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West End stars face down the gloom and doom and bring musicals to the people at this outdoor roped-pitch picnic event at Bywell Hall, Stocksfield.
For over 9 years between them, they brought down the chandelier at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End playing the lead role in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Phantom Of the Opera. Now, in the wake of the greatest crisis their industry has ever faced, Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones have found a way of taking down the barriers to enjoying a night out at the theatre- by going open air at Bywell Hall, .
Earl and John are no strangers to performing together- they are the original Valjean and Javert of Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary Tour of Les Misérables, Broadway and West End Stars, Earl Carpenter and John Owen-Jones, a partnership immortalised on the 2010 Les Misérables Live!
They will be joined by the wonderful Kerry Ellis who originated lead roles in West End and Broadway productions of Wicked and We Will Rock You. And where two former Phantoms go, there is always a Christine in tow– this time Katie Hall who played the legendary role alongside John and Earl in London’s West End and UK touring productions.
3-metre square, roped off picnic pitches will ensure lovers of live performance can again enjoy the stylish combination of piano and cello playing the greatest songs from the greatest musicals sung by four of the West End’s finest voices perform with live musicians in a safe environment.
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John is an award-winning West End and Broadway actor and recording artist.
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Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York, and around the world. She has achieved chart-topping success as a recording artist signed to Universal Decca with her debut album Anthems. Kerry is best known for her roles including the original ‘Meat’ in Queen and Ben Elton’s musical, We Will Rock You; the first British actress to play Elphaba in Wicked in the West End as well as on Broadway; and Ellen in Miss Saigon. Other leading role credits include Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, for whichKerry won a What’s on Stage Award; Nancy in Oliver! Fantine in Les Misérables, and most recently, Sara in the European premier of Murder Ballad in London’s West End. Her chart-topping debut album ‘Anthems’ was produced by Brian May and gave the partnership their first taste of chart success, also collaborating on Kerry’s first major CD Wicked in Rock. This partnership triggered a highly successful touring career.
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Voices Of The West End image © Earl Carpenter