Tour)

Justin has also made numerous television appearances on shows such as This Morning and X-Factor.

 

 

 

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James Pusey – Guitar

James Pusey is a musician/guitarist currently living in London, UK. As a freelance player he has worked with a number of artists either in the studio or live including:

Omar, G4, Michael Bolton, Paloma Faith, Beverley Knight, Will Young, Lesley Garret, Andrea Bocelli, Hayley Westenra, Jacqui Dankworth, Nikki Yanofsy, Dionne Warwick, Cleveland Watkiss, Aleisha Dixon, Lee Mead, Katherine Jenkins, Shakin’ Stevens, Tony Christie, Ray Gelato, Robin Gibb (Bee Gees), Stephen Gately (Boyzone), Peter Cox (Go West), Booty Luv, John Barrowman, Bernie Nolan, Connie Fisher, Kerry Ellis, Jodie Prenger, Odyssey, Bucks Fizz, Brian Conley, Anthony Costa (Blue), Alvin Stardust, Bobby Ball, Noel Sullivan (Hear’say), Journey South (X-Factor), Nikki Evan (X-Factor), Donny Osmond, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Bourne’s “Dorian Gray”, ITV’s “Superstar”, Hairspray – The Highschool Musical (Sky), P + O, Cunard, BBC, UK tours of What A Feelling, Boogie Nights, West End productions of Dirty Dancing, Grease, Joseph, Fiddler On The Roof, Dancing In The Streets, Daddy Cool, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, Never Forget, Whistle Down The Wind, Cabaret, Rent, Fame, Spamalot, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Lion King, The Bodyguard, I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical and Matilda the Musical.

The James Pusey Group released their first album “First Chapter” in 2010 and dates for this project are in the pipeline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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